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Best Credit Cards by Category

We have partnered with banks and issuers to bring you the best credit cards. Each section below lists the two best credit cards in that category. Compare cards in each category to find the best credit card that meets your needs.

Best low interest credit cards

These low interest credit cards are best used if you have a habit of making large purchases and plan to pay them off over a period of time. Examples are large appliances, home furnishings, entertainment centers...even expensive emergencies, like home or auto repairs. More low interest credit cards

Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: until August 2015
Regular APR: 11.9% - 19.9% (V)


Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: 6 months
Regular APR: 10.99% - 22.99% Variable*

Best balance transfer cards

Balance transfer credit cards allow you to consolidate debt that is spread across several credit cards onto one card. The best credit cards in this category feature 0% APR for an intro period from 6 to 12 months. If credit card debt is becoming a burden, a balance transfer card is best. More about balance transfer credit cards

Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: 6 months
Regular APR: 10.99% - 22.99% Variable*


Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: 15 months
Regular APR: 12.99%, 17.99%, or 22.99% (V)

Best rewards credit cards

If you pay your bill in full, and like receiving coupons or discounts, a rewards credit card is best. What you spend is converted into points, and when enough are accumulated, certain benefits become available. The better of these cards offer bonus points--often in the thousands--when the application is approved. Info on other rewards credit cards

Intro APR: N/A
Intro APR Period: N/A
Regular APR: 13.9% - 20.9% (V)


Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: until August 2015
Regular APR: 11.9% - 19.9% (V)

Best cash back credit cards

Cash back cards turn 1-5% of what you spend into cash. The method and percentage varies: some programs are tiered, where the cash back increases proportional to the amount charged; others are specific, limiting the larger percentage to "everyday" items. These cards are best used if you always pay your balance in full. More info on cash back credit cards

Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: until May 2015
Regular APR: 12.9% - 22.9% (V)


Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: 15 months
Regular APR: 13.99%-22.99% (Variable)

Best airline credit cards

Airline or travel credit cards offer benefits targeted to travelers and frequent flyers. These credit cards use points--often called miles--to reward cardholders. What you spend, and sometimes the miles you fly, is converted to points/miles. The best airline credit cards will redeem points/miles for travel-oriented benefits: tickets, discounts, etc. See more about airline credit cards

Intro APR: 0%
Intro APR Period: until August 2015
Regular APR: 11.9% - 19.9% (V)


Intro APR: N/A
Intro APR Period: N/A
Regular APR: 13.9% - 20.9% (V)

Help finding the best credit cards

6 things to consider before choosing a credit card
When picking a card, the No. 1 tip is to know yourself and how you will use the card.

7 ways to get the most from rewards credit cards
With virtually all credit card issuers offering rewards, the issue is not whether you should get a rewards card, but what type of rewards card is best for you.

9 things to know about balance transfers
Transferring the balance to a card with a lower interest may sound like an enticing way to save cash, but it's not quite as simple as it sounds.

10 worst credit card mistakes
Making these 10 mistakes will turn good credit into bad and bad credit into lenders-won't-go-near-you credit.

See our credit card help section