Credit Card Points


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Credit Card Points

Updated: April 26, 2017

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Credit Card Points

Guess how a bank copes with keeping its loyal and most profitable customers. When the crisis is "booming" and issuers are rolling back extra benefits and low APRs, the availability of 0% balance transfers allows for an easy change of the card provider. No one wants to lose a good risk customer and a bank solves this issue through maintaining and consistently enhancing credit card rewards programs. Points are recognized as the most popular reward type for delivering many more earning and redeeming opportunities. That is simple. When you earn cash rebates, there are only a few options to avail of - get the earnings in a check, gift certificate or direct deposit to your balance or checking/saving account.

Picking credit card points, you have a lot to choose from - redeem them for travel rewards, hotel stays, car rentals, cash, gas and lots of brand-name merchandise. Besides, collecting rewards points is most frequently not subject to merchant restrictions, limitations and expiration dates.

It sounds good, but in practice many users of point rewards or any other rewards credit cards have no idea how to make actual benefit off them. If you're currently holding a point rewards plastic or planning to apply online for one, learn these tips on maximizing the profit.

First, pay attention to where and how often you're going to use your card. It will help determine which type of points rewards is best to go with. Points can be earned on almost all purchases but most awarding are those offered on participating merchants: affiliated airlines, gas stations, hotels or specified retailers. Decide based on where you spend most. Say, if you're a frequent traveler, using your points rewards plastic to book flights will bring you a much greater amount of points than using it to pay for dinners or buy clothes. So you achieve the eligible amount of rewards faster to redeem them for free travel or seat upgrades. That is a rational use of a point rewards credit card.

You can sign up for a point rewards program not affiliated with any certain products and service provider. Such programs are available on some Capital One no hassle point(OFFER EXPIRED) offers which provides 5 points earning opportunities at all grocery stores, drug stores and gas stations. 1 point is also earned on all other purchases made with the card. No limit to the points earned and no expiration dates apply to accounts open and in good standing. Make use of such credit card applications if you do not have definite spending priorities.

To ensure you earn and redeem points, pay balances in full each month. The tendency of carrying a higher than average APR among rewards cards continues so it would not be wise to end up paying more to the bank than receiving from it. Also, shopping for a point credit card online, choose one with no annual fee to reduce the card maintenance costs to minimum. Mind these tips as you apply online and you're guaranteed a really unforgettable spending experience.

Disclaimer: This editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer(s). Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of the credit card issuer(s), and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer(s). Reasonable efforts are made to present accurate information, however all information is presented without warranty. Consult a card's issuing bank for the terms & conditions.
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