Free credit scores are the newest battleground in the ultra-competitive fight for credit card customers.

Until late last year, if consumers wanted to see the magical three-digit number that often determines their financial fate, they generally had to pay $20 or so. But over the last few months Discover Financial Services (DFS) and Barclays' U.S. credit card division began offering access to their customers at no charge.

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