Credit cards for less-than-perfect credit

Even if your credit score is a work in progress, here are four cards to consider—all with benefits you’ll love.

Whether you’re applying for your first credit card or rebuilding your credit, choosing a card that supports your financial goals is a big decision. Whatever your starting point, Capital One has several options with terrific perks—some even come with cash-back rewards.

From picking your monthly due date to choosing how you want to pay, these cards give you options that put you in control of your account. Don’t get overwhelmed trying to navigate options, though.

Here are the ins and outs of some Capital One cards designed with you in mind.

Rebuilding credit

Platinum Secured card 

secured card can be an awesome credit-building tool. Because with consistent, responsible use of a card like this over time, you can use one to help rebuild your credit. Platinum Secured from Capital One is one example. It has no annual fee—and no hidden fees like foreign transaction fees or authorized user fees. View important rates and disclosures. And if you make the minimum required security deposit, you’ll get an initial credit line of $200.

With automatic credit line reviews, you could be considered for a higher limit in as few as six months. And if you use the card responsibly, you could put yourself in position to get back your deposit and upgrade to an unsecured Platinum card.

Fair credit

Platinum Mastercard®

The Platinum Mastercard® from Capital One is another great starter card. It gives you the credit you need with no annual fee. View important rates and disclosures. And like the Platinum Secured card, you’ll automatically be considered for a higher credit line in as few as six months.

QuicksilverOne card

Want to earn rewards? Check out QuicksilverOne. You could earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day. Your rewards won’t expire for the life of the account. And you can redeem them in a variety of ways.

Quicksilver Secured Rewards card

Quicksilver Secured Rewards might also be worth considering. Similar to other secured cards, it requires a refundable deposit. But its $200 minimum deposit also comes with the ability to earn rewards to the tune of 1.5% cash back on every purchase—all with no annual fee. View important rates and disclosures. Plus, with responsible card use, you could earn your deposit back and upgrade to an unsecured Quicksilver card.

Student rewards credit cards

Capital One has a variety of student credit cards to fit your credit goals while offering a few perks along the way. If you’re at a four-year university, a community college or another higher-education institution, you might be interested in these options. After you graduate, your card, rewards and benefits all stay with you.

Other features and benefits

No matter which of these cards you decide is right for you, they all offer great features and benefits that make using your card responsibly that much easier. Here are just a few:

  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • $0 liability for unauthorized charges. If your card is lost or stolen, you will not be responsible for charges you did not authorize.2
  • Eno, your Capital One assistant, keeps an eye on your accounts 24/7 and reaches out if something unusual is spotted, like duplicate charges or a tip that’s more than your usual amount, and helps you fix it. You can also ask Eno questions about your account and receive instant answers online, on the mobile app or over text.
  • The Capital One Mobile app lets you manage your account anywhere, anytime.4 Pay your bill, view your balance and lock your card with a few taps if it’s ever misplaced, lost or stolen.5

Remember, there are plenty of cards designed for every credit level—even if your credit score isn’t the best just yet. Whether you’re new to credit, rebuilding your score or comparing credit cards, there might be a card for you.

And at Capital One, you can find out whether you might be approved for some of Capital One’s cards before you even apply. Pre-approval is quick, secure and only requires some basic info. And it won’t hurt your credit score.

Take control of your credit

Explore our Platinum Secured and Quicksilver Secured cards for building credit.

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