A friend emailed me today and asked what credit card I would recommend for her. Of course, that depends, I told her -- on what she was looking for. Oddly enough, however, my pick for the best cash back card as well as my pick for the the best long term balance transfer card is the Pentagon Federal "Platinum Visa Cashback" card.
It offers 5% back on gas, 2% back on groceries, and 1.25% back on everything else. (And that's cash back, not some crazy points system.)
If you are looking to transfer a balance, there are several 0% deals out there for short periods. But if you are looking for a longer term transfer, the PenFed card currently offers a really good "2.99% for the life of the balance" promotion. Just don't use the same card for your daily purchases that you use for a balance transfer -- that is a recipe for disaster.
Here's an added bonus that we recently discovered when using our PenFed card overseas. PenFed only charges a 1% surcharge for international purchases -- and yes, you still earn rewards. So even on international purchases you still come out at least .25% ahead!
Kudos to PenFed for offering this card!!!