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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5 Things to Know About the Amazon Store Card
If you're a Prime member, this card gives you 5% back at Amazon. But if you have good credit, it might not be the best option.
Making the Most of Ink Business Cash
The card is geared toward spending on telecommunications, office supplies, restaurants and gas.
Green Dot Enters the Secured Credit Card Market
Green Dot Bank is getting into the credit card business, expanding options for those seeking credit cards for bad credit.
What Debts Can You Transfer to a Credit Card?
We checked with major credit card issuers for their policies on what debts cardholders can transfer to their cards.
The Horizon Gold Card Isn’t Worth Your Time or Money
What seems like an easy way to build credit is actually a store card with high fees you can use at only one place.
Chase Puts the ‘5/24’ Credit Card Rule in Writing, Briefly
The Chase 5/24 rule limits the number of personal credit cards you can open within a two-year period.
Discover It Miles vs. Bank of America Travel Rewards: Discover Wins for Flexibility
These cards have streamlined the earning and redeeming process with no annual fee and no travel restrictions. Let's take a look at their basics.
Making the Most of Discover it Miles: Use Everything It Offers
No annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, free FICO score, 1.5 miles per dollar spent on every purchase, and earn even more if you use every feature.
Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi: Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions about the Costco Anywhere Visa® Card. We've got answers.
6 Questions You Should Ask Your Credit Card Issuer
Don't just passively accept what issuers give you. Ask them to work with you to ensure the best results for your situation.
Which Credit Cards Give Free FICO Scores?
Most major card issuers now give cardholders free access to their credit score, whether FICO or another version.
Costco’s Visa Launch Leaves Angry Customers on Hold
Many customers said they hadn't received their new cards. Others couldn't activate them. Still others found they couldn't use the new cards.
Bank of America vs. Capital One Venture: Which Is the Better Travel Credit Card?
Capital One's travel card offers a higher rewards rate, while Bank of America's has an edge on annual fees.
Making the Most of Bank of America Travel Rewards
The biggest boosts come from keeping your business in the B of A family for travel bookings and bank balances