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  • Capital One launches Quicksilver cash back credit card with 1.5 percent rebate

    Capital One upped the ante in the competitive cash back credit card market with the launch of its Quicksilver brand this summer. In a statement to reporters, Capital One spokesman Mike Wassmer cited research that indicated consumer frustration with opt-in bonus promotions and complex reward structures. The new line of credit cards offers a consistent, 1.5 [...]

  • Rewards credit card holders will drive to summer vacations, if they can't fly for free

    About half of American rewards credit card holders will cash in rewards points to cover summer vacation costs this year, according to research commissioned by Capital One. That figure rose from the 42 percent reported by researchers during the same period a year ago. One in five cardholders even said they'd be willing to trade [...]

  • Chase, LivingSocial team for rewards credit card

    Chase Card Services and LivingSocial have teamed to launch a new credit card known as the LivingSocial Rewards Visa Card, the companies announced via a press release. The new rewards credit card is the first to team with a social buying site to offer cardholders an easy way to quickly earn points toward discounted deals. LivingSocial [...]

  • Delta SkyMiles AmEx wins Freddie for best loyalty credit card

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers expired and are no longer available. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has taken the top award for Best Loyalty Credit Card in the travel industry's annual Freddie Awards. Gold Delta SkyMiles was also one of three finalists for the Program of the Year award, [...]

  • Visa, MasterCard antitrust case could squeeze rewards cards

    The Street's Dan Freed warned investors this month that a major lawsuit against Visa, MasterCard, and over a dozen large credit card issuers has slipped "under the radar" despite the significant changes it could bring to the payment marketplace. Although the case won't reach the courtroom until September, industry analysts have started making guesses about its [...]

  • Credit card users get real checks in the mail

    After years of warning Americans to avoid cashing mystery checks from the mailbox, consumer advocates have an important message for almost anyone who used a credit card overseas between 1996 and 2006. That $18 check showing up from the Foreign Currency Fee Litigation Settlement Fund is actually real. Trial attorneys led a fight to reclaim some [...]

  • Discover, Chase enhance rewards programs

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available. Two major credit card issuers - Discover and Chase - have announced new rewards perks just in time for holiday shopping and traveling. Discover teams with Amazon.com Shopping on the giant retail site is now possible using Discover's Cashback Bonus points. Discover [...]

  • Consumers pad holiday budgets with credit card rewards

    According to a pair of consumer surveys, Americans will spend about the same this year on holiday gifts as they did in 2010. However, they'll rely more on credit card rewards and retailer sales to squeeze more from their shopping budgets. The National Retail Federation commissioned researchers to poll over 8,500 consumers about their holiday shopping [...]

  • Citi ThankYou Preferred card offers 50K bonus points

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Citibank is swimming against the tide of increasing bank fees by upping the way members can earn and use rewards points on its Citi ThankYou Preferred Card. New ThankYou cardholders are eligible to earn 25,000 bonus ThankYou Points if they make $5,000 [...]

  • Gavin DeGraw helps plug new Citi AA airline rewards card

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Citi and American Airlines enlisted recording artist Gavin DeGraw to show off their new airline rewards card in New York City this week. The partners used Grand Central Terminal's historic Vanderbilt Hall as the backdrop for the launch of the Citi [...]

  • A Groupon rewards credit card? Research shows potential

    Wall Street already likes Groupon and Living Social for their IPO potential. However, one research firm thinks the nation's banks could see even greater benefits by teaming up with the "daily deal" websites and issuing co-branded rewards credit cards. According to Lightspeed Research spokesman Greg Flemming, many daily deal shoppers already hold some of the [...]

  • RyVo pitches Bank of America's cash back rewards card

    Bank of America enlisted San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to help launch a new promotion for its BankAmericard Cash Rewards card this month. RyVo turned up at a Bay Area Safeway, signing souvenirs and picking up the tab for a handful of lucky fans who also learned about the credit card's new cash [...]

  • Survey: American Express ranks first in customer satisfaction

    For the fifth year running, American Express has been ranked the clear winner by consumers for overall satisfaction among the nation's top ten credit card companies. This survey considered six factors: benefits and services, billing and payments, customer interaction, credit card terms, problem resolution and rewards programs. It was released on Aug. 18 by J.D. Power [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Capital One Cash offers cash back and a 50-percent anniversary reward bonus

    Capital One offers customers the chance to earn 50 percent more cash back than the typical rewards credit card with the launch of "Capital One® Cash Rewards - $100 Cash Back Bonus." In a statement to reporters, Capital One spokesman Mike Wassmer compared the innovation of the company's new cash back card to the successful launch [...]

