Tracy Brackman

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Tracy Brackman

Tracy Brackman is a products editor at Her professional background includes working as executive editor for a South Florida magazine and as editorial department manager for an affiliate marketing company. She currently writes stories focused on credit card product news, including card updates and new card launches.

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American Express Platinum card offers 100,000 bonus points through CardMatch -- The Platinum card from American Express is currently offering select applicants a 100,000-point sign-up bonus after spending $5,000 in the first three months of card membership through the CardMatch tool. ... (See CardMatch)

American Express EveryDay card removes balance transfer fee -- The American Express EveryDay card has removed its balance transfer fee and lengthened the introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers ... (See AmEx EveryDay)

Chase ups United MileagePlus Explorer card's sign-up bonus to 50,000 miles -- The United MileagePlus Explorer card's new promotion, which ends March 15, 2018, lets cardholders earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. ... (See Chase United)

Earn up to 30,000 bonus points with JetBlue cards -- We break down everything you need to know about the JetBlue and JetBlue Plus cards, including which one offers the most valuable sign-up bonus and the most efficient ways to redeem your points. ... (See JetBlue)

Chase’s new Starbucks Visa card rewards you for every purchase -- Chase and Starbucks have unveiled a new credit card that lets you earn rewards on everything you buy - both in Starbucks stores and anywhere Visa is accepted. ... (See Starbucks Rewards Visa)

Earn 10x miles on hotel stays with the Venture and VentureOne cards -- Capital One and have launched an offer that lets Venture and VentureOne cardholders earn 10 miles per dollar on hotel bookings made through ... (See Hotel rewards)

AmEx Hilton cards debut with 100,000-point sign-up bonus -- In addition to refreshing the Hilton Honors card and the Hilton Honors Surpass card with changes that include an increased sign-up bonus and new card name, American Express has launched two new Hilton products – a business card and a luxury card. ... (See AmEx Hilton cards)

PenFed launches a new travel card that rewards you for everyday purchases -- In addition to offering up to 4 points per dollar on travel purchases, the new PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express card offers a 25,000-point sign-up bonus and a 0-percent intro APR on balance transfers for a limited time. ... (See PenFed)

Navy Federal removes balance transfer fees for a limited time -- Navy Federal Credit Union has announced a limited-time promotion that pffers new and existing cardholders a fee-free 0-percent APR on balance transfers for 12 months. ... (See Balance transfer cards)

Citi removes foreign transaction fees from the Costco Anywhere Visa -- Citi has announced that the Costco Anywhere Visa card will no longer charge foreign transaction fees for purchases made when shopping abroad or on an international retailer’s website. ... (See Costco)

Southwest Rapid Rewards cards boost sign-up bonuses to 50,000 points -- If you’re looking for a good way to stock up on airline rewards to get closer to a free flight, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus and Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier cards from Chase may be your answer. ... (See Airline rewards)

Hawaiian Airlines offers 50,000 bonus miles for a limited time -- The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard is temporarily offering new cardholders a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after making $3,000 in purchases in the first three months - an increase of 15,000 miles. ... (See Airline rewards)

Earn up to $500 a year when you refer a friend to these credit cards -- If you're looking for alternative ways to earn rewards or bonuses from your credit card, referral bonuses may be your answer. Read on to see what offers are currently available. ... (See Referral bonus)

Earn up to 55,000 bonus points with Chase Sapphire cards -- The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred cards offer two of the most valuable sign-up bonuses among travel rewards cards, thanks to the value and flexibility of Chase Ultimate Rewards points. ... (See Chase Sapphire)

AmEx announces big changes for Hilton Honors cards in 2018 -- Along with refreshing its two existing Hilton products, American Express will introduce two new Hilton cards in January 2018. ... (See Hilton Honors)

New Uber Visa card to offer a $100 bonus and 4 percent back on dining -- Barclays and Uber have announced new details about their upcoming co-branded credit card – including the official launch date, card name and benefits. ... (See Uber Visa)

Venture card from Capital One raises sign-up bonus to 50,000 miles -- New Venture cardholders can now receive a one-time 50,000-mile bonus after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. ... (See Venture)

New Capital One Savor card pays 3 percent cash back on dining purchases -- Capital One has launched a new dining rewards card that offers unlimited cash back on food purchases. ... (See Savor)

Discover cash back calendar 2018 – Activate the Q2 bonus category -- Although we’re still in the first quarter of 2018, it’s not too early to start looking ahead to Discover’s next bonus category. In fact, you can activate the second quarter bonus – grocery stores – now. ... (See Discover cash back calendar)

Starwood Preferred Guest cardholders can earn up to 35,000 bonus points -- In addition to earning 25,000 points after making $3,000 in purchases in the first three months, Starwood Preferred Guest Business cardholders will receive 10,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months for a limited time. ... (See Starwood Preferred Guest)

Chase unveils its cash back category for Q1 2018 -- From January through March 2018, Chase Freedom cardholders can earn 5 percent back on gas station purchases, mobile wallet purchases and internet, cable and phone services. ... (See Chase Freedom bonus categories)

AmEx boosts Blue Cash Preferred bonus to $200 -- American Express has increased the sign-up bonuses for Blue Cash Preferred and Blue Cash Everyday cards by $50 each. ... (See Blue Cash)

Bank of America’s new premium travel rewards card offers up to a 75 percent rewards bonus -- Along with a 50,000-point sign-up bonus and rewards on every purchase, the Bank of America Premium Rewards card also lets account holders earn up to a 75 percent bonus on rewards. ... (See Bank of America)

AmEx launches Blue Delta SkyMiles card with no annual fee -- American Express has expanded its Delta SkyMiles product line with the launch of the Blue Delta SkyMiles card. ... (See Delta SkyMiles)

Chase and United unveil a new airline rewards card with no annual fee -- With the rise in popularity of premium travel rewards cards and cash back rewards cards, Chase and United have attempted to combine the two with the launch of the United TravelBank card. ... (See United)

Earn up to 100,000 bonus points with AmEx Hilton cards for a limited time -- American Express has upped the sign-up bonuses for the Hilton Honors and Hilton Honors Surpass cards until Oct. 4, 2017. ... (See Hilton Honors)

Limited-time offer: Earn a 60K-point sign-up bonus with Chase Southwest cards -- Chase has relaunched its 60,000-point sign-up bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card. ... (See Southwest Rapid Rewards cards)

Borrow Delta SkyMiles now, earn them back later -- Need to purchase a flight or hotel stay, but don't have enough Delta SkyMiles to do so? American Express may have a solution for you. ... (See Delta SkyMiles)

Special offer: Blue Cash Preferred waives annual fee for first year -- American Express has launched a special introductory offer for the Blue Cash Preferred card. During the first year of card membership, cardholders will not be charged the usual annual fee of $95. ... (See Preferred)

Discover cardholders can save 15 cents per gallon at the pump this summer -- Thanks to a new partnership between Discover and Gulf Gas, Discover cardholders can save 15 cents per gallon of gas this summer. ... (See Discover)

The AARP card from Chase doubles its sign-up bonus to $200 -- The AARP card from Chase now pays $200 when you apply for the card by Aug. 25, 2017 and spend $500 in the first three months. ... (See AARP)

Updated Citi Prestige card now offers a 75K sign-up bonus -- The Citi Prestige has launched a slew of card changes, including a 75,000-point sign-up bonus and the ability to book complimentary hotel stays online. ... (See Citi Prestige)

Credit card special offers, limited-time promotions -- Our ongoing, updated list includes deals from retailers, airlines, hotels and more. Check back often so you don't lose out ... (See Rewards)

New Santander Bank card offers unlimited 1.5 percent cash back on all purchases -- Santander Bank has launched the Ultimate Cash Back card – a new credit card that pays cardholders 1.5 percent cash back on every purchase along with a $100 sign-up bonus after spending $500 in the first 90 days. ... (See Santander Bank)

Chase Freedom vs. Freedom Unlimited: Which is best? - -- The Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited cards share similar names, so you may wonder if their rewards structures are the same, too. In short: No. ... (See Chase Freedom)

