Compare Credit Card Rewards and Choose the Best One

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Compare Credit Card Rewards and Choose the Best One


Updated: December 26, 2012

The content is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.

With so many credit card reward programs that are in the offering, it can become confusing in choosing the right card for you. There are many cards that offer reward points on all purchases, various cash backs, travel miles, rebates in gas stations, bonuses, rewards on hotel stays, as well as retail coupons etc.

It is always advisable to do a comparative study, and then apply online for the card, which is be best suited for your lifestyle. For instance, someone who travels quite extensively, it makes sense to choose a card where one can accumulate reward points such as Air Miles, as well as rebates on hotel stays. There are many such cards, which offer not just the rewards but also no annual fees, low interest rates etc...

If you are the kind of person who does not have the time or the inclination to micromanage monthly bills, then it is wise to opt for a card that focuses on only a couple of categories. These are the cards, which would give bonus points over and above the points earned. It makes sense for someone who is a frequent traveler to opt for a card that offers travel reward points. One must also remember to check the reward points accumulated every three months or so, and redeem them before the points expire.

Some of these reward cards have tie-ups with retailers, and one could receive huge cash backs by purchasing with their credit card. Always ensure that a mailing ID is provided, in order to receive alerts through emails regarding promotional offers or discount coupons etc... Points could be redeemed for either cash or gift vouchers at the retail stores. It is a win-win situation for both the customers and retail merchants, because they want to redeem the gift vouchers so they are assured that you would come back to them.

To build rewards as fast as possible, it is essential to pay up the bills before the end of the grace period and avoid the interest. Credit card rewards are becoming more jazzier these days. One can use the card to pay taxes and also to redeem them for electronic goods as well. There are cards that allow you to accumulate points and use it towards the purchase of a new car too!

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All rates and fees, and other terms and conditions of the products mentioned in this article/post are actual as of the last update date but are subject to change. See the current products' Terms & Conditions on the issuing banks' websites.
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