Credit Cards Blog

Monday, August 29, 2011 2:21 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Some credit card holders won’t have to worry about paying their bills on time as they clean up debris from Hurricane Irene – at least temporarily. Several banks and issuers are giving their customers a reprieve from credit card late fees along with other banking fees if they live in hurricane-affected areas, according to numerous media

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:41 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Here’s a card George Costanza’s wallet would love. Fifth Third Bank unveiled its combo debit and credit card on Wednesday, offering a new way for consumers to thin out the pieces of plastic they carry. The aptly named Duo Card, which carries the MasterCard logo, allows consumers to select a credit or debit transaction by

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:41 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

There’s nothing more annoying than working too hard for your money. And that’s why Capital One launched its new, straightforward cash-back rewards credit card. The company on Tuesday unveiled its Capital One Cash card, which features a total of 1.5 percent cash back on all purchases, but without the hoops to jump through. Here’s how it

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 4:55 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

The court match-up between credit scoring behemoth FICO and upstart VantageScore turned in favor of the underdog last week. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit threw out FICO’s appeal of a lower court’s decision that rejected FICO’s claims of anti-competitive behavior, false advertising and unreasonable and illegal restraint of trade regarding the

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Monday, August 22, 2011 3:15 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

American Express and Mercedes-Benz, two names synonymous with luxury, are debuting a charge and credit card aimed at showcasing the well-heeled lifestyle. The two companies announced Monday the launch of the Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Card from American Express exclusively for Mercedes-Benz. The cards mark several firsts for American Express.

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Friday, August 19, 2011 2:29 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

If you hate to wait, especially to redeem credit card rewards, Citi and Best Buy have an app for you. The duo on Thursday debuted a new app for iPhones and Androids that allows Citi ThankYou rewards members to redeem points instantly at Best Buy via smartphone. Simply scan or type in an item’s barcode

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:22 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

More Americans are giving their credit cards a thumbs-up this year. Credit card satisfaction rose for the second year in a row, according to a J.D. Power and Associates study released Thursday. The study considers six factors: interaction; credit card terms; billing and payment process; rewards; benefits and services; and problem resolution. Overall, credit card

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:48 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

What’s the worst that can happen if you don’t pay your credit card debt? Hounding phone calls. Bad credit. Court order. How about death? Sounds outrageous, but that’s exactly what Indonesian police officials alleged happened to one man who met with debt collectors hired by Citibank to settle his $11,000 credit card obligation. The Washington

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 12:41 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Reports from several corners show that Americans are handling their debt better than the U.S. government. First up, a study from TransUnion on Tuesday shows the percentage of borrowers who are at least 90 days late on their credit card payments shrank to 0.6 percent in the second quarter. Not only is that the sixth

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Monday, August 15, 2011 4:39 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Citi corporate travelers won’t have their overseas purchases rejected because of old school credit card magnetic strips. The credit card company said last week it’s launching its Citi Corporate Chip and PIN card, which features an embedded EMV-enabled microprocessor commonly accepted outside of the U.S. EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the developers of

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