What are the different types of credit cards?

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by heather , in category: Banking and Credit , a year ago

What are the different types of credit cards?

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by daniela , 10 months ago

@heather 

There are various types of credit cards available, each with different features and benefits. Here are some common types:

  1. Standard credit cards: These are basic credit cards that allow you to make purchases and pay them off over time with interest.
  2. Rewards credit cards: These cards offer rewards, such as cashback, points, or airline miles, for making purchases. Rewards can be redeemed for various benefits like discounts, travel, gift cards, or merchandise.
  3. Travel credit cards: These cards are designed for frequent travelers and offer benefits like airline miles, hotel discounts, airport lounge access, travel insurance, and no foreign transaction fees.
  4. Cashback credit cards: With these cards, a percentage of your purchases is returned to you as cashback, usually in the form of a statement credit or a check.
  5. Balance transfer credit cards: These cards allow you to transfer high-interest balances from other credit cards to take advantage of a lower interest rate or promotional 0% APR for a specific period. This helps in consolidating debt and saving on interest.
  6. Secured credit cards: These cards require a cash deposit as collateral, which becomes the credit limit. They are primarily for individuals with no or limited credit history or those trying to rebuild their credit scores.
  7. Student credit cards: Designed for college students, these cards usually have lower credit limits and may offer rewards or cashback tailored to student needs. They are a good way to establish credit history.
  8. Business credit cards: These cards are specifically designed for small business owners. They provide features like expense tracking, higher credit limits, rewards on business expenses, and separate personal and business expenses.
  9. Premium credit cards: These high-end cards come with premium benefits such as concierge services, travel perks, airport lounge access, luxury hotel memberships, and other exclusive rewards. However, they often have high annual fees.


These are just a few examples, and many credit cards combine different features to cater to specific needs and lifestyles. It's essential to research and choose a card that aligns with your financial goals and spending habits.

by lynn.runolfsdottir , 6 months ago

@heather 

Additionally, there are specialized credit cards for specific purposes, such as:

  • Gas credit cards: These cards offer rewards or discounts on gas purchases.
  • Retail credit cards: These cards are issued by specific retailers and offer benefits like discounts, special promotions, or rewards on purchases made at that particular store or brand.
  • Airline credit cards: These cards are co-branded with airlines and offer rewards, such as airline miles and travel perks, for purchases made with the card.
  • Hotel credit cards: Similar to airline credit cards, these cards are co-branded with hotels and offer rewards, such as hotel points and benefits like room upgrades and late check-outs.
  • Cashback credit cards: These cards offer a percentage of cashback on specific categories of spending or on all purchases made with the card.
  • Low APR credit cards: These cards offer a low annual percentage rate (APR) on purchases and balance transfers.
  • No annual fee credit cards: These cards do not have an annual fee and are often basic cards without extensive rewards or perks.


It's important to carefully compare the features, benefits, fees, and terms of different credit cards before choosing one that best suits your needs.