The next British invasion may hit your wallet instead of your music collection, with UK lending giant Barclays using its Barclaycard brand to make inroads into the American credit card market. For a few years now, Barclaycard has backed some recognizable retail and travel rewards cards bearing familiar brands like US Airways and Wyndham Hotels.
Chase has spent plenty of advertising dollars positioning the benefits of its various rewards credit cards with different types of consumers. While the Chase Sapphire card resonates with jet-setters who love luxury experiences, Chase Freedom's brand aligns with frugal Americans who love to uncover extra cash in their daily activities.
Once a spin-off of a Sears retail credit card project, Discover has grown into a consumer lending powerhouse with hooks into the student loan and mortgage industries. With the Discover it for Students card, the lender wants to prove that qualifying for a student credit card doesn't mean putting up with stripped-down features.
Discover it brings back the same kind of feeling that early customers had when Discover invented the cash back credit card in the 1980s. Times have changed, and everyone from major banks to neighborhood credit unions now offers rewards.
With a fresh look and a focus on customer service, the Discover it card aims to win back the cash back credit card category that the original Discover card invented in the 1980s. With no annual fee, no foreign transaction fee, and amnesty for many of the situations that cause most banks to hike their rates and fees, Discover it card has the potential to set a new standard for American rewards credit cards.
The First Progress Platinum Elite MasterCard Secured Credit Card takes a long time to pronounce, but it can shorten the amount of time it takes you to build a solid credit history. Despite a relatively high APR, this card's low annual fee and affordable minimum deposit can put a clean line of credit within the reach of many consumers.
Were it not for some excellent cardholder benefits, the CitiBusiness® AAdvantage® World MasterCard® might seem out of place in the wallet of today's business traveler. In a corporate environment where company owners scrutinize every expense, staying loyal to a single airline seems downright quaint.
The CitiBusiness ThankYou Card offers no annual fee and a very low APR for qualified customers. A business owner who occasionally needs to float a balance beyond 30 days can save some money on finance charges, compared to similar business rewards cards.
The Marriott family turned their commitment to guest service into a global empire that includes thousands of hotels and resorts. Although the Starwood Group's loyalty program often gets the most kudos when frequent travelers compare notes, Chase's Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card offers some of the most lucrative perks among hotel affinity cards.
Even fiercely loyal business travelers have been told to start scouring discount booking websites for the cheapest possible airfares and hotel rooms. Yet, for travelers with a say over where they stay, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers some compelling reasons to remain true to a single family of hotel brands that includes DoubleTree, Hampton Inn and Waldorf Astoria.