Credit Cards Blog

Friday, December 2, 2011 4:53 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Despite sweeping changes to credit card practices in the last two years, Americans are still stumped by the terms of their cards. That’s one of the key findings this week from the new federal watchdog group, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency analyzed more than 5,000 complaints it received from credit card holders from

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Thursday, December 1, 2011 4:40 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Debt is a major issue for many American families. And when it comes to juggling credit card debt, mortgages, car loans and student loans, many Americans are making the wrong financial moves. Staring at multiple debts, many consumers pay off smaller debts first even when larger debts have higher interest rates, according to a new

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:51 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Cyber Monday proved that more Americans are doing their shopping online. And that means there are more opportunities for thieves to snatch your credit card information from the Internet ether. Online sales on Monday leapt 33 percent in the U.S., compared with the same period last year, according to an IBM report released Tuesday. Consumers

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Monday, November 28, 2011 5:01 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

American Express is playing Santa this year, delivering surprise presents to cardholders. Starting Cyber Monday, American Express credit card holders can sign up for “The Gift Chain” program to receive surprise gifts (up to 10) when they spend $25 or more at participating online retailers, such as American Eagle Outfitters, Nike, Neiman Marcus, Bed Bath

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Friday, November 25, 2011 3:00 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

If you’re basking in post-Black Friday fracas euphoria (despite blowing your budget on the first “official” holiday shopping day), I bet you paid with a credit card. Consumers focus on the benefits of a purchase — while ignoring the price tag — when they pay by credit card, according to a new article by professors

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Thursday, November 24, 2011 10:00 am
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

As you camp out for the midnight opening of Black Friday at your favorite retailer, remember to keep a good grip on your plastic. The number of reported lost or stolen debit and credit cards jumps about 19 percent in November and December, compared with the rest of the year, according to a study released this

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:08 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

While a Turkey Day bender may stretch your waistline, be careful to not stretch your credit cards to the limit the day after. On average, Americans will spend $704.18 this holiday season, according to estimates by the National Retail Federation. That’s $465.6 billion in total, up 2.8 percent from last year. Much of that spending

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:05 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Wesley Snipes found out it’s harder to slay credit card debt than evil vampires. American Express hit the “Blade” star with a lawsuit last week, claiming the actor piled up nearly $30,000 in credit card debt before going to prison. Snipes is currently serving a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns (another personal

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Monday, November 21, 2011 3:32 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Worried about getting stuck at an unmanned European tollbooth because of your old-school credit card? Fortunately, there’s one more chip and PIN credit card for U.S. globetrotters to help you avoid that snafu. Chase on Monday rolled out its new British Airways Visa Card that features the EMV technology popular abroad and the traditional magnetic

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Friday, November 18, 2011 5:24 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

While well-heeled diners at some of New York’s finest steakhouses savored the last of their tuna tartar and filet mignon, their waiters stole the account data from their premium credit cards. About two dozen current and former waiters at upscale restaurants, such as Smith & Wollensky, Wolfgang Steak and Capital Grille, were arrested for being a

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