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Compare Discover Credit Cards with Competition

Choose the Discover Card that best fits you and easily compare it to other industry-leading cards.

See if you’re pre-approved with no harm to your credit score8

How to compare credit cards

Here are some important factors to consider when comparing credit cards:

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Two women laugh together as one of them holds shopping bags in her hand

The APR is the interest rate your credit card company uses to determine any interest you may owe. You can also compare introductory and penalty APRs on cards.

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A man and woman sitting together each holding a mug while looking at the man's phone

Does the card have an annual fee just for using the card? Are there penalty fees for missed payments? Also, compare balance transfer and cash advance fees.

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Young couple shares a laugh while having ice cream together

Compare credit card reward offers, like what type (cash back, miles) and how much you can earn. Also, does the card fit your normal spending habits? Compare the categories you spend the most in and the rewards you can get from each card in those categories. For example, can you earn more cash back on gas and restaurant purchases on one card compared to another?

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Young girl laughs while carrying a shopping bag and purse

Compare which cards offer a bonus just for signing up, such as matching all the cash back or miles you’ve earned within a certain time period after opening an account.

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A man wearing a hat puts a camera to his eye to take a photo

Compare how and when you can redeem your rewards. Is there a minimum amount you can redeem? For airline rewards, are there restrictions for which airline you can use or blackout dates?

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Consider our premium benefits when comparing credit cards.

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There is no harm to your credit score to check for pre-approval8.

 

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Discover Card Comparison FAQs

When you compare credit cards, consider which is the best rewards credit card for how you spend. Do you prefer the straightforward rewards of cash back credit cards? Or do travel credit cards suit your spending better? Also, see which fees you can avoid. And keep in mind what your credit history looks like today. If you want credit cards for good credit or excellent credit, Discover has Cash Back Credit Cards and a Travel Credit Card. If you’re building your credit history, Discover offers a Secured Credit Card. Discover also has Student Credit Cards.

If you’re a student looking to build a credit history,6 one of the Discover Student Credit Cards can help. If you’re not a student, and you want to build your credit history,6 Discover offers a Secured Credit Card that differs from standard, unsecured credit cards because you provide a deposit to ‘secure’ your credit line.

Every Discover Card provides rewards on every purchase, every day. The best rewards credit card for you will be the one that rewards you most where you like to shop. See the Discover Cash Back Credit Cards or our Travel Credit Card to find a great rewards credit card.

If you’re just starting out with credit, you may be a student. Take a look at the Discover Student Credit Cards to build your credit history. If you’re not a student, our Secured Credit Card can help you build your credit history as well.

There’s no single answer to the question “How many credit cards should I have?” But you may want to check if you have the best rewards credit card for how you spend and where you shop. Also, take a look at the fees on your card. At Discover, we make sure all our rewards credit cards give you Cash Back or Miles on every single purchase. And all our cards have no annual fee. Also, according to the February 2023 issue of the Nilson Report, Discover is accepted nationwide by 99% of the places that take credit cards. So if you do want one card you can count on, check out our Cash Back Credit Cards or our Travel Credit Card to find your favorite.

Your credit history is one of many factors Discover considers in your application. If you want to see if you’re pre-approved for a Discover Card, you can check for pre-approved offers with no harm to your credit score.8 If you don’t qualify for one of our standard cards, our Secured Credit Card may be a great way for you to build your credit history.

Discover offers 7 credit cards for different credit and rewards needs. The Discover it® Cash Back credit card is a great choice for people with good to excellent credit. We also offer the Discover it® Miles Travel Card, Discover it® Chrome Gas and Restaurants Card and NHL® Discover it® Card. Students can choose a cash back credit card or gas & restaurant credit card. And the Discover it® Secured Card is for people looking to build a credit history.

Learn more about credit cards

Cash Back Credit Cards: Discover it® Cash Back, Gas &Restaurant Card, NHL® Discover it®

Travel Credit Card: Discover it® Miles

Student Credit Cards: Discover it Student® Cash Back, Student Chrome Card

Secured Credit Card: Discover it® Secured credit card

Cash Back Credit Cards


Intro purchase APR is x% for x months from date of account opening then the standard purchase APR applies. Intro Balance Transfer APR is x% for x months from date of first transfer, for transfers under this offer that post to your account by  then the standard purchase APR applies. Standard purchase APR: x% variable to x% variable, based on your creditworthiness. Cash APR: x% variable. Variable APRs will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. Minimum interest charge: If you are charged interest, the charge will be no less than $.50. Cash advance fee: Either $10 or 5% of the amount of each cash advance, whichever is greater. Balance transfer fee: x% Intro fee on balances transferred by  and up to x% fee for future balance transfers will apply. Annual Fee: None. Rates as of . We will apply payments at our discretion, including in a manner most favorable or convenient for us. Each billing period, we will generally apply amounts you pay that exceed the Minimum Payment Due to balances with higher APRs before balances with lower APRs as of the date we credit your payment.

Travel Credit Card


Intro purchase APR is x% for x months from date of account opening then the standard purchase APR applies. Intro Balance Transfer APR is x% for x months from date of first transfer, for transfers under this offer that post to your account by  then the standard purchase APR applies. Standard purchase APR: x% variable to x% variable, based on your creditworthiness. Cash APR: x% variable. Variable APRs will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. Minimum interest charge: If you are charged interest, the charge will be no less than $.50. Cash advance fee: Either $10 or 5% of the amount of each cash advance, whichever is greater. Balance transfer fee: x% Intro fee on balances transferred by  and up to x% fee for future balance transfers will apply. Annual Fee: None. Rates as of . We will apply payments at our discretion, including in a manner most favorable or convenient for us. Each billing period, we will generally apply amounts you pay that exceed the Minimum Payment Due to balances with higher APRs before balances with lower APRs as of the date we credit your payment.

