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A New #Cut4Bieber: Justin Bieber’s Prepaid Debit Card

by Luke Landes
Justin Bieber

There’s apparently a celebrity of some sort called Justin Bieber. I don’t know much about him, but I might have heard a song of his one time. He might have been a baby only a few years ago, but today he’s following in the footsteps of some of my favorite gurus, in a love-to-hate sense, ... Continue reading this article…

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The Best Credit Cards, November 2014

by Luke Landes

As the new year begins, it’s a good opportunity to review the best credit card offers available and see which — if any — make sense for you. The best credit cards of 2014 offer a combination of sign-up bonuses, reward programs, low-APR promotional periods, and other benefits that can be used to your advantage ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Credit Score Affects Your Love Life

by Luke Landes
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A few years ago, credit scores were taboo. The idea that a credit score could be used for more than just determining qualification for a loan was at best unfair and at worst discriminatory. Employers in some circumstances can use credit scores or credit reports to determine whether to offer jobs to applicants. If you ... Continue reading this article…

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American Express, Capital One and Discover Refunds Total $435 Million

by Luke Landes
American Express

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hasn’t stopped its crusade against credit card issuers that manipulate and deceive its customers. Earlier this year, regulators ordered Capital One to pay $210 million in refunds and fines for tricking card holders into buying add-on products with the implication that these were required purchases for those with bad credit, ... Continue reading this article…

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Virgin America Visa Signature Card Review, 15,000 Bonus Points

by Luke Landes
Virgin America Visa Signature

Editor’s Note:  Thank you for your interest, this limited-time offer has expired.  Barclays Bank may be beginning to offer its own branded cards like the recently-reviewed Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard, but in the United States this bank is more known for its branded cards. The Virgin America Visa® Signature Card is one such offer from Barclays, ... Continue reading this article…

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Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard Review, Sign-Up Bonus

by Luke Landes

Until recently, Barclaycard was a credit card issuer focused on branded credit cards. Retailers of various types would use Barclaycard’s services to offer credit cards that seemed to be issued by the company whose name was on the card, like Barnes & Noble. The company is at work building its brand and presence in the ... Continue reading this article…

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6 Considerations Before Using Credit Cards in a Foreign Country

by Jason Steele
Kremlin

This is a guest article by Jason Steele. Jason is an expert in travel and credit cards. He contributes several of the top personal finance sites on the Internet including the blog at Credit Card Forum. In this article, Jason shares what everyone should know before using a credit card outside the United States. In ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi ThankYou Premier Card

by Luke Landes

Today’s Citi ThankYou® Premier Card does not offer the same enticing bonus once available. For a period of time, new users were treated to a sign-up bonus of 30,000, 40,000 or even 50,000 ThankYou points. The sign-up bonuses may return in the future, but for now, the benefit is no longer available. Without the sign-up ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Reversed My Annual Credit Card Fee

by Luke Landes
United Airlines

For about two years, I’ve been using a credit card from Chase that offers rewards in the form of miles for the airline I travel the most frequently, first Continental Airlines, then United Airlines. I opened the Continental OnePass Plus MasterCard two years ago, at that time one of the credit cards for airline miles ... Continue reading this article…

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American Express Credit Card Customers Are Most Satisfied

by Luke Landes
American Express AmEx

For this sixth year in a row, American Express has topped the results of a customer satisfaction survey conducted by J.D. Power & Associates. With a score of 807 out of 1,000 points, consumers who hold American Express credit cards are satisfied with their experience more than customers with cards from all other issuers. This ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card: Two Weekend Nights

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. If you travel frequently and are interested in earning points to redeem for stays at Hilton’s family of hotels, car rentals, vacations, or experiences, you may be familiar with the Hilton HHonors program. The Hilton HHonors program awards its members ... Continue reading this article…

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Capital One to Pay $210 Million Including Refunds and Penalties

by Luke Landes
Capital One

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau struck Capital One hard this week. The consumer protection agency has found that the credit card company improperly marketed add-on products to its customers. Because of this behavior, Capital One has agreed to pay refunds to 2.5 million customers totaling about $150 million, in addition to a $25 million penalty ... Continue reading this article…

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Stating the Obvious: Don’t Share Pictures of Your Credit and Debit Cards Online

by Luke Landes
NeedADebitCard Twitter

I’ve shared a lot of personal financial information over the years at Consumerism Commentary. This site’s original purpose was to hold myself accountable for the financial decisions I would make, and I did so for many years by publishing monthly reports that included my net worth. From these, readers could determine bank account balances, credit ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit Card Users May Pay an Additional Fee

by Luke Landes
Credit cards

When retailers and credit card issuers argue about fees, does the consumer win? The consumer is generally ignored in these discussions. Businesses are controlling the dialogue. Businesses, particularly small businesses that rely on profit margins more than volume, were successful in getting regulators to restrict “swipe” or interchange fees. The fees credit card transaction processing ... Continue reading this article…

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Disney’s Premier Visa from Chase review

by Joe Taylor Jr.

Though I tend to prefer cash back credit cards, a really specific rewards card sometimes comes up with an irresistible offer. Disney’s Premier Visa Card from Chase sounds off the bat like something that would only cater to hard-core fans of the Magic Kingdom. After all, it’s not everyone who can pull off paying for ... Continue reading this article…

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CitiBusiness/ AAdvantage World MasterCard

by Joe Taylor Jr.
Citibank

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. If you’ve spent any time on a plane in the past few years, you’ve probably noticed the growing gap between business travelers and the folks riding in the “back of the plane.” Business owners face a choice: standardize travel on ... Continue reading this article…

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CitiBusiness ThankYou Card Review

by Joe Taylor Jr.
Citibank

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Citibank wants to lure more business owners away from American Express and Chase with a credit card that cribs from its competitors’ playbooks. Like the original Platinum Card, the CitiBusiness ThankYou® Card streamlines expense reporting and adds significant purchase protection ... Continue reading this article…

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British Airways Visa Signature Card from Chase Review

by Joe Taylor Jr.

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of airline and travel cards.

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Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World MasterCard Review

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. If you travel by airplane often, and you find that the best prices for your routes center around one airline, it can often be beneficial to join that airline’s frequent flier loyalty program. In addition, many airlines also partner with ... Continue reading this article…

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How to Handle a Credit Card Data Breach

by Luke Landes

Last week, Global Payments confirmed a massive security breach involving credit and debit card numbers and information. Global Payments operates a gateway; when you use your credit or debit card to purchase an item — and this could be online or in a brick-and-mortar store — your card information is sent through Global Payments or ... Continue reading this article…

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