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My Recommended Credit Cards

Whether you want to pay off a balance faster or max out rewards, I’ve hand-picked credit cards that best fit our lifestyles in our 20s and 30s. To improve your chances of being approved for these cards, pay particular attention to the credit score data to make sure your score falls within the qualifying range.

Jump to credit cards for: Rewards (good credit), balance transfers (good credit), fair credit or poor credit.

Rewards Credit Cards (Good Credit – 700+)

Discover it®

Great For: Saving money on large balance transfers

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 731*

Lowest Approved Score: 687*

  • Fair. No annual fee. No overlimit fee. No foreign transaction fee. Plus, pay up to midnight ET online or by phone on your due date without a fee. No late fee on your first late payment. And paying late won't raise your APR.*
  • Generous. 5% cash back at Home Improvement Stores, Furniture Stores and Bed Bath & Beyond® on up to $1,500 in purchases from April through June 2014 when you sign up.*
  • Human. 100% U.S.-based customer service available any time.
  • Looking out for you. Because we monitor every Discover card purchase, every day. If something looks suspicious, we alert you by e-mail, phone or text. And you’re never responsible for any unauthorized purchases on your Discover card account. Period.*
  • Plus, free FICO® Credit Score on your monthly statement to help you stay on top of your credit.*
  • 0% Intro APR* on balance transfers for 18 months. Then the variable purchase APR applies, currently 10.99% - 22.99%. A fee of 3% applies for each balance transferred.
  • 0% Intro APR* on purchases for 6 months. Then the variable purchase APR applies, currently 10.99% - 22.99%.
  • *Click "Apply" to see rates, rewards, and free FICO® Credit Score terms and other information.
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0%6 Months 0%18 Months 10.99% – 22.99%* Variable $0


Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Great For: Cash back with customized ways to redeem your rewards.

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 714*

Lowest Approved Score: 642*

  • One-time $100 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months
  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
  • No rotating categories and no sign ups needed to earn cash rewards
  • Redeem the cash back you earn for any amount, any time
  • Your cash back doesn't expire
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers until January 2015
  • No annual fee
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0%until January 2015 0%until January 2015 12.9% – 22.9%* Variable $0

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

Great For: Travel rewards with no foreign transaction fees.

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 729*

Lowest Approved Score: 654*

  • Earn unlimited 1.25 miles on every purchase, every day
  • No annual fee
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Enjoy a low intro APR on purchases
  • Travel when you want - no blackout dates
  • Miles don’t expire
  • No limit to the miles you can earn
Intro APR
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Regular APR Annual Fee
0%until April 2015 N/AN/A 11.9% – 19.9%* Variable $0

Balance Transfer Credit Cards (Good Credit – 700+)

Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card

Great For: Personalized concierge services and deals on entertainment.

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 727*

Lowest Approved Score: 672*

  • Get 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 18 months. After that, the APR will be 11.99%-21.99% based upon your creditworthiness.*
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer.
  • Citi® Easy Deals(SM) Get what you want for less. Earn Citi Easy Deals Points for the purchases you make with your card. Redeem your points for great online deals on name-brand merchandise, gift cards and even local deals.
  • Let our 24/7 concierge service help book your hotel rooms, flights and more.
  • Enjoy special access to presale tickets, preferred seating, VIP packages, and unique entertainment experiences through Citi Private Pass®.
  • $0 liability on unauthorized purchases and Citi® Identity Theft Solutions
  • No annual fee*
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0%*18 Months* 0%*18 Months* 11.99% – 21.99%* Variable $0*

Citi Simplicity® Card

Great For: Balance transfers and direct access to service representatives.

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 701*

Lowest Approved Score: 652*

  • 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 18 months. After that, the variable APR will be 12.99% - 21.99% based on your creditworthiness.
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
  • No late fees - EVER
  • No penalty rate - EVER
  • No annual fee - EVER
  • Save time when you call with fast, personal help, 24 hours a day.
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0%*18 Months* 0%*18 Months* 12.99% – 21.99%* Variable $0*

Credit Cards for Fair Credit (600-699)

Capital One® Platinum Credit Card

Great For: Balance transfers and a low annual fee.

Credit Needed: Fair

Average Approved Score: 607*

Lowest Approved Score: 554*

  • Start with no annual fee for the first year; $19 after that
  • Get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time
  • Fraud coverage if your card is lost or stolen
  • Use online banking to access your account - even from your smartphone with our mobile app
  • Pick the monthly payment due date that works best for you
  • Pay however you want–by check, online, or at a local branch, all with no fee
  • Get access to your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Start building for the future with features that can help you get there
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N/AN/A N/AN/A 24.9%* Variable $0 intro for first year; $19 after that


Capital One® QuicksilverOneSM Cash Rewards Credit Card

Great For: Cash back rewards and low intro rates.

Credit Needed: Fair

Average Approved Score: 618*

Lowest Approved Score: 563*

  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
  • No rotating categories and no sign ups needed to earn cash rewards
  • Redeem the cash back you earn for any amount, any time
  • No limit to the cash back you can earn
  • Your cash back doesn't expire
  • 0% intro APR on purchases until January 2015
  • Get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time
  • Fraud coverage if your card is ever lost or stolen
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0%until January 2015 N/AN/A 22.9%* Variable $39

Barclaycard® Rewards MasterCard® - Average Credit

Great For: Rewards for spending on gas and groceries

Credit Needed: Fair

Average Approved Score: 658*

Lowest Approved Score: 595*

  • No annual fee
  • Earn 2 points per $1 on gas, grocery, and utility purchases and 1 point per $1 everywhere else
  • Use the points you earn like cash to pay for almost any purchases you've made.
  • No blackout date, no redemption fees, no limit on the points you can earn and no complicated set up.
  • Reports to all 3 major credit bureaus monthly providing you the opportunity to rebuild your credit score
  • Complimentary FICO® Scores as a benefit to active cardmembers. Opt-in to have instant and convenient access to FICO® Scores from your Barclaycard online account.
Intro APR
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Regular APR Annual Fee
N/AN/A N/AN/A 24.99%* Variable $0

Credit Cards for Poor Credit (Under 600)

Credit Needed: Fair

Average Approved Score: 605*

Lowest Approved Score: 558*

  • 1% back on all gas purchases
  • No limit to the gas rewards you can earn
  • Rewards post to your account automatically each month
  • Get pre-qualified without affecting your credit score
  • Make your first six payments on time and get a credit line increase
  • Keep an eye on your credit information with free online monthly credit score tracking
  • Choose your card design from our premium gallery
  • Email or text alerts to remind you when your payment is due
Intro APR Balance Transfer APR Regular APR Annual Fee
N/A for N/A N/A for N/A 17.90%-23.90%* Variable $35-$75

Capital One® Secured MasterCard®

Great For: No processing fees or application fees.

Credit Needed: Limited

Average Approved Score: 574*

Lowest Approved Score: 514*

  • Build credit with responsible use with no processing or application fees
  • Regular reporting to the 3 major credit bureaus
  • Your security deposit can get you a line up to $3,000
  • You may qualify for a credit line increase based on your payment history and creditworthiness
  • Build a financial foundation you can stand on with a card that gets you started
  • Use it like any MasterCard credit card, accepted at millions of locations worldwide
Intro APR
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N/AN/A N/AN/A 22.9%* Variable $29

*Credit Karma users have received approvals with these TransUnion New Account credit scores. These approval metrics are only guidelines and approval is not guaranteed.