Carrying credit card debt is never a good idea, but it’s a much more expensive mistake if your credit card has a sky-high interest rate. If you have good credit, you can enjoy low interest on your credit cards, just in case you carry a small balance from one month to the next. Here are three of our favorite low interest cards for good credit — plus, they all have rewards.
Chase Freedom®: Best for cash bonusesChase Freedom® has 5% bonus rewards on rotating quarterly categories and 1% cash back on everything else. Here are the current bonus categories. You earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in spending per quarter (and 1% after that):
|Chase Freedom® bonus rewards categories for 2019|
|Q1 (Jan. 1 - March 31)||Gas stations, tolls and drugstores|
|Q2 (April 1 - June 30)||Home improvement stores and grocery stores|
|Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30)||"Summer" — TBD
(In 2018: Gas stations, Lyft, Walgreens)
|Q4 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31)||"Holiday" — TBD
(In 2018: Department stores, wholesale clubs, Chase Pay)
There’s also a killer sign-up bonus: Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, if you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first three months, you’ll receive an additional $25 cash bonus. While the rewards are cash back, you can also transfer them to your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card to use at a rate of 1.25 cents per point for travel on the Chase Ultimate Rewards site.
The Chase Freedom® has an annual fee of $0 and foreign transaction fees of 3%. It offers an introductory APR of 0% on Purchases and Balance Transfers for 15 months, and then the ongoing APR of 17.24% - 25.99% Variable APR. The balance transfer fee is 3% or $5, whichever is greater.
Discover it® Cash Back: Best for online shopping
Like the Chase Freedom®, the Discover it® Cash Back has rotating bonus categories with 5% rewards (on up to $1,500 in spending per quarter) and 1% cash back on everything else. Bonus categories must be activated quarterly to qualify for the higher rate. Here are the current categories:
|Discover bonus rewards categories for 2019|
|Q1 (Jan. 1 – March 31)||Grocery stores|
|Q2 (April 1 – June 30)||• Gas stations
• Uber and Lyft
|Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30)||• Restaurants
|Q4 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31)||• Amazon.com
• Target (in store and online)
Rewards are redeemable for statement credit, direct deposit and credit cards. They can also be used to pay for Amazon purchases through the Shop with Points program.
The Discover it® Cash Back comes with an introductory APR, too: 0% on Purchases and Balance Transfers for 14 months, and then the ongoing APR of 14.24% - 25.24% Variable APR. It has an annual fee of $0, no foreign transaction fees, no over-the-limit fees and no penalty rates. Cardmembers will also have their first late payment fee waived and have access to their free FICO score on their monthly statements, online and on the mobile app.
Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card: Best for gas and grocery store purchasesPreferred Rewards client, which means you meet certain minimum balance requirements in your Bank of America® accounts. There is also a sign-up bonus: $200 online cash rewards bonus after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening.
The Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card offers a 0% on Purchases and Balance Transfers for 12 billing cycles, and then the ongoing APR of 16.24% - 26.24% Variable APR. And the annual fee? $0. If you want to use the card for balance transfers, you’ll pay 3% of each transaction (minimum of $10) for the privilege.
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