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From CEO, Brad Canfield

Secure Your Money When You Travel This Summer

7/23/2013
What trips do you have planned for the summer?
 
If you’re traveling overseas, it’s always a good idea to blend in with the locals and not stand out as a tourist who could be targeted by a pickpocket or thief. This is important even if you’re familiar with your travel destination, such as being a Silicon Valley software engineer who is visiting India.
 
Safeguarding your money is vital all the time, but we especially want to make sure you enjoy your travels instead of dealing with the hassles of losing your valuables. There are several money-security tips that will apply no matter where you travel in California, the U.S. or the world.

  1. Keep your wallet light by bringing only the cards you absolutely need and removing the others before you depart.
  2. Carry the amount of cash you’ll need for a particular day and leave the rest locked up in a hotel safe or some other secure location. This way, if you lose your wallet, you won’t lose all of your valuables. 
  3. Consider using credit cards for major purchases. 
  4. Always keep an eye on your debit card while using only legitimate ATMs.

These are just a few of the tips suggested by Lonely Planet and Bankrate. By the way, if Europe is in your current or future plans, I found some good information from travel writer Rick Steves, an expert on Europe, about the pros and cons of traveling in each season of the year.

KeyPoint Provides Perks

 
When traveling, it’s a good idea to contact KeyPoint Credit Union and let us know your plans just so we won’t be suspicious of any activity on your account. Also, KeyPoint Credit Union makes it easy for you to access your money overseas through our Unlimited Checking account.
 
This account includes a KeyPoint VISA® Platinum Debit Card that provides rebates for any ATM fees and charges you incur overseas. Just fill out our rebate form within 60 days of your last statement and we’ll fund your account. Plus, your KeyPoint VISA® Platinum Debit Card enrolls you in our Passport Rewards Program that gives you on-the-spot discounts and freebies at various restaurants, retailers, attractions and entertainment venues.
 
Start off your next trip and every trip thereafter on the right foot by opening your Unlimited Checking account today and start reaping the benefits.

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