How far in advance, and/or how near to travel time, can you bid on them? For instance, can you bid months in advance, or the day prior? I’ll have to look into that the next time we travel. Sure like that idea better than paying full price.
and IF you can pay it off every month, and IF the cc company doesn’t screw you over, it might be ok. However, I’ve heard Dave say, “If the only way that is works is if everything WORKS, then don’t do it.” So I’m sure it’s possible(I have a friend who pays off her card every month). But last month she charged $1900 worth of stuff. She paid it off, but now she’s cash-strapped for a couple of weeks. *I* think that having that credit limit tempted her to buy more than she would have if she had to pay CASH for stuff. But I refrained from lecturing her about it.
If you do it, good luck. I may have to make a similar choice next April in order to be able to rent a motorcycle in Reno…my only other choice is to take $1500-$2000 cash to the rental place for the deposit, since they won’t do a debit card.
I have a southwest card and use it for everything to get the credit for traveling to see family. But, I am super disciplined about it. I have not paid one cent in interest in two years. When I charge something to the card, I go on that same day and transfer the amount that I spent from my checking account. The things that I know are coming up, I pay even before they are charged to the card. So, for example, the phone bill and the daycare bill have set amounts and I know what day that they will be charged. So, in other words, I am treating it like a debit card.
But, don’t do it if you can’t do that. And, don’t do it if you think that you’ll spend more to try and get to the 2 thousand dollar limit. Since I’ve had mine a while, I don’t need to reach any limit. I just take advantage of being able to earn the points by using it for day to day purchases. The only thing that really bugs me is that I have a fee, but it is not as much as the one you mention. I think that I pay 49 dollars a year, but maybe my next fee will have gone up. I think that I saved about 600 dollars in ticket fees last summer.
This is NOT DR endorsed. He would say to run the other way because so many of us have these issues because we cannot control spending. We see a credit card as available money to spend. If you would see it that way, then don’t do it.