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How to Spot the Best Visa Credit Cards

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Are you planning to add a new Visa credit card to your wallet? There are plenty of options. Visa is the largest payment network with its total global market share for credit card transactions at 45.6% in 2014, according to the The Nilson Report. That means not only do banks want to work with Visa, but businesses all over the world accept Visa cards.

The Best Visa Credit Cards

Of course, not all Visa credit cards are created equal. Visa is a payment network and, while it does tout a suite of benefits, it’s up to the issuer to determine which ones are made available to its cardholders. Plus, what credit card is right for you will be affected by what you need it for and how you spend in general. Still, no matter what your needs, it helps to brush up your credit before applying since a good score can help you qualify for the best credit card offers. (You can view two of your credit scores for on Credit.com.) Here are some of the best Visa credit cards out there.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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on Chase's secure website
Card Details
Intro Apr:
N/A

Ongoing Apr:
16.99% - 23.99% Variable

Balance Transfer:
16.99% - 23.99% Variable

Annual Fee:
$0 Intro for the first year, then $95

Credit Needed:
Excellent-Good
Snapshot of Card Features
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

Card Details +

Why We Picked It: This card is a favorite for many people. One of the big reasons is because it offers a very generous signup bonus of 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within the first three months of becoming a cardholder.

Rewards Details: You earn 2x points when using the card at restaurants or on travel expenses. Any other purchases earns 1x points. You can redeem points for gift cards or cash back at a value of 1 cent per point. If you use your points for travel, you can book through Chase Ultimate Rewards for a value of 1.25 cents per points.

Annual Fee: $95, waived the first year

APR: Variable 16.99% to 23.99%

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Why We Picked It: The card gives you 1.5 points per dollar on every purchase. No trying to keep track of different categories that offer bonus points on purchases. When you sign up, you will receive 20,000 points after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days.

Rewards Details: If you are a Bank of America customer, then your earnings potential goes up. For instance, if you have a Bank of America checking or savings account, you will receive a 10% bonus on the points you earn.

Annual Fee: None

APR: An introductory 0% APR on purchases for the first 12 months. After that, a variable 15.99% to 23.99%.

US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Card

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Why We Picked It: The card rewards you for the purchase you make the most. Plus, you get Visa Signature benefits, like 24/7 concierge service.

Rewards Details: You earn two FlexPoints per dollar at the category you spend at grocery stores. If you make a charitable contribution, you will receive 3x FlexPoints. Any other purchases made earn one point per dollar. When you sign up, you will receive 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after spending $2,000 within the first four months.

Annual Fee: $49, waived the first year

APR: Variable 14.99% to 24.99%  

Wells Fargo Platinum Visa® Card

Wells Fargo Platinum Visa® Card

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on Wells Fargo's secure website
Card Details
Intro Apr:
0% intro for 18 months

Ongoing Apr:
16.15% - 25.99% (Variable)

Balance Transfer:
0% intro for 18 months

Annual Fee:
$0

Credit Needed:
Excellent-Good
Snapshot of Card Features
  • 0% Intro APR for 18 months on purchases and balance transfers, then a 16.15%-25.99% variable APR; balance transfer fees apply
  • Get up to $600 protection on your cell phone (subject to $25 deductible) against covered damage or theft when you pay your monthly cellular telephone bill with your Wells Fargo Platinum Visa® Card
  • Free access to your FICO® Credit Score with Wells Fargo Online®
  • Zero Liability protection for promptly reported unauthorized transactions
  • Convenient tools to help create a budget and manage your spending with My Money Map
  • $0 Annual Fee
  • Select "Apply Now" to learn more about the product features, terms, and conditions

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Why We Picked It: If you are looking for a balance transfer credit card, then Visa has one of the best with the Wells Fargo Platinum card. The card has a 0% intro for 18 months APR on balance transfers. There is a $5 or 3% fee for balance transfers (whichever is greater) and after the introductory period, the fee is 5% for each balance transfer.

Annual Fee: $0

APR: A 0% intro for 18 months APR on both purchases and balance transfer. After that, a 16.15% - 25.99% (Variable) APR.

At publishing time, the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Wells Fargo Platinum Visa® are offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com is compensated if our users apply and ultimately sign up for this card. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment.

Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.

This article last updated September 26th, 2017. 


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