Chase treats customers to exclusive lounge at Disney's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Families visiting this fall's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will enjoy extra benefits when they carry a Chase debit or credit card. Between visits to more than 25 marketplaces, Chase cardholders can treat their parties to a pit stop at an exclusive lounge in the American Adventure Pavilion. There, guests can enjoy complimentary beverages [...]
Capital One survey measures shift to flexible travel rewards credit cards
Nearly half of American rewards credit card holders prefer travel deals to brand loyalty, according to a recent survey commissioned by Capital One. According to the Capital One Rewards Barometer, 45 percent of the survey's respondents make plans after picking a destination instead of waiting for prompts from an airline or hotel loyalty program. Additionally, [...]
Barclaycard Ring MasterCard puts customers in the boardroom
A new low interest credit card soon to be launched by Barclaycard aims to make its operations transparent by including customer input in key decision-making. In a statement to reporters, Barclaycard officials announced the pending launch of the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard.
Barclaycard spokesman Paul Wilmore explained that Ring cardholders would gain access to profit and loss [...]
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Credit score: Nice guys finish last
Nice people — as well as bad drivers — should worry about their credit scores, according to recent reports.
According to the Globe and Mail, a Louisiana State University research team set out to investigate the common belief that employers could judge a job applicant's trustworthiness by reviewing their credit reports. The LSU researchers couldn't find [...]
Credit Scoring / Reporting
Earn five free nights with Choice Hotels rewards credit card
Barclaycard and Choice Hotels have teamed up to offer new holders of their rewards credit cards up to five free nights at participating hotels and resorts around the world.
In a statement to reporters, officials from both companies announced updates to their Choice Privileges Visa Signature credit card. The card now features a new reward structure [...]
Rewards / Travel Cards
Square card reader vulnerable to hack attack
Researchers at Aperture Labs, a security research firm in the UK, have demonstrated two ways to hack the Square payment system to use credit cards fraudulently, security holes they say could streamline cybercrime despite Square's assurances that they monitor all transactions for fraud.
Square is one of the latest credit card payment processing systems for iOS [...]
Testing / Technology
Citi Simplicity Card is easy, but not cheap
Citigroup launched a revamped Citi Simplicity Card a credit card with an offer that aims to simplify the fees, rates and rules that create hassles for many cardholders.
The Simplicity card has these key features zero percent introductory APR for 21 months on balance transfers and on purchases. No annual fee - ever, no late fees [...]
New Citi/AA airline credit card offers "chip and PIN" plus elite perks
Citi Cards and American Airlines offer unprecedented benefits and a "chip and PIN" option to lure elite travelers to their latest airline credit card.
Travel rewards and perks
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® builds on the 24-year relationship between Citi and American Airlines, while promising extended compatibility with European merchants' point-of-sale terminals. Following a [...]
Rewards / Travel Cards, MasterCard, Citi Bank, Testing / Technology
American Express opens exclusive Universal Studios lounge in Orlando
American Express continues to expand its exclusive member entertainment program with a new lounge opening in Orlando's Universal Studios Florida on May 10. In a statement to reporters, AmEx spokesperson Shane Berry expressed hope that the new benefit would let traveling Cardmembers "relax, refresh, and recharge." Cardmembers will enjoy access to complimentary chilled beverages in [...]
First Premier Bank's CEO puts 'Worst Credit Card' in perspective
Miles Beacom's a brave man. After a few years of consumer backlash against the credit card industry, marked by unprecedented financial reform and ongoing federal investigations, Beacom's company earned a scolding from Consumer Reports. As the head of Premier Bankcard, it's Beacom's job to lead one of the few credit card issuers still opening subprime [...]
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