Biz FMA

Business owners can now have their cake and eat it too. Citibank/Travelers Bank and Salomon Smith Barney joined up this week to roll out a ‘Financial Management Account’ for businesses. The ‘Business FMA’ account enables small and medium-sized businesses to consolidate cash flow management, investments, and borrowing through a single account. A key feature of…

Photo VISA Check Card

Bank of America has introduced the ‘Photo Security VISA Check Card’ in California featuring a customer’s photograph and signature on the front of the debit card. Bank of America also offers a ‘Photo Security VISA Credit Card’ in California. BofA says the new photo debit card combined with its liability waiver for unauthorized transactions offers…

Lycos MasterCard

Fleet Credit Card Services announced this morning the immediate availability of the ‘Lycos MasterCard’ throughout the Lycos network of web sites. The new card comes in two card designs and carries an introductory APR of 2.9% for five months and includes automatic membership into the ‘Lycos Rewards’ program launching later this year. All Lycos cardholders…

Piling It On

It might be extremely dry in some parts of the U.S. this summer but when it comes to revolving debt it is anything but a drought. American consumers piled on another $5 billion to revolving debt during June according to figures released last week by the Federal Reserve. Overall consumer credit throttled down a bit…

US West e.Card

The First USA e-card has now become a co-branded credit card. U S West and First USA rolled-out the ‘U S WEST e.card Platinum VISA’ card last week. The program offers cardholders a 5% cash-back reward for online purchases made at more than 20 Internet merchants including Amazon.com, Audiobookclub.com, CDnow.com, EToys.com, FlowersUSA.com, Garden.com, Outpost.com, SharperImage.com,…

Getting Satisfaction

The most loyal cardholders are consumers holding MBNA’s Platinum card, Citibank’s AAdvantage card and American Express Optima card. The findings come from J.D. Power’s ‘1999 Comprehensive Credit Cardholder Study’. Power found that MBNA ranked highest in cardholder loyalty among VISA/MasterCard Platinum cardholders. Citibank’s ‘AAdvantage’ program scored the highest among rewards credit cardholders and the American…

Europeans Want Credit

There is hunger for plastic in Europe, especially the credit card kind. A new 13-country study released this week by PSI Global found that significant numbers of Europeans want additional payment cards that can be used for more types of transactions in more places. PSI found that nearly half of the 300 million consumers in…

Student FONCARD

College students nationwide will be able to phone home for as little as 10 cents a minute this year. Sprint announced this week a student version its popular FONCARD. The calling card for college students now carries a rate of 10 cents a minute for weekday calls from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all…

Gone Platinum

How about no limit for earning air miles? It’s possible with the new Platinum version of the America West FlightFund VISA. Bank of America took its America West FlightFund VISA to the platinum level this week. Under the Platinum program, cardholders will now earn two miles for every dollar spent on America West ticket purchases…

Business Debit Miles

Business cardholders can now earn air miles without the hassle of credit cards. The first co-branded debit card for small business was unleashed this week by Chase Manhattan and Continental Airlines. The new ‘Chase/Continental Business Banking MasterCard’ offers one ‘Continental OnePass’ mile for every dollar spent on purchases. New small business debit card customers will…