Credit Cards Blog

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:25 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Chase is dropping the fee for foreign purchases from another of its travel rewards credit cards. Chase is eliminating foreign transaction fees on its Marriott Rewards Premier credit card, according to an email from Chase Card Services. The Marriott Rewards Premier credit card comes with a $65 annual fee, which is waived in the first

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:13 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, wants consumers to know the specifics of a credit card’s cost before applying for the card, according to an article by The Associated Press. The CFPB, a new consumer watchdog agency set to open this summer, would like consumers to know the exact interest rate and credit line

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Monday, March 28, 2011 11:19 am
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office reveals the high cost of debt protection products sold to credit card customers. Credit card customers received 21 cents in tangible financial benefits for every dollar spent in debt protection product fees among the nine largest card issuers in 2009, according to the GAO report. Debt protection

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:11 am
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

To reduce losses from a proposed federal cap on interchange fees, JPMorgan Chase is ending its debit card rewards program for most customers on July 19, according to an article by Bloomberg. Chase customers will continue to earn debit rewards through July 19 and any rewards points accrued through that date will not expire, according

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:36 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Americans with credit card debt, payday loans and other high-cost consumer debt are more likely to have difficulty saving, according to a new national survey. About two-thirds of Americans with credit card debt reported having difficulty saving a portion of their paycheck, according to a survey by America Saves and Experian, a major credit reporting

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Monday, March 21, 2011 12:25 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

On March 18, the Federal Reserve Board approved a rule amending Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act. This rule clarifies aspects of previous Board rules implementing the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009. This rule states “credit card applications generally cannot request a consumer’s ‘household income’ because that term is too vague to allow issuers

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:49 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Two new congressional bills propose delays to upcoming caps on debit interchange fees that are scheduled to take effect in July. On March 15, a group of nine U.S. senators led by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced the Debit Interchange Fee Study Act. This bill would delay implementation of a proposed cap on debit interchanges

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:56 am
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

When it comes to credit cards, younger consumers want more credit. One-fifth of consumers under the age of 25 say they will open a new credit card account in 2011, according to a study by Auriemma Consulting Group, a firm based in New York that serves the financial services industry. A new federal law has

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Monday, March 14, 2011 1:38 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

A new travel rewards card promotion from Capital One will match the rewards miles that you’ve already earned with an airline credit card. For a limited time, Capital One is offering its Venture Rewards credit card with up to 100,000 free reward miles for new customers with airline rewards miles. To cash in on the

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 2:00 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday next week, I will be hosting a live chat about rewards credit cards with Greg McBride, CFA and senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com. If you’d like to watch or ask a question, please tune in here at 1 p.m. EST, March 16. The chat will last 30 minutes. What would you like to know

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