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Best and worst credit cards of 2010

PenFed takes first place, First Premier is last, and the short-lived Kardashian Kard is the most-hated.

By Karen Datko Jan 17, 2011 7:50PM

This post comes from Fred Yager at partner site


If there were an Oscar for best credit card of the year, the PenFed Platinum Visa card would be among the nominees, according to

The credit card rating website recently released what it considers to be the worst and best credit cards of 2010.


The editors of the credit card comparison site said that among the worst were those cards with high rates, high fees and little disclosure, while those rated the best "bucked a trend toward fewer rewards and higher fees" while offering "value, service, and convenience."


Among the cards cited for the editors' worst credit cards of 2010 were a new First Premier MasterCard that had a whopping 79.99% APR. It was cited for having the highest interest rate. Also among the worst was that short-lived prepaid debit card endorsed by the Kardashians, which the site says was also the most-hated card.

As for the best in the cash-back category, the editors said the PenFed Visa Platinum Cashback Rewards card and the Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express were at the top. In the airline and travel credit card category, the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express and Capital One Venture Rewards credit card were rated the best.


The Simmons Visa Platinum and the PenFed Promise Visa, meanwhile, were cited as the best low-interest-rate cards, and the Citi Platinum Select MasterCard and the Discover More card were cited for being the best low-introductory-rate credit cards. cited the Chase Sapphire card and Zync from American Express for being the best reward points credit cards.


Every year, publishes its Editor's Choice Awards for best and worst credit cards. This year, the Consumer’s Choice Awards made their debut.


The best credit cards of 2010 by category, as rated by consumers, are:

  • Best cash-back credit card: Blue Cash from American Express.
  • Best airline credit card: Blue Sky from American Express.
  • Best reward points credit card: Chase Sapphire.
  • Best value credit card: USAA World MasterCard.
  • Best customer service: American Express.

Curtis Arnold, founder of, said that despite the fact that most credit cards have become much more attractive in the past several months, there have been a few credit card offers that have not followed suit and are in fact what some consumer advocates would label as downright rip-offs.


The worst credit cards of 2010, as rated by, are:

  • Highest interest rate: First Premier MasterCard.
  • Most hated: Kardashian Kard.
  • Least disclosure: Best Buy Reward Zone MasterCard.
  • Most expensive way to rebuild credit: Applied Bank Unsecured Visa Gold card.

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Mar 27, 2011 4:21PM
HSBC has the Best Buy card and are the ****! Will not raise the SMALL limit on my card and will not tell me WHY? - you can call you can write them and all I get is sorry at this time we are not giving out higher credit limits! my score 731 - never been late on any payments and pay my bills on time and most of the time early! if it was not for getting a cut in the credit score I would dump HSBC card in a heart beat!
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