Discover Expands Free Credit Score Access to the General Public

Free Discover FICO ScoreNot so long ago, it wasn’t possible to get a copy of your credit score without paying for it. Fortunately, due to the advocacy of consumer watchdogs and agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, it’s become easier than ever to access your score. Now, a number of banks offer this information for free to their customers.

Up to this point, however, nearly all credit card issuers required an existing relationship in order to get a free score. Discover is looking to change that, once again taking a leadership role in expanding credit score access. In 2013, it was the first major credit card issuer to provide free credit scores (from TransUnion) to their customers on their monthly statements. On Friday, it is announcing it will become the first credit card issuer to provide free credit scores from Experian to the general public.
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PNC Cardholders: Get $10 for Trying Visa Checkout

PNC Visa Checkout OfferThrough June 15, 2016, PNC credit or debit cardholders can get a $10 statement credit for trying out Visa Checkout.

Launched by Visa nearly two years ago, Visa Checkout is an online check out service similar to PayPal. It can be accessed using any web-enabled mobile device, and can store any major credit or debit card–not just Visa cards–so that consumers don’t have to re-enter billing and shipping information.
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Get a $20 Starbucks eGift Card for $10 with Visa Checkout

Starbucks / Visa CheckoutFor a limited time, when you buy a Starbucks eGift Card of at least $10, you’ll get an additional $10 in credit when you pay with Visa Checkout. For example, if you spend $10, you’ll get a $20 gift card. Or you can spend $20 to get a $30 gift card. This offer is valid for the first 325,000 customers between May 3 and May 17, 2016. Limit one bonus per person.

Note: The bonus won’t be reflected at checkout but will be confirmed in your email receipt. This is an unfortunate way to do things, as there’s no way to tell if the bonus is still available until after you’ve made the purchase. As of the time of this post, the offer was still valid, but it’s unknown how much longer supplies will last. It’s safe to say, though, that this deal is going fast. For more info, see this link. (HT to SD)

Amex Offers: Petco, Orchard Supply Hardware, Orvis and More

Petco Amex OfferAmerican Express just added a number of new Amex Offers today. Among the publicly available ones are:

  • Petco – Spend $75+, Get $25 Back
  • Orvis – Spend $50+, Get $10 Back
  • Orchard Supply Hardware – Spend $40+, Get $10 Back
  • DoubleTree by Hilton – Spend $175+, Get $35 Back — Added May 3
  • Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes – Spend $25+, Get $5 Back — Added May 3

Read on to get all the details.
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American Express SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card

SimplyCash Plus Business Credit CardBack in January, American Express launched the new SimplyCash Plus Business credit card, but only made it available to select small business owners. Now, it has made the card available to the general public.

What’s special about this card? There are a couple of things that stand out. First, while you are given a credit limit on the card, it also almost acts like a charge card, in that you are given the ability to spend beyond your credit limit in order to help pay for larger purchases, while still earning cash back. Second, it offers a good deal of flexibility in cash back category choices. The card earns 5% cash back at office supply stores and wireless telephone services, 3% cash back in one of a list of eight categories and 1% cash back on other purchases. The 5% and 3% categories apply to the first $50,000 in purchases per year. What’s also nice is that there is no annual fee and a signup bonus worth up to $500.
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Citi Boosts Card Benefits — Increasing Warranty Coverage, Return Protection and Price Rewind Limits

CitiHave a Citi credit card? Effective May 15, 2016, your card benefits will be getting a boost.  Thanks to a change in benefits providers, Citi will soon be giving its cardmembers improved purchase protections, including increased warranty coverage, return protection and expanded Citi Price Rewind limits.  Even better, these changes appear to apply to most Citi cards.

Read on for the details.

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New Marvel MasterCard – 3% Cash Back on Dining, Select Entertainment and Marvel.com

Marvel MasterCardGood news for Avengers fans — you now have an excuse to keep your favorite superhero in your pocket. Synchrony Financial and Marvel Partnerships just announced the launch of the new Marvel MasterCard and unlike nearly every other pop culture icon-related credit card, its rewards aren’t completely atrocious.

Cardholders will earn 3% cash back for purchases made on select entertainment, dining and online at Marvel.com and Marvel’s official merchandise booths.  All other purchases will earn 1% cash back. Cash back will be paid as a statement credit and the card has no annual fee.  Perhaps more importantly, the cards feature some excellent Marvel art work.

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Chase Freedom Unlimited Card – 1.5x Ultimate Rewards on All Spending

Chase Freedom Unlimited CardAs was promised last month, the brand new Chase Freedom Unlimited card is now available online. Chase’s new cash back card is a departure from its original Freedom card which offers 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in rotating quarterly bonus categories (on up to $1,500 each quarter) and 1 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on everything else. Instead, the Chase Freedom Unlimited card earns a flat 1.5 Ultimate Rewards per dollar spent on every purchase with no rotating quarterly bonus categories.
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