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Visa operates the world's largest and most sophisticated consumer payments processing system. It is jointly owned by more than 21,000 member financial institutions around the globe. Visa itself does not offer cards or financial services directly to consumers and merchants. Instead, Visa enables banks to offer cards and other payment services that can be used anywhere Visa is accepted.

 
     

 

Most Popular Visa Cards

 
     
 
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

 

  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $400 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Travel when you want with no blackout dates
  • Miles don't expire and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee for the first year; $59 after that
  • 100% free Capital One® Credit Tracker - see your monthly credit score anytime and get automatic alerts
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A12.9% - 22.9% (Variable)$0 intro for first year; $59 after thatExcellent/Good

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card
Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

 

  • One-time $100 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months
  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
  • No rotating categories or sign ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus, cash back doesn't expire and there's no limit to how much you can earn
  • Get a 20% Statement Credit on all Uber rides purchased with this card through April 2016
  • 0% intro APR on purchases until February 2016; 12.9%-22.9% variable APR after that
  • Balance transfers also have a 0% intro APR until February 2016, a 3% fee applies to each balance transferred
  • Pay no annual fee or foreign transaction fees
  • Capital One® Credit Tracker - the free way to easily monitor your monthly credit score anytime, anywhere
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until February 20160%until February 201612.9% - 22.9% (Variable)$0Excellent/Good

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card
Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

 

  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day and pay no annual fee
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Enjoy a low intro APR on purchases until May 2016; 11.9%-21.9% variable APR after that
  • Travel when you want with no blackout dates
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Miles don't expire and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • 100% free Capital One® Credit Tracker - see your monthly credit score anytime and get automatic alerts
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until May 2016N/AN/A11.9% - 21.9% (Variable)$0Excellent/Good

BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card
BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card

BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card

 

  • $100 online cash rewards bonus after you spend at least $500 on purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
  • 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% at grocery stores and 3% on gas for the first $1,500 in combined grocery/gas purchases each quarter
  • No annual fee
  • No changing categories and no expiration on rewards
  • 0% Introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases and for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days, then, 12.99% - 22.99% Variable APR. 3% fee (min $10) applies to balance transfers.
  • Get a 10% customer bonus every time you redeem your cash back into a Bank of America® checking or savings account
  • If you're a Preferred Rewards client, you can increase that bonus to 25%-75%. Click "Apply Now" to learn more about Preferred Rewards.
  • Now with chip technology for enhanced security and protection at chip-enabled terminals
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
12 billing cycles0%12 billing cycles for qualifying balance transfers12.99% - 22.99% Variable on purchases & balance transfers$0Excellent Credit

BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card

BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card

 

  • Earn unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases, with no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees and your points don't expire
  • 10,000 online bonus points if you make at least $500 in purchases in the first 90 days — that can be $100 towards travel purchases
  • Use your card to book your trip how and where you want — no blackout dates and restrictions
  • Redeem points for a statement credit to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars, or baggage fees
  • Now with chip technology for enhanced security and protection at chip-enabled terminals
  • 0% Introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, then 14.99% - 22.99% Variable APR
  • Get an additional 10% customer points bonus on every purchase when you have an active Bank of America® checking or savings account
  • If you're a Preferred Rewards client, you can increase that bonus to 25%-75%. Click "Apply Now" to learn more about Preferred Rewards.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
12 billing cyclesN/AN/A14.99% - 22.99% Variable on purchases & balance transfers$0Excellent Credit

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

 

  • The fastest way to earn Marriott Rewards points towards free nights
  • Earn 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 on purchases on your first 3 months from account opening
  • Receive 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, thereafter $85
  • For every $1 spent, earn 5 points at 3,800 Marriott locations, 2 points on airline ticket purchases directly with airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point everywhere else
  • Receive 15 Elite Credits guaranteeing Silver Elite Status or better
  • No limit to how many points you can earn
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees and enjoy wider acceptance when you travel with your embedded chip card and you make purchases at chip-enabled card readers
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% Variable$0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year, then $85Excellent Credit

Chase Freedom®
Chase Freedom®

Chase Freedom®

 

