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Want a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate? Ask and Ye May Receive

September 26th, 2014

Want a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate? Ask and Ye May ReceiveIt usually isn’t a good idea to carry a balance on your credit card, especially if it’s not at a promotional rate. The good news for those that do carry a balance, however, is that it is often quite easy to lower your rate simply by asking. In a recent survey of 983 credit card users performed by CreditCards.com, 65% of consumers who requested a lower interest rate were granted one. The same survey found it was even easier to get late fees waived–86% of consumers who missed a payment and asked for a late fee waiver were successful.
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Amex Offers Roundup: FTD, Walmart.com, Casa.com and More

September 22nd, 2014

Amex OffersIt’s been a little while since the last roundup of Amex Offers. Not too many offers have been added since then, but there are still new deals available from FTD, Walmart.com, Casa.com and more. For all the details, read on.
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Get $25 Off $150 or More At Staples When You Use Visa Checkout

September 16th, 2014

Visa Checkout: Get $25 Off $150 at StaplesThrough September 20, 2014, or while supplies last, Staples is offering $25 off when you make a purchase of $150 or more using Visa Checkout, Visa’s new online payment service. Unlike the previous time a similar deal was offered, gift cards are notably excluded from this discount.
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Home Depot Confirms Data Breach, Offers Customers Free Credit Monitoring for a Year

September 9th, 2014

Home Depot Data BreachYesterday, Home Depot confirmed that its payment systems have been breached, apparently by a new variant of the same malware responsible for the headline-grabbing Target data breach last December. At risk appears to be the payment information from its nearly 2,200 US and Canadian brick and mortar stores. Home Depot believes, however, that its stores in Mexico and online transaction data from HomeDepot.com were spared from the attack. It also does not believe that debit card PINs were impacted.

The home improvement retailer reports that it is investigating transactions dating back to April 2014. It is also offering free identity protection services for 12 months to any customers who may have been affected by the breach.
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Citi Double Cash Card – 2% Cash Back on All Purchases with No Annual Fee

August 28th, 2014

Citi Double Cash CardEver since Barclaycard changed the terms on its Priceline Visa, there hasn’t been a Visa/Mastercard on the market that offers a flat 2% cash back on all purchases with no annual fee. The new Citi® Double Cash Card changes that, and in so doing, catapults itself into the running for the title of the best general purpose cash back credit card.
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American Express and Discover Top J.D. Power’s Latest Customer Satisfaction Ratings

August 28th, 2014

JD Power AwardsSince the inception of J.D. Power’s U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study in 2007, American Express has held the highest ranking among credit card issuers by itself every year. But this year, Discover joins them at the top, as the two firms tied for highest overall customer satisfaction in the latest rankings.
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Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard: Up to 90,000 Miles Signup Bonus

August 22nd, 2014

Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCardThe Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard, issued by Bank of America, is currently offering up to 90,000 bonus miles when you sign up for a new card. That’s the best offer yet for this card since it was introduced a year ago. Under this promo, you’ll earn 20,000 Flying Club bonus miles after your first purchase, another 50,000 Flying Club bonus miles after you spend at least $12,000 in qualifying purchases within 6 months of your account open date, up to 15,000 additional bonus miles upon your anniversary and up to 5,000 more miles when you add authorized users to your card.
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Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card: 50,000 Miles + $50 Statement Credit After Spending $1,000

August 14th, 2014

Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit CardThrough September 8, 2014, American Express is offering a special limited-time signup promotion on the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card — new cardmembers will receive 50,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. In addition, they will receive a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase within the first 3 months. Normally, the Gold card offers only a 30,000 mile signup bonus, so this represents a significant upgrade.
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New FICO Scoring Model Could Lead to Easier Credit

August 13th, 2014

FICO Score 9Last week, Fair Isaac Corp, the company behind the industry-dominant FICO scoring model, announced that it would be making some key changes to its scoring system in the latest iteration of its model, dubbed FICO Score 9. The revisions, set to take effect this fall, will alter the formulas used to generate the credit scores that are used in 90% of US consumer lending decisions. Among the new changes: 1) the new FICO scores will give less weight to unpaid medical bills and 2) the new scores will no longer penalize consumers who have had their bills settled with a collection agency.
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Amex Offers Roundup: Bed Bath & Beyond, Courtyard Hotels, Cheesecake Factory and More

August 6th, 2014

Amex OffersThe latest round of Amex Offers include deals for Bed Bath & Beyond, Four Seasons, Henri Bendel, Lucille’s BBQ, Courtyard Hotels, The Cheesecake Factory and more. For all the details, read on.
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