How Money Picked the Best Credit Cards

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We looked at rewards, rates, and fees that pack extra punch in your wallet.

To pick the winners, MONEY and NerdWallet evaluated more than 2,200 current credit card offers, focusing on rewards, fees, introductory and regular APRs, sign-up bonuses, and other, more specialized perks. For each category, MONEY set parameters for what constituted a winner, and NerdWallet scoured its database to find candidates, disclosing to MONEY any issuers from which it receives compensation when people apply through its site. MONEY then independently compared and fact-checked the cards and made the final decisions. —Taylor Tepper

For more on MONEY’s Best Credit Cards 2016-2017, check out our full list of winners.

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