Chase IHG Rewards card hikes sign-up bonus to 80,000 points -- Chase has boosted the sign-up bonus for the IHG Rewards Club Select card by 20,000 points. Now, new cardholders receive 80,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. ... (See IHG)

PayPal Cashback Mastercard offers 2 percent cash back on all purchases -- PayPal and Synchrony Bank have partnered to launch the PayPal Cashback Mastercard – a new credit card that gives cardholders 2 percent cash back on everything they buy. ... (See PayPal Cashback Mastercard)

New PNC Cash Rewards Visa offers up to 4 percent back on everyday purchases -- PNC has launched a new credit card that gives cardholders up to 4 percent cash back on items they use every day, including gas and food. ... (See PNC Cash Rewards Visa)

Prime members can now earn 2 percent back on Amazon purchases without a credit card -- Amazon shoppers can now earn 2 percent back on all purchases without having to use an Amazon credit card. ... (See Amazon Reload)

5 extraordinary ways to redeem rewards points this summer -- Instead of redeeming your hard-earned miles and points for a flight upgrade or hotel stay, why not try an exciting new experience this summer? ... (See Extraordinary summer experiences)

Chase and Southwest boost sign-up bonuses to 60,000 points -- Chase has added 20,000 points to the sign-up bonuses for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa Signature card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card – just in time for summer travel. ... (See Southwest Rapid Rewards cards)

UBS Visa Elite: premium card launches with 50,000-point sign-up bonus -- Swiss Bank UBS has entered the premium credit card race with the launch of the UBS Visa Infinite – a new, metal credit card geared toward high and ultra-high-net-worth U.S. customers. ... (See UBS Visa Infinite)

American Express doubles the sign-up bonuses for Delta SkyMiles cards -- American Express has doubled the sign-up bonuses for the Gold Delta SkyMiles and Platinum Delta SkyMiles cards for a limited time. ... (See Delta SkyMiles)

Delta SkyMiles members can earn up to 3X miles with Lyft -- Members of Delta’s SkyMiles loyalty program can now earn miles on every Lyft ride, thanks to a new partnership between the ridesharing company and Delta Airlines. ... (See Delta SkyMiles)

Chase Sapphire cardholders can earn 100,000 points with a Chase mortgage -- Chase has launched a unique, new offer that allows Sapphire, Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve cardholders to receive 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points when they close a mortgage with Chase through Aug. 6, 2017. ... (See Chase Sapphire)

Credit card product news -- The latest on credit card launches, bonus offers and rewards program updates. ... (See Product news page)

Citi launches limited-time 60K offer for AAdvantage Platinum Select World cards -- Citi has relaunched its 60,000-mile sign-up bonus offer for the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard and the CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard for a limited time. This offer is no longer available through our site. ... (See Citi AAdvantage)

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature launches limited-time, companion-fare offer -- Alaska Airlines has launched a limited-time offer for its Visa Signature card that allows cardholders to earn a companion ticket at practically no add ... (See Alaska Airlines)

U.S. Bank launches Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite card with 50K sign-up bonus -- The new U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite card offers precisely what you would expect from a luxury credit card – a generous sign-up bonus and lavish rewards program, along with a hefty annual fee. ... (See Altitude)

Wells Fargo boosts the sign-up bonus for the Cash Wise Visa to $200 -- Wells Fargo has upped the sign-up bonus for the Cash Wise Visa card from $150 to $200. To earn the cash rewards bonus, a cardholder must make $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of opening his or her account. ... (See Cash back)

Chase and British Airways boost sign-up bonus to 100k Avios -- Chase has launched a 100,000 bonus Avios sign-up bonus for the British Airways Visa Signature card – an increase of 50,000 Avios over the previous offer. ... (See British Airways Visa Signature)

Google releases Android Pay for mobile banking apps -- If you are currently a customer of Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank or USAA, you can now access Android Pay through your mobile banking app. ... (See Android Pay)

