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If you buy a lot of stuff on Amazon I definitely recommend getting the Amazon Credit Card for a couple of reasons. First of all, there is no annual fee associated with the card, so you'll not have to worry a reoccurring charge just for having the card. But the main benefit is that they offer 3% back on all purchases from Amazon! Amazon already is a little bit cheaper than retail prices, so the 3% back is just a bonus! And you can use the points you earn instantly at check out. They also usually offer a $30 sign up bonus if you sign up when checking out online, so you might want to wait to take advantage of that before you sign up.
Everyone needs to have an American Express card, and this is one of the best ones you can get that has no annual fee and still gets some rewards, although you might not want to use this for your every day purchases due to it's standard base 1% you get back. I also found that I must use my rewards for travel, so I can't just easily redeem my miles for gift cards or cash back which is a disappointment. But if you follow Amex on social media, they often do deals where you get special promotions by using your card. For example, sync your AMEX account with your Twitter, and you can buy stuff through Twitter with your card! They had a deal where you could buy a $25 AMEX Sync card for $15, which is basically free money! They also have deals through their Facebook App where they do things such as "Buy $100 at Store X and get a $10 statement credit". I pretty much use my AMEX card exclusively to take advantage of these deals, and shop at CostCo and other places that only accept AMEX.
I recently added this card to my wallet after being a Capital One user for years. I have been using the Venture One card which is great for 1.25% back, but the extra.25% back on the No Hassle Cash Rewards card really sold me on this one. You just have to get over the mental hurdle that you get that extra.5% back in the end of the year as one lump sum of rewards. I am not sure what my interest rate is, but it doesn't even matter because I pay it off every single month. Capital One was also very generous with giving me a $10,000 limit too! With no annual fee, this card really is a much better deal in the long run than the Captial One VentureOne card, and would highly recommend this one over the others if you are just started out and getting your first card.
The Chase Freedom card should be a must have if you are also a Chase Banking/Checking member. One of the reasons is that you get a small bonus in your rewards for having other accounts with them. I get 1.1% back instead of the standard 1% on all purchases with this card, which might not seem like much, but it's something. Also, Chase has rotating rewards categories every quarter that you need to activate each quarter. For example, right now you can get 5% back at Gas Stations through March 15th, then next quarter is Restaurants and Movie Theaters. And around Christmas this year is Amazon! If you spend a lot in those categories, then this card might be for you.
This Capital One Venture card is the higher rewards version of the Venture One card. The main difference is that there is an annual fee of $59, but you get 2% in rewards instead of 1.25% with the free card. Both cards are very similar. I actually started with the Venture One card, and after realizing I was spending well beyond $8,000 on the card each year, I'd benefit more from having the Venture card even with the fee! The fee is waived for the first year, but as long as you're spending moer than 8K the card's fee pays for itself. This card is identical to the Venture One card in every other way. Same rewards that never expire with no limits! Can still use it for international purchases without any fees. It's pretty great overall. If you are a Capital One user, take a look at your Annual Report from last year, if you spent over 8K on your card then you might want to consider upgrading to the Venture card!
Everybody needs an American Express card these days, and the Blue Card is one of the best you can get that doesn't have an annual fee, but still has rewards that will eventually add up to something. I don't use my AMEX Blue card much, as I mainly use it at places that only accept AMEX as payment (a place like CostCo for example). Because of that the rewards of an annual fee card would outweigh the benefits of having a free version with minimal rewards. I also have used my AMEX cards to get many of the benefits that are offered to actual AMEX members, such as Small Business Saturday, and the occasional store specific rewards (Spend $200, get at $20 statement credit). On top of that, Amex is just a pretty great company to deal with. The website interface is nice, bill payment interface is great. Customer service has always been good to me.