How To Find The Best Credit Card For You

by : Stephen Chua

There are literally hundreds of credit cards out there and it can be a headache trying to find one that suits you. Here are some pointers that can help you find the best credit cards that will benefit you the most.

First of all, you need to identify the type of benefits you want from your credit card. For example, if you a business executive who travel frequently around the country or internationally, you probably want to have a credit card that allow you to enjoy saving from hotel stays, free air tickets, free travel insurance and others travel related benefits.

Next you need to look at some of the common costs associated with owning a credit card. The first one is the annual percentage rate, which is commonly known as APR. This is the interest rate you have to bear if you carry a balance on your credit card. Naturally you want this number to be as low as possible. You may want to look for one that has an introductory APR of zero percent for first year.

Other common costs that you need to take into account include annual fees, fix or variable interest rate, late payment penalty, over limit penalty, balance transfer cost, foreign exchange charges and cash advance surcharges.

The next thing to look at is the grace period. Most credit card companies will give you some times to pay your outstanding balance before charging interest. Thus the longer grace period, the more time you have to pay your balance without incurring interest expenses.

Once you have identify the benefits you want and understand the common costs associated with a credit card ownership, go online to visit a legitimate credit card directory and do your research. Such a directory usually contains details of different credit cards from different companies that are useful to your research. The cards are usually organized according to their theme or interest. For example, all credit cards that offer free air mileage are usually categorized under the Airline Credit Card category. This will make your research a lot easier and efficient.

Pick four or five cards that closely meet your criteria. After that, study their terms and conditions carefully. The terms and conditions often contain the important cost items that were mentioned earlier. In addition, you should also look out for other costs and terms that are unique to each card. Once you find the card that meet most or all of your criteria, simply hit the 'APPLY' button to submit your application electronically.

Do not fret if you are not able to find a credit card that meets your needs. New cards with new benefits are being launched throughout the year. Keep yourself up to date by visiting the online credit card directories regularly and sooner or later, you will find one that meets your needs.