Credit Cards Blog

Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:06 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Consumers who use Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network or Qriocity services may have been the victims of credit card data theft, according to a notice posted on a company website. While there was as yet no evidence that credit card data had been taken, the possibility had not been ruled out. “If you have provided your

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 11:16 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

American Express has opened up two new credit card programs designed to entice consumers who want to get cash-back rewards in exchange for their credit card use and loyalty. The programs are called “Blue Cash Everyday” and “Blue Cash Preferred.” The Everyday program offers 3 percent cash back on supermarket purchases, 2 percent on gas

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Monday, April 25, 2011 1:40 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Would you trade a year’s worth of your credit card transactions data for a discount on a new pair of jeans? Gap is betting you will. Or at least that’s the idea behind a marketing initiative by the clothing retailer and the Visa credit card payment processing company. To enroll, you’ll have to enter your

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:52 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Young people may be smitten with credit cards and debt, but their elders enable such tendencies by encouraging the younger generation’s use of a credit as a sort of “safety mechanism.” That’s one finding of a new study by researchers Michelle Barnhart, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University, and Lisa Penaloza of

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:20 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Rewards are a key factor that consumers might well consider when they decide to apply for a new credit card. But in fact, many consumers who have a rewards card aren’t all that thrilled with the rewards. That was the chief finding of a recent survey of 1,045 adults conducted by BIGresearch for Capital One

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Monday, April 18, 2011 10:53 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Paper or plastic? PC or Mac? Chip and PIN or stripe and signature? Huh? That last item is a reference to a new credit card technology that has taken Europe by storm, but still lags in the United States. The “chip” part of the new technology refers to a microchip that’s embedded into the credit

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:32 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

The annual holiday season came and went four months ago, but some consumers may still be paying off their purchases, given that the average consumer owed more than $4,200 on his or her bank cards as of Dec. 31, 2010, according to new data from Experian, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus. Consumers

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:58 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Recipients of certain federal government benefits should soon get some additional protection from creditors who want to seize the direct-deposited funds for repayment of debt. Federal law already prohibits creditors from taking government benefits out of checking accounts to satisfy unpaid debts. However, creditors have used court orders to freeze the accounts so that the

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Monday, April 11, 2011 4:28 pm
By Jim Wang · Bankrate.com

Credit cards are fantastic tools if you are responsible with credit. Whereas some people compare it to a hammer, a powerful tool when used properly, I like to think of it as a Swiss army knife. Like a Swiss army knife, there are parts of it that you will probably never use as often as

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Monday, April 11, 2011 12:55 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Card issuers are continuing to pull out all the stops to attract new customers to travel rewards cards. The latest offer aimed at elite travelers comes from Chase and its British Airways Visa Signature card. For a limited time, the card is offering 100,000 air miles to new customers. With the British Airways Visa Signature

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