The Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum is a no-frills, no-annual-fee credit card with one of the lowest variable APRs on the market, which is exactly why it was recently named a 2017 CardRating's Editor's Choice Award winner for the Best Ongoing Low Interest credit card.
With physical branches in just three states, Simmons Bank barely qualifies as a regional bank. However, they've spent over a century building a reputation for fairness, value, and customer service. Their conservative underwriting approach means that very, very few of their customers ever default on their loans. Therefore, they can offer some of the country's best low interest credit cards. This basic credit card routinely offers a very small spread from the prime rate, ensuring that you'll save money whenever you need to park a balance here.
Best card for balance transfers
The Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum may not come with a leading-edge online banking service or a fleet of concierges standing by, but it offers something that most elite credit cards don't provide: free balance transfers. That means you can pair this account with your favorite rewards credit card or cash back credit card whenever you can't pay off a purchase within a single statement cycle. This one-two punch can help you finance large purchases, like appliances or vacations, when you don't have access to a zero interest teaser rate from another lender.
Otherwise, this card's extra perks and benefits match what you'll get from just about any lender's entry level Visa or MasterCard account. The card includes ATM access for cash advances at a slightly higher interest rate than that for standard purchases. Purchase your airline or cruise tickets with this card, and you'll get up to a million dollars in automatic travel accident insurance. The Visa Auto Rental Insurance program means you won't have to pay a rental agency's CDW at the airport.
How the Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum compares to other low-interest credit cards
Only a few credit cards offer similar feature set. IberiaBank, another small lender, issues Visa Platinum® accounts with APRs about the same as Simmons Bank. They charge 2 percent fees on balance transfers, though. Chase Slate® also offers occasional signup promotions. A $0 Intro Fee on Transfers made within 60 days of Account Opening, for instance. Afterward, you pay either $5 or 5 percent of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
The Barclaycard Ring™ Mastercard® lets you transfer a balance at no fee, anytime. While the ongoing interest rate is higher, the Barclaycard Ring™ Mastercard® does offer 15 months of no interest on purchases as well as on balance transfers made within the first 45 days. Additionally, reports are that Barclaycard's U.S. team uses far less stringent application guidelines than Simmons Bank. If you've got a significant balance on a competing card, you may have an easier time getting approved for Barclaycard Ring™ Mastercard® than for a Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum card.