New Capital One card offers 3 percent cash back on dining -- Capital One has launched a new Premier Dining Rewards credit card that lets card members earn unlimited cash back rewards on food purchases. ... (See Capital One)

American Express Platinum card amps up sign-up bonus to 60k points -- American Express has upped the ante for the Platinum Card from American Express by increasing its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points. ... (See American Express Platinum 60k sign-up bonus)

American Express Business Platinum card to offer 5X Membership Rewards -- American Express has unveiled several new enhancements for the Business Platinum card, which are scheduled to go into effect March 30, 2017. ... (See AmEx Business Platinum)

New Ally Bank app lets customers control charges using their smartphones -- Ally Bank has introduced a new service that allows customers to instantly make changes to their debit card accounts using their smartphones. ... (See Ally Bank)

Citi ThankYou members earn 50 percent more TrueBlue points for travel season -- Citi has unveiled a limited-time offer that allows card members to receive a 50 percent bonus when transferring ThankYou points to JetBlue. ... (See Citi ThankYou rewards)

American Express Platinum card makeover adds $200 Uber credits -- American Express has announced several exciting new features for Platinum card members, slated to launch March 30, 2017. ... (See AmEx)

New PenFed card offers up to 2 percent cash back on every purchase -- With the introduction of the PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature card, PenFed aims to combine the benefits that a rewards credit card carries with the low fees and simplicity that a credit union often brings. ... (See PenFed)

Blue Cash Everyday and Preferred cards offer 10 percent back at restaurants -- Starting Feb. 23, 2017, new Blue Cash Everyday and Blue Cash Preferred cardholders who apply for either card by May 3, 2017 will earn 10 percent cash back on purchases made at U.S. restaurants in the first six months, up to $200 back. ... (See American Express)

Starwood Preferred cards add 35K sign-up bonus -- New American Express Starwood Preferred Guest cardholders and Starwood Preferred Guest business cardholders can earn up to 35,000 bonus Starpoints for a limited time. ... (See Starwood Preferred Guest)

New Cathay Pacific Visa Signature card offers 25K sign-up bonus -- Cathay Pacific Airlines and Synchrony Bank have teamed up to release a credit card geared toward U.S. travelers. ... (See Cathay Pacific)

Barclaycard Ring offers 0 percent intro APR for 15 months -- Barclaycard has launched a new 0 percent introductory offer for the Barclaycard Ring Platinum Mastercard. ... (See Barclaycard)

Chase offers hefty 50,000 sign-up bonus to new United MileagePlus Explorer cardholders -- Chase has announced a generous increase to the sign-up bonus for the United MileagePlus Explorer card. Now, cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of opening an account. ... (See Chase United)

Sears’ new Shop Your Way card includes 5 percent gas bonus -- Citi and Sears have announced the launch of the Sears Mastercard with Shop Your Way. The new card includes an expansion of Sears’ “5-3-2-1” rewards offer, which they ran temporarily over the holidays. ... (See Sears Mastercard)

Citi Sound Vault gives access to exclusive music experiences -- Citi, in partnership with Live Nation, has unveiled a live music platform, dubbed “Citi Sound Vault.” ... (See Citi Sound Vault)

Target Pay is coming soon -- Target has announced plans to launch a mobile payment service later this year. The new feature will allow customers to purchase items in Target stores using their mobile phones. ... (See Target Pay)

Mastercard ramps up exclusive privileges for Affluent cardholders in Asia Pacific -- Mastercard announced that it will begin offering exclusive dining privileges for Platinum, World and World Elite cardholders in Asia Pacific. ... (See Mastercard)

Fifth Third Bank offers customers five mobile wallet options -- Fifth Third Bank customers can now make credit and debit card payments via Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, MasterPass, Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet. ... (See Mobile wallet)

Citi members can now access nearly twice the number of free ATMs -- Citibank has partnered with Cardtronics, the world’s largest owner and operator of ATMs, to provide over 30,000 additional fee-free ATMs in major cities throughout the U.S. ... (See Fee-free ATMs)