  • American Express Business Gold Rewards card offers social media perks

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer is expired and is no longer available. American Express continues its campaign to win over the nation's small business owners with the rollout of a new The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN offer. Company officials announced the new version of its iconic charge card [...]

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred: now better than gold?

    JPMorgan Chase celebrated the second anniversary of the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card by doubling reward points on purchases made at a long list of travel and dining vendors. Company officials announced the change to reporters this month, stating that their Sapphire now rivals other companies' gold cards as an essential personal finance tool for [...]

  • American Express launches Mercedes-Benz affinity cards

    American Express announced a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz that brings the luxury carmaker into its Membership Rewards program. In a statement to reporters, company officials announced both a credit card and a charge card that offer extra privileges for card members who make regular visits to their local Mercedes dealers. Mercedes-Benz credit card from American Express For [...]

  • Gap widens between rates for rewards and non-rewards cards

    The difference in interest rates between consumer non-rewards credit cards and rewards credit cards has increased over the course of July 2011, according to recent figures published by IndexCreditCards.com. As of July 31, the average consumer credit card rate was 16.50 percent, up from 16.43 percent in mid-July. The interest rate on rewards credit card offers, [...]

  • Delta SkyMiles credit card adds early boarding perk

    The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express adds a highly requested perk this month: priority boarding on all Delta flights. Delta and American Express officials announced the addition along with other updated benefits for their Platinum and Gold airline credit card beginning September 1, 2011. Once the new benefit rolls out to Delta's [...]

  • 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 Executive / AAdvantage 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 [...]

  • Chase updates United airline credit card with new logo and bonus rewards

    Chase Card Services has introduced the new United MileagePlus Explorer Card, its first post-merger airline credit card. Familiar design, more perks Just as new paint jobs brought United's name and Continental's logo to the merged carrier's aircraft, the new Chase/United airline credit card resembles the previous Continental Airlines OnePass Plus Card. The new United MileagePlus Explorer Card [...]

  • MasterCard launches Priceless New York experience rewards

    MasterCard wants to treat cardholders to "priceless" experiences in New York and other cities around the world with the debut of a new loyalty program. Company officials told reporters they intended to launch a series of city-specific websites offering special access to special events and performances reserved exclusively for MasterCard customers. For its first featured [...]

  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa fits all payment technologies

    U.S. Bank is poised to release a new "dual interface" card that will facilitate simpler payments for American travelers everywhere in the world. On June 10, U.S. Bank announced its plan to offer customers the advanced US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa card, in partnership with Oberthur Technologies and Visa. This new, high-tech credit card offers [...]

  • Amazon enables "shop with points" checkout feature for its rewards credit card

    Chase's partnership with Internet retailer Amazon.com means good news for online bargain hunters. Both companies announced updates to the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card that enable cardholders to easily earn and redeem reward points on the merchant's website. The "shop with points" function on Amazon's checkout pages now allows customers to pay for all or part of [...]

  • Consumers use credit card "free money" to help cover summer vacation costs

    Rewards credit cards will help Americans preserve their vacation plans in spite of rising travel costs this summer, according to a new survey commissioned by Capital One. In the spring 2011 edition of the credit card issuer's quarterly Capital One Rewards Barometer, consumers revealed a new hunger for high value bonus and redemption options. Although more [...]

  • Chase, Ritz-Carlton launch new luxury rewards credit card

    "Access to the Extraordinary" is the tag line of the new Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card. Launched on June 9, 2011 by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., this premium rewards card is the first and only card to carry the Ritz-Carlton name, offering rewards specific to the hotel and its [...]

  • MasterCard PriceAssure locks in lowest airfares on participating airlines

    Travelers now have a major incentive to use MasterCard when purchasing airline tickets, with the debut of a new airfare price assurance program. In a statement to reporters, company spokesperson Chris Aguas revealed that a MasterCard consumer survey showed 77 percent of travelers worry about timing their purchases to get the best deal on airfares. The payment [...]

  • Premium credit cards stick it to merchants with higher fees

    Consumers love rewards point programs, with millions of cardholders switching over to the best rewards credit card they can find - and in today's saturated market, there are plenty of options. But although consumers welcome the freebies they receive by using these cards, merchants are anything but satisfied with the steep prices they're charged to [...]

