A year after introducing its Signature card for the affluent market, Visa U.S.A. is calling it "one of the fastest-growing premium credit cards ever," with 500,000 in circulation.

Visa Signature comes with travel benefits and customer service perks. Issuers include Merrill Lynch & Co., Associates First Capital Corp., Capital One Financial Corp., Citigroup, and the First USA division of Bank One Corp.

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