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BBVA Visa Professional Rewards credit card review

BBVA Visa Professional Rewards credit card review

Published: February 22, 2017
Ratings Policy
Business Rating:
2.9 rating
2.9 rating
2.9 / 5
Rewards Value 1.8
Annual Percentage Rate 3.9
Rewards Flexibility 3.4
Features 4.0

In a nutshell:

With an affordable interest rate and generous rewards you can customize, the BBVA Visa Professional Rewards card ranks high on our list of business cards.

Rewards Rate

  • 3:1 on a category of your choice
  • 2:1 on another category (utilities, groceries, travel, health care)
  • 2:1 on gas, office supplies, telephone bills and insurance
  • 1:1 on general purchases

Sign-up Bonus
None

Annual Fee
$0

Average Yearly Rewards Value ($4,000 monthly spend)
$595

APR
9.74-23.74%

Rewards Redemption
Pros

  • No blackout dates
  • No limit on the number of points you can earn
  • Redeem for cash back, account credits, gift cards, travel and merchandise
  • Pay for travel with partial points

Cons

  • Points expire after 36 months
  • Must go through BBVA to book rewards travel
  • Enrollment required for spending bonuse

Other Notable Features: Online tools to track employee spending, individual employee cards, individual credit limits for employees, itemized statements, discount on QuickBooks, $100,000 liability waiver for terminated cardholders, automatic purchase discounts, car rental insurance, purchase security, extended warranty, travel and emergency assistance

You won’t have trouble earning a generous number of points with this customizable rewards card. The BBVA Visa Professional Rewards credit card offers bonus points on a wide variety of spending, making it easy to rack up points just by using your card on everyday purchases. Unlike other rewards cards that choose bonus categories for you, this card lets you pick bonus categories so you can maximize your spending. It also offers bonus points on everyday expenses, such as gas, office supplies, phone bills and insurance.

The BBVA Visa Professional Rewards card also offers a number of business-friendly benefits that make distributing the card to multiple employees relatively simple. Just be sure you can qualify for the card’s lowest rate before you apply. The minimum APR on the BBVA Visa is well below average, making it an ideal choice for cardholders with excellent credit. However, its maximum APR is on the high side for a business card, so check your credit score before you apply. Access to the BBVA Visa Professional Rewards card is also limited. Only cardholders living near a BBVA Bank are eligible to apply.

Personalized rewards bonuses
The BBVA Visa Professional Rewards credit card offers one of the most flexible rewards programs on the market. That makes it an ideal choice for cardholders who want to tailor their rewards spending to everyday purchases. The BBVA Visa card starts out by offering two points for every dollar spent on recurring expenses, such as gas, office supplies, phone bills and insurance. It also offers one point for every dollar spent on most everything else. it lets cardholders choose a spending category in which they’ll earn three points for every dollar they spend, and a category in which they’ll earn two points for every dollar spent. Bonus category choices include groceries, travel, utilities and health care.

Flexible redemption
BBVA doesn’t limit the total number of points you can earn. So if your office spends heavily on routine expenses – such as utilities, health care, office supplies or gas – you can take home a substantial amount. We estimate that cardholders who spend at least $4,000 a month take home roughly $595 in rewards by the end of the year. The BBVA Visa card doesn’t offer a sign-up bonus, though, so it can be a while before you earn enough points to redeem them. However, BBVA makes the process of redeeming points relatively easy. You can redeem points for travel or for partial travel, cash, account credits, gift cards, or merchandise. Just be sure you redeem your points before they expire. BBVA only gives cardholders 48 months to redeem rewards.

Excellent benefits
In addition to a top-notch rewards rate, the BBVA Visa Professional Rewards card also offers a solid suite of business-friendly benefits, including individual employee cards with customizable credit limits, itemized statements, online tools for tracking employee spending, discounts on QuickBooks and a liability waiver for unauthorized employee charges. The BBVA Visa card also offers standard credit card perks, such as purchase protection, travel and emergency assistance, and car rental insurance.

Low interest rate – for some
In addition, the BBVA card offers a low APR for cardholders with excellent credit. Cardholders with the best credit scores are charged a minimum of just 9.74 percent, which is well below average for a business card. By contrast, the average business card charges a minimum APR of 13.41 percent. The card’s maximum APR is well above average for a business card, though, making it a much riskier choice for cardholders with lower credit scores. Depending on your credit score, you can be charged an APR as high as 23.74 percent.

Reasons to get it:

  • You spend heavily on routine purchases, such as gas, groceries, utilities, office supplies or insurance.
  • You want generous rewards you can customize.
  • You want a rewards card with a relatively low interest rate and have a high enough credit score to qualify for one of the card’s lower rates.
  • You already have an account with BBVA and want a card with the same bank.

How to use it:

  • To maximize your spending, use the card for all routine bills and expenses.
  • Before settling on a bonus category, carefully consider your spending and choose the category that you typically spend the most on.
  • Pay attention to the enrollment periods. You’ll need to manually opt in to take advantage of the card’s bonuses.
  • Use your card for any travel purchases in order to receive the travel benefits.

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