What is a reward credit card?
Reward credit cards effectively reward cardholders for paying off their balance every month by giving them money off products, services, cashback offers and other incentives.
What credit card rewards are there?
A reward credit card recompenses you for spending. There are different types of reward credit card but typically, such cards might reward the cardholder one point for every £1 they spend. These points can usually be converted to earn rewards such as:
- Shopping vouchers.
- Discounts in retail or entertainment outlets.
- Some cards even allow you to collect points to put towards the cost of flights.
How to cash in your reward
Some cards offer different rewards depending on where you spend in order to promote shopper loyalty. For example, you might earn one point for every £1 you spend in a particular store, but one point for every £2 spent at certain other retailers. Some cards will offer cashback with major supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's, and also at department stores including Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and John Lewis.
There are usually restrictions on how you cash in your reward, too. Some cards, for example, only allow you to redeem points against purchases in one particular store, or in a limited number of outlets.
Clear your debts in full
The interest rates on reward and points credit cards are not normally particularly competitive. These cards are therefore only really suited to people who can afford to clear their balance in full every month. If you allow debts to build up, you will almost certainly pay more in interest than you will get back in rewards.
You should also look carefully at the terms and conditions of reward cards. After all, if you are not a frequent flyer, why bother collecting points towards flights? And if you aren’t a regular shopper, a reward card might not be the best choice.
There is also little to be gained by transferring a balance to a reward card as you normally only earn rewards when you spend on the card.
Multiple reward cards
Some people prefer the flexibility of cashback cards, which give you cash back every time you spend. Of course, there is no reason why you shouldn’t take out multiple cards to make full use of all the different types of reward – as long as you can keep track so that your debts are always under control.
Compare reward and points credit cards
MoneySuperMarket’s free independent comparison service makes it quick and easy to compare reward credit cards and find the best deal. We have details of all the top offers to help you make an informed choice and make the most of any rewards.
Your personalised chance of approval
We've taken the details you gave, and used them to show you personalised scores to tell you the chance that your application for each card would be successful.
Why is this important?
Every time you apply for a credit card, a mark is left on your credit score. That means it's better get it right first time. Your scores help you understand which cards you have the strongest chance of getting.
The higher the score, the stronger chance you have of getting the card. If you see a very low score, you're probably better off choosing a different card.
- Consider a different card
- Not eligible
- Your chances are good
- You've been pre approved
If you see a high score, you can be fairly confident. The scores aren't a guarantee, as acceptance of your application is at the sole discretion of the card issuer, but they should help guide your choice.
If you see a pre-approved score it may be subject to you passing additional ID and fraud checks by the provider.
In some cases, we will not be able to display a score for a product because we do not have enough information about the card issuer’s acceptance criteria or we have not been able to match your details at the credit bureau.
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