Should you get the United Airlines rewards prepaid card?

If you want to earn United miles on purchases but don’t want to open another credit card, the airline is giving you another option — a prepaid card. It’s called the MileagePlus GO Prepaid card and is issued by Republic Bank & Trust Company. It’s an interesting option because it’s extremely rare that prepaid cards earn rewards at all — and rarer for an airline to offer such a product.

But a rare opportunity is not always a good opportunity, and there are a few things to be aware of before you sign up for this card. We’ll even go as far to say that it’s a good option only for a few specific types of consumers.

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What to do when a family member wrecks your credit

It’s upsetting when a criminal racks up debt in your name, but the emotional blow can be even worse if you find the thief has been sitting right across from you at the dinner table.

When a relative commits ID theft, the personal relationship between victim and perpetrator adds a layer of complexity to an already difficult problem, says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, an organization that offers assistance to ID theft victims. “It can really disrupt a family dynamic,” she says.

That’s a lesson Cassie Williams (who asked that her real name not be used, due to her relationship with the person who stole her identity) learned in her early 20s when she and her husband tried to buy a house and found out her credit score was being dragged down by two maxed-out cards.
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Have the AmEx Business Platinum? Double-check your rewards balance now

If you have the Business Platinum Card from American Express (a CreditCardForum advertising partner), log in and check your rewards statement closely. You may be missing out on a points rebate you are owed.

In what seems to be an error, some Business Platinum cardholders are getting a lower rebate than what they’re entitled to when it comes to redeeming points for airfare. Here’s how to know if you are affected — and what to do about it.

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