J.D. Power Rates the Best Credit Card Issuers

According to J.D. Power and Associates, customer satisfaction with credit cards has recovered slightly since 2009, but consumer loyalty has continued to decline.

Here’s a snippet from their 2010 report:

Overall credit card satisfaction in 2010 averages 714 on a 1, 000-point scale, up 9 points from 705 in 2009. However, customers who say they “definitely will not switch” primary cards in the next 12 months continues to decline, averaging 22 percent in 2010, down from 25 percent in 2009 and 30 percent in 2008. While customers perceive card issuers as “financially stable” and even “reliable, ” they are significantly less likely to view them as “customer driven.”

J.D. Power Rates the Best Credit Card IssuersInterestingly, satisfaction has improved the most amongst “revolvers” – i.e., those who carry a revolving balance. On the other hand, satisfaction amongst those who pay their bills in full (“transacters”) has declined.

I can’t say that I’m surprised by either of these changes. After all, the requirements of the CARD Act have improved things for those that carry a balance. At the same time, most credit card issuers have cut back on their rewards programs.

As was the case last year, American Express ranked #1 in terms of overall customer satisfaction, with Discover coming in second. In fact, this is the 4th consecutive year in which AmEx has ranked #1. In case you’re curious, here’s the full top ten:

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Chase
  • Barclaycard
  • Bank of America
  • Capital One
  • Citi Cards
  • HSBC

The issuers at the top generally performed well in terms of rewards and other benefits as well as customer service (both on the phone and via other channels).

Source: J.D. Power & Associates

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2 Responses to “J.D. Power Rates the Best Credit Card Issuers”

  1. Anonymous

    It never came to liking them or not. I just use them too much. If you get on their wrong side they are not going to like you. I will really like them when I finish paying them off next year. Then we will part company forever.

  2. Anonymous

    I find that so interesting as I have always loathed both discover and amex LOL – but love chase 😉

    I guess I’ve had a different experience from the majority with the top two. I have opened discover cards more than once and then cancelled them for cs issues [my credit is excellent so it’s not an interest thing or anything – I just always got so frustrated and felt stymied when I used them].

    ah well

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