The many benefits of travel credit cards

A credit card can help make any trip more enjoyable and hassle-free both while you’re on vacation and when you’re booking your trip. By taking advantage of points, benefits and safety precautions, a travel reward credit card can also earn you great perks like airline tickets, reduced bills for hotel stays, money toward vacation packages and more.

Travel credit card safety tips:

  1. Take a backup credit card. That way you have one card for daily use and another for emergencies. Leave all other credit cards and unnecessary wallet items at home. This way, you can continue to earn points and perks without risking the loss of other credit cards.

  2. You don’t need to tell us if you plan on using your CIBC credit or debit cards while travelling. No matter where you are, CIBC’s fraud detection systems will protect your accounts from suspicious and unauthorized transactions. If we suspect fraud on your account, we’ll contact you via text message, email or an automated call. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date on your CIBC Online Banking profile.

  3. Keep your travel credit cards in separate, secure places. To avoid the possibility of both cards being stolen, store the emergency card in a hotel safe and the other securely on your person.

  4. Get a chip credit card and (where available) authorize purchases with a PIN number. A PIN number will protect your travel reward credit card from unauthorized purchases better than your signature.

Travel reward credit card benefits

  1. Earn points for everyday purchases. The points you earn with your travel credit card can be redeemed for hotel reservations, rental cars, airplane tickets and other merchandise.

  2. Plan trips with a personal travel agent. Some travel rewards credit card companies will put you in contact with a travel agency to help you plan your itinerary.

  3. Manage finances with exclusive online tools. Credit card companies may give you access to online tools to help you better manage your finances so you can budget for more vacations.

Explore travel credit cards available with CIBC

To find the credit card that’s right for you, use our credit card selector tool. For more information on travel reward credit cards, call a CIBC representative at 1-800-465-4653.

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