Ellen is a former credit card writer for NerdWallet. She covered personal finance issues for more than 20 years at Bloomberg and Bankrate.com.
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American Express SimplyCash Plus Review: Rewards, Your Way
(NO LONGER AVAILABLE) This no-fee small-business credit card lets you customize which spending earns bonus cash back. It offers a great 0% introductory interest period, too.
Bank of America Premium Rewards Review: Big Bonuses for B of A’s Best Customers
You get 2X points on travel and dining and 1.5X points on everything else, and points are worth the same no matter how you redeem them — for cash back, travel or something else.
Why Swiping Your Card at the Table Lags in the US
In Europe, diners pay their bills at the table and never hand over their credit cards. Why haven't American restaurants adopted this practice?
Mastercard Masterpass: An Efficient Way to Shop Online
Once you signed up, you could use it online, in stores and within retailers' apps. However, Masterpass has been phased out. See details below.
What Is Visa Checkout? How This Digital Wallet Used to Work
You could use it for purchases on the web and in retailer apps, and you only had to enroll card information once. However, Visa Checkout has been phased out. See details below.
What Happens If You Don’t Pay Your Secured Credit Card Bill?
You could suffer late fees, higher interest, account closure, loss of your deposit and credit score damage.
New Uber Visa: Revved-Up Dining Rewards, No Annual Fee
The Uber Visa will offer 4 points on dining, 3 points on hotels and airfare, 2 points on online purchases including Uber, and 1 point on all other spending.
Bank of America’s Premium Rewards Card Now Available
This travel card's benefits are excellent on their own. If you're a Preferred Rewards member, they may be unbeatable.
Bank of America Credit Cards Mobile App Review
The Bank of America mobile app gives an easy view of your accounts, FICO score monitoring, special deals and more.
How to Choose a Student Credit Card
Make sure you can qualify, then look for one with no annual fee that reports payments to all three major credit bureaus.