Capital One Quicksilver is a Visa card, not a Mastercard. If approved for Capital One Quicksilver, you’ll receive either a Visa Platinum or Visa Signature version of the card. Visa Platinum cards have credit limits starting at $5,000. Visa Signature cards have limits starting at $10,000. To be approved for the Capital One Quicksilver card, you’ll need at least good credit. Quicksilver has a $0 annual fee and earns unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases.
While the Capital One Quicksilver card is a Visa for new applicants, the Capital One QuicksilverOne card is a Mastercard. The QuicksilverOne card accepts applicants with limited credit history and gives the same 1.5% cash back rate as the Quicksilver card. However, unlike Quicksilver, QuicksilverOne has an annual fee: $39. It’s a great starter card though. It’s actually interesting to note that if you get the Quicksilver card as an upgrade from QuicksilverOne or Capital One Platinum (the other option for people with limited credit), you might receive a Quicksilver Mastercard. But that may or may not be the case for everybody.
Visa and Mastercard are both accepted worldwide, so you can rest assured that your Capital One Quicksilver card will work anywhere you need it to. You’ll get plenty of benefits from both too.
Discover is neither a Visa nor a Mastercard. It’s more like an American Express card, but they’re not exactly the same, either. Discover is similar to Visa, Mastercard and American Express in the sense that all four are card networks. Each helps process payments for the cards on its network, determines where those cards can be used, and provides extra … read full answerbenefits such as rental car insurance. However, Discover is different from Visa and Mastercard in that most credit cards on the Discover network are issued by Discover. Visa and Mastercard aren’t issuers, so cards on their networks come from lots of different banks and credit unions. Amex, like Discover, is both a card issuer and a card network.
Here’s how Discover differs from Visa or Mastercard:
Discover is both a credit card issuer and a card network. Visa and Mastercard are networks only.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted in more than 200 countries and territories, compared to 185 for Discover.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted at 10.7 million U.S. merchant locations, versus 10.4 million for Discover.
Discover credit cards don’t have foreign transaction fees. Visa and Mastercard credit cards charge 0% to 3% of purchases processed internationally.
If you look at the front of your Discover card, you should see “Discover” with an orange dot for the “o.” Each network has a logo, so it’s easy to tell them apart. And while Discover cards are generally fine to use anywhere in the U.S., you might have trouble in certain countries abroad. So it’s probably best to have a backup Visa or Mastercard.
There are some differences between Mastercard and Visa. But these two major card networks are pretty equal in the categories that matter most to consumers: acceptance and secondary benefits.
Both Visa and Mastercard are accepted in more than two hundred countries. And it is very rare to find a location that will accept one but not the other. Furthermore, both Visa and Mastercard administer certain benefits programs, including … read full answerrental car insurance and extended warranties. But individual card issuers decide what coverage cardholders receive.
So it doesn’t really matter whether you have a Visa or Mastercard in your wallet. As long as you have at least one of them and your card offers competitive terms, you’ll be in good shape. If you’d like to learn more about the similarities and differences between Visa and Mastercard, including how the best credit cards on each network compare, check out WalletHub’s complete Visa vs. Mastercard review.
There must be two versions of the card then, that or they kept it MC when I requested a product change. Originally had QS One card and after about 1 year (maybe 1.5 years), I requested a product change to QS. My QS card is MC and not Visa. The QS One card is a Mastercard, so I am guessing Cap1 did not change it over to the Visa during product change. Only difference between the two is annual fee and MC vs Visa. Hasn't bothered me once that my QS is MC and not Visa.
I had my Platinum MasterCard converted to a QuickSilver card as well and it remained a MasterCard.
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