Credit Cards Blog

Thursday, November 17, 2011 3:08 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Thanks to a tiny white plastic credit card reader, some Salvation Army bell ringers will be doing more swiping than jingling this year. The charity — known for its red kettles and bells during the holidays — is testing out Square, the mobile credit card reader, in San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and New York. The

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:04 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Did you know some credit card companies are boosting their rewards offers this Black Friday? If you did, you’re in the minority. A whopping three-quarters of rewards credit card-carrying consumers surveyed by Capital One are in the dark about these promotions. “There are some serious rewards opportunities available during the holidays that can give you

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:57 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

It appears the colder the temperature, the more likely you’ll pay your credit card bill on time. At least that’s a cursory takeaway from TransUnion’s third-quarter report on national credit card delinquency rates. The report released Tuesday showed that North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota and Wisconsin had the four lowest delinquency rates in the country.

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Monday, November 14, 2011 3:59 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

A new service allows consumers to embed coupons on a debit or credit card. Sounds convenient, but your privacy may be at stake. A partnership between Linkable Networks and 24/7 Real Media last week unveiled its Linkables service, where consumers can link their debit or credit cards to online and offline promotions. It works like

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Friday, November 11, 2011 11:27 am
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Just in time for Veterans Day, Chase is adding perks to its line of credit cards for U.S. men and women in uniform. The bank is giving military cardholders unlimited cash back for all purchases and eliminating foreign transaction fees. The changes apply to Chase’s Military Star Rewards MasterCard; Air Force Club MasterCard; Army Morale,

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Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:35 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Bank of America Merrill Lynch became the latest in a growing number of big issuers to offer chip-and-PIN credit cards to U.S. customers to make transactions more convenient abroad. The bank said Tuesday it plans to add the feature — in addition to the magnetic stripe — to all its U.S. corporate credit cards starting

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:07 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Discover has dropped its 2 percent fee on foreign transactions. As of Nov. 6, Discover will no longer charge foreign currency conversion fees to customers using their Discover cards outside the United States, according to Kathryn Henry, a spokeswoman for Discover. This change in policy regarding card transactions made in foreign countries applies to all

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Monday, November 7, 2011 2:39 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching, and credit card issuers are rolling out all kinds of promotions to encourage holiday shoppers to charge their way through holiday shopping lists. “Consumers lose their minds a little bit” around┬áthe holiday shopping season, says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at SmartCredit.com. If you have trouble staying

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Friday, November 4, 2011 4:34 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Last week, I promised my perspective on MasterCard’s third-quarter earnings after Visa’s results last week held some interesting nuggets. Well, here it is, folks: 1. You were really happy if you owned the credit card company’s stock. MasterCard handedly beat estimates for its profit, and investors celebrated. Sadly, I don’t own the stock and second,

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 3:31 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Good news if you’re interested in getting a credit card. Banks are still giving out credit cards in increasing numbers versus a year ago, according to new Equifax data as reported by The Wall Street Journal. At least through July. The number of new credit cards rose by more than 25 percent to 21.6 million

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