Student Credit Cards


Intro purchase APR is x% for x months from date of account opening then the standard purchase APR applies. Intro Balance Transfer APR is x% for x months from date of first transfer, for transfers under this offer that post to your account by  then the standard purchase APR applies. Standard purchase APR: x% - x% variable, based on your creditworthiness. Cash APR: x% variable. Variable APRs will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. Minimum interest charge: If you are charged interest, the charge will be no less than $.50. Cash advance fee: Either $10 or 5% of the amount of each cash advance, whichever is greater. Balance transfer fee: x% Intro fee on balances transferred by  and up to x% fee for future balance transfers will apply. Annual Fee: None. Rates as of . We will apply payments at our discretion, including in a manner most favorable or convenient for us. Each billing period, we will generally apply amounts you pay that exceed the Minimum Payment Due to balances with higher APRs before balances with lower APRs as of the date we credit your payment.

Secured Credit Card


x% standard variable purchase APR . Intro Balance Transfer APR is x% for x months from date of first transfer, for transfers under this offer that post to your account by  then the standard purchase APR applies. Cash APR: x% variable. Variable APRs will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. Minimum interest charge: If you are charged interest, the charge will be no less than $.50 . Cash advance fee: Either $10 or 5% of the amount of each cash advance, whichever is greater. Balance transfer fee: x% Intro fee on balances transferred by  and up to x% fee for future balance transfers will apply. Annual Fee: None. Rates as of . We will apply payments at our discretion, including in a manner most favorable or convenient for us. Each billing period, we will generally apply amounts you pay that exceed the Minimum Payment Due to balances with higher APRs before balances with lower APRs as of the date we credit your payment.

Reviews for Cash Back Credit Card : Discover it card's average "Overall Rating" based on reviews by cardmembers as seen at https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/it-card/reviews/

Reviews for Student Credit Card : Discover it card's average "Overall Rating" based on reviews by cardmembers as seen at https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/student-it-card/reviews/

Reviews for Travel Credit Card : Discover it card's average "Overall Rating" based on reviews by cardmembers as seen at https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/travel/reviews/

Reviews for Secured Credit Card : Discover it card's average "Overall Rating" based on reviews by cardmembers as seen at https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/secured/reviews/

  1. Cashback Match: Only from Discover as of April 2024. We'll match all the cash back rewards you've earned on your credit card from the day your new account is approved through your first 12 consecutive billing periods or 365 days, whichever is longer, and add it to your rewards account within two billing periods. You've earned cash back rewards only when they're processed, which may be after the transaction date. We will not match: rewards that are processed after your match period ends; statement credits; rewards transfers from Discover checking or other deposit accounts; or rewards for accounts that are closed. This promotional offer may not be available in the future and is exclusively for new cardmembers. No purchase minimums.

  2. Online Privacy Protection: Online Privacy Protection is offered by Discover Bank at no cost and only available in the mobile app. About every 90 days we will scan at least 10 people-search sites for your online personal information and help you submit opt-out requests. Types of personal information found on these sites will vary.

  3. Acceptance: According to the Feb 2024 issue of the Nilson Report.

  4. FICO® Credit Score Terms: Your FICO® Credit Score, key factors and other credit information are based on data from TransUnion® and may be different from other credit scores and other credit information provided by different bureaus. This information is intended for and only provided to Primary account holders who have an available score. See Discover.com/FICO about the availability of your score. Your score, key factors and other credit information are available on Discover.com and cardmembers are also provided a score on statements. Customers will see up to a year of recent scores online. Discover and other lenders may use different inputs, such as FICO® Credit Scores, other credit scores and more information in credit decisions. This benefit may change or end in the future. FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.


    If you prefer not to receive your FICO® Credit Score just call us at 1-800-DISCOVER (1-800-347-2683). Please give us two billing cycles to process your request.

  5. About product reviews: We calculate the average product rating based on ratings that customers submit. We exclude some reviews from being displayed for reasons such as the customer included profanity, reviewed the wrong product, submitted inappropriate or irrelevant content, or revealed personally identifying information. Reviews are not filtered, edited, or deleted simply because they are negative or are lower rated. If a review is excluded, the associated rating is not calculated in the average product rating.

  6. Build credit with responsible use: Discover reports your credit history to the three major credit bureaus so it can help build/rebuild your credit if used responsibly. Late payments, delinquencies or other derogatory activity with your credit card accounts and loans may adversely impact your ability to build/rebuild credit.

  7. 100% U.S. Based Customer Service: You can reach a live agent any time by calling 1-800-Discover (1-800-347-2683). Certain specialized customer service agents may not be available 24/7.

  8. There is no hard inquiry to your credit report to check if you’re pre-approved. If you’re pre-approved, and you move forward with submitting an application for the credit card, it will result in a hard inquiry which may impact your credit score. Receiving a pre-approval offer does not guarantee approval. Applicants applying without a social security number are not eligible to receive pre-approval offers. Card applicants cannot be pre-approved for the NHL Discover Card.

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