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Credit Cards for Fair Credit

You likely have fair credit if you opened your first credit card less than three years ago or you’ve made some mistakes with credit in the past. Whatever the case, you’re sure to find an offer that meets your needs among the following selection of credit cards for people with fair credit (which includes products from CardHub advertising partners). These cards not only provide convenience, but can help you further improve your credit standing as well.

Convenience comes from being able to carry less cash and make purchases that require plastic (such as car rentals and online shopping). And, as…show more

    3 1,838 reviews

    Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card


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    • 0% Purchases until February 2016
    • 0% Transfers until February 2016No Transfer Fee
    • Regular Rate 22.9% (V)
    • Annual Fee $39
    • Rewards Rate 1.5% cash back
    • Rewards Bonus None
    • Minimum Credit Limited History
    • Rewards Details
    • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day.
    • No rotating categories or sign ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus, cash back doesn’t expire and there’s no limit to how much you can earn
    • Get a 20% Statement Credit on all Uber rides purchased with this card through April 2016
    • Additional Info
    • 0% intro APR on purchases until February 2016; 22.9% variable APR after that
    • Balance transfers also have a 0% intro APR until February 2016
    • Get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time
    • Fraud coverage if your card is ever lost or stolen
    • Get free access to your credit score and learn how everyday decisions can affect your score using Capital One® Credit Tracker
    • Travel & Emergency Assistance - Available 24/7 to help connect you with local emergency and assistance resources when you're away from home
    • Extended Warranty - automatically doubles the original manufacturer's/store's warranty on eligible purchases
    • See All Reviews & Details About The Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card
    3 705 reviews

    Barclaycard® Rewards MasterCard®


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    • 0% Purchases Not Offered
    • 0% Transfers Not Offered
    • Regular Rate 24.99% (V)
    • Annual Fee None
    • Rewards Rate 1 - 2 points/$1
    • Rewards Bonus None
    • Minimum Credit Fair
    • Rewards Details
    • Earn 2 points per $1 on gas, grocery, and utility purchases and 1 point per $1 everywhere else.
    • Use the points you earn like cash to pay for almost any purchases you've made.
    • No blackout date, no redemption fees, no limit on the points you can earn and no complicated set up.
    • Additional Info
    • Complimentary FICO® Scores as a benefit to active card members. Opt-in to have instant and convenient access to FICO® Scores from your Barclaycard online account.
    • No annual fee.
    • Reports to all 3 major credit bureaus monthly providing you the opportunity to rebuild your credit score.
    • See All Reviews & Details About The Barclaycard® Rewards MasterCard®
    3.5 1,314 reviews

    Capital One® Platinum Credit Card


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    • 0% Purchases Not Offered
    • 0% Transfers Not Offered
    • Regular Rate 24.9% (V)
    • Annual Fee $0 for 1st yr, $19 after
    • Rewards Rate None
    • Minimum Credit Limited History
    • Rewards Details
    • Additional Info
    • Start with a $0 intro annual fee for the first year; $19 after that
    • Get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time
    • Fraud coverage if your card is lost or stolen
    • Use online banking to access your account, even from your smartphone with our mobile app
    • Pay by check, online, or at a local branch, all with no fee - and pick the monthly due date that works best for you
    • Get access to your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Get free access to your credit score and learn how everyday decisions can affect your score using Capital One® Credit Tracker
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    4 1,110 reviews

    Capital One® Classic Platinum Credit Card


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    • 0% Purchases Not Offered
    • 0% Transfers Not Offered
    • Regular Rate 20.9% (V)
    • Annual Fee $39
    • Rewards Rate None
    • Minimum Credit Limited History
    • Rewards Details
    • Additional Info
    • Get the credit you need with a competitive rate
    • Get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time.
    • Fraud coverage if your card is lost or stolen.
    • Use online banking to access your account, even from your smartphone with our mobile app
    • Pay by check, online, or at a local branch, all with no fee - and pick the monthly due date that works best for you
    • Get access to your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Get free access to your credit score and learn how everyday decisions can affect your score using Capital One® Credit Tracker.
    • See All Reviews & Details About The Capital One® Classic Platinum Credit Card
    3 243 reviews

    Primor® Secured Visa Gold Credit Card


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    • Secured Credit Card Min Deposit of $200
    • One-Time Fees None
    • Regular Rate 9.99%
    • Annual Fee $49
    • Monthly Fee None
    • Minimum Credit Bad
    3 1,400 reviews