  • American Express predicts a strong travel season

    American Express officials say that consumers have abandoned "staycations" for the summer of 2011 in favor of sunnier vacation destinations. The latest edition of the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker shows that three in five Americans plan to travel this summer, even though gas prices have risen to nearly four dollars per gallon in [...]

  • Alaska Airlines Visa Signature earns Frequent Traveler Award for Best Loyalty Credit Card

    Frequent flyers selected Alaska Airlines Visa Signature as the winner of the 2011 Frequent Traveler Award for Best Loyalty Credit Card. The award marks three consecutive years that Alaska Airlines has landed at the top of the influential travel survey's results, earning the inaugural FTA in 2010 and the final Freddie Award for the same [...]

  • American Express Blue Cash rewards credit cards offer immediate cash back up to 6 percent

    Editors Note: This offer is expired and no longer available American Express has announced two new rewards credit cards with enhanced bonus offers. The Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express and Blue Cash Preferred cards streamline the cash rebate process by offering rewards as a choice of statement credits, specially-priced merchandise or gift cards from [...]

  • Chrysler Group, MasterCard announce new rewards credit card

    Chrysler Group announced it will introduce a new automotive rewards credit card in May. The carmaker is collaborating with First National Bank of Omaha and MasterCard on this co-branded card that would bear one of the following names: Chrysler, Jeep, Ram Truck, Dodge or Fiat. The purpose of the new credit card rewards program is to [...]

  • Chase announces two new Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa cards

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Chase is set to launch two new Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa cards on March 1. The new cards are designed to help cardholders more quickly earn points that can be redeemed for airline credits with no blackout dates or seat [...]

  • Chase doubles Southwest credit card offerings, makes flights easier to earn

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Frequent Southwest Airlines flyers will soon have two options for their favorite airline credit card, according to officials at Chase. Southwest recently announced changes to its Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program that offer additional earning potential for business travelers. Chase announced [...]

  • American Express launches four new ZYNC reward packs

    Editor's Note:  This offer has been discontinued since the article was written.  Cardmembers contributed ideas to the four new reward "packs" added to the American Express ZYNC Card this month, according to company officials. AmEx launched the white charge card earlier this year, targeting consumers younger than its traditional travel services customer base. Eligible cardmembers [...]

  • "Peggy" tackles football legends to announce Discover Orange Bowl rewards

    Officials from Discover Card delivered on an earlier promise to include significant cardmember benefits in their sponsorship of the 2011 Orange Bowl. In a statement to reporters, company spokesperson Harit Tawal revealed that cardmembers will be able to exchange Cashback Bonus Rewards for Orange Bowl tickets and other "game-changing benefits," including: admission to an exclusive tailgate [...]

  • Chase Eliminates Foreign Transaction Fee on New BA Visa Signature Card

    Chase joins the small list of banks offering credit cards with no foreign transaction fees for purchases made abroad. The British Airways Visa Signature Card from Chase offers plenty of reward options for frequent international travelers, but company officials admit that an instant savings on every purchase may become the new card's most attractive benefit.Most [...]

  • Citi piloting 2G credit card with instant reward option

    A cutting edge credit card from Citi will allow consumers to redeem rewards in their favorite stores with the push of a button. Officials from the major credit card issuer announced the first in a series of "Citi 2G Credit Cards" this month. The new cards feature a built-in battery and a programmable magnetic stripe.Cardholders [...]

  • Credit card antitrust settlement could hamper reward card usage

    A potential antitrust settlement among credit card payment platform operators could clear the way for merchants to openly favor certain forms of payment. Under existing merchant agreements, retailers must avoid "steering," the practice of encouraging consumers to use one type of credit card or debit card over another. Some retailers have already implemented moderate forms [...]

  • Discover Card to offer credit card customers Orange Bowl rewards

    College football fans will see a lot more orange over the next four years, after Discover Card officials announced an agreement to sponsor the next four Orange Bowl games. The deal integrates Discover's familiar orange and black insignia into all Orange Bowl football logos over the next four years. ESPN viewers will also see Discover's [...]

  • American Express sets December launch for three new travel perks

    Editor's Note: This offer expired and is no longer available. American Express announced three new travel perks for holders of its Platinum and Centurion Cards, all designed to save money and reduce frustration at the airport: The American Express Travel App, available for popular mobile phones, points travelers to the nearest airport lounge and recommends concourse amenities. [...]

