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The right card for you all depends on several factors:

  • How you plan to use the card: If you’ll be using your card to make everyday purchases and not paying special attention to where you pull out the card, a card that awards points might work well for you. Reward points usually don’t expire and have no limit on how many you can earn, unlike cash back cards that offer extra cash back in rotating categories. Those are usually capped at $75 cash back per quarter. Points cards often have no limits on what you can earn. But if you are a traveler and want to earn extra points from airline or hotel purchases, look at travel cards to see which ones would help you rack up the most rewards.
  • What you’d like to get with the card: If you want cash, a card like Discover – the original cash back bonus innovator – would work great for you. If you like using gift cards, or giving them as gifts, the Citi ThankYou network offers gift cards from hundreds of popular retailers. If free flights and hotel rooms are more up your alley, look for a travel rewards credit card.
  • Your credit history and score: Pay attention to the recommended credit level on the card you want to apply for. Many rewards cards are targeted toward people with very good or excellent credit. There are plenty of rewards cards available to people whose credit scores aren’t so great, but they may be more limited in what they offer.