Amex Blue Cash Everyday does not offer points. As a cash back card, Blue Cash Everyday disburses its rewards in the form of Blue Cash Reward Dollars. Cardholders earn reward dollars based on a percentage of each eligible purchase amount in a particular spending category. The card gives 3% cash back, up to the first $6,000 spent each year at U.S. supermarkets (superstores and warehouse clubs excluded) and 2% cash back at gas stations and department stores located in the U.S. All other purchases, including those that exceed the $6,000 annual limit on supermarkets, earn 1% cash back.
You can redeem reward dollars for statement credits, gift cards or merchandise at an earning rate of 1 cent per reward dollar. The minimum redemption amount is $25 and you can only redeem reward dollars in multiples of 25.
There are hundreds of Visa credit cards with rewards points, which individual credit card issuers give cardholders for making purchases and reaching certain milestones, but Visa does not have its own rewards points. Rewards are the responsibility of the banks and credit unions that issue credit cards, and Visa is not a credit card issuer.… read full answer
Visa still provides plenty of perks, just not points, miles or cash back for making credit card purchases. Cardholders can claim special Visa offers for savings on travel and shopping, for instance. Visa also is responsible for secondary credit card benefits such as rental car insurance, extended warranty protection, travel insurance and more.
When it comes to rewards points credit cards on the Visa network, the points that you can earn are worth about 1 cent each, on average. The exact value varies by rewards program and depends on what you redeem the points for. Typically, you can spend your Visa card’s rewards points for travel, merchandise through an issuer’s online shopping portal, cash, gift cards, charity donations and more. In some cases, Visa rewards points may be worth more with some redemption methods than others.
You can earn rewards points by making purchases with the right Visa credit card as well as by meeting the spending requirements for a bonus, referring a friend and more, depending on the card.
The difference between cash back and points is that the former is the most versatile type of credit card rewards, as it can be redeemed for anything, and there’s never any doubt about how much it’s worth. Points, on the other hand, have a value set by the credit card company and tend to be worth the most when redeemed for travel. Credit card companies won’t always clearly disclose points values, and those values can change over time. It’s possible that points could be worth 1 cent apiece one day and 0.8 cents each the next.… read full answer
You can spend points for many different things. Usually, you can trade them for travel, gift cards, unique experiences, charitable donations or even cash. There are no restrictions on what you can use cash for. You can typically redeem cash back for a statement credit, paper check, or direct deposit to a bank account. One thing credit card shoppers should watch out for are cards advertised as offering cash back that really provide points. For example, the Chase Freedom Flex℠ offers “5% cash back” in certain bonus categories. But what it actually gives is 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1, which cardholders can then trade for cash back at a rate of 1 cent each.
Earning rate: Usually at least 1% cash back or 1 point per $1 spent.
Devaluation: Points can be devalued by the issuer, while cash back can’t.
Redemption options: Statement credit, check or deposit for cash. Travel, merchandise, gift cards, cash and more for points.
When it’s the best choice: Points for frequent travelers. Cash back for everyone else.
Let’s take a look at two high-profile cards in a battle of cash back vs. points.
Citi Double Cash Card tops the cash back offerings with 2% cash back on all purchases and an introductory APR of 0% for 18 months on balance transfers, with a balance transfer fee of 3% intro fee ($5 min) for each transfer in first 4 months, after that 5% ($5 min) for each transfer. It also chases a $0 annual fee and requires good credit to get.
But if you’re a frequent traveler, Chase Sapphire Preferred is a more attractive option. It gives 5 points per $1 spent on travel purchased through Chase, 2 points per $1 on all other travel purchases, 3 points per $1 on dining and online grocery purchases, 3 points per $1 on select streaming services, and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. It has an initial bonus of 60,000 points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. This card’s points are worth 1 cent each toward cash back or gift cards or 1.25 cents each toward travel. There’s a $95 annual fee and the card requires good credit.
For both cash back and points cards, you can expect to lose your rewards if your account closes for any reason. Most cards don’t let your rewards expire over time. But Citi Double Cash Card’s cash back expires if you don’t use your card for 12 months. And on points cards alone, your points can be devalued if the issuer decides to charge more points for its rewards. So, frequent redemption is essential.
So, the bottom line is that frequent travelers should check out points cards. Otherwise, cash is king.
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