Mastercard® Credit Cards

Whether you're looking for an everyday cash back card or luxury travel rewards, Mastercard® partners with lots of issuers so you're sure to find a card that suits your needs.

See the best Mastercard offers from our partners below.

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Comparing Offers from Mastercard

Mastercard, one of the world's dominant payment systems, teams up with such giants as Bank of America and Citi to bring you all manner of cards, from credit-builder cards to exclusive travel credit cards. This brand also offers its own benefits, from security to its proprietary Priceless Cities program. Here, we look at:

What is Mastercard?

As a network, Mastercard doesn't issue cards directly – rather, it partners with massive banks such as Bank of America, as well as your local bank or credit union, which provide cards that carry the Mastercard logo. Then, Mastercard also partners with millions of merchants around the world, which accept cards with their logo while paying a processing fee. Products can be debit, prepaid, charge or credit cards.

Mastercard is one of the dominant card networks, which also include Visa, Discover and American Express. Accepted throughout the world, it is one of the go-to networks for worldwide travel.

There are a number of unique advantages to using a Mastercard, including worldwide acceptance. In fact, in recent years, Mastercard's international growth has been considerably greater than U.S. growth, with the debit and prepaid markets being particularly strong:

Mastercard purchase transaction growth FY 2018...

  • 12.2%
  • Mastercard credit and charge, less U.S.
  • 8.5%
  • Mastercard credit and charge, U.S.
  • 11.1%
  • Mastercard credit and charge, worldwide
  • 20.3%
  • Mastercard debit and prepaid, less U.S.
  • 10.8%
  • Mastercard debit and prepaid, U.S.
  • 17.1%
  • Mastercard debit and prepaid, worldwide

Source: Mastercard Supplemental Operational Performance Data

Best Mastercard credit cards of 2019

Editor's take on the best Mastercards

Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card

This card is right for the consumer who has a big road trip planned this summer, with its 3% cash back on your category of choice, with gas and travel among the available choices. There's also 2% back on grocery stores and wholesale clubs – those 3 categories earn these cash back rates for up to $2,500 a quarter in combined purchases. It's 1% back on all other purchases.

This card also gets you a $200 cash bonus after a $1,000 spend within 90 days of card membership.


  • No annual fee
  • Choice of 3% cash back category
  • No expiration on rewards

Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card

The Savor is a no-brainer if you spend a decent amount on food, with 4% cash back on dining and entertainment. On top of that, you have 2% cash back at grocery stores and no foreign transaction fee, making it suitable for a wide variety of uses. The sign-up bonus is easily one of the best available offers right now, with a $500 cash bonus for spending $3,000 in your first 3 months.


  • $95 annual fee is waived for your first year
  • Cash back of 4% on dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores, 1% on all other purchases
  • Able to redeem any amount of cash back at any time

Citi® Double Cash Card

This card is perfect for the consumer who wants to set it and forget it – no dealing with rotating categories or even tiered categories. With Citi Double Cash, you earn 1% back on every purchase, then another 1% when you pay, bringing the total in cash back to 2%. So, $1,000 spent a month comes to $240 back at the end of your first year.


  • 0% APR on balance transfers for 18 months (then 15.74% - 25.74% variable)
  • No caps on cash back
  • No annual fee

Capital One® Platinum Credit Card

This card is ideal for the consumer who is looking to improve his credit. Accepting fair, limited or average credit, the Capital One Platinum has no annual fee and gives you access to a higher credit limit after you make your first 5 payments on time.


  • Pay by check, online or at a branch, no fee
  • Pick your monthly due date
  • No annual fee

Citi PremierSM Card

Just as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is the posterchild of travel rewards among Visa cards, the Citi Premier is the king of travel among Mastercards. In fact, you could make a strong argument that it is an even more attractive offer than the CSP, as it features higher rewards for travel purchases.


  • 50,000 point sign-up bonus (redeemable for $625 in airfare) after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • 3X points on travel purchases, including at gas stations
  • $95 annual fee is waived for the first year

HSBC Gold Mastercard® credit card

Another solid offer from HSBC, the Gold Mastercard is designed for balance transfers and big-ticket purchases. Simply put, if you are looking for a credit card with low regular APR in addition to a nice long intro 0% APR offer, this is your best bet.


  • 0% APR on purchase and balance transfers for 15 months; then 14.24%, 20.24%, or 25.24% variable APR
  • No penalty APR
  • No annual fee and no foreign transaction fee

Citi Simplicity® Card

This card is hard to beat when you have interest charges piling up. With the Citi Simplicity, you can get 21 months of 0% APR on balance transfers and 12 months of 0% APR on purchases (then 16.24% - 26.24% variable). So, whether you already owe on a previous card or you have a car repair bill looming, you can save money with the Simplicity's introductory offer. There's also the promise of personal, live service and you can choose your due date.


  • No annual fee
  • No late fees
  • No penalty rate

HSBC Cash Rewards Mastercard® credit card

The HSBC Cash Rewards card is interesting in that it offers a 10% anniversary bonus on the cash back you earn, thus setting itself apart from other 1.5% cash back cards. In lieu of a traditional sign-up bonus, the HSBC Cash Rewards credit card offers an introductory 3% cash back on all purchases for the first year, on up to $10,000 in purchases.


