Credit Cards Blog

Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:59 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Discover cardholders have one more way to buy items on Amazon.com: with rewards points. The credit card issuer on Tuesday unveiled its new pairing with the online retail giant that allows Discover cardholders to pay for Amazon purchases with Cashback Bonus points. And to kick off the holiday shopping season, cardholders will earn double cash

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2:14 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Recent credit card stats seem like good news at first blush. Credit card debt declined in August for the second straight month, per the Federal Reserve. Late payments on credit cards fell in the second quarter, according to the American Bankers Association. And more rewards credit card holders are redeeming their rewards, according to a Capital

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:04 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Two weeks ago, my brother-in-law stumped me with a Capital One credit card in euros or dollars. Imagine my embarrassment when I couldn’t help him answer that question. To keep things interesting, he alternated between euros and dollars and I promised to find out the difference when I got back stateside. First stop was Capital

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Monday, October 10, 2011 12:30 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

So no one likes these new debit card fees that are in the offing. Does that mean it’s time to put purchases on your credit card instead? Before answering that question, let’s back up to the beginning. Bank of America said last week it’s going to charge a $5 fee every month you use your

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Friday, October 7, 2011 1:49 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

A battle is waging in Massachusetts over the use of credit scores to determine auto insurance rates. The Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents, or MAIA, is getting ready to go door-to-door, so to speak, to gather enough voter signatures to place the possible ban of the practice on the state ballot next year. The petition also

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:55 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Sometimes general answers to common credit answers aren’t enough. Some consumers want more personalized help, and that is what Experian is offering. On Wednesday, the credit reporting bureau, one of the three major ones in the industry, launched a new service nationwide that provides consumers with a one-on-one call with a credit expert to help

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Monday, October 3, 2011 3:53 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

As if keeping up with reports from the three main credit bureaus wasn’t enough, another credit report is making its debut. And it knows even more about you. CoreLogic, a provider of information, analytics and business services, said Monday it is launching a new credit report to help lenders make even better decisions about who

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Friday, September 30, 2011 8:33 am
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

The law known as the Credit CARD Act implemented a number of restrictions on credit card fees. This week a federal judge stepped in to stall the effective date of one of those fee limits. A quick recap of events: One of the provisions in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 limited

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:40 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

If you have no credit and wanted to establish it, you could start with a secured credit card or store card and build a good credit score over time. But what if you didn’t want to take on any debt? Enter RentReporters.com, a new service that validates your rent payments with your landlord and reports

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Monday, September 26, 2011 4:19 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

One little paragraph in President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction plan could make it easier for federal debt collectors to reach delinquent consumers. The Huffington Post reported that on page 28 of the proposal was a section that would allow federal agencies to call people’s mobile phones to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the federal

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