  • Named a Best Card for Cash Back by MONEY® Magazine
  • Earn a $100 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn a $25 Bonus after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase within this same 3-month period
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers. After the intro period, a variable APR of 13.99-22.99%
  • 5% Cash Back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases between 4/1/15-6/30/15 at Restaurants, Bed Bath & Beyond®, H&M®, and Overstock.com®.
  • You'll enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months like Gas stations, Restaurants and Amazon.com. It's free and easy to activate your bonus each quarter!
  • Unlimited 1% Cash Back on all other purchases
  • No annual fee and rewards never expire as long as your account is open
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
15 months0%15 months13.99% - 22.99% Variable$0Excellent/Good

Chase Slate®
Chase Slate®

Chase Slate®

 

  • Chase Slate named "Best Credit Card for Balance Transfers" two years in a row by Money Magazine
  • $0 Introductory balance transfer fee for transfers made during the first 60 days
  • 0% Introductory APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers
  • New Free Monthly FICO® Score and Credit Dashboard
  • No Penalty APR - Paying late won't raise your interest rate (APR). All other account pricing and terms apply
  • $0 Annual Fee
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
15 months0%15 months12.99%, 17.99%, 22.99% Variable$0Excellent/Good

BankAmericard® Credit Card
BankAmericard® Credit Card

BankAmericard® Credit Card

 

  • 0% Introductory APR for 15 billing cycles for purchases and for any balance transfers made in the first 60 days, then, 10.99% - 20.99% Variable APR. 3% fee (min $10) applies to balance transfers.
  • No annual fee
  • The perfect card for those seeking a simple yet convenient-to-use credit card
  • Zero liability fraud protection, so you're not responsible for any fraudulent charges made on your account
  • Now with chip technology for enhanced security and protection at chip-enabled terminals
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
15 billing cycles0%15 billing cycles for qualifying balance transfers10.99% - 20.99% Variable on purchases & balance transfers$0Excellent Credit

British Airways Visa Signature® Card
British Airways Visa Signature® Card

British Airways Visa Signature® Card

 

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • $0 Intro Annual Fee The First Year, Then $95.
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa Card, you'll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.
  • In addition to the bonus Avios, you will also get 3 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
  • Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% Variable$0 Intro Annual Fee The First Year, Then $95Excellent Credit

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card
United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

 

  • Limited Time Offer: Start with 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
  • Check your first bag for free — save up to $100 per roundtrip
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn double miles on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as you're a Cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% (Variable)$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95Excellent Credit

U.S. Bank Perks+ Visa Signature® Card
U.S. Bank Perks+ Visa Signature® Card

U.S. Bank Perks+ Visa Signature® Card

 

  • 0% Intro APR* on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 billing cycles. After that, a variable APR, currently 11.99% - 21.99%.
  • Earn 2X points on Gas and Grocery net purchases (purchases minus credits and returns).
  • Earn 1 point for every net dollar spent on everything else.
  • Redeem for rewards you want — Redemption starts at 1,700 points for brand name merchandise, 2,500 points for gift cards, and 5,000 points for cash back.
  • Additionally, 25,000 points may be redeemed for one airline ticket (up to a $400 value) on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates.
  • No annual fee*.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%*
12 billing cycles*0%*12 billing cycles*11.99% - 21.99%* (Variable)$0*Excellent Credit

U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card
U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card

U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card

 

  • 0% Intro APR* on purchases and balance transfers for 15 billing cycles. After that, a variable APR currently 9.99%-20.99%
  • No annual fee*
  • Online bill pay for a fast and convenient way to pay bills online with your U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum
  • Zero fraud liability* for unauthorized transactions if your card is ever lost or stolen
  • Fraud Protection detects and notifies you of any unusual card activity to help keep your account safe
  • Chip technology for enhanced card security
  • Online banking and mobile apps* for your smartphone or tablet provide complete, 24/7 access to your account
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%*
15 billing cycles*0%*15 billing cycles*9.99% - 20.99%* (Variable)$0*Excellent Credit

