Which credit card is the best to get

What Credit Card Should I Get?

If you’re looking for a new credit card, what type of credit card should you get? There are literally hundreds of options available and the correct one for you depends on your credit rating, credit history, and what you want from a credit card.

Why Should You Get a Credit Card?

Credit cards have pretty much become a necessity if you want to do things like book a hotel room or buy a plane ticket because they are easy to use when shopping in person or online. One of the perks about using a credit card is it’s more secure than using cash and there are also benefits, like rewards.

The downside is they might be a little too convenient to use, which can lead to unnecessary spending that could potentially put you over your budget.

How Do Credit Cards Work?

A credit card issuer decides on your credit limit based on your financial situation and credit history. The credit limit is the amount of money you can carry on your card. Next, they set an interest rate for you. This is based in part on the prime lending rate plus how much risk the company feels like it is taking by issuing you a credit card.

Next, you still have fees and penalties. The fees are variable and based on your card. The penalties are levied against your account if you go over your credit limit or miss a monthly payment. Missing a payment may result in a fine, increased interest rate, or even both.

For more information on interest rates, check out What is a Good APR for a Credit Card

The credit card company also sets a minimum payment that you must pay each month if you carry a balance. You will rarely be able to pay off a credit card making only minimum payments and the credit company will only profit with the interest charges.

As long as you pay your credit card off each month, you won’t get into trouble using it. It’s when you charge more than you actually can pay back each month that credit cards can become a problem.

What are the Different Types of Credit Cards?

There are many different types of credit cards out there but there are two main categories, secured and unsecured.

If you have a secured card, the issuer will require you to set a certain amount of money in a savings account. This then becomes your credit limit. If you make monthly payments or pay back the credit card, the savings are untouched. If you fail to make a payment, the payment is removed from your account and your credit limit is lowered.

Secured cards are great for your first credit card or people trying to build or rebuild their credit history.

An unsecured card has a credit limit, but there is nothing guaranteeing that you will pay it back, except for the threat of fines and collections.

Within the two categories of credit cards, there are many types. Let’s take a look at each one. 

  • Low-Interest Credit Cards
    • Annual interest rates (APR) are lower than other cards or 0% APR promotion
    • Generally offered by credit unions
    • Not much in perks like cash back or air miles
    • 0% APR promotions look great, but check the interest rate after the promotion. The card may turn out to be very expensive
  • Balance Transfer Credit Cards
    • Allows you to move debt from one card to another with 0% APR on the balance for 6 to 21 months
    • May have an upfront fee based on how much you are transferring
    • Generally no rewards
    • APR after the introductory period can be very high
  • Rewards Cards
    • Cashback credit cards
      • Earn a certain percentage on purchases
      • Can be all purchases or selected categories based on purchase type or monthly promotions (gas stations one month, hotels another, etc)
    • Travel credit cards
      • Earn air miles, hotel stays, and other travel perks. 
      • Generally branded
  • Building or Rebuilding Credit
    • Secured credit cards
      • Requires a security deposit
    • Student credit cards
      • Must be a student
      • No security deposit
      • Many have perks
    • Unsecured credit cards for bad or limited credit
      • Fees or APR can be outrageously high
  • Store Credit Cards
    • Issued by a specific chain such as Target or Wal-mart
    • May have perks or earn purchasing credit at the store
    • Generally have higher interest rates and lower credit limits
    • Closed loop cards allow you to use the card ONLY at that specific chain
    • Open loop cards allow you to use the card anywhere
  • Small Business Credit Cards
    • Designed for business owners

How to Choose The Right Credit Card

Because card offerings change regularly, instead of offering specific cards, check out this decision tree to help guide yourself to the best credit card for you.

  1. Do you have good or excellent credit?
    1. No – look for a no annual fee card, starter card, student card, or secured card
    2. Yes – go to question 2
  2. Will you pay in full each month?
    1. No – look for a 0% APR or 0% balance transfer card. (And then pay it off as quickly as possible)
    2. Yes – go to question 3
  3. Do you fly or stay in hotels a lot?
    1. No – look for a cash back credit card
    2. Yes – look for a travel card if you plan to earn more than 30,000 flight miles or 20 hotel nights each year. Otherwise, your points are devalued at the end of each year
  4. Do you plan to keep your card for more than 1 year?
    1. No – focus on initial rewards and bonuses
    2. Yes – look for the best ongoing rewards and lowest fees

Are You Deep in Credit Card Debt?

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