These are my top recommended credit cards for this month. Some have $450-550 annual fees waived exclusively for US military personnel.
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A couple of work related trips brought me to Europe for a few weeks. When I wasn’t working, I rented a car and hit the autobahn, travelling around Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Romania.
Throughout the over 14 day trip I had my phone with me the entire time, booking hostels, getting directions, finding good restaurants: everything you use for you phone for at home in the States, just in Europe. And all included in my T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan. Free.
T-Mobile Free International Data and Texting
I previously wrote about my experience with T-Mobile in Germany
After spending over two weeks in Europe on T-Mobile’s international plan, I would say that all but the most data addicted traveler will find the Simple Choice Plan to be more than perfect for overseas trips where you don’t want to buy a local sim card (probably any trip less than 6 months). As you know, European nations are packed tightly together. Sometimes you’ll cross a border and not even realize it until the next town! You don’t want to have to buy a new SIM card in every country you hit or overpay for a “world phone.”
Every time I crossed a border, my Galaxy S4 was quick to pick up another cell network and send me a text: “Welcome to the Czech Republic. “Welcome to Germany.” “Belgium.” “Romania.” Each time I was reminded that “Unlimited web and text included as part of your global coverage.” Such a nice feature to have. I can’t understand why anyone would stay with Verizon or AT&T, paying more per month, paying international roaming charges, or not getting to use their phone at all when they’re overseas.
If you travel to Europe or any of the other nations in T-Mobile’s Global Coverage, whether for work for fun (or both!), you owe it to yourself and your wallet to switch to T-Mobile. Whether you're a road warrior or going to Canada is an international exotic adventure, you’ll save money at home and abroad. What’s not to love?
AMEX Platinum With NO Annual Fees for US Military
Military servicemembers and spouses can get the American Express Platinum with NO annual fees. Pick up your military annual fee waived card here!
The AMEX Platinum offers:
- $550 Annual Fee WAIVED for US Military (and spouses)!
- 60,000 Membership Rewards Points welcome offer
- $200 credit for Uber rides (or Uber Eats!) annually
- $200 airline fee credit
- Centurion Lounge and Priority Pass Airport Lounge Access
- NO foreign transaction fees
These benefits make it my top recommend card.
If you already have an AMEX Platinum card, check out the other AMEX cards, Chase credit cards, and this month's top recommended credit card bonuses, most with no annual fees for US military personnel.