PlayStation® Card from Capital One®
PlayStation® Card from Capital One®

PlayStation® Card from Capital One®

 

  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase in the first 90 days
  • 10 points per $1 spent on all PlayStation® Store purchases
  • 3 points per $1 spent on PlayStation® and Sony purchases at Sony Store and store.sony.com
  • 3 points per $1 spent on quick service restaurants, movie theatres & your mobile phone bill
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Redeem for Sony products, movies, music & more
  • 0% intro APR on purchases until February 2016, after that a variable 13.9% - 24.9% applies
  • No annual fee
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until February 2016N/AN/A13.9% - 24.9% (Variable)$0Good Credit

Sony Card from Capital One®
Sony Card from Capital One®

Sony Card from Capital One®

 

  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after first purchase in your first 90 days
  • 5 points per $1 at Sony Store and store.sony.com
  • 3 points per $1 on dining out and movie purchases
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Redeem for Sony products, movies, music & more
  • 0% intro APR on purchases until February 2016, after that a variable 13.9% - 24.9% applies
  • No annual fee
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until February 2016N/AN/A13.9% - 24.9% (Variable)$0Excellent Credit

Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum
Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum

Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum

 

  • Excellent Credit Required - Applicants that do not have excellent credit will not be approved
  • Low 7.25% variable standard purchase APR and platinum benefits
  • No balance transfer fee for balances transferred in response to this online offer
  • No Annual Fee
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/ANoneNone7.25% (Variable)$0Excellent Credit

Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum Rewards
Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum Rewards

Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum Rewards

 

  • Excellent Credit Required - Applicants that do not have excellent credit will not be approved
  • Low 9.25% variable standard purchase APR and platinum benefits
  • No balance transfer fee for balances transferred in response to this online offer
  • Travel Rewards - cardholders who enroll in the program receive one point per net dollar spent
  • Choose any U.S. based airline or ticket class. No blackout dates or seating restrictions
  • Other travel related options are hotels, cruises, vacation packages, car rental, and restaurants
  • No Annual Fee
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/ANoneNone9.25% (Variable)$0Excellent Credit

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

 

  • Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • Points Don't Expire, No Blackout Dates
  • 6,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary
  • 2 pts/$1 spent on Southwest Airlines® purchases
  • 2 pts/$1 spent on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1 pt/$1 spent on all other purchases
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% Variable$99Excellent Credit

 
     

VISA Credit Cards - Overview and Features
 

Visa credit cards by now are the most widely utilized payment brand in the world - they can be used pretty much anytime and anywhere. Cardholders in more than 150 countries carry more than 1 billion Visa-branded cards, which accounts for more than $3 trillion in annual transaction volume. People seem to agree that, indeed, Life Takes Visa.

Visa branded cards are offered by most banks, financial institutions, and many major brand names, airlines, hotels, universities, charitable organizations and other types of institutions.

Visa offers users worldwide acceptance and numerous additional benefits, such as extended warranty on purchases made with certain types of Visa cards and rental car collision and theft coverage on rental cars paid for with a Visa card (restrictions apply, see your card's terms and conditions). Other benefits include emergency cash disbursement and roadside assistance service. Lastly, card holders today enjoy worry-free shopping because of Visa's zero liability policy-if your card is stolen, you will owe nothing on any resulting fraudulent transactions.

Credit cards are such a ubiquitous part of life today that it is hard to believe that only fifty years ago, the only payment options were cash or checks. Credit cards are here to stay, and Visa cards have played and continue to play an important role in the evolution of the way payments take place in today's society.

Visa International's history can be traced back to 1958, when Bank of America launched its BankAmericard program in California, which marked the birth of the credit card industry. From that early beginning, Visa International emerged as an economic joint venture with more than 13,000 member financial institutions issuing Visa credit cards and debit cards to their customers.

Visa International provides an organizational umbrella within which member financial institutions have the freedom to structure their own credit card offers to consumers. Over the years, this built-in autonomy has spawned the profusion of Visa card deals costumers enjoy today. With the advent of online approval cards and other online conveniences, it has become easier than ever before to apply for a credit card.

 
     

 
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