The Best Credit Cards of 2016

With 2016 in full swing, it seems like a good time to review some of the best credit card offers available. Carrying the right credit card(s) for your spending habits is not only the responsible thing to do, but also the smart thing to do.  Credit cards get a bad rap sometimes, especially when you start to see the fees and interest piling up. But the best credit card offers include cards that award cash back, points and miles, and even 0% APR introductory rates – all for little to no annual fee and comparatively low interest rates.

Below are 4 of the top credit cards available now. I’ve considered the following factors in compiling this list:

  • Rewards: Some cards offer richer rewards than others. Whether cash back, points or miles, look for cards with the best perks. It’s also important to consider bonus deals.
  • Interest Rates: The focus here is on 0% introductory rates. While low regular APRs can be a plus as well, they shouldn’t matter if you are paying the card in full every month.
  • Credit Needed: The most rewarding cards require excellent credit. As a result, we also include cards available to those with average credit.

Cash Back

BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card

The BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card comes with up to 3% cash back, a cash signup bonus, and a 0% introductory APR. The cash back reward gives you 3% cash back on gas; 2% cash back on groceries; 1% cash back on all other purchases.

You also get an introductory 0% APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases and balance transfers

Bonus: Online-exclusive intro offer rewards cardholders with $100 online cash rewards bonus after spending $500 within the first 90 days of account opening.

Bottom Line: This is a good all-purpose cash back credit card available to those with good or excellent credit.

0% APR on Balance Transfers

Chase Slate Card

The Chase Slate Card makes our list because it is the only 0% APR balance transfer card with no balance transfer fee. Initiate your transfer within the first 60 days of getting the card, and Chase will waive the balance transfer fee. The 0% APR introductory rate lasts for 15 months. There is no annual fee.

Important: You cannot transfer a balance between two cards from the same issuer. So if you are looking to transfer debt from a Chase credit card or want to see other options, check out this list of 0% balance transfer offers.

Travel Rewards

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

This is the card with the most memorable commercials, but it’s also one of the best travel cards around today. It’s most valuable if you use the benefits for travel, when the miles are worth more.

With this card, you’ll earn 2 miles per $1 spent on any purchase, any day. You can get a one-time 20,000 mile bonus if you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of use. That’s about $200 in travel benefits!

This card lets you travel whenever you want with no blackout dates, and your miles don’t expire. You can earn unlimited miles, and cash them in for airline stays, hotel stays, and other travel expenses.

This card has no annual fee for the first year, but it’s $59 after that. It doesn’t have any foreign transaction fees.

Bottom Line: For frequent fliers, this card is a great option. The rewards aren’t worth as much if you cash them in on non-travel expenses, though, so keep that in mind. Also, remember that you’ll have to spend enough to out-earn that $59 annual fee in order to make this card worth your while. You’ll have to spend around $3,000 a year to break even with the annual fee.

Average Credit

Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard®

Many of the best rewards cards are only available to those with excellent credit. This is one exception. The Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard® is available to those with average credit, so it’s a good option if you’re trying to build credit while earning credit card rewards.

This card doesn’t have an annual fee, and it offers complimentary access to your FICO® Credit Score. You can access your score on your monthly statement, or look at it any time online through your Barclaycard account. Plus, this card reports monthly to all three major credit bureaus, making it even better for building or rebuilding your credit score.

As far as rewards go, this card offers 2 points per $1 spend on gas, groceries, and utilities. It offers 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else. You can use the points like cash to pay down your statement balance, and you don’t have to worry about redemption fees, limits or other points complications. As long as your account is active and in good standing, your points will never expire.

Bottom Line: If you have average (or even slightly lower than average) credit, this card can be a good option for rebuilding credit while gaining credit card rewards. Since it focuses more heavily on everyday spending, it’s easy to max out your rewards. And cashing them in couldn’t be simpler.

Published or Updated: November 17, 2016
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.


  1. Amy Saves says:

    I’m digging the Discover long duration balance transfer card. Perfect for those who want to move their higher balances to 0% for 24 months. Great blog!

    • DR says:

      Amy, it is a great offer. Unfortunately, as of May 1 it dropped to 18 months. Still a good deal, and Citi still offers cards with 18 month balance transfers.

  2. M. Kusnier says:

    I wanted to know if I would earn Credit with the American Express Green Card, I am asking as, with the green card you pay all purchases at months end…

  3. Fred says:

    This contains several great credit card offers. However, I think $150 Gift Certificate is pretty lame. You can get 80% off when it is on sale. That bring $150 to only $30 worth.

  4. I love my Discover It card because it helped me to consolidate all my credit card debt and allow me pay it off in 18 months without paying any interest. The free access to my FICO score is awesome as well.

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