Best Credit Cards of 2017

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We’ve hand selected the best credit card offers from our partners of 2017 for you. From amazing rewards cards for cash back and travel to long term low interest and balance transfer cards, there is a credit card for everyone on this list.

Citi Simplicity® Card - No Late Fees Ever

This is the “no fee card.” There is no annual fee, no late fees, and you won’t get charged a penalty rate for missing a payment, EVER. This card comes with a staggering intro APR of 0%* for 21 months on Purchases* and 0%* for 21 months on Balance Transfers*. With 0% Intro APR on balance transfers the Citi® Simplicity allows you to pay down your balance interest free for well over a year. This card makes saving simple.

Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card

With the Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card, you'll earn unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases, and points can be redeemed for nearly any travel purchase in the form of a statement credit. This card comes with 20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days. That can be a $200 statement credit towards travel purchases, and it’s one of the few travel rewards cards with no annual fee. This card also offers no foreign transaction fees, making it perfect for traveling abroad. If you’re a traveler looking for a simple no annual fee card that won’t restrict your travel to certain airlines, giving you the flexibility to travel on any airline, at any time, with no blackout dates, then this card is for you.

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

This is one of the best cards for people who love to travel. This card earns you unlimited 2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day and comes with a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel. The annual fee is $0 intro for first year; $95 after that. The card allows you to fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime with no blackout dates — a real plus for last minute travel plans. It also has no foreign transaction fees and your Miles won't expire for the life of the account. All of these benefits make the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card a great fit for all travelers and even once-a-year vacations!

Discover it® Miles

If you’re looking for travel rewards alongside 0% intro APR on purchases, you need to checkout the Discover it® Miles card. This card offers 0% intro APR on purchases for 14 months. This gives travelers the flexibility to pay off large purchases over a longer period of time, while earning miles on their purchases. This is a great travel credit card that also comes with no foreign transaction fees, no annual fee, and no late fee on your first late payment. When you use this card, you’ll earn 1.5 miles for every $1 spent. Add in the fact that Discover will match all the miles you’ve earned at the end of your first year, and you can see why it is one of the top travel cards. Did we mention that you can fly any airline, any time, with no black out dates?

Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card – 21 Month Intro Offer on BT and Purchases

This credit card comes with an intro APR of 0%* for 21 months on Purchases* and 0%* for 21 months on Balance Transfers*. With this 0% Intro APR you can pay off your balance all the way into 2019. You’ll also gain access to Citi Private Pass for exclusive presale tickets and a Personal Concierge Service available to assist you 24/7. You’ll also earn City Easy Deal points with each card purchase redeemable for discounts on online merchandise, travel tickets, gift cards, and more. This card is perfect for people looking to get out of debt or making a large purchase who want an extra long intro period to pay it off.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

One of the most popular cards for frequent travelers – and for good reason! Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. You can also earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Another benefit of this card is it allows you to transfer your points at a 1:1 ratio to several travel programs with no transfer fees, including but not limited to, United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport and Marriot Rewards. This makes the card perfect for travelers who like to use multiple loyalty programs or fly with multiple airlines. There is a $95 annual fee, but it is waived for the first year and the rewards can easily make up for it depending on your spending habits.

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

This card is a great fit for just about everyone. It comes with cash back rewards and an enticing balance transfer offer. You will earn cash back twice on every purchase with unlimited 1% cash back when you buy, plus an additional 1% as you pay for those purchases, all with no annual fee. There is 0% intro APR on balance transfers for 18 months, so you can save money on interest with a balance transfer and earn rewards on purchases. There’s no limit to the amount of cash back you can earn, and this card is ideal for people who don’t want to keep up with any rotating categories or pay an annual fee to earn rewards.

The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express

This card comes with 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, plus a superior rewards program geared towards grocery spending. If groceries are one of your biggest weekly expenses, you should carry this card in your wallet. You’ll receive 2 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent at U.S. grocery stores, up to $6,000 per year, and 1 Membership Reward point for all other purchases. There’s no annual fee, and a sign up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. If you use this card 20 times per billing cycle or more, there’s a unique feature that lets you to earn 20% more points on purchases within that billing cycle. If you use your card more than 20 times per billing cycle and have a large weekly grocery bill, this card is for you.

Discover it® Cashback Match™

This is the best cash back credit card for people who like maximizing rotating bonus categories. This cash rewards card comes with a unique sign up bonus unlike anything you’ve seen; At the end of your first year, Discover will match the cash back you’ve earned. This is the only credit card that will match your cash back at the end of the first year. So if you earned $200 in cash back from purchases in your first year, Discover will match it, making your total cash back for the year $400! The Discover it card earns 5% cash back in popular spending categories that change each quarter and 1% on all other purchases. The 5% cash back categories include things like gas, groceries, dining, and more. On top of the incredible rewards program, this card comes with 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 14 months. There is even no annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, and no late fee for your first late payment.

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

With this card, there’s no annual fee, and you’ll earn a $150 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. There’s nothing better than free bonus cash, and on top of that, this card has 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. The ongoing APR is 15.99%- 24.74% Variable. For ongoing rewards, the Chase Freedom Unlimited card earns 1.5% cash back, and as the name implies, there’s no limit to how much you can earn. This card allows you to shop and travel with confidence because it comes with zero liability protection, chip-enabled security, purchase protection, price protection, and auto rental collision damage waiver. See terms and more details on the application page.

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By: | Oct 12, 2017

This is a well-laid-out site and was very helpful in determining which card is best for me. Thanks.

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By: | Sep 27, 2017

In trying to rebuild credit, what would be the best card to use? I have had issues in the past and have paid off all cards. However, I need to rebuild some positive credit. To date, the only thing on my report shows paid off delinquent accounts.

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By: Cherrie Mckinstry | Oct 2, 2017

Continue to us your credit card but buy something for a couple dollars and just pay it. You don't have to buy an expensive item or just stuff to make monthly payments with. they check spending habits and your ability to avoid buying impulse items that will rack up your bill. Do you save any money in an account other than checking?

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By: | Sep 23, 2017

I really enjoy using my Chase Visa Credit Card....I would highly recommend it over all the cards. Also, I have a Discover It card as well. I use it from time to time as well.....

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By: | Sep 3, 2017

Can you use any of these cards internationally without fees?

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By: CompareCards | Sep 7, 2017

Check out our page for credit cards with no foreign transaction fees to see all the best options for traveling overseas!

By: CompareCards | Sep 7, 2017

Check out our page for credit cards with no foreign transaction fees to see all the best options for traveling overseas!

By: Felicia Moreno Mikolajczak | Oct 14, 2017

YES, I have my from back of America travel rewards, l can use it internationally without any fee, I love it.

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By: | Aug 31, 2017

Is there a card that offers 0% interest with travel rewards?

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By: CompareCards | Sep 1, 2017

Check out the Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card!

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By: | Aug 28, 2017

I am interested in a credit card that I could transfer other credit card balances so I could have one monthly payment instead of many monthly payments. What would you suggest?

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By: CompareCards | Sep 1, 2017

This would be possible with most balance transfer credit cards. Check out our balance transfer credit cards page to see all of the best options!

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By: | Aug 23, 2017

The best card is one that has a long interest free time period and has no fee on the balance being transferred.

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By: Emily Knight | Aug 25, 2017

You will get no argument from me. That is ideal.

By: Carol R. Smith | Aug 28, 2017

Which one is that? Maybe I missed some information,

By: Tania Rastrow | Oct 16, 2017

check out BankAmeicard by Bank of America. No Annual fee. 0% Introductory APR for the first 15 months. If you do the Balance Transfer within the first 60 days of account opening, the BT fee is waived!!!

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By: | Aug 9, 2017

I am new to credit cards, was wondering why would you transfer balance of your credit card..I have had my card with Capital for about a year, with an APR of 25.49%. Could/should I transfer?

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By: CompareCards | Aug 14, 2017

Balance transfers are useful if you have an outstanding balance on a card with a very high interest rate, and you want to pay off the balance without paying interest. Opening a new credit card with an intro 0% APR on balance transfers can help you pay off your debt interest free - check out some of our best balance transfer cards here. Depending on the size of your balance and your creditworthiness, this could be a great option for you.

By: Turtle Schultz | Aug 15, 2017

I would say yes with that high interest you are paying. Don't ever pay that high of interest on a credit card that are way too many credit cards out there to get with much lower interest rates.

By: Dottie Cales Caudill | Aug 17, 2017

You will most likely have to pay a fee to transfer but in the long run you will save money by doing the transfer.

By: April Heather Cunningham | Aug 19, 2017

Joyce that is a very high APR .... you should be able to find a lower APR on the transfer .... watch for how the APR changes when the 12 mths ends or if they offer 24 mths.

By: Marcia Clary | Aug 23, 2017

Hi Joyce, It would be to your benefit to transfer the balance on your Capital One card. You will save ton of money with a 0% card by not paying that high interest rate. Something to definitely look into.

By: Emily Knight | Aug 25, 2017

Look at your balance and the interest you have been paying. If you are paying more during the same time period (lets say 21 month period) that the 0% interest is offering then it makes sense to transfer.

By: Dash Dash | Aug 26, 2017

Yes, transfer balances that way you pay no interest for so many months, good idea

By: Turtle Schultz | Sep 1, 2017

Definitely, do the transfer. Why pay them almost 26% interest when you can transfer the balance you have to a card to where you pay NO interest for over a year or more. Do you know how much money that would save you???

By: WeedMee Weedmee | Sep 16, 2017

yes, take advantage of being able to save money by transferring your debt to another credit card that can offer a much lower interest rate. However do not close the other credit card as it may lower your credit score, it is okay to leave it open with a 0 balance as long as you want.

By: Renee I. Guerrero-Adams | Sep 25, 2017

Yes, you get to save on interest at least a year 25% is way to high!

By: Tamara Dean | Oct 4, 2017

joyce hi, ...yes please please transfer your balance, that is the highest apr. I have ever seen. get a card with 0 interest for 21 months if you can. that way you can pay your card down without that high rate for at least 21 months

By: Donnie Gibson | Oct 9, 2017

chase credit card is the way to go

By: Sue King | Oct 14, 2017

Yes, yes. Yes!!! Most offer rates of 14% when the 0% time expires.

By: Turtle Schultz | Oct 15, 2017

Definitely. Transfer to a zero balance interest rate for their promo period and think of all the money you will save.

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By: | Aug 8, 2017

Wondering if I can use the Well Fargo Visa for Dental work that I need done?

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By: CompareCards | Aug 9, 2017

As long as your purchases don't exceed your credit limit, you will be able to use the card. Try to pay off the balance as quickly as possible though in order to avoid paying fees or interest.

By: Mary Ellen Wolf | Aug 17, 2017

Hi Judy - I've used by credit card to charge for dental work all the time. It's a great way to pay.

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By: | Aug 8, 2017

can you have too many credit cards? I have excellant credit, but don't use credit cards very often. Should I destroy cards I no longer use or are expired?

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By: CompareCards | Aug 9, 2017

By rule, there is no optimal number of credit cards to have - each person's circumstances are slightly different. If you are paying an annual fee for a credit card that you rarely use, it may be a good idea to cancel the card, or call the issuer and ask them to waive the fee. However, when canceling a card, keep in mind the change in credit score that may occur. Recent or new credit cards will have very little effect on your score if they are canceled, but older credit card accounts will temporarily lower your credit score when they're canceled. You can throw away expired cards, but make sure to cut the cards in half, just in case.

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