Card specialist Ondine Irving says most card programs sold to banks wouldn't qualify for list.
In a move aimed at enabling very small merchants to accept credit cards, Intuit says its GoPayment merchant tools will be sold at 2,300 Verizon Wireless stores.
Survey finds Facebook dominant channel and deals and promotions the primary motivator.
"Pretty amazing stuff," consultant Robert Hammer says of fee income eclipsing interest on card loans.
The $5.3 billion American Airlines Credit Union reported that its relatively young credit card program has remained strong during the Great Recession.
Cards services director credits focus on low interest rates, minimal fees.
The Members Group cites results, urges issuers to retain and boost rewards programs.