Discover Financial began offering the Discover Card in 1985 and introduced its cash rewards credit card in 1986. Today, Discover is the third-largest credit card brand in the United States and has over 61 million cardholders.

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The Good

  • Rewards
  • No Annual Fees
  • No Foreign Transaction Fee
  • Free Credit Score
  • Fraud Safeguards
  • Introductory APR

Rewards

Discover offers a number of rewards options, including the Discover it Chrome Student Card, the Discover it Cash Credit Card, and the Discover it Miles Credit Card. With the Chrome Student Card, students can get cash back each school year that their GPA is 3.0 or higher for up to the next five years. At the end of the first year, Discover adds up all the cash back earned on the student card and matches it. The Cash Credit Card gives a percentage of cash back in the selected quarterly category. The Miles Credit Card offers an automatic match of all the miles earned at the end of your first year with no blackout dates. Miles can be redeemed for travel credits or cash.

No Annual Fees

There are no annual fees associated with any of Discover's credit cards, which can save cardholders hundreds of dollars each year.

No Foreign Transaction Fee

Discover does not charge a foreign transaction fee, which is a nice benefit for frequent travelers.

Free Credit Score

Discover provides its cardholders with the ability to view and monitor their FICO score for free.

Fraud Safeguards

Discover offers several fraud safeguards, including purchase monitoring and the ability for customers to freeze and unfreeze their card in the event that it is lost or stolen.

Introductory APR

Most of Discover's credit cards offer an introductory APR of 0 percent for the first fourteen months.

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The Bad

  • Late Payment Penalties

Late Payment Penalties

For the first late payment, Discover does not charge a late payment fee. However, cardholders can expect to be charged a fee for every late payment after the first.

The Bottom Line

Discover Financial offers several attractive features, including no annual fees, no foreign transaction fees, competitive APRs, and a number of rewards programs. However, the company does have a late payment fee in place.

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They are a very good company to work with. I have never had any problems

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there great companies that give wonderful services and great product offers

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Have been a customer for 43 years and have never had a problem, only supberb help. They settle disputes quickly.

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I've had a great experience with Discover every time I've needed customer support or had questions about my account. I am also a big fan of the products they offer such as Fico score and alerts about your identity.

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Tom

June 11th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

I like their rewards programs and the flexibility provided when using this credit card.

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Sadie Scoville

June 11th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

Discover has the best customer service by far – you chat in and Theyll do anything for you. I just wish they gave a little bit more cash back then I would use this card more

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Just a overall great company they are great to deal with and they know their bysiness

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Friendly staff, they try to work with their customers as best as they can. Been a good relationship with this creditor

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I can depend on them they have been my card for many years. Left them once glad I am back.

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One of our favorite things about the Discover card is the cash back option. We've continued to save money using Discover.

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Best customer service - love the chat feature!

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I had a Discover card many years ago, but was not able to keep it because it just didn't do anything for me as far as being different from other companies. There weren't any perks to having the card.

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I have had a card for many years now. At first didn't like how much the APR was but after comparing them to Citi Visa card they had a better rate. They have rolling 2% cashback categories that keep you incentivized to use your card.

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I’ve had a Discover card for a while now, and I absolutely love it! I get great rewards, low APR, and no yearly fee!

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Low percentage rates. Credit Limits are decent. Good perks with the cards.

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I would advise you to be careful when going with Discover. High rates and I didn't have a good experience with their staff at all.

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I started as a secured card with a $500 limit and just after a year graduated to an unsecured with a $2,000 limit. As long as you're responsible with the card they will convert you to unsecured. Highly recommended

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My experiences with discover has been good thus far, I have only been with them a few months but I have had no issues whatsoever. Applying for a discover card was a very easy process, hopefully after 6 months or so of keeping my account in good standing I’ll qualify for a credit increase. The whole purpose of me getting a credit card was to help improve my credit score and in the short amount of time I have seen a big improvement in my score.

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Outstanding costumer service, couldn’t be happier.

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Trent

April 10th, 2018 Provo, UT

seem like good cards but a some places still don't take them, so that is annoying. Otherwise they seem good.

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It used to be the best credit card in my wallet but not any more. With recent changes in the customer benefits, I am no more incline to Discover. They have reduced a lot of benefits including Purchase Protection and extended warranty. There is no use if my credit card cannot protect me on my purchases. Also, recently customer care have changed a lot and have become more pain when contacted.

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I've had good experience with Discover except how they handle a dispute...it's terrible. I've had to file a few disputes after I hit a dead end with the merchant. Discover doesn't appear to investigate, the just side with the seller, even when there is an obvious fraud problem. I guess they don't want to make waves? So much for "the customer is always right". Discover's motto is "the customer is always wrong".

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Always polite fast service. Willing to do waterver it takes to make customer happy

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good take what you get and be happy it's my omly answer to this quesrion

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Willing to offer rewards to those rebuilding credit

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I always get prompt, courteous and reliable service from Discover. I had credit cards from other companies, but Discover is the best.

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I had an account with Discover for 21 years; they were the first card I received as a freshman in college. Received an email out of the nowhere telling me my account had been closed because they could no longer meet my needs. I had a stellar payment history. My balance was less than 15% of my total credit limit. Repeated attempts for a more informative cancellation reason were met with repeated, "A business decision was made". Their business decision left monthly auto payments unpaid due to the lack of forewarning that my account would be terminated. The reason they get a two out of five stars is that they were my primary card for 21 years prior to the rude and sudden termination of services.

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Pay in full, so don't care what interest rate is, like cash back bonus

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Great card, interest ridiculous. I've been a loyal, credit worthy customer for years, but still pay a high interest rate

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My card has been hacked three times. Last month, I called and told them I would be traveling in the Caribbean and they sent me emails every day telling me it was used on an international charge. The day I left the cruise, my card was denied for no reason. The card is thru Synchrony Bank with Sam's Club.

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They have always been very quick in response to my questions and concerns.

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Accepted everywhere. US- based customer service which actually answers questions and helps resolves issues. Good cash back experience.

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Discover has great people working for them! They’re helpful and patient. They truly value their customers. Great company to be a part of!

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Discover discriminates against [email protected] I was told after I was approved for my card, that I had to go through security process, which basically they asked me to proof that the social security number I provide them it was mine and I had to proof that I had the legal right to live in the US. The true all american credit card company is racist and by its discriminatory policies furthers aggravates the current political issues in this country.

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Brissa Jensen

February 2nd, 2018 San Mateo, CA

I just love this card all around, and the easy to use app for keeping tabs on my balance.

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Love their Rewsrds Program - they make it easy to redeem points.

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Because they cut make changes to your card without letting me know .

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They have been great about changing dates and increased credit and cash advances.

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Never had a problem, excellent customer service

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Prompt customer service. Reasonable interest rate.

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Money back with purchases is a plus and helps customers on using the card.

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I love the cash back bonus, and they have increased my limit to an amount that is a wonderful cushion if an emergency arose.

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Great cash back rewards that change monthly so you're not always trying to find one place to earn the rewards

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accepted everywhere, great terms, easy to read statements

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0 interest for 12 months cash rewards and matching credit rewards

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Their cash back rewards. You get actual cash, not points applied to something else.

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they added over $800,00 in charges this is the biggest rip off company. They should be wearing masks

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I have had this card for years and called to review my interest rate and no changes were made. Didn't seem like the operator even looked into it. The card has been paid off for years and won't being using it anytime soon.

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GREAT customer service - great cashback deals

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I gave them 5 stars for the added security protection and cash back.