Consumers have a number of options when it comes to choosing an affinity credit card that benefits animals. This represents a win-win situation on three levels: banks sign up new customers with an incentive to use their cards, the animal organization receives utilization fees, and cardholders offer their support by using these cards.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Chase Bank offers an affinity credit card that benefits the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. With APRs that range from 13.24 to 19.24 percent as of late 2010 depending upon a consumer's credit profile, the card also offers emergency cash, card replacement, lost or stolen card protection, car-rental damage waiver, travel-accident insurance, purchase security and other benefits.
Humane Society of the United States
Bank of America offers a Platinum Plus Visa card with no annual fee. As of late 2010, each time a cardholder charges $100, the Humane Society of the United States receives 25 cents. As one of the nation's largest credit-card issuers, Bank of America provides a range of additional benefits and options, as well as 24-hour customer service.
UMB Bank offers a Platinum Rewards card to benefit Animal Friends, which exists to support adoption, humane rescue and pet outreach, while campaigning to end animal overpopulation and abuse. As of late 2010, the card sports no annual fee, a low introductory interest and balance-transfer rate, bonus points for free merchandise and airline tickets, car-rental and travel-accident insurance, fraud protection and other advantages.
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