Credit cards are unstructured debt accounts linked to a plastic card that allows the holder to make purchases from retailers that accept the card. Common credit card networks in the U.S. include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

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Is there any reason to prefer Visa or Mastercard?

My Italian bank, Fineco, offers me Visa or MasterCard credit cards at (apparently) the exact same conditions. IIRC when I first requested it a few years ago, it was just a checkbox in the contract ...
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What data can be extracted from my credit card?

When handing someone (e.g., a hotel receptionist) my credit card, what data can they extract? Obviously the data that is printed on the card (i.e., personal name, various numbers, expiry date, credit ...
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What kind of credit card transactions generally count as a cash advance?

I understand that if I use my credit card to get cash from an ATM, that counts as a 'cash advance'. Are there any other credit cards transactions that don't involve taking cash from ATM that count as ...
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Credit Card Payment [closed]

My friend has been in US (07-09) as a student and had a credit of around 7k which he didnt pay and returned to home country due to personal emergencies. Now he wants to go back as he has got a work ...
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Withdrawing IRA early to pay off large credit card debt?

I am 38 years old and married. Because of a mix of bad luck (multiple lay-offs between my husband and I over the years which led to months of unemployment, unexpected major medical bills), choice (job ...
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How is Average Length of Credit determined by the Credit Agencies?

Say I get 10 credit cards in one day and hold them for 10 years. My Average Length of Credit is 10 years. Say at that point I open and close a credit card in 0.1 year. Is my Average Length of Credit ...
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Making money by using cashback option against a paypal and credit card account

My Mastercard gives me 1% cash back. I can set up a paypal account against my master card. Now what is the catch in this scheme? 1.Transfer 1000 dollars from mastercard to paypal( this does not cause ...
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Why do credit card transactions take up to 3 days to appear, yet debit transactions are instant?

I noticed that when I use my credit card it takes up to 3 business days (even 5 days including weekends if I use it on a Thursday, I have to wait until Monday or Tuesday) for the transaction to appear ...
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Are all VISA cards connected with bank accounts?

I know that this is a question about fundamentals, but I couldn't find any explanation out there. I'm a bit lost in the world of credit cards. I got used to cards that are issued by a bank for getting ...
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Getting the sign-up bonus from the same Credit Card multiple times

If I sign up for a credit card that has a sign-up bonus (i.e., spend $500 in 3 months and get $100 cash; spend $1000 in 3 months and get 30,000 miles), pay the specified amount and earn the reward, ...
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ATM took in the money after spitting it out

I tried to use an Indian bank based (HDFC) Multi currency prepaid card in a Bank of America ATM to withdraw some cash. The ATM did spit it out but took it back in weirdly, looked much like it never ...
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Cash Signup Bonuses from Credit Cards

I see that there are some sign up bonus deals from Chase and Capital One right now that offer you $100 if you spend $500 in 3 months. I was curious to know if these are generally a check, or if they ...
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Explanations on credit cards in Canada

I recently moved from France to Canada, and am a bit lost regarding the way credit cards work in North America. Let me explain my understing to give some context to my question: In France, one has ...
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How to use a companion fare if the total fare cost is more than the companion fare limit

I am looking at the Alaska Airlines Master Card And I see: An annual coach Companion Fare every year from $118 (USD)($99 base fare, plus taxes and fees from $19) Now let us say I purchase a full ...
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Do points and miles acquired through signup bonuses ever expire

Many credit cards offer sign up bonuses in the form of points or miles. Now, unless stated explicitly, is there an expiry date for this sign up miles/points?
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Combine credit card cash back with other cash back offer

At this website you can buy gift cards and get cash back. Now I have a credit card that gives 1% cash back. If I use it to purchase a gift card here, will i get 1% back from credit card and on top ...
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Open and close credit card to save on annual fee

There are many credit cards that waive the fee for the first year. Is it illegal to open up a credit card account, hold it for a year, then cancel it and then turn around again and re open it and ...
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Can I earn Frequent Flier miles on a flight using FF miles and effectively get them back?

Let us say I have accumulated 50,000 air miles and use it on a flight on Alaska Air from Vancouver to Anchorage. Now , is it correct that just by taking the flight itself, I will earn back 'all' ...
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What is meant by an eligible purchase on a cash back card

I am trying to decide on a credit card for travel purposes and i came to MBNA At this link, the word 'eligible purchases' keep cropping up, so I was wondering where I can find a list of eligible ...
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Balance transfer from Wells Fargo to Chase

I have had a Wells Fargo Credit Card for about 3 years with a limit of $3100 and a chase bank credit card since January with a limit of $3000. Wells Fargo is charging me close to 13% and chase has its ...
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Are Chase credit cards commonly accepted for purchases?

While trying to buy stuff online with a credit card, the options available are usually restricted to Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. I am thinking of getting a credit card from Chase, but where could I ...
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How do foreign transaction fees show up on credit card statements?

How do foreign transaction fees show up on credit card statements? Are they usually itemized out? Is the purchase price on your statement just 3% higher if you have a 3% foreign transaction fee? Is ...
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Is the BA Avios Visa airlines rewards card worth it?

I fly between the US and UK about twice a year - though so far I've only racked up about 16,500 Avios points with British Airways. I'm due to fly back again for Christmas and New Year. If I were to ...
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Do Visa and MasterCard process exchange differently?

