For each card listed in these results, you will find a description of its benefits. Important features are also itemized--things like introductory APR, normal APR, whether the card allows balance transfers and, if so, any associated fees.
This preliminary research will arm you with the information you need to know about each credit card type and is critically important when deciding which type is best suited to you. For example, if you know you have less than perfect credit, you probably should be searching for cards in the "bad credit" category for your best deal. From the cards listed for that type you can compare and select one which offers you the maximum number of benefits you want.
If, however, you are a business person who flies a great deal, you might want to look for credit cards under "frequent flyer," "business" and possibly even "rewards." Obviously the more credit card types you select, the more options will be available to you to pick from. It will be up to you to narrow down the choices to just the ones that fit your criteria.
When making your comparison, here is a word of caution: don't make a selection based strictly on a promotion, unless as a tie breaker between a couple of cards that already meet all of your other requirements. Teaser rates may look great, but promotional offers are temporary and designed only to entice you to sign up. Once the introductory period ends, the APR increases for as long as you have that card.
When comparing cards and deciding what type is best for you, it all boils down to your credit rating and what you are seeking from a card. Take advantage of credit card types and choose.
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- Do credit unions offer credit cards? Will they have better rates or features? How can I compare them with big bank cards?
- I’m tired of dealing with poor customer service! Which credit card company is the best for customer service?
- Are Discover Card credit cards any good?
- Which bank offers the best debit card?
- Is a credit score of 725 considered good?
- Why do you rate American Express credit requirements as "good credit" to secure a card? I thought to qualify for an American Express card you have to have excellent credit.
- Supposing you have a perfect credit score of 800 or better; which credit card offers the highest credit limits?