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Play your (credit) cards right and get a free vacation

A free vacation could be in the cards. Banks are competing fiercely for new credit card users — especially those with good credit. To entice new customers, several major banks are throwing in enough frequent flier miles for two free tickets anywhere in the United States.

Charge the groceries, a night out at a restaurant, and the kids’ new spring outfits and you might even earn enough rewards to also get a free hotel room or car rental. But don’t rush to get an American Airlines card because you like the logo. Make sure the airline — and the card — suit your needs.

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