Credit Cards for Bad Credit

Credit Card options under this category typically range from secured cards to prepaid cards. Not sure what your score is? Sign up for an account with CreditSoup to get your free credit score.

Discover it® Secured

Credit Recommended:
Please refer to issuer's website
Credit Recommended:
Please refer to issuer's website
Intro (Purchases)
N/A
Intro (Transfers)
10.99% for 6 months
Regular APR
24.99% Variable
Apply Now on Discover Card secure website.
Annual Fee
$0
Minimum Deposit
$200
Credit Recommended
Please refer to issuer's website

Highlights

  • No Annual Fee, earn cash back, and build your credit with responsible use.
  • It’s a real credit card. You can build a credit history with the three major credit bureaus. Generally, debit and prepaid cards can't help you build a credit history.
  • Establish your credit line by providing a refundable security deposit from $200-$2500 after being approved. Bank information must be provided when submitting your deposit.
  • Automatic reviews starting at 8 months to see if we can transition you to an unsecured line of credit and return your deposit.
  • 2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants on up to $1,000 in combined purchases every quarter, automatically. Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.
  • Get 100% U.S. based customer service & get your free Credit Scorecard with your FICO® Credit Score
  • We automatically match all the cash back you’ve earned at the end of your first year.
  • Receive FREE Social Security number alerts-Discover will monitor thousands of risky websites when you sign up.
See additional details for Discover it® Secured
Rates & Fees

Freedom Gold Card

Credit Recommended:
Damage credit to Fair credit
Credit Recommended:
Damage credit to Fair credit
Credit Line
$500 Limit
Monthly Fee
See website for Details*
Regular APR
0% APR
Apply Now on issuer’s secure website.
Credit Recommended
Damage credit to Fair credit

Highlights

  • $500 Unsecured Credit Limit
  • Guaranteed Approval*
  • No Credit Check
  • No Employment Check
  • Fast online application
  • Reports to a Major Bureau
  • Bad Credit - OK
See additional details for Freedom Gold Card

*See site for details


First Access Visa® Card

Credit Recommended:
Fair/Bad
Credit Recommended:
Fair/Bad
Regular APR
See Terms
Annual Fee
See Terms
Balance Transfer
N/A
Apply Now on The Bank of Missouri secure website.
Credit Recommended
Fair/Bad

Highlights

  • Checking Account Required
  • Reporting monthly to all three major credit reporting agencies
  • Perfect credit not required for approval; we may approve you when others won’t
  • Easy and secure online application
  • If approved, pay a Processing Fee and you can access the $300 credit limit (subject to available credit)
  • The First Access Visa Card is issued by The Bank of Missouri pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
See additional details for First Access Visa® Card

First PREMIER® Bank Secured Credit Card

Credit Recommended:
Bad/Limited/No Credit
Credit Recommended:
Bad/Limited/No Credit
Regular APR
See website*
Annual Fee
See website*
Credit Line
See website*
Apply Now on First PREMIER® Bank secure website.
Credit Recommended
Bad/Limited/No Credit

Highlights

  • If approved, fund the security deposit to open your account.
  • This is a genuine secured credit card - not a debit or prepaid card.
  • Opportunity to build your credit card limit over time by adding funds to your Security Deposit.
  • Security Deposits are placed in an FDIC-insured account.
  • Reports monthly to the major Consumer Reporting Agencies unlike most prepaid accounts.
  • No credit history required to apply for this credit card.
  • Only you can build or rebuild credit. Make your payments on time each month, and keep your balance low relative to the credit limit, for positive marks on your credit report each month.
  • Credit scores are used to represent the creditworthiness of a person and may be one indicator to the credit type you are eligible for. However, credit score alone does not guarantee or imply approval for any First PREMIER® Bank product.

*See online credit card application for details on the terms and conditions.


