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Cashback credit cards

Find the right cashback credit card for you

  • Compare cards from leading providers
  • See your chance of approval before you apply
  • Searching doesn’t harm your credit score

Compare cashback credit cards from across the market

MoneySuperMarket works with a range of household-name credit card providers, including

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How cashback credit cards work

Like any other credit card, when you use a cashback card you’re effectively borrowing from the card provider and you’ll pay interest on the debt until it’s repaid. But the main difference with a cashback card is you’ll be paid back a percentage of what you spend on the card. Here’s how cashback credit cards work:

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Pay using the card

You’ll use your cashback credit card for everyday spending, whether that be at the supermarket, restaurants or one-off purchases

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Get a percentage of cash back

 For many of the transactions you make on the card you’ll get a percentage of that spending back in cash 

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Pay back your balance

Make sure you pay off the credit card balance each month on time, in full. If you forget, the cashback you’ve earned will be wiped out by interest and fees

How to choose the best cashback deals

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right cashback credit card for you, including:

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    The most cashback

    Look for cards that offer the most cashback per spend. Some cards offer extra cashback once you spend over a certain amount

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    Boost your credit score

    Strengthening your credit score can help you to secure the best deals as lenders will have seen you handle credit responsibly in the past

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    Suiting your spending habits

    Some cashback cards may only reward cashback on certain spending, such as food shopping. Pick a card that suits your spending habits and that won’t tempt you to overspend 

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    Keep an eye on fees and interest

    Some cashback cards can come with an annual fee so make sure to factor in these extra charges when deciding which deal is right for you

What can I get cashback on

Cashback credit cards are designed for everyday spending. If you’re unsure if your purchase will receive cashback, make sure to check with your credit card provider. You can typically earn cashback on:

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Food shopping

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A holiday

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A new TV

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Household bills

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How much cashback can I expect

When you a cashback card to spend money, you’re effectively borrowing from the card provider, who pays you back a percentage of what you spend – usually between 1% and 5%.

The amount of cashback you’ll receive on your spending will depend on the cashback card you get and the provider. 

For example, if your average monthly spend on the card is £2,000 and your credit card’s cashback rate is 0.5%, you could receive £120 a year in cashback. Remember you should try to pay off the balance in full every month to avoid extra charges or interest – which could wipe out any cashback benefits. 

 

With a pre-approved credit card, the deal you see is what you get

When you apply for a cashback credit card it’s not always clear what deal you’ll be offered or whether you’ll be accepted. But when you’re pre-approved, you know the deal you see is the deal you’ll get – you’ll know where you stand, with information that will help you make the right choice.

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Apply with confidence

When you’re pre-approved, the interest rate, interest-free period and fee (if there is one) are all confirmed – the only thing not guaranteed is your credit limit

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Tailored to you

You’ll see your personalised chance of approval for all credit cards, so you can easily compare your options

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You’re in safe hands

This helps protect your credit score as you’re less likely to be rejected when you apply

Types of credit card

There are many different types of credit card on the market, and while they all work in a broadly similar way, there are some important differences. Not every credit card is useful to every single person – and some are quite niche.

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    Balance transfer credit card

    Lets you transfer balances from other cards, for lower interest.

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    Purchase credit card

    Gives you low or 0% interest on what you buy for a variable period.

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    Credit-builder credit card

    Helps you build up your credit score with careful spending.

    Learn more

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    Cashback credit card

    Gives you a percentage back in on certain purchases.

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    Rewards credit card

    Awards you loyalty points or Air Miles with every purchase.

    Learn more

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    Balance transfer and purchase credit card

    Combines these two functions in one package.

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    Money transfer credit card

    Lets you consolidate other debts for better interest.

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    Travel credit card

    Makes spending abroad easier, with lower fees and exchange rates.

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Is a cashback credit card right for me?

Not sure if a cashback credit card is the right choice for you? Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages to consider:

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    May suit you if...

    • You're planning a one-off purchase anyway but want to take advantage of the cashback
    • You can pay off your credit card bill in full every month
    • You'll use the card for everyday spending to maximise your cashback
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    Might not suit you if...

    • Your typical spending isn't enough to make the cashback amount worthwhile 
    • You struggle to manange your spending
    • You don't tend to shop in retailers that accept cashback credit cards

How to compare cashback credit cards with MoneySuperMarket

If you feel that a cashback credit card could be right for you, the next step is to use the MoneySuperMarket Eligibility Checker to see what cards are available – and which are most likely to approve you.

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Tell us about yourself

We’ll ask you a handful of simple questions about you and your financial circumstances, and what you need from a credit card

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We browse the market

We’ll sift through dozens of credit card offers from across the market, and then show you the cards we think will suit you best

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Pick the card you want

You’ll be shown a range of credit cards, which you’ll then be able to sort according to APR, features and your chances of being approved

If you’ve struggled with credit in the past or have a low credit score, you may find it hard to get a good deal on a cashback credit card. This is because lenders use your credit history to see how responsibly you’ve managed credit in the past, to decide whether to accept you for a credit card. 

But while the best cashback cards could be out of reach, this doesn’t mean an instant ‘no’ to borrowing if you have bad credit. There are credit cards for bad credit designed for those who need to improve their credit score, but they may come with lower credit limits and higher interest rates. As you pay off your balance each month, you will see your credit score improve over time which can give you access to better credit deals, including cashback cards. 

Cashback cards and rewards cards are very similar: the former gives you rewards in the form of money, while rewards cards give you other cash-like benefits, such as store loyalty points, Air Miles or vouchers for certain retailers.

 

Both types of card work in the same way: the more you spend, the more you earn. Rewards cards tend to earn you slightly more value, because they tie you into spending what you earn at certain brands. This makes cashback cards more flexible but slightly less valuable.

 

Cashback cards typically have APRs on the higher side, simply because they offer financial benefits and the card companies want to make money.

This is what makes it so important to pay your balance off in full every month: if you don’t, you’ll almost certainly be charged more in interest from the high APR than you earned in benefits.

Cashback credit cards do let withdraw cash but, as with all credit cards, it’s not an efficient way to get money. Credit card companies tend to charge substantial fees to use their cards at an ATM, so it’s best to avoid doing so.

If you’re applying for a credit card, you might be able to find a better deal if you look through offers from different providers before taking one out. With MoneySuperMarket you’ll be able to search through multiple credit cards and compare them by a range of factors, including their interest rates and any benefits and rewards they come with.

All you need to do is answer a few questions about yourself and your financial situation, and our Eligibility Checker will show your chances of being accepted for different credit cards. This won’t affect your credit score, so you can run a check without any worries.

Once you know which card you want, you can normally apply by phone, online, or in person if the provider has a high street branch. However, when you do apply, the provider will usually run a hard credit check – which will show up on your credit report – to confirm whether they’ll give you the card. If you’re accepted they’ll tell you your credit limit and interest rate, and soon you’ll be ready to start using your credit card.

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But you might have other questions. Do we provide access to all the companies operating in a given market? Do we have commercial relationships or ownership ties that might make us feature one company above another?

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