  • Continental Airlines departing American Express Membership Rewards in 2011

    American Express Cardmembers who fly Continental Airlines have only one year remaining to convert Membership Rewards points into OnePass miles. Officials from both companies told reporters that they failed to reach an agreement to extend their promotional partnership beyond September 30, 2011. Industry analysts speculated that the partnership's end coincides with changes Continental must make [...]

  • Amazon.com shoppers can pay with American Express reward points

    American Express Cardmembers have been making online purchases on Amazon.com for years. Starting this month, they'll also be able to use their Membership Rewards points directly on the popular e-commerce website, without having to exchange their points for gift cards. Shoppers can use points for all or part of their purchases, making it even easier [...]

  • New Site Makes Discover Card Cashback Bonus Rewards Easier to Redeem

    Discover Card holders now enjoy greater choice and service when redeeming Cashback Bonus rewards, thanks to an enhanced redemption Website. Officials from Discover Financial Services announced the new Website to journalists and customers this month. The online redemption system now includes offers on brand-name merchandise along with options for statement credits and direct deposit.Unlike many [...]

  • Priority Club Select Visa Credit Card Offers Fast Rewards

    With help from online fans, JPMorgan Chase and InterContinental Hotel Group launched a new travel rewards credit card this month, the Priority Club Select Visa. IHG, the parent company of well-known brands like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, invited its frequent guests to visit an online forum where they could suggest features for a new [...]

  • Chase Credit Card Ads Highlight Ultimate Rewards

    Chase unveiled a multimedia advertising campaign this month to expand awareness of its Ultimate Rewards program to American audiences. The print ads and television commercials build on consumers' growing recognition of Chase credit cards' existing special features, including the flexible Blueprint balance management system and the Chase Sapphire rewards card. According to Chase officials, cardholders have [...]

  • Sheetz Launches Platinum Visa Rewards Credit Card

    Pennsylvania-based convenience store Sheetz, known for its made-to-order sandwiches, has partnered with a major bank to offer what company officials call the first "made-to-order" credit card. First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) will issue the Sheetz Platinum Edition Visa card, backed by significant promotional efforts in over 350 retail locations throughout the eastern United States.During [...]

  • Credit Card Security Database Reduces Declined Transactions for Travelers

    Business travelers and vacationers experience a frequent dilemma: interrupting their trips to contest a declined credit card transaction with a bank's fraud prevention team. With credit card skimming and cloning teams zapping stolen account numbers across the globe, lenders and merchants have exercised increased caution at the checkout terminal. A startup company hopes to solve the [...]

  • Stratus Rewards Lures Ultra-Wealthy with White Credit Cards

    While old money gravitates to black cards, an invitation-only white credit card has gained sudden popularity among affluent Americans and Europeans. Stratus Rewards offers a Visa White Card that grants members access to some of the world's most exclusive cultural, sporting, and entertainment events. Unlike recent moves by American Express to partner with Live Nation on [...]

  • Chase Freedom Rewards New Cardholders with Bonus

    Chase Freedom® credit card holders can enjoy cash back rewards that buck the industry trend of disappearing perks and rising fees. All purchases made on Chase Freedom cards qualify for a minimum cash rebate of 1 percent, regardless of spending patterns or previous program reward levels. Every three months seasonal promotions can qualify many common purchases for bonus [...]

  • Chase to Offer Hyatt Gold Passport Visa Credit Card

    Hyatt answered the pleas of travel reward aficionados with its announcement of a new, co-branded credit card in partnership with Chase. Hyatt has been, to some observers, strangely absent from the pool of reward credit cards for the past few decades. Online searches for information about Hyatt Gold Passport credit cards often turn up little [...]

  • Luxury Hotel Collection Adds Travel Perks to Visa Signature Credit Cards

    Visa Signature cardholders can now access a premium collection of luxury hotels and resorts, thanks to a new, exclusive travel and concierge services. Through a partnership with Kiwi Collection, Visa has launched the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection. By booking through a members-only website or by calling a Visa Signature concierge, qualifying cardholders can enjoy unprecedented perks [...]

  • American Express Launches New SMB Travel Program

    American Express bolstered its tradition of serving business travelers this month with the launch of a corporate travel management program named aXcentis. Small and medium businesses with up to $10 million in annual travel budgets can save money through American Express' relationships with air carriers, car rental companies, and hotel chains. In a statement to reporters, [...]

