Articles on Credit Cards

Will New Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards Stop Identity Theft?

Pretty soon you'll be getting a new, more secure credit card in the mailbox. It's called "chip and PIN," and here's what you need to know about it.

6 Hidden Dangers of Credit Card Balance Transfers

We're advocates of credit balance transfers as part of a debt reduction plan, but that doesn't mean the strategy is risk-free. Here's what to watch out for.

Now Is the Best Time in Years to Do a Credit Card Balance Transfer

A credit card balance transfer is a good first step toward debt reduction and a sounder financial footing. Here's why you shouldn't wait to use one.

The 10 Commandments of Credit Card Use

Follow these 10 rules of responsible credit card use and reap the rewards of low interest, smaller monthly bills, and more money in your savings.

The Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards

If you're fighting to reduce your credit card debt, a balance transfer card can be a powerful tool. Read this list to find the best card for you.

How Many Credit Cards Should You Carry?

For savvy credit card holders, it's a myth that more than one card is irresponsible. Here's what to consider before adding more cards to your wallet.

How to Get 5% Cash Back on Holiday Purchases

Reduce the bite holiday spending takes out of your budget with one of these cash back rewards cards.

Don't Get Taken by the Latest Secure Credit Card Scam

A fake bank is offering phony secured credit cards to consumers with troubled credit histories, and reading the fine print may not be enough to protect you.

Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World MasterCard Review

Despite a couple of odd fees, the Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World Mastercard is a good choice for frequent American Airlines flyers.

Budgeting for Study Abroad: What You'll Need, and How to Access Your Money

Studying abroad introduces students to a culture...and it can also be a crash course in budgeting and cash management. Here's what you need to know.

What’s on Your Travel #BucketList?

What's on your travel bucket list? Whatever it is, the Capital One Venture Rewards Card can help.

3 Smartphone Apps That Manage and Maximize Your Credit Card Rewards

Credit card rewards programs can be hard to maximize, and it's easy to let points slip away. Wrangle your rewards with this trio of smartphone apps.

Barclays Rewards MasterCard Review: A Promising New Card From an Old Bank

The U.S. credit card market is crowded, but a combination of simplicity and reward points could entice consumers to this new offering from Barclays.

The Discover It Card: Attractive Cash Back Awards for Shoppers

With 5% cash back in rotating categories, 0% intro APR, and no annual fee, the Discover It credit card is a smart choice for those who don't carry a balance.

5 Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards

Tired of overpaying for gas? Get 5% back or 15 cents off per gallon with these gas reward cards.

Maximize the Value of Your Airline Miles and Points

Should you pay with points or pay with cash? Learn how to apply the Two Cent Rule and maximize the value of your travel rewards.

5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards

If you're responsible with your credit, a rewards credit card can be a nice perk -- free stuff! If you don't want to bother with points programs, choose a cash rewards card.

Best Rewards Card: The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Our travel credit card expert zips around the world for free using by credit card rewards. Learn why this card is the best in his wallet.

The 5 Best Credit Cards for College Students

Used wisely, these credit cards can be a great way for parents and college kids to share expenses while also building students' financial independence.

Credit Cards Aren’t as Competitive as They Want You to Believe

Competition between businesses is what creates good deals for consumers, right? Then why the heck are credit card companies not more competitive?