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Poll: the 4 smartest credit card moves Written by Doresa Banning What's the smartest credit card move you've ever made? CardRatings.com asked that very question in a recent poll in the weeks leading up to the American Bankers Association's annual "Get Smart About Credit Day," set for Oct. 20, 2011. The ABA's nationwide campaign aims to educate young people about sound credit card use. The poll first appeared ...
7 credit card perks nobody knows about Written by Unless you are intimately familiar with the fine print in your credit card agreement, you might not realize that your favorite credit card can save you more money than you might have thought when you shop online, rent cars, travel abroad, or attend popular sporting events. Credit card companies often compete with claims of low interest ...
Shaky job? 7 ways to manage your credit Written by Geoff Williams Credit cards are never more dangerous than when you're unemployed. Of course, if you're underemployed, they're quite dicey as well. If you don't dread carrying credit card debt and being unemployed, you can always ask someone who's out of work. It's simple math. When your income is dropping, and your debt is growing, the outcome is ...
Credit cards and celebrity pitches: Who should be the next star? Written by Geoff Williams Credit cards attract star power, just like any other product. Morgan Freeman has narrated many a Visa ad. David Spade has appeared in a few zany Capital One ads. NFL great Peyton Manning starred in some MasterCard commercials. And, of course, American Express (American Express is a CardRatings.com advertiser) has turned the celebrity endorsement into something ...
Is a zero balance on a credit card bad? Written by Doresa Banning There's a myth that carrying a balance on your credit cards will help your credit score. Of the Americans who use credit cards, half (about 54 percent) pay their balances in full every month, according to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances. But can this practice help or hurt your credit history? In fact, it ...
Should you "friend" your credit card? Written by Susan Ladika You might not think twice about "friending" your BFF from high school or "following" your favorite movie star. But "liking" your credit card company? Feelings aside, connecting with credit card companies on Facebook or Twitter could garner you some big rewards. You could win free airline miles, pocket cash-back rewards, receive discounts on merchandise, or land ...
Will a little white lie hurt your credit application? Written by Scott Van Voorhis If you're tempted to fib about your income on a credit card application so you can get the best rewards credit card available, well, think again. That little white lie could put you in the slammer. Credit card issuers care…about your income Prodded by federal regulations and mauled by a tough economy, banks and other credit card issuers ...
Inside the life of Centurion cardholder Taysha Valez Written by Ellen Cannon No. 3 Most-Viewed CardRatings.com Article of 2011* You probably think the holders of the very best credit cards, such as the American Express Centurion (the "black card"), are all celebrities. But that may not be the typical Centurion member. Perhaps a better example is Taysha Valez, the 29-year-old founder of myTAY PCS, a mobile phone and Internet ...
Inside the world of Centurion cardholder Don Sabatini Written by Ellen Cannon Rumors and speculation abound when it comes to the very best credit cards such as the infamous, invitation-only American Express Centurion card, also called the "black card." How do you get invited? Who has one? We contacted 29-year-old entrepreneur Don Sabatini, founder and chairman of SecretEntourage.com and a Centurion member, to get the truth about the ...
How can I raise MY debt ceiling? Written by Michele Lerner Do you have the best credit card you can qualify for? Maybe you did when you applied for your current card, but by now you may have improved your credit score or increased your income, and you think you deserve some extra headroom when it comes to making purchases. Or perhaps you have plans for ...

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