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Chart: Compare some of the best rewards cards

By Pat Curry

While credit card issuers are in general cutting back on rewards, there are still good deals out there for rewards seekers. Here are some of the best:

Reward card features
Issuer Base interest rate
Annual fee
Features
Chase 9.24% to 13.24% APR
$0
Choose any reward you want, including gift cards, travel, merchandise or cash
Bank of America 8.99% to 18.99% APR
$0
Add It Up, which allows cardholders to earn cash back on top of any available rewards on a card, as well as discounts from more than 270 participating retailers
Citi 8.24% variable to 13.24% APR
$0 to $125, depending on the card. The two most popular cards, the Diamond Preferred Rewards Card and PremierPass Card, have no annual fee Ability to use points toward mortgage payments with any financial institution
American Express 0% -- paid off monthly -- to prime rate plus 9.99% APR, depending on the card
$0 to $450, depending on the card
Practical Points, which lets members redeem points for basic necessities, from gas cards to appliances
Capital One 8.15% to 15.15% APR
$0 for customers with good or excellent credit, $29 for customers with average credit
No Hassle Giving. Cardholders can cash out rewards to contribute to any 501(c)(3) organization in the U.S. Capital One pays the transaction fees, so 100% of the donation gets to the charity
Discover 10.99% to 18.99% APR
$0
5% Cashback Program, the ability to increase or even double your cash back rewards when you redeem for a gift card from one of the 100 brand name partners, and ShopDiscover
HSBC
8.99% to 17.99% APR
$0
With the ecosmart MasterCard, you can donate points to conservation causes or redeem them for organic merchandise; with the Weekend MasterCard, you get double cash back for purchase made on Saturdays and Sundays
Wells Fargo
7.65% to 21.65% APR
$0 for new cardholders. For existing cardholders, $19 to enroll credit card in points-based rewards program; additional $10 to link check card. In May 2009, fee for existing cardholders will be changed to a flat $19 for both credit card and check card
Cardholders in any level of rewards program can redeem points for any itinerary from coach to first class
USAA (available only to members of the military and their immediate families)
7.75% to 18.9% APR
$0
On travel rewards, if a plane ticket costs less than the listed rewards amount, cardholders get cash credited to their accounts
US Bank
Prime plus 3.99% to 14.99% APR
$0 to $80, depending on the card
The only bank among the top rewards cards issuers with a Harley-Davidson-branded card that offers a chance to win a free motorcycle

See related: Good deals for rewards seekers

Published: February 12, 2009



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Updated: 12-22-2014

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Low Interest 10.37%
Balance Transfer 12.73%
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Student 13.14%
Reward 14.90%
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