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Types of credit cards
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There are many different types of credit cards out there, so making sure that youвЂ™ve chosen the best one for you and your needs can be tricky.
Often it depends why you want it вЂ“ is it to spread the cost of a large purchase, to build up your credit history, or for emergencies if youвЂ™ve run of cash? Experian CreditMatcher helps you compare different cards so you can see what would work best for you. DonвЂ™t forget, weвЂ™re a broker not a lender.
To apply for any credit card, you need to be over 18. Typically the lender will check your credit information through a credit reference agency such as Experian, and if youвЂ™re approved youвЂ™ll be given an interest rate and a credit limit based on your credit history and any other information the lender may have.
What kind of credit cards can I apply for?
Often known as вЂGoldвЂ™ or вЂPlatinumвЂ™ cards, these are standard credit cards but may come with a higher credit limit or extra benefits such as travel insurance. You may need to pay an annual fee for one of these, and youвЂ™d probably need to have a good credit score too.
A card that allows you to transfer an existing credit card balance, to one with little or no interest, typically for a small transfer fee. ItвЂ™s quite common now to move credit card debt you already have to another card.
These cards could be useful to help build you credit history and often have low credit limits to start with, and perhaps a high APR, but paying off the bill in full each month can help show lenders that youвЂ™re reliable.
Store cards can be useful if you shop in the same shops or chains. They often come with higher interest rates than standard credit cards and lower credit limits, but usually have special offers for cardholders.
Affinity cards (or reward cards)
The credit card companies typically partner with other organisations to allow you to a) benefit a cause close to your heart every time you use it or b) benefit from customer loyalty by building up reward points or discounts.
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Compare credit cards with Experian CreditMatcher
Experian is a credit broker and not a lender.
- View your credit card eligibility ratings based on your credit information
- Know which cards you are more likely to be accepted for
- You could save time with a range of providers to choose from
- Pick from balance transfer, purchase and others
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