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I'd like a new credit card... Which cards should I be applying for?

I just checked my Equifax score, and it looks like its 772.  I would like a new credit card as a "just in case."  I use my Amex Zync card 99% of the time, but I'd like something else: A) If somewhere doesn't accept American Express or B) Just for additional bonuses (cash back, points, etc).  I also plan on buying a laptop ASAP, so if I'm able to get a card that has 6-12 months of 0% financing that'd be very beneficial.  I was just going to go to Best Buy and take advantage of their 0% 18 month financing, but I'd rather have a card I can continually use (I rarely, if ever shop at Best Buy lol).

 

Is there a resource, or does anyone know what kind of cards I should be applying for in this range?

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Re: I'd like a new credit card... Which cards should I be applying for?

Well since you are looking to mainly use it in the event someone doesn't accept AMEX there is a chance they will not accept Visa or Discover either so I'd stick with Mastercard for 99.99% acceptance worldwide. I would also stick with a no foreign transaction fee card since if you ever plan to travel you won't use your AMEX due to lack of acceptance and foreign transaction fees. So a no foreign transaction fee Mastercard..

 

The choice that would come to my mind would be the Chase Sapphire Preferred Mastercard with a 40,000 point ($400+) sign up bonus although after the first year you would have to justify the $95 AF, which isn't hard to do if you use it for the 2% food/travel. This card is 15% with no 0% intro, but I'm sure the sign-up bonus would offset any interest charge.

 

Don't forget, you have to go through Mastercard.com to get the Mastercard version CSP application.

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Re: I'd like a new credit card... Which cards should I be applying for?

We can't said anything since we don't know your credit file........


Starting Score: 560
Current Score: 748 Wishlist: CSP, Simply Cash, SPG, BOLD, INK, United MP,
Goal Score: 800


Walmart: 10k |Usaa: 8k|BCE: 13k| Amex: NSPL|Dis: 9.4k|Cap: 5.5k|CAP: 2k|CSP: 13.4k| Pen:4.5k

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Re: I'd like a new credit card... Which cards should I be applying for?

If you want to finance a computer, and want to go Mac, you can do the Apple Financing Visa card from Barclays. They run 0% for 12 months all of the time. Pretty generous with CL, too.

Scores 8/18/2015: TU FICO: 651 | EQ FICO: 645| EX AMEX FICO: 630

In my new wallet: American Express Green EMV: PSL $2000 | BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa EMV: $2500 | BarclayCard Rewards Average: $2000 | Travelocity Rewards AMEX: $1050 | Discover IT: $2500 | Amazon Rewards Visa: $1500 | Chase Freedom: $1500 | Sportsman's Guide Visa: $3000 | Capital One QuicksilverOne MasterCard: $1750 | Target: $1100 | J.Crew $13,950
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Re: I'd like a new credit card... Which cards should I be applying for?

I'd say Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture


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Re: I'd like a new credit card... Which cards should I be applying for?

You could look at the Chase Freedom card.  It has 15 months of 0% and is a solid cashback card.  Since the Amex you have is a Zync, I assume you don't travel frequently.  If you do, you should take a look at the Sapphire Preferred.  It doesn't have a 0% offer, but even if you do have to carry a balance, the signup bonus will make up for that.  Also, all of Capitol One's products waive forex fees.

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