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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® 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 August 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 August 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/Good

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

 

  • Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees, plus chip-enabled for enhanced security and wider acceptance
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points
  • Premium Travel and Purchase Protection Benefits, including Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Purchase Protection and more
  • 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% VariableIntroductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95Excellent Credit

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 Uber rides purchased with this card through April 2016
  • 0% intro APR on purchases until May 2016; 12.9%-22.9% variable APR after that
  • Balance transfers also have a 0% intro APR until May 2016, a 3% fee applies to each balance transferred
  • Pay no annual fee or foreign transaction fees
  • Capital One® Credit Tracker - a free way to easily monitor your monthly credit score anytime, anywhere
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until May 20160%until May 201612.9% - 22.9% (Variable)$0Excellent/Good

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
  • New Offer! 20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days — that can be a $200 statement credit toward 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/Good

Chase Slate®
Chase Slate®

Chase Slate®

 

  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online or call 844-224-4814
  • 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

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%
  • Unlimited 1% Cash Back on every purchase
  • 5% Total Cash Back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter
  • 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!
  • 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

BankAmericard® Credit Card
BankAmericard® Credit Card

BankAmericard® Credit Card

 

  • New Offer! 0% Introductory APR for 18 billing cycles for 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
N/A
N/A0%18 billing cycles for balance transfers made in the first 60 days10.99% - 20.99% Variable on purchases & balance transfers$0Excellent/Good

Virgin America Visa Signature® Card
Virgin America Visa Signature® Card

Virgin America Visa Signature® Card

 

  • Get 10,000 bonus reward points after you spend $1,000 in your first 90 days as a cardholder; that's up to $200 toward no-blackout reward flights on Virgin America.
  • Earn 3 bonus reward points per $1 spent with Virgin America.
  • Earn 1 bonus reward point for every $1 spent on all other card purchases.
  • Check one free bag each for you and your plus-one on Virgin America flights.
  • Bring a friend along for the ride with $150 off a companion ticket every year.
  • Save 20% on all of your RED™ in-flight purchases, including meals, snacks, cocktails, and on-demand entertainment.
  • Book reward flights for as few as 2,500 points, and travel whenever you want with no blackout dates on Virgin America.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.98%-24.99% (Variable)$49Excellent 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

 

  • Start with 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 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

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 June 2016, 13.9% - 24.9% variable APR after that
  • No annual fee
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until June 2016N/AN/A13.9% - 24.9% (Variable)$0Good 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 25,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.
  • Named 2015 Freddie Award Winner for Best Loyalty Credit Card
  • New - Chip-enabled cards with 24/7 fraud monitoring
  • Points Don't Expire, No Blackout Dates, Bags Fly Free®
  • 6,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary
  • 2 points/$1 spent on Southwest Airlines® purchases and participating Hotel and Car Rental partners
  • 1 point/$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

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 spent at Sony Store and store.sony.com
  • 3 points per $1 spent on movie theaters, movie rentals, music downloads, and digital streaming and subscription services
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Redeem for Sony products, movies, music, & more
  • 0% intro APR on purchases until June 2016, 13.9% - 24.9% variable APR after that
  • No annual fee
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until June 2016N/AN/A13.9% - 24.9% (Variable)$0Excellent 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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