Progress Credit

Credit Recommended:
See website for Details*
Credit Recommended:
See website for Details*
Regular APR
See website for Details*
Annual Fee
See website for Details*
Credit Line
See website for Details*
Apply Now on issuer’s secure website.
Credit Recommended
See website for Details*

Highlights

  • Get both a Secured MasterCard® and an Unsecured VISA® Credit Card from our trusted partners with this unique program
  • The Secured Card offered by our partners at First Progress requires no credit history or minimum score for approval
  • The unsecured VISA card does not require perfect credit; our partners at First Access Card may approve you when others won’t
  • Open accounts with both VISA and MasterCard so you’ll always have access
  • Both accounts report activity separately to all three Credit Bureaus every month
  • Both cards are genuine credit cards with security protections and nationwide acceptance
  • Apply for both cards – or either card separately – the choice is up to you!
See additional details for Progress Credit

Horizon Gold

Credit Recommended:
Damage credit to Fair credit
Credit Recommended:
Damage credit to Fair credit
Credit Line
$500 Limit
Regular APR
0% APR
Monthly Fee
See website for Details*
Apply Now on issuer’s secure website.
Credit Recommended
Damage credit to Fair credit

Highlights

  • Guaranteed $500 Credit Line*
  • No Credit Check
  • Fast Online Application
  • Bad Credit - OK
See additional details for Horizon Gold

*See Terms & Conditions for Details


OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card

Credit Recommended:
Poor
Credit Recommended:
Poor
Regular APR
19.14% (variable)
Annual Fee
$35
Credit Line
$200-$3000 at time of application
Apply Now on Capital Bank N.A. secure website.
Credit Recommended
Poor

Highlights

  • No credit check necessary to apply. OpenSky believes in giving an opportunity to everyone.
  • The refundable* deposit you provide becomes your credit line limit on your Visa card. Choose it yourself, from as low as $200.
  • Build credit quickly. OpenSky reports to all 3 major credit bureaus.
  • 99% of our customers who started without a credit score earned a credit score record with the credit bureaus in as little as 6 months.
  • We have a Facebook community of people just like you; there is a forum for shared experiences, and insights from others on our Facebook Fan page. (Search “OpenSky Card” in Facebook.)
  • OpenSky provides credit tips and a dedicated credit education page on our website to support you along the way.
  • *View our Cardholder Agreement located at the bottom of the application page for details of the card.
See additional details for OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card

Net First Platinum

Credit Recommended:
Damaged credit to Fair credit
Credit Recommended:
Damaged credit to Fair credit
Credit Line
$500 Limit
Regular APR
0% APR
Monthly Fee
See website for Details*
Apply Now on issuer’s secure website.
Credit Recommended
Damaged credit to Fair credit

Highlights

  • Instant Approval / $500 Credit Line!
  • No Employment or Credit Check
  • Reports to Major Bureau
  • Bad Credit, No Credit - OK
  • Always 0.0% APR
  • Fast Online Applications
See additional details for Net First Platinum

*See Card for Details


Credit Recommended:
Damaged/Fair
Regular APR
10.49%
Annual Fee
$49
Credit Line
$2,000
Apply Now on Synovus Bank secure website.
Credit Recommended
Damaged/Fair
Cash Advance APR
19.49%

Highlights

  • No Credit History or Minimum Credit Score Required for Approval
  • Monthly Reporting to all 3 Major Credit Bureaus to Establish Credit History
  • Credit Line Secured by Your Fully-Refundable Deposit of $200 -- $2,000 Submitted with Application
  • Nationwide Program though not yet available in NY, IA, AR, or WI
    *See Card Terms.

Credit Recommended:
Poor/Bad
Annual Fee
$35 - $99*
Regular APR
23.9%
Credit Recommended
Poor/Bad
Apply Now on The Bank of Missouri secure website.

Highlights

  • Easy pre-qualification process which does not affect your credit score
  • Less than perfect credit is okay
  • 24/7 access to your account information, even on mobile
  • Protection from fraud, if your card happens to be lost or stolen
  • Account history is reported to the three major credit bureaus in the U.S.
Advertiser Disclosure

More about Bad Credit...

Damaged credit sometimes happens to good people. Perhaps you lost a job that seemed perfectly secure. Maybe you had astronomical medical expenses only partially covered by insurance or not covered at all. There are many understandable reasons why responsible people might lose their good credit ratings.

Credit companies recognize this and offer ways for you to restore your credit. One of the ways to do this is with a secured credit card. With a secured card, you deposit a certain amount of money; for example if you deposit $500, you could be issued a card with a $500 credit limit. If you keep within your limits and pay all charges on time, eventually your deposit may be returned.

Other card types and options are also available for those with bad credit and CreditSoup.com works hard to find offers that could help you. Only you can build a good credit history. Make your payments on time each month, and keep your balance low relative to the credit limit, for positive marks on your credit report each month.

*See online credit card application for details on the terms and conditions.


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