Credit Building Credit Cards - Reviews
If you’re in the process of rebuilding your credit history, or, if you’re a newbie looking to take the plunge into credit, a credit card can be a great tool for building up your score quickly. From secured cards to unsecured cards with annual fees – and even a few cards with rewards programs – there is an abundance of options for cardholders with poor, average and limited credit histories.
We’ve rated a selection of entry-level credit cards on their value for building credit – including rewards, APRs, benefits and credit-building features – to help you find the best card to help you quickly ramp up your credit score for the least expense possible.
Citi® Secured Mastercard®
Last reviewed: July 7, 2020
A good starter card for those who are new to credit, the Citi Secured Mastercard allows cardholders to jumpstart their credit history without committing to a high annual fee.
*All information about the Citi Secured Mastercard has been collected independently by CreditCards.com and has not been reviewed by the issuer. The Citi Secured Mastercard is no longer available through CreditCards.com.
Credit One Bank® Visa® Cash Back Rewards
Last reviewed: April 14, 2020
While this isn’t the best Visa card Credit One has to offer, the Credit One Bank Visa Cash Back Rewards still offers cardholders a fairly good value. With a decent cash back rewards program and modest annual fee, this card may be the best option for customers with average credit who face more limited options.
OpenSky Secured Visa Credit Card
Last reviewed: June 15, 2020
With a relatively low APR and annual fee, the OpenSky Secured Visa credit card is a great card for those with bad to fair credit. You won’t earn any rewards, but you’ll keep additional charges to a minimum, and you can qualify for the card without a credit check.
Credit One Bank Visa Credit Card
Last reviewed: May 15, 2020
The Credit One Bank Visa Credit Card is a great option for improving bad to fair credit without sacrificing rewards, especially for those who qualify for a lower annual fee.
Credit One Bank® Platinum Rewards Visa with No Annual Fee
Last reviewed: May 7, 2020
Despite its higher-than-average APR, the Credit One Bank Platinum Rewards Visa with No Annual Fee is a solid starter card for people with fairly good credit scores.
Indigo Platinum Mastercard
Last reviewed: June 8, 2020
The Indigo Platinum MasterCard is a pretty basic credit building card, offering a standard APR and credit limit with no rewards program. Unless you qualify for a lower annual fee, it’s probably not worth what it costs to own.
Total Visa Unsecured Credit Card
Last reviewed: July 10, 2020
While the Total Visa Unsecured doesn’t require a security deposit, cardholders will be buried in additional program fees.
Wells Fargo Secured Credit Card
Last reviewed: June 24, 2020
The Wells Fargo Secured Credit Card offers an unusually large credit line to cardholders who can afford to pay a steep deposit and a lower APR than some competitors; however, you need at least $300 just to open it. This offer is no longer available.