The BankAmericard® Credit Card was recently honored with a CardRating’s Editor’s Choice Award, 2016, for its low introductory APR. This card is a great option for anyone looking to take advantage of balance transfers. This card does not charge an annual fee either, which is always a welcomed perk.
Cardholders will also be pleased to know that for the ninth year in a row, Bank of America has been recognized for its fraud prevention, detection and resolution with a Best Overall Identity, Safety in Banking Award from Javelin Strategy and Research.
This no-frill card allows cardholders to focus on the basics of card membership: how to use a credit card and make timely payments each month. BankAmericard® Credit Card also offers an introductory APR on balance transfers for 18 billing cycles (keep in mind that you have to make the transfers within 60 days of opening your account). The 18 billing cycle intro offer is one of the best on the market, just barely behind some of Citibank’s 21-month interest-free offerings such as Citi Simplicity® Card - No Late Fees Ever or Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card - however both these Citi cards require Excellent credit, while the BankAmericard® Credit Card requires Good or Excellent credit. The BankAmericard® Credit Card offers a $0 Liability Guarantee. In the event someone steals your credit card, or uses your account information to make unauthorized purchases, you won’t be on the hook. Text banking also makes managing finances easier, especially if you’re new to using a credit card. Send a text message to Bank of America and you’ll get an immediate reply with details on account balances, recent transactions and a searchable transaction history. This is a great way to keep your spending in check.
The biggest drawback with this card is the lack of rewards. There is no sign-up bonus, and no-going perks to take advantage of. If you tend to leave a revolving balance on your credit card, this card may become expensive. There’s optional overdraft protection, which is nice, but because this card is designed as a tool to build credit, we don’t recommend getting into the habit of using this feature. Plus, there can be a $12 fee for each transaction, which should be avoided. Once the introductory APR has run out, this card is all about building credit history. We recommend learning the basics with the BankAmericard® then trying a new card with more perks once you’ve gotten the hang of it.
Neither of these cards charge an annual fee and both have an introductory balance transfer offer, but BankAmericard® Credit Card’s 18 billing cycle 0% intro APR offer only applies to balance transfers, while Chase Slate® sweetens the deal with a 0% Intro APR on Purchases and Balance Transfers for 15 months (which can be more appealing to consumers). Chase Slate® also has a slight advantage over BankAmericard® when it comes to penalty APR. Chase Slate® charges none(while BankAmericard® does), so paying late with Slate® won’t affect your interest rate.
For consumers who want to level up and get cash back for money they planned to spend anyway, the BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card is a good option. The card offers a $100 cash rewards bonus after you make at least $500 in purchases in the first 90 days. You also get 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% cash back on groceries and wholesale club purchases and 3% cash back on gas (on up to $2,500 in combined gas, grocery and wholesale club purchases quarterly). BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card offers an intro APR for the first 12 Billing cycles on balance transfers and purchases, while BankAmericard® Credit Card’s 18 Billing Cycle offer doesn’t include purchases. For Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers (or preferred rewards member) BankAmericard® Cash Rewards has a leg up — this card offers an accelerated rewards program: an additional 10%-75% bonus — BankAmericard® Credit Card does not include this feature.
The BankAmericard® credit card is designed for people who need to build their credit rather than those who want to amass rewards. The BankAmericard® Credit Card> is a great option for college students establishing their credit history or for first first-time credit cardholders who previously used cash or check for all their purchases.You’ll get just the basics with BankAmericard®, but this may be all you need.