Discover it<sup>®</sup>-Double Cash Back your first year

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Double your cash back at end of 1st year; 12-month 0% intro APR on purchases & balance transfers.
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5 2015-07-23 10:13:49 The Discover it®-Double Cash Back your first year card is a good fit for consumers who have excellent credit, and would like to transfer a high interest balance to a 0% APR account for 12 months and still have the opportunity to earn significant cash rewards. Users will also enjoy a 0% purchase APR for the first 12 months of card ownership.

The cash back rewards start with 5% cash back (on up to $1,500 in purchases) in rotating quarterly categories and a standard 1% cash back on all other purchases. In addition, users will earn double the cash back they've earned in their first year of card ownership. That's a big deal! You will literally get 2x the cash back you earned in the first year. So if you earn $150 in your first year, Discover will double it to $300.

Right now Cardholders will also receive a free TransUnion FICO® Score on their monthly statement, which can help keep track of their credit over time. Although Equifax and Experian scores aren't provided, it's nice that the TransUnion score is included as it's at least one data point in your credit history. And globetrotters will appreciate that there are no foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S. However the card does not currently have a smart chip, which is typically a requirement for international transactions (particularly in Europe).

Also included is the new Discover Freeze it feature, which allows users to "freeze" their account from their smartphone or computer if their card is misplaced. Freezing the account prevents new purchases, cash advances and balance transfers from occurring. This is a great feature, especially in those situations where you're not sure where your card is but you're not quite ready to call and have it cancelled.

Overall Discover it®-Double Cash Back your first year is a smart pick for anyone wishing to combine generous cash back rewards (2x cash back in the first year!) with a 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transferes. It is also a good card for travelers as it has no foreign transactions fees, but its lack of smart chip could be an issue with non-U.S. merchants.

Highlights
  • Double all the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year automatically - only for new cardmembers*
  • 5% cash back in categories that change each quarter like gas, restaurants, Amazon.com and more -up to the quarterly maximum when you sign up.* 1% cash back on all other purchases.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases & balance transfers for 12 months—then a variable purchase APR applies, currently 10.99% – 22.99%. A 3% fee applies to each transferred balance.
  • New Freeze it℠ on/off switch lets you prevent new purchases, cash advances & balance transfers on misplaced cards in seconds by mobile app & online.*
  • Free FICO® Credit Score on statements, online & by mobile app.* And 100% U.S.-based service any time.
  • No annual fee. No overlimit fee. No foreign transaction fee. No late fee on first late payment & paying late won't raise your APR.*
  • Each Discover purchase is monitored. If it's unusual, you're alerted by e-mail, phone or text and never responsible for unauthorized purchases on your Discover card.
  • *See rates, rewards, free FICO® Credit Score terms & other info by clicking "Apply."

Rewards
  • Double all the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year automatically — only for new cardmembers.*
  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in purchases within select categories that rotate quarterly.
  • Earn 1% cash back on all other purchases, with no limit on how much you can earn.
  • Earn 5% to 20% Cashback Bonus through exclusive online shopping mall.

Redeem Rewards
  • Rewards are redeemable in $20 increments.
  • Deposit into your bank account or credit your Discover card account.
  • Turn your cash rewards into more when you redeem for gift cards or eCertificates from over 100 brand-name Partners.

Fees and APR
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Foreign Transaction Fee: None.
  • 0% Intro Purchase APR: 0% APR for the first 12 months, then Purchase APR.
  • Purchase APR: 10.99% - 22.99% Variable*, depending on creditworthiness.
  • Balance Transfers: 0% Intro APR for 12 months, then Purchase APR. Balance transfer fee is 3% of the amount of each transfer.


Apply for a Discover it®-Double Cash Back your first year card


 
Card Details:

Purchase APR:0% for first 12 months,
then 10.99% - 22.99% Variable*
Features:5% cash back on purchases within select categories; 1% on all other purchases
Annual Fee:$0
Credit Needed:Excellent

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