January 22, 2017 in Credit Cards

Today’s popular credit cards

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If you’re in the market for a new credit card, look for cards that feature outstanding rewards, big bonus offers, long introductory periods when you’ll pay no interest and low fees.

Whether you’re looking for a rewards card or a card that can help you build credit, this list includes something for everyone.

Here are popular credit cards in different categories as picked by the experts at CreditCards.com.

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Today’s popular credit cards
Card Category Why it’s good
Chase Freedom Unlimited Overall rewards Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase
Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Travel and airline rewards 2 miles for every dollar spent on all purchases
Chase Slate Balance transfer Save with a $0 introductory balance transfer fee and get 0% introductory APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers
Citi Simplicity 0 percent APR intro period 21 months no interest on purchases and balance transfers
Citi Double Cash Flat-rate cash back 1% cash back on all purchases; 1% cash back when you pay your bill on time
Chase Sapphire Preferred Points rewards 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining
Chase Ink Business Preferred Business card 3 points for every $1 spent on select categories up to $150,000 annually
Capital One Secured Mastercard Secured card for bad credit Deposit may be smaller than credit limit
Credit One Bank Unsecured Platinum Visa Unsecured card for bad credit 1% cash back on gas and groceries
Discover it Chrome for Students Student credit card 2% cash back on gas and restaurant purchases; bonus offered for good grades

Chase Freedom Unlimited

This rewards credit card offers generous cash back and a decent sign-up bonus.


Who should get this card

This card is a good choice for anyone who wants a straightforward rewards program. It’s also useful for anyone who already owns a Chase rewards card, since Chase Ultimate Rewards can be transferred between cards.

It comes with a 0 percent, 15-month introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers, making it a good option for someone trying to pay down high-interest debt. After the initial intro period, the card has a variable APR of 15.99 to 24.74 percent.

Its cashback rate, while good, isn’t the highest flat-rate available. This card also has no bonus categories, a downside if you spend frequently in one area where you want to maximize rewards.

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

Its simple rewards structure, generous sign-up bonus and flexibility makes this a worthy card to own.


Who should get this card

This is a great card for the avid traveler who wants easy-to-use rewards and big bonus opportunities. Like the Venture Rewards card, the Arrival Plus allows you to use your rewards on any airline or hotel.

This card has a 0 percent introductory APR for 12 months for all balance transfers made within 45 days of opening an account. It comes with a variable APR of 16.99, 20.99 or 23.99 percent, based on creditworthiness. The annual fee is $89, which is waived the first year.

Chase Slate

Its long introductory period and lenient stance on late payments make the Chase Slate a standout option among balance transfer cards.


Who should get this card

If you’re looking for a balance transfer card with a good no-interest introductory period, no fee to transfer a balance and flexibility on late payments, the Chase Slate is a solid choice.

On the other hand, you are limited in how much you can transfer to the card: $15,000 or your credit limit, whichever is lower. You also can’t transfer debt from another Chase account.

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Citi Simplicity

This card has an industry-leading introductory offer, which makes it a great choice for the consumer who wants to make a big purchase and pay it off slowly. And because of its generous stance on late fees (there are none), it’s also a solid option if you need flexibility with payments.


Who should get this card

Anyone wrestling with high-interest credit card debt should consider the Citi Simplicity card. It’s generous 21-month introductory zero percent APR offer on balance transfers and new purchases gives debtholders an opportunity to pay down their bill without accruing additional charges. This card also has access to Citi’s Price Rewind program, which will refund the price difference if you made a purchase that can be found for less elsewhere.

After the introductory period expires, this card has an ongoing variable APR of 14.99 to 24.99 percent.

Citi Double Cash

This card has a simple rewards structure with no categories to track, no cap on cash back and no annual fee. That makes it a great cash-back card.


Who should get this card

This card is good for those seeking an affordable cash-back card with generous rewards on all purchases and an easy-to-use rewards structure. There’s no chasing bonus categories, no rotating categories and no annual fee.

This card charges a variable APR of 14.49 to 24.49 percent.

If you typically carry a balance, or often fail to pay on time, this may not be the card for you. There’s also no sign-up bonus, something you’ll find on other competing cards.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

This card’s generous rewards, stellar sign-up bonus and low annual fee are hard to beat. It’s a solid card for people scared off by the Sapphire Reserve’s big annual fee.


Who should get this card

This card is ideal if you’re looking for an everyday, low-fee travel card with great perks. It’s especially useful if you’re comfortable using the Chase Ultimate Rewards program — when redeemed through the program, points are worth 25 percent more.

There’s no introductory fee for the first year. After that, the fee is $95 per year. It has a variable APR from 16.99 to 23.99 percent.

Chase Ink Business Preferred

Ample bonus opportunities and points on business-related spending put the Chase Ink Business Preferred at the head of the class.


Who should get this card

This card is a solid option if you spend heavily on the card’s bonus categories. It’s also worth consideration if you plan on spending at least $5,000 within the first three months to earn the bonus, which is equal to $1,000 toward travel when redeemed through the Chase Ultimate Rewards program.

While it offers generous perks, this card comes with an annual fee of $95. You’ll need to make sure you spend enough to earn rewards that cancel out the fee.

It has a variable APR of 16.99 to 21.99 percent.

Capital One Secured Mastercard

This is one of the only secured cards with a deposit requirement that could be lower than your limit.


Who should get this card

This card is a good fit for anyone with little or no history who might qualify for one of the lower deposit options. The card also comes with an option to pay the opening deposit in installments over an 80-day period, which may help people on a fixed income who are seeking to build credit.

Not everyone can qualify for this card. If you have a non-discharged bankruptcy, a past due or over-the-limit Capital One card, a card that was charged off within the past year or your monthly income does not exceed your monthly housing payments by at least $425, you won’t be approved.

Credit One Bank Unsecured Platinum Visa

Rebuild credit without putting down a deposit with this card, which also features cash back rewards and a flexible payment policy.


Who should get this card

This card is ideal for the individual who wants to build credit while earning cash-back rewards for gas or grocery purchases. But if you often miss payments or typically carry a balance, the high fees on this card could quickly cancel out any rewards earned.

The Credit One Bank Unsecured Platinum Visa includes an annual fee that ranges between $0 and $99.

It has a variable APR of 16.99 to 24.99 percent.

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Discover it Chrome for Students

This is a quality student credit card for cash back and perks. Plus, students can get a bonus for maintaining good grades.


Who should get this card

The Discover it is a fine pick for students with good grades who would like to enjoy cash back and perks. It also works as a solid introduction to credit because it has no annual fee and allows for mistakes.

There is no penalty APR, no late fee on the first payment and no over-limit fee. You’ll be charged a variable APR of between 13.99 and 22.99 percent.

Take note, though: Discover isn’t widely accepted overseas. So while the card comes with no foreign transaction fees, it’s a less than optimal choice for studying abroad.

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