Five Reasons to Bring a Credit Card on Your US Summer Adventure

Two ladies running into the sea with surf boards.

Planning on taking a dream holiday to the US this summer? There’s nothing better to help get you through exam season than knowing you’ve got the summer of a lifetime ahead of you. Whether you’re planning an epic road trip down Route 66 or want to enjoy lounging by the beach in California, the last thing you want is to be stressing about money while you’re away. An AIB Student MasterCard should be right up there with your passport as one of those things not to leave home without.

1. Emergencies (the good and the bad)

You can plan ahead and budget all you like, but we all know that sometimes things just happen. Whether it’s a snowboarding trip that ends in a sprained ankle or a cancelled flight, sometimes you need some sudden extra funds. With an AIB Student MasterCard linked to your Student Account, you’ll never be strapped for cash in an emergency. (Whether a spontaneous road trip to Vegas counts as an emergency is your call.)

start planning your american road trip

2. Skip the exchange rate blues

The thing about airport currency exchanges is that you always end up feeling short-changed. With an AIB Student MasterCard, there’s no need to carry large sums of money. Whether you’re heading south for Mexico or up north for a Canadian adventure, having a credit card means you’ll never be without the world’s universal currency - plastic.

3. More secure

Carrying cash is pretty old school, and not in the cool listening-to-vinyl-and-taking-Polaroids kind of way. It’s 2016 and we embrace technology in every other aspect of our lives, so why not with our money? Lose your wallet with your AIB Student MasterCard inside? Just give us a call to get it sorted in a flash, it’s that easy. Lose an envelope full of your holiday spending money? Not such an easy fix.

4. Accepted, everywhere

It’s comforting to know that your AIB Student MasterCard will be accepted all over the world. Cash on the other hand? Not so much. When’s the last time you bought a flight with cash? Try renting a car, booking an AirBnB, or even grabbing festival tickets without a card and you’ll find it can be a lot of hassle. Having a credit card with you means more independence to do the things you want to do - when you want to do them.

a credit card makes booking flights easy

5. 24/7 support

If you’re a few thousand miles from home, knowing emergency help is just a phone-call away is truly reassuring. Whether your card has been lost or stolen or you have a quick question, AIB’s support staff are on hand 24 hours a day. It beats giving your folks a heart attack when you wake them at 4am with a phone call looking for money!

Having an AIB Student MasterCard on hand is a simple and safe backup plan for any nasty little surprises (and the good ones) that come your way.

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