Chart: Compare some of the best rewards cards
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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
|Chase||9.24% to 13.24% APR
||Choose any reward you want, including gift cards, travel, merchandise or cash|
|Bank of America||8.99% to 18.99% APR
||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
||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
||8.99% to 17.99% APR
||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
||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
||On travel rewards, if a plane ticket costs less than the listed rewards amount, cardholders get cash credited to their accounts
||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
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