Credit Cards Blog

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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Friday, August 12, 2011 2:16 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Here’s a little good news to offset the U.S. debt downgrade doldrums: More credit card holders are paying their bills on time. A study released Friday by Experian shows that 60-day delinquencies on credit cards are down to pre-recession levels. (It’s hard to remember when that was.) Anyhow, nicely done, fellow consumers. Sadly, the report

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:06 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

What’s in your wallet? Some HSBC credit card holders in the U.S. may find a Capital One credit card in theirs next year. On Wednesday, HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, said the “viking” company is buying its U.S. credit card business for $2.6 billion. HSBC’s approximately $30 billion credit card portfolio includes its MasterCard, Visa, private label

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:07 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Visa is raising its stakes on chip-and-PIN credit cards. The company on Tuesday launched a multi-pronged initiative to expand the use and acceptance of EMV-enabled credit cards in the U.S. Visa said it’s offering certain incentives if retailers swap out their old-school payment systems with ones that take these cards. EMV is an acronym for Europay,

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 2:34 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Three people have been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of credit card skimming at a local restaurant in New Port Richey, Fla. According to a press statement, the Pasco County sheriff’s office has charged a waitress at a Mugs ‘N Jugs with criminal use of personal identification information, and charged several of

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