    First Progress Platinum Select MasterCard® Secured Credit Card


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    • Secured Credit Card Min Deposit of $300
    • One-Time Fees None
    • Regular Rate 14.99% (V)
    • Annual Fee $39
    • Monthly Fee None
    • Minimum Credit Bad
    • Rewards Details
    • Additional Info
    • Full-feature Platinum MasterCard secured credit card.
    • No credit history or minimum credit score required for approval.
    • Monthly reporting to all 3 major credit bureaus to help build credit.
    • Set your own credit limit, which is secured by your deposit of $300 - $2,000.
    • Deposit held at FDIC-insured bank.
    • 24/7 access to your account online.
    • The First Progress Platinum MasterCard Secured Card requires no credit history or minimum credit score for approval, but the refundable security deposit must be provided before a card can be issued. The new CARD Act regulations also require all credit card issuers to verify the identity of every applicant before approval. We can usually complete this identity verification using fast, automated methods, but it is sometimes necessary for us to contact an applicant in order to verify his or her identity. Applicants will receive their cards more quickly if they respond promptly to our call or letter relating to this verification process. Virtually every applicant who successfully provides the refundable security deposit and passes the identity verification step will be approved for the card. If you have applied for the card and have a question or want to check the status of your application, please call First Progress toll-free at (888) 403-4783.
    • Receive your card more quickly with new Expedited Processing option.
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    3.5 758 reviews

    First Progress Platinum Elite MasterCard® Secured Credit Card


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    • Secured Credit Card Min Deposit of $300
    • One-Time Fees None
    • Regular Rate 19.99% (V)
    • Annual Fee $29
    • Monthly Fee None
    • Minimum Credit Bad
    • Rewards Details
    • Additional Info
    • Full-feature Platinum MasterCard secured credit card.
    • No credit history or minimum credit score required for approval.
    • Monthly reporting to all 3 major credit bureaus to help build credit.
    • Set your own credit limit, which is secured by your deposit of $300 - $2,000.
    • Deposit held at FDIC-insured bank.
    • 24/7 access to your account online.
    • The First Progress Platinum MasterCard Secured Card requires no credit history or minimum credit score for approval, but the refundable security deposit must be provided before a card can be issued. The new CARD Act regulations also require all credit card issuers to verify the identity of every applicant before approval. We can usually complete this identity verification using fast, automated methods, but it is sometimes necessary for us to contact an applicant in order to verify his or her identity. Applicants will receive their cards more quickly if they respond promptly to our call or letter relating to this verification process. Virtually every applicant who successfully provides the refundable security deposit and passes the identity verification step will be approved for the card. If you have applied for the card and have a question or want to check the status of your application, please call First Progress toll-free at (888) 403-4783.
    • Receive your card more quickly with new Expedited Processing option.
    • See All Reviews & Details About The First Progress Platinum Elite MasterCard® Secured Credit Card
    3 562 reviews

    First Progress Platinum Prestige MasterCard® Secured Credit Card


    first progress mastercard secured credit card
    • Secured Credit Card Min Deposit of $300
    • One-Time Fees None
    • Regular Rate 11.99% (V)
    • Annual Fee $44
    • Monthly Fee None
    • Minimum Credit Bad
    • Rewards Details
    • Additional Info
    • No credit history or minimum credit score required for approval.
    • Monthly reporting to all 3 major credit bureaus to help build credit.
    • Deposit held at FDIC-insured bank.
    • Set your own credit limit, which is secured by your deposit of $300 - $2,000.
    • The First Progress Platinum MasterCard Secured Card requires no credit history or minimum credit score for approval, but the refundable security deposit must be provided before a card can be issued. The new CARD Act regulations also require all credit card issuers to verify the identity of every applicant before approval. We can usually complete this identity verification using fast, automated methods, but it is sometimes necessary for us to contact an applicant in order to verify his or her identity. Applicants will receive their cards more quickly if they respond promptly to our call or letter relating to this verification process. Virtually every applicant who successfully provides the refundable security deposit and passes the identity verification step will be approved for the card. If you have applied for the card and have a question or want to check the status of your application, please call First Progress toll-free at (888) 403-4783.
    • Receive your card more quickly with new Expedited Processing option.
    • See All Reviews & Details About The First Progress Platinum Prestige MasterCard® Secured Credit Card
    3 284 reviews

    Milestone Gold MasterCard® Credit Card


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    • One-Time Fees None
    • Regular Rate 23.9% (V)
    • Annual Fee $35-$99*
    • Monthly Fee None
    • Minimum Credit Bad
    • Rewards Details
    • Additional Info
    • Quick pre-qualification available with no impact to your credit score
    • Fast and easy instant decision
    • Choose your custom card design - Free
    • Free online account access
    • Zero Liability – you’ll never be held liable for unauthorized charges made to your card
    • Accepted at over 35 Million Locations Worldwide!
    • Previous bankruptcy OK
    • *Dependent on credit worthiness
    • See All Reviews & Details About The Milestone Gold MasterCard® Credit Card
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    USAA Classic American Express®