  • No annual fee and no foreign transaction fee
  • Unlimited 1.5% back in cash rewards on every purchase
  • 10% anniversary bonus once a year

Citi Rewards+SM Card

This card's 15,000-point sign-up bonus rivals that of the Chase Freedom cards – earn 15,000 bonus points after a $1,000 spend within the first 3 months of card membership, worth $150 when redeemed. Also, earn 2X points at supermarkets and gas stations for the first $6,000 spend each year. It's 1X point after that and on other purchases.


  • No annual fee
  • Get 10% points back for the first 100,000 ThankYou points you redeem each year; card rounds up to the nearest 10 points on every purchase
  • 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, then a variable 15.74%-25.74% after that

Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Trying to build your credit but itching to jump into the rewards game? The QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards is an excellent choice. Not only are consumers with average, limited or fair credit accepted, but they get a competitive 1.5% cash back on purchases. You can also monitor your credit with the CreditWise app, which is available to everyone.


  • Annual fee is only $39
  • No rotating categories
  • No limit on the amount of cash back you earn

Mastercard's unique programs

Mastercard offers unique programs and benefits such as the Priceless series, SecureCode, and Masterpass.


With Priceless Cities and Surprises, you can get once-in-a-lifetime experiences from sporting events to dining experiences. Go on a safari in the Dubai desert. Or experience a surprise of a lifetime after using your Mastercard. The world is yours with a Mastercard.


Mastercard SecureCode is a private code for your Mastercard account that only you and your financial institution see. Merchants don't see it. You can use SecureCode in 122 countries at more than a million online merchants. It's easy to activate:

  1. Enter your card number. Click the SIGN UP button, find your bank's website and create your private code.
  2. Verify your identity. To enroll, you will be asked to confirm your identity by providing answers to security questions.
  3. Create your SecureCode. Once you have answered the security questions, you will be asked to create your secure code.
  4. Registration is complete. Once you have created your SecureCode, your enrollment is complete and you are ready to begin shopping online.


A digital wallet, Masterpass works online, in apps and in stores and on any device. You can store your cards and shipping information electronically, allowing you to shop from one account. You just register on or through your bank and load your Mastercard credit or debit card.

You can use Masterpass at thousands of online merchants and at more than a million store locations. You get multi-tiered security and Zero Liability protects you from unauthorized purchases.

World and World Elite categories

There are 2 exclusive categories with the Mastercard suite – the World and World Elite, each with excellent benefits when you use your Mastercard.


  • Free shipping with more than 140 online stores
  • Home sharing – choose from more than 10,000 rentals in cities worldwide
  • Priceless Cities
  • Identity theft
  • Room upgrades
  • Vacation packages
  • Airport concierge

World Elite

  • Free shipping
  • Home sharing
  • 24/7 concierge
  • Priceless Cities
  • Identity theft
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Room upgrades
  • Vacation packages
  • Airport concierge

Mastercard benefits for small businesses and merchants


Mastercard's lineup for businesses ranges from employee spending controls to access to a portfolio of hotels and resorts. For example:

Hotels and resorts portfolio

Experience room upgrades, early check-in and late check-out, and daily breakfast for two. You also get savings and deals on air, hotel, rental car and more.

Employee spending controls

With Mastercard in Control for Business, you can delegate spending to employees safely and efficiently. With this program, you can create customized spending profiles that specifies how, when and where employees spend. You can also create limit-use cards that employees can use to make secure purchases online.

Business insights

Mastercard Advisors provides you with insights into consumer behavior. From access to early industry sales data to models that score likely consumer engagement, Mastercard offers a host of tools that can help you expand your business.

Smart Data

These tools help you with compliance, reporting and analysis. This online expense management system allows you to manage and control spending, generate spending reports and integrate purchase data into accounting software.

Priceless Cities

Use out-of-this-world experiences to impress clients. Take a cooking class at Miami's Wynwood Yard or take an insider's tour of New York's Theater District with a star actor – the possibilities are limitless.


Mastercard helps you improve checkout processes and fight payment fraud with EMV chip technology. There's also the Sage Payment Systems, which allows small- and medium-sized businesses to offer Masterpass.

Recap: Best Mastercard credit cards of 2019

Credit CardBest For:Annual FeeReview Score
Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit cardGas purchases$03.4 / 5
Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit CardDining and entertainment$0 first year, $95 thereafter4.8 / 5
Citi® Double Cash Card2% cash back$04.1 / 5
Capital One® Platinum Credit CardBuilding credit$03.7 / 5
Citi PremierSM CardTravel rewards$0 first year, $95 thereafter3.5 / 5
HSBC Gold Mastercard® credit cardLow interest rates$03.5 / 5
Citi Simplicity® CardBalance transfers$03.7 / 5
HSBC Cash Rewards Mastercard® credit cardAnniversary bonus$03.7 / 5
Citi Rewards+SM CardEveryday use$03.0 / 5
Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit CardUnlimited cash back$394.1 / 5

Laura is an editor and writer at She has written extensively on all things credit cards and works to bring you the most up-to-date analysis and advice. Laura's work has been cited in such publications as the New York Times and Associated Press. You can reach her by e-mail at and on Twitter @creditcards_lm.