Business Card Miles

The business credit card market is rapidly heating up as some issuers enhance their offerings with air miles. This week Ohio-based National City unveiled the Business FirstAir VISA Platinum credit card. As part of a special introductory offer, small business customers will receive one and a half points for each dollar spent during the first…

Rent Charge

The expanding acceptance of credit cards now range from taxis to taxes. This week a new pilot program seeks to capture rent payments onto plastic. The unusual concept comes from nowhere else but San Francisco. RentPayment and VISA announced plans this week to offer an online sweepstakes promotion to encourage tenants to charge their rent…

AmEx Gift Card

American Express has moved into the gift card market with a pilot program in San Diego. Westfield America is testing the new co-branded gift card program at eight Shoppingtowns in California. If successful the program may be expanded nationwide. The new stored-value gift card will replace Westfield’s existing gift certificate program. The gift cards will…

Principal Card

The first professional card has hit the market. Pro2Net and the Principal Financial Group have teamed up to offer a VISA Platinum card that offers a 1.25% cash-back bonus that can be applied toward financial products. The bonus can be used for savings and money market accounts, mutual funds, mortgage and consumer loans, annuities and…

Black Friday

While the busiest shopping day is the day before Christmas, the benchmark day for the holiday shopping season is Thanksgiving Friday. Also known as Black Friday, November 24 will be the first real measure of consumer holiday spirit. It is expected that credit card terminals will process as many as 6,000 transactions per second on…

Holiday Plastic

For the first time in history American consumers will charge more than $100 billion to their major credit cards during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, consumers will charge an estimated $113.7 billion to their VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. The figure is 23% higher than last year due to a…

Grinch Cereal Visa

VISA has stuffed cereal boxes across the U.S. with special Cash Cards worth up to $25,000 each. The holiday promotion is built around the new Universal movie “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”. As part of the promotion VISA has randomly inserted 10,000 Cash Cards in 85 million specially marked packages of Kellogg’s brand…

Cancer Fighting Cards

Citibank has launched two Platinum MasterCards to generate contributions to assist in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society Platinum MasterCard and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Platinum MasterCard are expected to generate over $15 million over five years for the American Cancer Society. Citibank is offering a 0% six-month intro APR…

Holiday Home

MasterCard wants to give you a home for the holidays. Between now and the end of year MasterCard users will be automatically entered to win a $250,000 cash prize in a special holiday promotion. MasterCard’s “A Home for the Holidays” promotion will offer one winner the chance to win the grand prize equal to the…

Visa Grinch

VISA has secured a front row seat for next weekend’s opening of Jim Carrey’s new holiday Grinch movie. VISA has launched a Christmas promotion offering cardholders free purchases between now and the end of the year. The promotion is the result of a partnership with Universal Pictures and its release of Imagine Entertainment’s live-action holiday…