My friend, who is willing to visit Indonesia, went to a Russian bank to get a debit card. The manager advised him to go with MasterCard rather than Visa, because "Visa would first convert rubles to ...
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Consolidate or pay off

I have two large credit cards at 12.95%. I can get a loan for the balance at 13.95%. Am I better to consolidate the debt of both cards or just pay off the cards as is.
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What effect does a high credit line have on a mortgage?

I have received a letter from my credit card company increasing my credit line and when I spoke about this with a co-worker, they told me that I should request that the company does not increase my ...
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Should I pay half a large balance this month before I get my CC statement?

I have a CC with $6k limit. I normally spend between $0 and $1k on it and pay the balance in full every month. This month I have $4k on it. If I wait until I get a statement to pay it off, will the ...
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What mix of credit lines and loans is optimal for my credit score?

Mint.com just told me my credit score. It says in the advice section: Try to have a good mix of credit lines open. Creditors like to see that you have both loans and credit cards. If you're low ...
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What is too much credit utilization on credit card?

Is credit utilization looked by card or total credit? Say I have three credit cards with the following utilizations: Card A Limit: $30000 Balance: $25000 Utilization: 83% Card B Limit: $20000 ...
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Will not using a credit card affect my credit score?

I'm keep receiving the messages such as: We notice you aren't using your X Card. Call X for a PIN, ... Or X for a new card. So the question is, how Credit Card inactivity impacts my credit ...
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Does your total credit limit or debt affect how much new credit you will receive?

Say a friend of mine owns 10 credit cards with a total credit limit of $100,000 with total CC debt of $10,000. Does the total credit limit affect how much new credit will be approved? Does CC debt ...
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CC account in good standing; Can I request a higher cash back rate?

I've been a good customer with Discover for a number of years. Over that period, they've increased my limit and I've always paid on time, in full. Is it unreasonable to request a higher cash back rate ...
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My credit card company is asking for my current income citing “Federal Regulations”

So I received an e-mail today from a bank from whom I have an existing credit card as follows: To consider you for a future credit line increase, federal regulations require us to have your ...
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How can a school club collect money using credit cards?

tl;dr- How can we legally accept credit cards (to our club bank account) without being able to become a legal entity? I'm an officer an officially-recognized student-run club at my university. I'd ...
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Credit Cards and Home Loans

I am based on Sydney Australia. Looking to buy a house here. Customer of one of big 4 banks. Long story short, 6 Months back Talked to my bank about buying a house and discussed about my borrowing ...
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Why was my Credit Limit Increase Denied?

I applied for a credit line increase from Capital One a few weeks ago. A few days ago I got a letter indicated that the increase request was rejected. The two reasons stated were: Primary ...
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Additional credit card with different limit on same account?

Does anyone know of a way to get another credit card for an authorized user but with a much lower credit limit? I'd like to use my existing credit card account but I don't really see a way to do ...
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Is a chargeback appropriate when a company cancels and then later un-cancels a service?

So here's the situation: I reserved two spaces on a bus tour Three days before the tour departs I am emailed to notify me the trip has been cancelled. I am given the option to either rebook a day ...
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Paying off Overdraft first or Credit Card

I have accumulated 18 000 in debt between my Credit Card (-8000, interest=16%) and Cheque Account Over Draft (-10 000, interest=15%). I make 10 000 per month, and I have around 3000 after all my needs ...
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Credit Cards drawn as Cash Advance to the max and moved abroad altogether [duplicate]

I came to know through one of my friends that one of his colleagues, who lived and worked in US for 6+ years completely relocated to his home country (and no plans to return) and settling there. He ...
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Capital One Free Credit Report - Effect on Credit Score

I have a Capital One credit card. As part of their online services, they offer free credit score requests. I recently began using that service, up to twice or thrice per month. Capital One ...
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How does a tax exemption for an action = penalty for inaction?

This business of framing an event as a gain or loss has applications beyond settlement negotiations, of course. And sometimes the framing is simply a matter of words—the “cash discount” that is ...
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Why are credit cards preferred in the US?

Where I'm from, credit cards are common, but they're not considered the main daily use-case, as opposed to debit cards. What are practical reasons credit cards are preferred over debit cards in the ...
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Is there a downside to applying for several credit cards for rewards?

Qantas offers several bonuses (mostly frequent flyer points) for applying for some credit card programs and spending X amount within Y months with that card. Most of these cards have annual fees. I ...
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Is it bad to have multiple credit cards?

I have 4 credit cards that I use occasionally but pay off the balance every month for the most part. Recently I've been suckered into getting store credit cards (Macy's, Kohl's, etc) because they ...
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What are the cons of cancelling a high fee credit card?

Are there any factors one needs to be aware of before cancelling a credit card? Reason for cancellation is high annual fee, but will cancelling it hurt the credit score or have other side effects?
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How can I take advantage of credit card cash back programs?

I have a credit card that offers cash back (1%) on every purchase. Now there are some stores in Canada that have their own cash back (a.k.a...if you buy something for 5$ and charge 100$ to the card, ...
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What kind of Business is Facebook? is it B2B or B2C or Both? [closed]

I want to know What kind of Business is Facebook? is it B2B or B2C or Both? As facebook is getting money from advertisers for showing their ads on facebook and users freely use facebook and sometimes ...
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Is there any way to pay online in a country with no international banking system

I live in Ethiopia and based on the National Bank of Ethiopia, it is illegal to get any money out of Ethiopia with out a special permission of the bank, and I personally want to make some online ...
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Should I get cash from credit card at 0% for 8 months and put it on loans?

I have approx $100K in student loans, and am still in my grace period. I am able to get approx $4K cash from my citibank card as a special promotion. I would not have interest on the card until April ...