Home » Finance » Credit

The Benefits of Cash Back and Reward Credit Cards

Nick Makaryk
Jul 2, 2008
Credit can be a wonderful thing if you use it right and it's even better when you get paid to use it, as in the case of cash back and reward credit cards. With these cards, you simply use your credit card to make purchases and get incentives in the form of reward points or cash back. These reward points can be used towards free or discounted products and services. With cash back credit cards, you can even (with most cards) donate your cash back to the charity of your choice! Other cards let you deposit your cash back into a savings account for a college fund this can be a great way to start your child's college fund, in fact.

Cash back and reward credit cards seem like a really great deal and if you're a skeptic like me, you're wondering what the catch is. The catch is most likely that you are paying higher interest on these cards in exchange for getting the cash back or reward points.

Cash Back Credit Cards:

A cash back credit card will generally pay you one to two percent cash back on your purchases. You'll get a check in the mail for the cash back your purchases have earned for you. You can spend this cash any way you like. "Cash", of course can take many forms. Discounts on goods like gas or furniture are commonly given as rewards for using these cash back and reward credit cards. Some cards will put the cash towards you balance, this can be used for purchases using your card.

Reward Cards:

Reward credit cards will award you points for purchases that you make, usually somewhere between one and five points per dollar spent. Be careful with these - some will only be redeemable at specific stores which partner with your credit card company, others will only give you reward points for shopping at these same stores; alternately, you might receive less pints for purchases made elsewhere. You will be able to redeem your points for items (usually a limited selection) form the locations which have partnered with them on the rewards program.

However, if the restrictions of the rewards program fit with your needs, there is a big plus to these programs - you will get a better deal in reward points than you will in cash back programs. Reward points are sometimes as high as five percent, compared with the one to two usually seen in cash back credit card programs.

Whether to choose a cash back or reward credit card is entirely up to you. If you use your credit card a lot, you can rack up rewards quickly; of course, this will only help you if you want the items which are covered by the rewards plan. Cash back can also add up, but will not do so at a very fast pace. Do your homework on the companies who offer these programs before making your decision. This way, you can get the cash back or reward credit card which meets your needs.
About the Author
Nick Makaryk is an Internet Publisher, Copywriter, and Founder of Best Credit Cards A Free consumer Credit Card Comparison site helps consumer minded individuals find the perfect credit card while avoiding high interest rates, charges, and no fees. Compare all Low Interest Credit Cards from accredited card issuers Visa, Master Cards, Discover, American Express.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 137
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources