John comes from a diverse background of software development, web publishing, and personal finance. He knows firsthand what it’s like to accumulate credit card debt, pay it off completely, and then start using credit to his advantage. His passion for technology and attention to detail have made Credit Card Insider one of the premier credit resources on the Internet, and he is eager to help others tackle debt and use credit as a powerful tool rather than fear it.
The MasterCard® Black Card™ is a metal credit card for people who travel frequently. But are its benefits worth the $495 annual fee?
Yes, you can pay federal taxes on a credit card. The IRS gave consumers the right to pay with a credit card under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Most states with a state income tax will allow you to pay with a credit card, too. But should you? Here are a few things to consider […]
Which Credit Cards Give Free Credit Scores? Most major credit card issuers have now started offering a credit score to cardholders, at least on some of their cards. Other companies offer a free credit score to anyone, regardless of whether he or she is a customer. We’ve researched which type of credit score is provided, which […]
If you already know what credit utilization is, you’re probably on the way to building great credit. It’s the percentage of your available credit that you’re using, and it’s a major factor in most credit scoring models. You may have also heard it called the “debt-to-limit” ratio. In general, you will earn more credit score points if you’re using 1% […]
There is no exact credit score you need to get approved for a credit card. If I had to pick a number, I’d say you may run into trouble getting a credit card if you have a FICO score or VantageScore below about 600, but it’s more complicated than that. If you’re asking this question, there are some important things […]
You may be asking yourself “Can I get cash out of the ATM with my credit card?” Yes! Most credit cards will let you get cash out at an ATM. Great news, right? No way! Withdrawing cash with a credit card is a cash advance. Cash advances usually come with very high costs. Even worse, they […]