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    • 0% Purchases Not Offered
    • 0% Transfers Not Offered
    • Regular Rate 17.9% - 23.9% (V)
    • Annual Fee $35
    • Rewards Rate None
    • Minimum Credit Fair
    • Rewards Details
    • Additional Info
    • Best for members with average credit
    • Make consistent, on-time payments and you could improve your credit rating — sometimes in as little as 12 months
    • We'll periodically consider you for an automatic upgrade to a premium credit card based on improved credit and your account history
    • Use your card to make purchases worldwide. (Cash advances and balance transfers are not available)
    • Retail and Travel Benefits: Collision damage waiver coverage pays for physical damage and theft to most rental vehicles
    • Security: Identity theft resolutions services provides assistance should you become the victim of identity theft
    • Special Benefits for Military: Deployment/PCS rate: Get 4% APR on all balances for up to 12 months during deployment or PCS. After 12 months, the regular APR, currently between 17.90% and 23.90%, will apply. This rate will vary with the market based on the prime rate
    • Cash Advance Fee is waived when you transfer funds electronically from your USAA credit card to your USAA Bank deposit account
    • See All Reviews & Details About The USAA Classic American Express®
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    How can I build my credit with a fair credit credit card?

    By: John Kiernan, Personal Finance EditorTo build your credit effectively with any type of credit card, you must pay your bill on time every month and avoid using your full allotment of credit. If you do this with your fair credit credit card, you’ll be reported to the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) as having an open line of credit that is in good standing, and your credit file will continually fill up with positive information, lowering the importance of any negative information contained therein. If you don’t believe you can do this, simply open your card and lock it away in a drawer without making any purchases. Your issuer will still report positive information about you to the credit bureaus, given that you are technically being responsible with credit.

    How long until I can upgrade from a credit card for fair credit?

    By: Odysseas Papadimitriou, CardHub CEOCredit building is a process, and it’s easy to get frustrated, especially if your credit used to be above average. However, you shouldn’t worry if your current financial position allows you to comfortably make on-time payments on all your debt obligations and you are progressively applying and getting approved for better credit cards. It usually takes a minimum of three years of paying your bill on time and staying below your credit limits before you can reach good credit, so stay focused and you will soon see the fruits of your labor.

    How high are the limits for fair credit credit cards?

    By: John Kiernan, Personal Finance EditorIn short, they are low--usually somewhere between $300 and $2,000. People with fair credit lack the track record of responsible credit use for the past 3+ years that is usually needed to make credit card companies feel comfortable extending them higher credit lines. If you need a high credit limit, we suggest opening a secured credit card since the security deposit you place acts as your credit line and can be increased whenever you want (usually up to a credit line of $5,000).

    What about rewards?

    By: Odysseas Papadimitriou, CardHub CEOWhile some credit cards for people with fair credit do offer rewards, rewards should not be your focus when looking for a credit card for fair credit. In most cases, you’ll actually see a bigger return from focusing on finding the card with the lowest annual fee and interest rates. If your fair credit credit card happens to have some form of a rewards program, consider that a fringe benefit.

    I have fair credit; should I consider secured credit cards?

    By: Odysseas Papadimitriou, CardHub CEOAbsolutely, any third party that looks at your your credit report (e.g. credit card company, mortgage broker, car dealership, landlord) won’t be able to tell whether you have an unsecured credit card or a secured card. Therefore, while a fully refundable security deposit of at least $200 is required with a secured credit card, a secured card provides the same benefit as an unsecured credit card for fair credit, with the added perk of guaranteed approval. With either type of card, what really matters in terms of how efficiently you build credit is whether you pay your bill on time and how much available credit you have.

    This is where a secured credit card could actually help you. Given that your security deposit acts as your secured credit card’s credit limit, you can increase your available credit at will simply by adding to your deposit. By aggressively increasing your credit limit over time, you could also potentially build credit faster than with an unsecured card. A secured credit card’s deposit-tied limit also benefits you in that it is impossible to incur debt that you cannot afford to pay back. However, credit isn’t being extended to you, meaning you cannot purchase anything you can’t afford in cash, and this may or may not be a negative, depending on your perspective.

