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I fly/rent cars/hotels [even outside the US] with my VISA debit card and do not have any troubles or maybe I do and I just don't see how much easier it could be with a credit card?

Not long ago I was renting a car from Avis, and the woman in front of me wanted to rent a car with her debit card. Avis allows this with a credit check, which the woman failed. So yes, credit scores are important if you want to rent a car with a debit card.

I have to echo what RAD said...why? The car rental/hotel will place a hold on your cash. *Your* cash.
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