Knowing the Different Types of Credit Cards
The use of credit has become a necessary part of our lives and there are so many types of credit cards out there to choose from that deciding which one to get can feel really daunting.
Just as there are too many credit card companies to count, there seems to be just as many different types of credit cards, all claiming to offer you the best possible deal. Since no two people are alike, not all programs and incentives will work the same for everyone. Finding the one that works best for you is key to maintaining responsible credit card use.
Types of Credit Cards
One of the more recent additions to the credit card world is the low-interest credit card. If you live anywhere in the U.S., you've probably already received information regarding these types of credit cards. These cards offer a significantly lower interest rate than some of the older ones that you may already have.
Also, most of these credit cards are also balance-transfer cards. They offer you the option of transferring a balance from a higher interest rate card and, for a specified period of time, your transferred balance will be at either 0% interest or something quite low. This can end up saving you a fair amount of money, particularly if your hope is to pay it off.
Since credit cards have gotten to be such a lucrative business, many corporations have jumped on the bandwagon. Even airlines now offer credit cards to customers that will come with a certain amount of frequent flyer miles attached to them, depending on your balance and purchases. If you do a fair amount of traveling, this can be a real bonus. Along these same lines, reward credit cards are growing in popularity.
Competition is stiff and many credit card companies are now offering you many different reward or incentive options for using their card. Once you accumulate enough points, the rewards will pore in. These can be anything from travel insurance to small appliances and anything in between. If you use a card regularly, finding one that has a reward program can really pay off.
Another type of credit card is the instant approval card. Again, many of these applications come in the mail, some even by e-mail. These cards offer you the opportunity to apply for a card and receive instant approval, meaning no wait time. Once you fill out the application, a quick background check will be done and you will have your approval almost immediately. Other credit cards can take up to two weeks to process and approve your application.
Although you can get instant approval, this does not always mean you can get instant credit. Some companies will supply you with a temporary credit card number and allow you to begin making purchases immediately, while other will not due to an increase in credit card fraud potential.
Since there are so many options when it comes to choosing a credit card, do a little research before you apply. Decide what type of card will best fit your needs and apply for that one. Don't go over board though, applying for too many credit cards will negatively affect your credit score.
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