Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The pros and cons of airline credit cards. Also in the news: How to maximize your points and miles this holiday season, your car crash checklist, and how to maximize the tax benefits that come with medical expenses.

Are Airline Credit Cards Worth It?
The pros and cons.

How to Maximize Your Points and Miles This Holiday Season
Giving yourself a gift.

Your Car Crash Checklist: 6 Life- and Money-Saving Tips
What to do before and after.

Medical expenses come with tax benefits. Here’s how to maximize yours this year
The average American spends $17K on healthcare per year.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Car crashWhy students are a prime target for identity thieves, an easy way to save money on homeowners insurance, mistakes to avoid when buying a house and how cell-using drivers set themselves up for disaster.

The ABCs of Back-to-School Identity Theft Protection
Students of all ages are easy targets for identity theft.

Simple Tip Can Save You Big on Homeowners Insurance
Your deductible could be the key to savings.

The IRS Filed a Tax Lein on Your Home—Now What?
Don’t let your panic become a distraction. Buying a House? Don’t make these mistakes.
Things not to be overlooked while house hunting.

25% of Car Crashes Involved Cel Phones
Drivers using cellphones fail to see up to 50% of the information in their environment.