The introduction of credit cards has brought a revolution in the payment system. The conventional way of purchasing things with cash is done away with and what can be more convenient than buying items on credit and repaying the amount after a month from the day you have bought the item?
Credit cards have made shopping simple and convenient. And with the number Internet users gradually increasing, the future of online shopping is bright. It is not an exaggeration to say that online shopping is experiencing a boom. In such market condition, the use of credit and debit card is going to increase manifold. Buying items and services over the Internet saves time and energy. Rather than standing in a long queue, you can book your tickets or buy things with just a few clicks on your mouse.
One of the market leaders of credit card issuers is Bank of America. In fact, Bank of America is the largest issuer of credit cards in the US. It has surpassed its nearest rival J.P. Morgan Chase as the largest credit card issuer after its merger with one of the leading credit card issuers – MBNA.
With this merger, Bank of America Card Services organization has more than 40 million active U.S. accounts. It is worthwhile to take note that Bank of America is also the largest issuer of debit cards.
Bank of America credit cards are one of the most flexible credit cards in the market. Its credits cards are designed to suit extensive credit situations and special needs of students and big businessmen.
One of the most interesting features of Bank of America credit cards is its low Annual Percentage Rate (APR). Though some of the Bank of America credit cards have introductory APR, they are quite low, which is usually 1.9% for a period of usually 6 months. It’s quite a good deal if your regular APR is fixed at 6.99% even though there is an introductory APR of 1.00% for a period of 6 months. Most other credit cards issued by Visa and MasterCard have higher regular APRs.
For example, Mexicana® Airlines Visa® Platinum has a regular APR which is 6.99% and an introductory APR which is fixed at 1.9%. Though it carries an annual fee of $45, its benefits are immense. After your first purchase, you receive 1 free companion ticket coupon. Thereafter, you will receive a $99 companion ticket coupon each year. You can also earn 1 Frecuenta Mile for each dollar spent and 2 Frecuenta Miles for every dollar spent with Mexicana Airlines. Each year you will receive 2,000 anniversary mile and 4,000 Welcome Miles after you have joined the Frecuenta Program. These miles can be redeemed on Mexicana or on any of its 15 partner airlines.
On the flip side, most of the Bank of America credit cards carry an annual fee. Like any other credit cards, Bank of America credit cards have reward cards, credit cards for students, corporate etc. Its cards are also designed to serve the different needs of its diverse range of customers. It has reward programs designed for air travelers and frequent shoppers. In additions some of its credit cards has additional benefits and perks.
Though Bank of America is the largest issuer of credit and debit cards, it does not have its own electronic payment processing network. It pays fees to card issuers Visa and MasterCard to process charges made with cards issued by Bank of America. After MBNA merged with Bank of America, it is considering acquiring its own electronic payment processing network. If it succeeds in doing so, it will no doubt emerge as a serious competitor to market leaders Visa and MasterCard.
With the merger of MBNA, Bank of America credit cards have also acquired a new dimension. MBNA was the pioneer in issuing specialty credit cards to universities, colleges, and business. It is sure to the break the market monopoly of Visa and MasterCard.