OVERVIEW

In the current age it is no longer practicable to carry a thick stack of bank notes and rolls of coins in one's wallet not only from the security perspective, but also from the point of view of convenience. With respect to these issues, credit cards, also known as plastic money, provide a viable alternative and its use is on the rise. Apart from providing much needed alternative to cash, credit cards also reward you expenses made using them. As a result of the huge demand for plastic currency, there are options aplenty available from leading banks.

There are a host of credit cards in the credit cards market having different features and benefits linked to them. The most popular credit cards on the offer include,entertainment credit cards, fuel credit cards, co-branded credit cards, cash-back credit cards, student credit cards, women credit cards, travel credit cards, lifetime free credit cards, premium credit cards, Business credit card, Global credit card and low interest credit cards.

A credit card company enters into agreements with various merchants for them to accept their credit cards. The credit card issuer issues a credit card to their customer. When a bank issues a credit card, a revolving credit line is created for the customer and this line of credit may be used by the card user to make purchases or to get cash advances (using your credit cards as ATM cards) when using the card. The card holder then receives a monthly bill that can be paid off before the due date without incurring any interest for using the credit provided by the card issuer. When a purchase is made, the cardholder is basically agreeing to pay the card issuer the amount that has been incurred, at a later date.

While making a purchase, the card holder has to either swipe the magnetic strip of the card on a card machine at the shop. The merchant copy of the receipt generated needs the card holder's signature for validation. Newer cards feature the more secure chip and pin system, where the chip on the card is read by the merchant's card machine and a four or six digit pin is required to complete and validate the transaction.