  • Discover Card to Add $1 Million to Cardholder's Cash Back Reward

    Editors note: this offer is no longer available. One lucky Discover Card holder may earn a cash back reward that's about a million dollars bigger than usual. Discover launched a new sweepstakes that rewards its customers for making everyday purchases with their Discover credit cards. Every day, the company will select 75 winners to receive Discover [...]

  • American Express Reward Points Can Now Help Pay Down Taxes

    American Express officials announced a list of new partners in their Membership Rewards program for 2010, including some surprising ways to use points to pay down taxes. Two leading tax payment services, Official Payments Corp. and Pay1040.com, already accepted Membership Rewards points in lieu of service fees from Cardmembers paying federal taxes online. Starting this month, [...]

  • American Express OPEN Launches Online Invoicing, Credit Card Processing Service for Small Business

    American Express officials highlighted their support for small business owners with the launch of AcceptPay, an online invoicing and payment manager released under the OPEN brand. The service integrates web-based customer relationship management tools developed by PaySimple with an affordable merchant account solution. American Express officials told reporters that the new service gives members more control [...]

  • Frequent Flyer Credit Card Rewards for Coin Purchases Headed for a Hard Landing

    A government program designed to introduce dollar coins into circulation may unwittingly have paid for hundreds of free flights and hotel nights. The U.S. Mint recently launched a website offering free shipping for collectors and merchants who use credit cards to order rolled coins directly from the government. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, [...]

  • Bank of America Testing Reward Credit Card Annual Fees

    Bank of America officials told reporters this week that they would begin testing annual fees on some of their most popular reward credit cards in 2010. Spokesperson Betty Riess told the Associated Press that the test would apply to just one percent of the bank's current reward credit card accounts.Credit card rewards programs often leave [...]

  • American Express' New Charge Card Offers Triple Reward Points to Frequent Flyers

    American Express officials want to tempt fans of credit card rewards programs. Their charge card, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, speeds up the process of earning points in the American Express Membership Rewards Program. The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card offers Cardmembers three ways to earn Membership Rewards points: Get 25,000 Membership Rewards® [...]

  • Discover Card Doubles Credit Card Rewards for Holiday Shoppers

    Officials at Discover Card unveiled some early holiday cheer this week. Cardmembers learned that their usual cashback reward will double, from up to 1% of purchases to a full 2% of purchases made at specific categories of holiday shopping retailers. The holiday credit card reward doubles rebates for transactions made at: clothing stores, department stores, jewelry stores, and [...]

  • Legislation Puts Credit Card Rewards at Risk

    Proposed federal regulation could jeopardize the future of cash back credit cards and other rewards for account holders. Every credit card transaction carries an interchange fee, or a service charge deducted from a merchant's revenue. In the United States, interchange fees average around two percent. Those fees not only cover the costs of security, accounting, and transmission, [...]

  • Missed American Express Payments Could Cost Credit Card Rewards Points

    Editor's Note: This expired. If you miss a credit card payment, you could miss your flight. That's a potential consequence of a policy change announced last week by American Express. According to spokesperson Desiree Fish, cardmembers with American Express Blue or Blue Sky accounts will forfeit any reward points earned during a month in which a minimum [...]

  • Reward Debit Cards Shift Consumers from Credit Cards

    A wave of ad campaigns asking bank customers to make signature transactions with their debit cards coincides with a shift from credit card reward programs to debit card perks and privileges. Recent research by First Data shows an almost even customer migration from reward credit cards to reward debit cards, fueling more profits for banks while reducing [...]

  • Credit Card Rewards Expansion Lets American Express Cardholders Redeem Rewards for Flights on British Airways

    Officials at American Express and British Airways announced this week that a loyalty rewards program already popular in the U.K. will arrive in the United States this fall. Overseen by BA's promotions subsidiary, the expanded partnership rewards American Express credit card holders with the ability to redeem Membership Rewards points for tickets on British Airways [...]

  • Capital One Rewards Charities for New Credit Card Connections

    Banking industry research suggests that outreach through smaller churches and charities can help credit card issuers uncover new customers in a highly saturated market. This explains part of the premise behind Capital One Card Lab Connect, a new suite of online tools that allows non-profit organizations of any size to create their own affinity credit [...]

  • Chase Ultimate Rewards Debut on Freedom and Sapphire Credit Cards

    Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available. At a time when many credit card issuers have reduced the benefits on reward credit cards, executives at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. have announced a new added value program. Chase Freedom and Chase Sapphire cardmembers can now qualify for [...]