Credit Cards Blog

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:55 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Now you can fit more credit cards in your virtual wallet. Visa, Discover and American Express jumped on the Google Wallet bandwagon, the search engine giant said Monday. The app transforms a cell phone into a payment method, enabling consumers to leave their plastic at home and tap their phones to complete purchases at payment

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Monday, September 19, 2011 4:17 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

It’s not Pulitzer-worthy, but the new credit card agreements from some issuers deserve a little recognition. CreditCards.com reported Monday that several large issuers — including Chase, HSBC, Discover and Citi — are rewriting their card contracts in simpler, plainer English that every Joe can read and understand. The multipage contracts that consumers get when they

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Friday, September 16, 2011 3:10 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

For aspiring Gordon Ramsays, Bobby Flays and Rachael Rays (or those who just want to mimic their kitchens), here’s a rewards credit card for you. Williams-Sonoma served up its first credit card with Barclaycard Thursday, featuring the Visa logo. Cardholders earn three rewards points for every dollar spent at the culinary retailer along with one-for-one

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:23 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Chase credit cardholders behaved better than Capital One’s last month. But overall, Americans continue to treat their plastic with more respect. The “Viking” company reported Thursday that the percentage of customers who paid their credit card bills at least 30 days late ticked up to 3.43 percent last month from 3.37 percent. The rate at

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:14 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Have you seen Subway’s new menu item? Game credits for Battlestar Galactica Online. Well, almost. Thanks to the creation of Openbucks, a gift card payment network, customers can buy gift cards from participating retailers and redeem them for online games. The retailers include Subway, Circle K, CITGO, Hess and Sports Authority. After buying an Openbucks-enabled gift

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:19 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

American Express is bidding bon voyage to Continental and bonjour to Virgin. The credit card issuer said Monday that Richard Branson’s airline is joining AmEx’s membership rewards program. Virgin America will fill the gap left by Continental Airlines, which leaves the program at the end of this month. Continental’s breakup with American Express comes as

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Monday, September 12, 2011 2:37 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

From the looks of the news on credit cards, it seems like a criminal is on every corner trying to steal your credit card information. An Indiana man was just locked up for 14 years after being found guilty of creating counterfeit credit cards. Secret Service agents found almost 21,000 credit card accounts on his computers, in his email

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Friday, September 9, 2011 4:19 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Imagine credit card companies stealing each other’s customers over smartphone. It’s not so farfetched. On Thursday, Mitek Systems unveiled a new app that allows you to search for a better credit card rate than the one you already have and instantly transfer the balance to a new credit card account. All via your iPhone, BlackBerry and

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 4:11 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

It might be time for the kids to sit their parents and grandparents down for a lesson on credit card debt. At least that’s the takeaway from a report last week from Auriemma Consulting Group showing that the younger set of credit cardholders are the more responsible. The survey revealed that about one in four

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 1:31 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Here’s a new option for gift givers: the new American Express eGift Card. The new virtual card, unveiled Tuesday, mimics the credit card company’s “real” gift card with no fees after purchase, such as for activation, checking on the balance and monthly servicing. The funds also don’t expire. The cost to you: A $2.95 upfront

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