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    May 12, 2015
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    I've not used a credit card that specifically requires "fair" credit, but looking at the selection offered here, I would be most likely to choose the Capital One QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card. Judging by the rewards that are available (as well as the low interest rate, compared to other cards in this list) and the relatively modest annual fee of $39, it would seem that this would be a useful card to use to raise a lagging credit rating. By having this card and using it for small-to-midsize purchases ($100 and lower), a person with credit issues could definitely help their situation.
    Apr 20, 2015
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    I have the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard and it's a nice card to have. I like having a Discover, Visa, and Mastercard in case whatever place I'm at doesn't accept one or the other for some reason. The best thing about this card is the lack of annual fee. There are very few circumstances in which I would pay an annual fee for any credit card, and you should be equally discerning. It just doesn't make sense. The rewards program is nice to have but I feel that they are very slow to rack up compared to other cards I own. Still, it's good to be getting something back from using the card. The complimentary credit score is a cool feature they've added recently. It sends you alerts and everything to your email.
    Apr 9, 2015
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    I had some problems with my credit a few years ago, and I found it difficult to qualify for several programs. I eventually was able to sign up for a credit card that allowed fair credit. The company was Capital One, and I was able to gradually improve my credit score over a period of time by using the card and paying the charges on time. The Capital One card has given me a real opportunity to rebuild my credit.
    Mar 31, 2015
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    After graduating college I realized that I needed to start building my credit. I received an offer in the mail to apply for the Capital One Platinum card and I was approved but with a very low limit. I used the card for all of my purchases, having to pay the bill several times a month to stay under my limit, and after about 6 months I was given a pretty substantial credit limit increase. It helped improve my credit score fairly quickly and then I was able to qualify for a few better cards so that I could start earning rewards. If you don't think you can qualify for a great card right now, apply for one of the no frills cards then after responsible use you should be able to qualify for the card you want.
    Mar 30, 2015
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    Mar 25, 2015
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    How do you get a card with no annual fee?
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    Just click on the “No Annual Fee” filter on the top left of the page, right under the “I Want” section.
    Mar 24, 2015
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    After taking some time to build my credit back up to respectful standards after some young and irresponsible spending during my college years, I was able to get a normal card that didn't require any special deposit or hoops to jump through and that was the Capital One® Platinum Credit Card. I really enjoy not having an annual fee and I was able to transfer another (albeit small) balance to it from another card without a fee as well. This was a big relief since the card it came from had an absurd APR% and I was able to save some money this way. It's an all around great card and I am glad to have it.
    Mar 10, 2015
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    I have used a credit card that requires fair credit, and even excellent credit, to help raise my credit. It is important to build credit to show companies that you can responsibly pay off your debt (at least that is the hope) as well as improve your credit score. I know by increasing my credit, the temptation was there to spend more money, but I told myself that I had to reel it in and make sure that just because I had more credit to use, I should not necessarily do so. Higher credit is especially important though when you’re looking to purchase big ticket items. It is also great to have rewards credit cards for big ticket items because then you can earn more cash back, airfare miles, travel rewards, etc.
    Nov 27, 2014
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    I have used a credit card that requires fair credit to help raise my credit. It is what helped me buy my house. A big "thank you" to Capital One for being such a great company. I couldn't have done it without you.
    Oct 22, 2014
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    So I had what can be described as average credit and I always wanted to know how to raise it but never knew how. So I was looking online and found my solution and it was in the form of Capital One Platinum Credit Card. I have had this card for over 2 years now, and let me tell you its a great way to boost your average credit as long as you follow the rules and pay on time. Some of the great things about this card besides being a credit builder is, start with no annual fee for the first year; $19 after that, get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time, and last is my favorite perk fraud coverage. Those are some of the reasons I like this card the only negative I could say is its a bit higher on APR, but that 's because its used to build credit. All in all I would say thanks to Capital One for making such a great credit builder and getting me on track.
    Oct 1, 2014
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    I was approved for the Chase Slate card with fair credit, and was able to transfer 1,200 dollars from another card that was accruing 23% APR. I was given 12 months to pay the balance with ZERO transfer fee (introductory rate) and ZERO APR. I was able to pay it off within the 12 months and was very happy that I saved a ton of money! My credit score went up a few points when I paid it off!
    Jul 29, 2014
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    I was able to get the Capital One Classic card about a year ago after my credit score improved. I love this one and got rid of my other cards because the annual fee for this one is less than half the amount that I was paying per year on each of my other card.
    Jun 9, 2014
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    The first card that I got was the Capital One Secured card. I've had this one for a couple of years. I sort of wish that I hadn't gotten this card, because it's my oldest account so I don't want to close it, which means I have money tied up in the account now. The card I use most often is my Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card. I got this for the household to charge groceries/gas/etc. We never carry a balance, but really just wanted a card that would give us the cash rewards. Although the rewards aren't super high, any little extra bit is helpful. The thing I like most about the Capital One cards is that (in my experience) they raise your credit limit after 6 months of paying on time. I also like that they give you access to your credit score each month. I've also noticed that Capital One reports to all three credit bureaus, and thanks to having these cards, I've seen my credit score go up substantially.
    May 15, 2014
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    My second credit card was the Capital One Classic Platinum Credit Card. I have since upgraded. I was young when I got this card, and didn't have much credit. This card was really great for building credit responsibly. I would engage a couple of different methods. The first was to purchase all of one item category (like groceries) on the card. I would save the money for the bill, and pay it off in full at the end of the billing cycle. Later on, I would make small purchases and carry the balance forward for a month or two at which point I would pay off the balance.
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