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I’m a big fan of credit cards as a way to earn quick miles or cash. Credit card companies compete intensely for your business and are willing to reward you for giving it to them. Over the years, these rewards have gotten bigger as the competition has gotten stronger. Use it to your advantage.
If you have a card with an annual fee, call the credit card company and tell them you want to close the card. They’ll transfer you to a retention specialist who can waive it for you.
Many cards not only have excellent sign-up bonuses but also great rewards as you continue to use them. I’ve seen cards that offer as much as $1,000 worth of points as a sign-up bonus and then give you a couple of percent back on all your purchases. I’ve also received cards that gave me 100,000 frequent flyer miles as a bonus. Good work if you can get it.
Fortunately, I’ve done a lot of the hard work for you. Looking for a cash back card? There’s a link for that. How about a mileage card? Got one of those, too.
You’re going to use credit cards anyway. You might as well max out your rewards. And remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me using the contact link on the front page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pay your card off in full each month. If you carry a balance from month to month, you may be offsetting the rewards with high interest payments. For Low Interest/Balance Transfer cards, click the first banner and find your card type in the left-hand column.
Do you know the name of the card you are looking for? Click on the banner below and enter the name of the card in the search box in the top right hand corner. Click on the link and you’re on your way! If the search engine says it is no longer offered, you can still find it by searching by card type on the left.
Have no idea what kind of card you want? Click the banner and choose from the categories in the dropdown menu!
Looking to max out your cash back rewards? You can earn 2% or more on all purchases, with even higher category bonuses. Just click this banner:
How about miles or travel? Check it out here:
Business card? There’s a great selection here:
Read the terms and conditions of your card carefully. Credit cards should not be like a box of chocolate. You should know exactly what you’re gonna get.
It can’t hurt to get an idea of how your credit looks before applying for a card. That means getting an idea of both your credit score, a proprietary score that lenders use to assess risk, and your credit history.
Want a quick but reasonably accurate estimate of your credit score? Credit Sesame will give you a free estimate, based on your credit history (no need to sign up for any credit monitoring services). Check it out here:
Want the real thing? It costs a few dollars, but it will give you the FICO score from Fair Isaac that card companies use. You can get it at myFICO.
Federal law guarantees you one free copy per year of your credit report from each of the three major credit agencies. You won’t get a credit score per se, but you will see your history and can ensure that there are no errors that may cost you credit. You can find the links to get your free reports here.
Bottom line: There are some tremendous opportunities available just for signing up for credit cards. Use them wisely and you’ll profit handsomely.