NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shoppers hunting for big bargains this holiday season could squeeze out even more savings with the choice of credit card they swipe at check-out time. Also, they might want to think twice before signing up for those "Ho Ho Ho" 0% financing offers many retailers are hawking to customers.
That's the advice from CardHub, a firm that analyzes and compares credit cards and financing deals. The Washington firm compared more than 1,200 credit cards and came up with a list of cards that offer consumers the best bang for their buck, whether it's through attractive sign-up bonuses or special holiday deals.
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The Capital One (COF) Venture Rewards card and Barclays (BCS) Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard (MA) both offer a similar 40,000-point bonus for shoppers who spend at least $3,000 in the first 90 days. This bonus can be redeemed for a $400 statement credit for travel-related expenses. Both of these cards are free the first year, but the annual fee for the second year varies, with Capital One charging $59 and Barclaycard collecting an $89 fee.
For travel buffs looking for hotel bargains when they're visiting friends and relatives this holiday season, there's the Club Carlson Hotels Premier Rewards Visa Signature credit card. It offers a 50,000-point sign-up bonus with the first purchase and an additional 35,000 points for spending at least $2,500 within 90 days. The 85,000 points can be redeemed for up to 18 free hotel nights, depending on the category of hotel selected and number of consecutive nights booked. The card has a $75 annual fee.
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