Amazon’s new Visa Signature card gives Prime members 5 percent back -- If you are one of the 65 million people who currently pays $99 a year for Prime membership, Amazon wants to offer you the ability to earn more rewards on everything you buy at -- 5 percent back on purchases, to be exact. ... (See Amazon Prime)

Chase Reserve’s 100,000-point bonus offer coming to an end -- Today is the last day to take advantage of the Chase Sapphire Reserve's 100,000-point sign-up bonus, as Chase plans to slash the online offer in half Jan. 12. ... (See Chase Sapphire Reserve)

Federal appeals court rules that Amex can block merchants from promoting rival cards -- again -- The U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to overturn its decision to allow American Express to stop merchants from promoting rival credit cards that charge lower fees. ... (See Amex anti-steering suit)

Chase offers free credit scores to consumers -- Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., unveiled a new website to help American consumers take control of their credit. ... (See Chase Credit Journey)

American Express makes paying for items through Facebook simpler -- American Express announced the addition of a new feature that makes it easier for card members to make purchases on Facebook using an American Express card. ... (See American Express)

Citibank unifies the mobile experience for Citi Mobile App users -- Citibank has upgraded its Citi Mobile App for iPhone to combine banking, trading and investing into a single user app experience. ... (See Citi Mobile app)

Citi allows card members to track replacement cards though its mobile app -- Today, Citibank became the first major credit card issuer to offer its members real-time tracking of replacement credit cards. ... (See Citi card tracker)

Chase Pay debuts at Starbucks and Best Buy -- Chase cardholders now can use Chase Pay at more than 7,500 company-operated Starbucks and approximately 1,400 Best Buy locations. ... (See Chase Pay)

Citibank unveils its first mobile wallet – Citi Pay -- Citibank introduced Citi Pay, the latest mobile wallet for Android phone users. Citi Pay is designed to offer consumers a convenient alternative to paying with cash or a physical credit card. ... (See Citi Pay)

Uber’s new debit card helps customers in Mexico hail a ride -- Ride-hailing company, Uber, has partnered with Mexican fintech bank, Bankaool, and MasterCard to launch the first Uber-branded debit card in Latin America. ... (See Uber Bankaool Debit Card)

Citi launches fingerprint authentication for mobile customers -- Citibank customers in Hong Kong can now use their fingerprints to access Citi Mobile App. A new authentication feature, entitled “Touch ID Sensor,” allows a user to access Citi’s full suite of mobile banking services. ... (See Touch ID Sensor)

Applying for a store-branded credit card at the register just got faster -- Alliance Data Card Services recently launched I.D. Self-Scan and Frictionless Mobile Credit -- two mobile-friendly tools designed to make credit card applications simpler and faster for consumers and retailers at checkout. ... (See Store-branded credit cards)

Credit card disputes go mobile for Citi cardholders -- Citi announced the launch of a new feature today that allows card members to dispute certain charges using a mobile device. ... (See Credit card disputes)

American Express launches installment payments for Canadian card members -- American Express Canada launched a new installment payment plan aimed at giving card members more control over their finances. ... (See Installment payments)

Sears Mastercard holders earn more 'Shop Your Way' rewards through the holidays -- Sears MasterCard holders can start earning more Shop Your Way points through a complimentary offer running Nov. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2017. ... (See Sears Mastercard)

Marriott moves toward merging Starwood with other loyalty programs -- Following its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Marriott International, Inc. has taken further steps to integrate its award-winning loyalty programs. ... (See Starwood)

This new 'smart' card may help fight fraud -- To decrease the rate of card-not-present fraud, Oberthur Technologies recently introduced Motion Code, a credit card that randomly generates a new CVV every hour. ... (See Motion Code)

MasterCard aims to replace your password with a ‘selfie’ -- MasterCard announced the European launch of “Selfie Pay,” a verification technology that allows cardholders to make online payments using biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprints. ... (See Identity Check Mobile)

American Express wins right to block merchants from promoting rival cards -- Earlier this week, a federal appeals court ruled that American Express can prevent merchants from steering customers to credit cards with lower transaction fees. ... (See Amex anti-steering suit)

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Updated: 02-21-2018