Credit Cards Blog

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:15 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

In Monday’s blog, I wanted to clear up the relationship between credit scores and Suze Orman’s new prepaid card. (The short of it: There’s no connection.) But while I trekked the credit score universe, I came across a few other nuggets about prepaid cards and credit scores that are worth thinking about, especially if you’re

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:20 am
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Have you been keeping up with the Suze Orman prepaid card debacle? If not, I’ll fill you in. Earlier this month, the guru of personal finance launched her very own prepaid card. It’s the kind of card that you load up with your own money and swipe it like a debit or credit card at

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Friday, January 27, 2012 5:24 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

State senators in Maryland are considering a proposal that will allow parents or guardians to freeze their child’s credit report. The measure highlights an interesting and effective method to protect your identity. A credit or security freeze keeps new creditors from pulling your credit report or reporting information about you to the credit bureaus. However,

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 3:25 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Some exciting new credit card products and perks came out of Chase and American Express this week. First off, Chase unveiled its Disney’s Premier Visa Card on Wednesday. Cardholders can earn 2 percent in rewards on credit card purchases at restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and at most Disney locations at Disney World Resort, Disneyland

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:30 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Bank of America is joining a handful of credit card issuers that offer retailer discounts based on your past purchases. The national bank said it’s testing the new program on employees in Nevada, North Carolina and South Carolina, according to a report in The Washington Post. By the middle of next month, it plans to

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5:19 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

A court battle brewing between credit card companies and major retailers could end up costing American consumers. Five million retailers, including the likes of Payless ShoeSource, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and the National Restaurant Association, filed an antitrust litigation suit against Visa, MasterCard and 13 major credit card issuers. The suit alleges the

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Monday, January 23, 2012 3:32 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Did you hear the one about the lady who got another person’s credit card in the mail? Twice? Cindy Sullivan of Minneapolis received a credit card from U.S. Bank, but the name on the card belonged to the woman who lived in her house more than eight years ago. Fortunately for the woman whose name

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Friday, January 20, 2012 4:39 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

In the race to turn cellphones into credit card readers comes a new app that does just that. Card.io unveiled a mobile application that allows cellphone users to accept credit card transactions by taking a picture of a credit card with their phone and sending a receipt by email to the card’s owner. The app

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:00 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

It seems like Chase is letting some delinquent credit card holders loose. Court records in major cities in California, Florida, Maryland, New York and Washington indicate that Chase has withdrawn nearly all its collection suits against cardholders, according to a recent article in American Banker. And Illinois records show the credit card issuer continues to

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:21 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Five months after Visa proposed carrot-and-stick initiatives for retailers to usher in EMV-enabled credit cards onto U.S. soil, the credit card company is clearing up one fundamental misconception: what EMV cards actually are. In a blog Friday, the company distinguished between EMV-enabled credit cards and chip and PIN credit cards, two terms often used interchangeably

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