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Rewards roulette: can you pay all your bills with your credit card?

When Beverly Harzog's dog needed surgery in August, she paid the $1,086 veterinary bill with her rewards credit card. "I figured I might as well get a little bit back on it," says Harzog, a credit card expert, author and consumer advocate from Atlanta. A little she did - 1 percent cash back for $10.86. Harzog advocates [...]

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Bonus or bogus: Who pays for rewards credit cards?

When you pay with a rewards credit card, you might get airline miles, points redeemable for merchandise, or cash back into your account. Ever wonder who's footing the bill? Every time you pay with a debit or credit card, retailers get charged an "interchange fee" from card issuers to accept the payment. Interchange fees vary from [...]

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Best credit cards for Valentine's Day

Even though it falls on the same date every year, Valentine's Day still takes many of us by surprise. If you're in a new relationship, you're trying to figure out how far you can go with gifts, flowers and dinner on the town. And if you've been with the same partner for years, you're probably [...]

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Showdown: American Express Centurion vs. Visa Black Card

Like a heavyweight fight in Las Vegas, the newest entrant in the super-premium credit card arena, Visa Black Card, challenges the defending champion, the American Express Centurion Card. Last year, CardRatings.com talked with two entrepreneurs who carry the Centurion card to find out how they use the most exclusive credit card to manage their lives. One [...]

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6 rules of rewards credit card power users

Play your rewards cards right and they can lead to enviable vacations, luxury gifts or cold hard cash. Play them wrong and they can cost you. Maximizing your rewards credit cards boils down to understanding how your card works and minding the pitfalls, say the experts. Here are six strategies to help you get the [...]

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Premium credit cards: Golden goose or golden noose?

Every year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency surveys the leaders of America's major banks to understand the overall lending landscape. This year's Survey of Credit Underwriting Practices marks the first time in four years that a majority of credit card issuers left their consumer lending requirements unchanged, instead of tightening them. In [...]

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Best credit cards for sports fans

Credit card issuers have discovered that loyalty cards and experienced-based rewards can help their products stand out in a crowded marketplace. Maybe you want to show your fan loyalty every time you open your wallet. Or, maybe you're willing to switch teams if it means getting a better deal on your daily purchases. Either way, [...]

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Why it pays to be a credit card deadbeat

Freeloader. Mooch. Deadbeat. You'd never want your bank to call you any of these names. However, after a series of financial reforms that has upended the banking industry, lenders can't wait to issue some of their most prestigious credit cards to deadbeats. Redefining "deadbeat" As Inigo Montoya might have said if he were a banker in "The Princess [...]

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How credit cards are wooing back the consumer

After the credit crunch and a series of new consumer protection laws, credit card companies have been working diligently to get back into good graces with their customers. With promotions involving generous bonus airline miles, increased cash back percentages, and gift cards galore, it recalls the old song that goes "Working my way back to [...]

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22 stupid things you're doing with your credit card

Credit cards are often vilified for the enticing ease with which you can get them, and the high interest rates you sometimes pay. However, in some cases you really do bring your problems on yourself. While the best credit cards can offer helpful rewards and provide you with a valuable financial tool, their misuse can [...]

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