June 26th, 2013
Capital One has launched two new credit cards—Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne Rewards.
These cards replace the Capital One Cash Card and aim to make earning cash back simpler and more straightforward.
What’s the benefit?
Most cash back credit cards use a calendar of rotating categories to give you higher cash back earnings on certain items or in certain stores quarterly. But the Quicksilver keeps it simple. Here’s what you get:
Edging out the competition?
The competitors in this space aim at category-specific cash back earnings:
Discover It: This card has a goal of being more consumer-friendly by offering more flexibility in the form of waiving the first late fee, eliminating several other fees, and letting cardholders choose their due date. Like other cards on this list, Discover It has a base 1% cash back on all purchases along with 5% on revolving categories. You can read our Discover It review on the blog. Apply for the Discover It.
Chase Freedom Visa: This tried-and-true card gives you 5% cash back on rotating categories. That’s a nice benefit, unless you neglect to enroll. Then your spending will default to the 1% cash back that the Chase Freedom offers on other categories. Apply for the Chase Freedom Visa.
Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard: This cash back card for average credit consumers works on a points system. You earn 2 points per $1 spent on gas, groceries and utilities and 1 point per $1 spent on other purchases. The points can be used like cash to pay for purchases on the card. Apply for the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard.
What should I consider before applying?
The Quicksilver Rewards Card isn’t for everyone. You’ll need excellent credit to get this card. If your credit’s less-than-perfect, you might qualify for the QuicksilverOne Rewards Card. The difference between the two is that the QuicksilverOne Rewards Card has a $39 annual fee. But that can be quickly offset by the cash back earned, if you spend wisely and pay off your balance each month.
As always, make sure to check your current credit standing on Credit Karma before you apply. And avoid applying for several cards at once, as the multiple hard inquiries will ding your credit.
Bethy Hardeman is the Social Media Manager and Writer at Credit Karma, where she’s been since February 2011. When she’s not writing about credit and finance all over the web, you can find her playing her guitar, catching the latest movie, training for her next race or just exploring the city of San Francisco. Say “Hi” on Twitter: @bhardeman.
Follow Credit Karma!
Disclaimer: All information posted to this site was accurate at the time of its initial publication. Efforts have been made to keep the content up to date and factual. This content is not provided or commissioned by the bank or issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the bank or issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank or issuer. For complete product details visit bank or issuer website for details.
May 30th, 2013
Welcome a new member to the online-only personal loan space! Chicago-based AvantCredit aims its unsecured loans at consumers with credit scores between 620 and 720—a nearly-prime community rarely served by other lenders. Like NetCredit, AvantCredit hopes to bridge the gap between payday loans and traditional personal loans. Its loans range from $1,000 and $10,000 and are payable over one to three years, depending on the terms you receive.
January 3rd, 2013
Listening to your customer base is one thing. Implementing customer-pleasing changes into a brand-new credit card product could be a game changer.
December 11th, 2012
Credit card perks are getting more creative by the minute. You can earn free hotel stays faster, maximize your daily deal site purchases, earn rewards any football fan would be jealous of, and more.
November 14th, 2012
It’s time for a newsletter for the ladies. In fact, how about three? That’s right, personal finance tool and educational website LearnVest has not one, but THREE different newsletters. I’ve been a long-time subscriber to LearnVest, so I decided it was time to talk up their content here on the Credit Karma Blog.
November 13th, 2012
Picture this: You’re starting a new business, say a hat shop. You need a small business loan to get the Hat Shack up and running, but each bank you visit has tightened its purse strings. Loans are difficult to come by, and they have high credit score requirements. Where do you go so you can get your shop ready to go before hat season? Enter Borro, an online pawnbroker that extends secured personal loans backed by valuable assets.
October 24th, 2012
Prepaid cards are typically marketed to unbanked and underbanked consumers. In the past, prepaid cards have offered little innovation and a slew of predatory fees. But Serve from American Express is attempting to be the new, technologically advanced prepaid card on the block.
August 31st, 2012
You’ve heard of cloud computing, but cloud purchasing? It’s a new concept that tech startup Wallaby is introducing into the payments space. The Wallaby Card aggregates all of your credit cards into “One Card to Rule Them All”—a smart card that uses cloud technology to store your credit card information.
August 15th, 2012
Esurance is trying to make getting an auto insurance quote quick and easy with its new feature called “Express Lane.”
June 8th, 2012
NetCredit, a new online personal loan lender, is providing loans to consumers with poor credit in hopes of filling the gap between payday loan users and consumers who qualify for traditional loans. The company, located in Chicago, isn’t new to lending. It’s an extension of Enova Financial, which has been involved in the industry since 2004.