MasterCard have acted as a debit and credit card provider since 1966. Cards provided by MasterCard are accepted in 24 million locations worldwide, making it the most widely received credit card.
They were originally founded to compete with VISA cards in the US but have expanded to provide payment cards for banks and card issuers worldwide.
You can see if MasterCard provide your credit card by looking for their recognisable orange and red “Venn diagram” logo on your credit or debit card.
Why should I choose a MasterCard credit card?
MasterCard and Visa credit and debits are both more or less universally accepted at all electronic payment terminals, so access shouldn’t be a problem whoever provides your card.
MasterCard offers security online with ‘MasterCard SecureCode’. Which protects your MasterCard details with a code, to shield you from fraud when you purchase online from participating online shops. Like all providers MasterCard should offer a money-back guarantee if you fall victim to card fraud.
All MasterCard cards have Chip and PIN protection and are increasingly offering contactless payment for sums under £30 on their cards. From 2014, MasterCard provides payment through Apple’s iPhones and other products.
Does uSwitch compare all the credit cards on the market?
We compare credit over 100 credit cards from all of the major banks and credit card providers.
However, we do not compare all the credit cards that are available in the UK.
This is because some credit card providers have offers that are only available exclusively through their own website or branch, or through other comparison websites - in the same way some credit cards are exclusively available through uSwitch.
There are also many credit cards that are only available to people in member organisations and clubs.
What does it mean if a card is listed as an “advertisement” or “promotion”?
We sometimes receive payment from card providers to display their cards in prominent locations.
These are adverts and are designed to be distinct and separate from the other cards on our comparison tables. We hope this makes it clear which cards are top-of-table deals and which cards are paid for promotions.