Capital One® Quicksilver VS. Discover it® (4 Key Differences)

Capital One® Quicksilver Vs. Discover it® (4 Key Differences)

credit card advice

Linsey Knerl
By: Linsey Knerl
Posted: July 7, 2016
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If you have taken good care of your credit, you may be in the position to choose between the Capital One® Quicksilver and the Discover it® credit cards. Both offer some very attractive perks, but which one is best? Since your decision may come down to picking between VISA or Discover, the following differences will be important to consider.

1. Differences in the Issuing Banks

While both cards are offered to those with a very good to excellent credit history, the banks that service them are not alike. Capital One is a Fortune 500 bank that has been expanding its financial offerings over the years to become one of the largest banks in the U.S. It continues to grow its consumer programs with the Capital One® Quicksilver VISA card, a popular offering for those wanting flexible cash-back benefits.

Discover, while growing in acceptance and versatility, is still not accepted by some retailers. It does, however, offer a unique advantage with its “Cash Over” service, which lets customers add $20-80 to the balance of their purchase at participating retailers to receive as cash back (eliminating the need to stop at an ATM or bank.)

2. Differences in Cash-Back Offers

While the details of certain bonus and new-customer offers can change, both cards offer cash back for all purchases. The Quicksilver card gives 1.5% on all purchases, regardless of category.

CASH BACK RATING

★★★★★
4.9

OVERALL RATING

4.8/5.0
  • One-time $100 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months of approval
  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
  • No rotating categories or sign ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus, cash back doesn’t expire and there’s no limit to how much you can earn
  • 0% intro APR on purchases for 9 months; 13.24%-23.24% variable APR after that
  • Balance transfers also have a 0% intro APR for 9 months; 13.24%-23.24% variable APR after that; a 3% fee applies to each balance transferred
  • Pay no annual fee or foreign transaction fees
Intro (Purchases)
Intro (Transfers)
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Credit Needed
0% for 9 months
0% for 9 months
13.24% - 23.24% (Variable)
$0
Excellent, Good Credit

The Discover it® card, on the other hand, offers a minimum of 1% on all categories, with some special categories earning 5% on a changing basis.

Discover it® Cashback Match™ Review

at Discover'ssecure website

CASH BACK RATING

★★★★★
5.0

OVERALL RATING

5.0/5.0
  • Our Take: "One of our favorite cards, with long 0% intro APRs, low ongoing APRs, awesome cash back rewards, and lots more.
  • 5% cash back in categories that rotate quarterly, up to $1,500 per quarter when you sign up for the quarterly bonus
  • 1% cash back on all your other purchases
  • Matches the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year (only for new cardmembers)
  • No limit to the amount of cash back that can be matched"
Intro (Purchases)
Intro (Transfers)
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Credit Needed
0%
14 months
0%
14 months
11.24% - 23.24% Variable
$0
Excellent/Good

Both cards claim to give you the option to redeem at any time for any amount.

3. Differences in Standard Card Member Benefits

Capital One® Quicksilver customers will receive the traditional protections that VISA account holders currently enjoy, as well as additional VISA Signature perks. These currently include fraud protection on 100% of unauthorized purchases and extended manufacturer’s warranty protection. Certain travel upgrades may be free for members, as well.

Discover has its own benefits, such as Purchase Protection, which gives up to $500 of coverage on items damaged for most reasons (including accidents) within 90 days of their purchase. Discover will also overnight a replacement card at no cost to you, if your card should become lost or stolen, and generally allows each account one late payment without penalty or increase in interest rate.

4. Differences in Mobile App Offerings

Capital One’s Wallet App lets customers keep record of receipts on the go – before ever leaving the store – so that keeping track of purchases is easier than ever. Detailed retailer info and transaction info is displayed in an easy-to-read format, and up to 25 gift cards can be “digitized” for simpler purchasing without carrying around stacks of plastic. Capital One also provides its own version of a credit score for free.

Discover’s own mobile app does the traditional banking tasks of seeing balances and activity, but also includes a clever “freeze” feature, which allows you to temporarily disallow new purchases, cash advances, and balance transfers in the event you lost your card or suspect fraud. App users can also view their FICO Credit Score for free, as well as view and redeem partner offers and Cashback Bonus rewards.

Final Thoughts

While the differences may be significant, both the Capital One® Quicksilver and Discover it® cards seem to be competing in the market by continually offering innovative benefits for card members. In addition to special new-member offers, such as special balance transfer rates and introductory promo perks, both the Quicksilver® credit card and the Discover it® credit card would make a good addition to any credit card user’s toolkit.