Citi Premier® Card is a Mastercard. This means you can use your Citi Premier Card at nearly 11 million merchants that accept Mastercard nationwide. Plus, Mastercard is accepted in over 210 countries and territories.
There are a few differences between Visa and Mastercard credit cards, such as the level of benefits they offer, but those differences are relatively small. The two card networks have a lot in common, including extensive worldwide acceptance. As a result, it’s more worthwhile to compare individual credit card offers than to focus on getting a card from a particular network.
The Citi Premier credit score requirement is 700 or higher, which means applicants need at least good credit for a decent shot at approval. If you’d like to know where you stand, you can check your credit score for free, right here on WalletHub.
The average American will likely find it difficult to meet the Citi Premier credit score requirement, as many people have lower credit scores. But an applicant’s score is only one factor in the approval process. Citi will also consider other things like the person’s income, existing debt load, recent credit inquiries, number of open accounts and more.… read full answer
The Citi Premier’s credit score requirement is in line with the requirements for most other Citi credit cards, though there are a few that are easier to get, such as the Best Buy Store Card.
The Citi Premier® Card annual fee is $95. The card’s annual fee is higher than the average annual fee among new credit card offers right now. It’s not the only fee you need to worry about with the Citi Premier® Card, either.
Keep in mind that an annual fee is a common charge with high-tier rewards cards. This card offers 60,000 points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, you can earn 1 - 3 points per $1. So, Citibank charges an annual fee for this card to help offset the cost of these perks.
Major credit cards are any cards that belong to one of the big four credit card networks: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. That’s what stores mean by “we accept all major credit cards.” A major credit card will almost always show the logo of its network on the front. In some cases it’ll be on the back. If a card doesn’t have such a logo, it’s likely a … read full answerstore card that can only be used at a specific retailer.
Some major credit cards can also be considered more “major” than others, depending on the issuer. The 15 largest credit card companies account for more than 75% of all outstanding balances. So a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card from one of those companies, like Chase or Capital One, might fit the description of a major credit card best.
There are dozens of other banks and credit unions that issue credit cards, but their products are less popular. Major credit cards from the top issuers are the product of large-scale operations, after all. And they often provide perks to match, from better rates, rewards and fees to an easy-to-use website and free mobile app.
Here’s what you need to know about major credit cards:
Major credit cards are those on the Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover networks.
You can usually see the logo of your credit card network on the front of your card. Sometimes it is on the back. If there is no logo, you likely have a store card that only works at a specific retailer.
Most U.S. merchants accept all major credit cards. But American Express lags behind the others by about 1 million locations.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted virtually everywhere in the world. Discover cards work in 185 countries and territories. American Express cards work in 160+. Discover and Amex aren’t necessarily widely accepted in all the countries that take them, either.
American Express and Discover issue credit cards, in addition to serving as card networks. Visa and Mastercard do not.
Chase, Bank of America, Capital One, Citi, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank are among the other major credit card issuers.
When picking a major credit card to use, it’s easy to narrow your search down. If you don’t plan to travel much, any network will do. But if you’re going to use your card abroad a lot, Visa and Mastercard are the safest bets.
By the way, it’s worth noting that Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover aren’t the world’s only major credit card networks. There’s also the likes of India’s RuPay and China’s UnionPay, for example.
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