What’s the best credit card for me?

cards225Everyone wants to know what the best credit card is, but nobody wants to hear the real answer: there is NO best credit card, only the best credit card for you. Consider:

  • If you have a balance on your credit card, the best card for you is the one with the lowest interest rate.
  • If you pay your full balance every month, the best credit card for you is a rewards credit card, BUT…
  • The best rewards card for you depends on… you. Do you want airline miles, cash back or gift cards, points toward merchandise rewards, or some other rewards scheme?

See? There is no best credit card. But we are happy to give you our ideas on the top credit card or cards in various categories, in order to help you choose which card is best for you:

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Discount Tire Credit Card Payment, Login, and Customer Service Information

The Discount Tire credit card is issued in partnership with Synchrony Bank’s Synchrony Car Care program, and it is Synchrony you will interact with in order to pay your bill online or by mail, or to get customer service information. Below you’ll find all of the information you need to complete any of these tasks:

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Palais Royal Credit Card Payment, Login, and Customer Service Information

palais-royal-ccThe Palais Royal credit card is issued in partnership with Comenity Bank, and it is Comenity you will interact with in order to pay your card bill online or by mail, or to get customer service assistance. Below you’ll find the information you need to accomplish any of these tasks:

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Toys R Us Credit Card Payment, Login, and Customer Service Information

The Toys R Us / Babies R Us credit cards (and subsequent Synchrony Mastercard) were/are issued in partnership with Synchrony Bank, and it is Synchrony Bank that you will deal with when it comes to making payments online or by mail, or for customer service help. The information below will help you accomplish any of these tasks:

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Mercury Credit Card Payment, Login, and Customer Service Information

If you are a Mercury Mastercard credit card holder, either through a direct approval from CreditShop/First Bank & Trust, or through the transition of former Barclays Bank cards to the Mercury credit card, below you will find all of the information you need to pay your card bill online, by mail, or by phone, or to get customer service assistance:

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Review: Charles Schwab Credit Cards

schwab-amexInvestment company Charles Schwab, in partnership with American Express, offers two credit cards exclusive to Charles Schwab customers. While both offer perks good for certain Charles Schwab customers, neither is so special that we would recommend it over other cards on the market. See our overview/review of each card below:

  • The Charles Schwab Investor Card offers a 1.5% cash back rebate, with the rebated amount going straight into your Charles Schwab brokerage account. If you use the card for at least $1000 in purchases in the first 3 months you have it, you’ll get an extra $100 statement credit. There is no annual fee. In our view, the 1.5% cash back rebate is only somewhat competitive with the top cash back credit cards on the market, but forcing you to take that rebate as a deposit into your brokerage account is less flexible than competitor cards. Plus, the signup bonus is worse than you would get with American Express’s Cash Magnet Card, which is otherwise the same card.

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Walmart Credit Card Payment, Login, and Customer Service Information

Walmart credit cards are issued in partnership with Synchrony Bank (formerly GE Capital Retail Bank), and it is Synchrony you will interact with when it comes to paying your bill online or by mail, or to get customer service assistance.

Below is all the information you need to complete any of these tasks:

  • To access your account and make a Walmart credit card payment online, you can log in here.

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Fair Credit Score Credit Cards

Every credit card company has its own definition of what is a “fair” or “average” credit score, so it’s difficult to peg those terms’ exact meaning. However, FICO reported that the average credit score is 704 (as of September of 2018), so that is our standard for this page.

The cards below may approve you with an average/fair credit score. This list is based on data points we’ve seen with past customers, plus a “loose” formula that has often proved to be accurate: a card that offers an interest rate “range” starting at over 17% and going over 20% is more likely to approve fair-credit customers. (For example, Walmart offers its credit cards with an interest rate of 19.15%, 22.15%, or 25.15%. While your rate will depend on their assessment of your credit history, the range of potential rates suggests they are open to “fair credit” customers.)

Using that as our basis, below is a list of no-annual-fee credit cards that we feel fair credit customers should qualify for, ranked from “high likelihood of approval” to “might qualify.” If you find we are wrong, please let us know your experience: adam@creditcardcatalog.com

  • Capital One Platinum MasterCard – Capital One specifically says this card is for average credit customers, but their definition of “average” seems actually to be below average. If you don’t qualify for other cards here, this no-rewards card with a 26.99% interest rate may be your next option.

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