Best 0% and Low Interest Credit Cards of 2017
Use the right card and score major interest savings on a big purchase or balance transfer. Get the picture?
Here are the best low interest credit cards:
Best for long 0% intro APR period
Best for sign-up bonus
Best for rewards
Best for low fees
Longest 0% intro APR period
The interest-free period on the Citi Simplicity® Card - No Late Fees Ever is among the longest we’ve seen: 0% on Purchases and Balance Transfers for 21 months, and then the ongoing APR of 14.99% - 24.99% Variable APR. Citi’s pledge to never charge fees or a penalty annual percentage rate on late payments is unusual and a nice break for the chronically forgetful.
The Chase Freedom® gives you a little of everything. In addition to a $0 annual fee and a long 0% APR period on purchases and balance transfers, it offers a nifty sign-up bonus. You get 5% cash back on up to $1,500 per quarter in spending on rotating bonus categories that include such things as gas stations, supermarkets and restaurants. All other spending earns 1% back.
Offering 1% cash back on every purchase and an additional 1% when you pay them off, the Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer provides easy rewards to go with its lengthy interest-free period on balance transfers and $0 annual fee. This is an excellent card that doesn’t require excellent credit: You can qualify with good credit.
This card combines a lengthy 0% period on balance transfers with 5% cash-back rewards on rotating bonus categories (on up to $1,500 in spending per quarter) and 1% back on all other spending. There’s also an unusual bonus, which Discover describes as: “Discover will match ALL the cash back earned at the end of your first year, automatically.” No foreign transaction fee is unusual for this category. Discover won’t charge a fee for your first late payment or raise your APR for paying late.
NerdWallet’s credit cards team selects the best cards in each category based on overall consumer value. Factors in our evaluation include fees, promotional and ongoing APRs, and sign-up bonuses; for rewards cards, we consider earning and redemption rates, redemption options and redemption difficulty. A single card is eligible to be chosen in multiple categories.
Updated Aug. 2, 2017.
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