If you’re a fan of Whole Foods but aren’t necessarily a fan of their prices, Amazon just launched a new offer that can make your organic shopping trip even more valuable.
In addition to 5 percent back at Whole Foods, the card will continue to offer Prime members 5 percent back at Amazon, 2 percent back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores and 1 percent back on everything else.
Here’s how to earn the 5 percent rate:
- Maintain an eligible Prime membership.
- Use your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card to pay at checkout.
- Keep your Amazon Prime Rewards card loaded to your Amazon Wallet.
|Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card|
Why use it?If you are a Prime member who frequently shops at Amazon and/or Whole Foods, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa allows you to earn a generous 5 percent cash back rate on the items you already buy every day.Read review
|Estimated Yearly Rewards Value ($15,900 spend)|
$0 ($99 Amazon Prime membership required)
While the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card doesn’t charge an annual fee, it does require Prime membership – which costs $99 per year.
Is the Amazon Prime card worth it?
If you frequently purchase grocery, household and personal items from Whole Foods or Amazon, then the answer is: Yes. Even with the required Prime membership, the card’s yearly value – which we estimate to be around $238 – outweighs the fee. Additionally, cardholders receive a $70 Amazon.com gift card.
That said, if you aren’t interested in paying a Prime membership fee, you can still earn a bonus on Whole Food purchases. The non-Prime version of the Amazon Prime Rewards Signature Visa card – the Amazon Rewards Visa – now offers 3 percent back at Whole Foods.
In fact, depending on your purchasing habits, you stand to squeeze more rewards value out of the Amazon Rewards Visa than the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa.
See how these cards compare in the table below:
Amazon Rewards Visa vs. Amazon Prime Rewards Visa
Amazon Rewards Visa
Amazon Prime Rewards Visa
|Sign-up bonus||$50 Amazon gift card when you’re approved||$70 Amazon gift card when you’re approved|
|Annual fee||$0||$0 ($99 Prime membership required)|
|Estimated yearly rewards value ($1,325 monthly spend, including sign-up bonus)||$253||$238|
|Who should get this card?|
As you can see, based on the average consumer who charges $15,900 per year, the Amazon Rewards Visa offers a slightly higher yearly rewards value than the Amazon Prime card.
But keep in mind that the Prime membership perks, which include free two-day shipping and unlimited video and music streaming, more than make up for the difference in value. Ultimately, if you typically spend more than $15 on Amazon shipping each year, you will benefit more from the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card.