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Rewards Credit Cards - Reviews

Credit card rewards come in many forms -- from miles to cash back to points -- that can redeemed for a variety of goodies. Some cards offer large sign-up bonuses, others offer extra earnings on bonus categories. Some cards charge annual fees. All these differences can make it difficult to compare.

We've created a rating system to cut through the complicated details and compare cards on a similar basis. Our ratings take into account the estimated value of their rewards, the ease of redeeming rewards and special perks and benefits.

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Golden 1 Credit Union Platinum Rewards credit card review

Golden 1 Credit Union Platinum Rewards credit card

3.1 rating

If you live in Northern California, this is an ideal card to use for your everyday spending: The Golden1 Credit Union Platinum Rewards card offers one of the lowest APRs available on a rewards credit card while also offering one of the most generous bonus rates available without paying an annual fee.

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PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express card review

PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express card

3.1 rating

For no annual fee, the PenFed Pathfinder card offers a decent sign-up bonus and a high rewards rate on travel purchases

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United TravelBank card from Chase review

United TravelBank card from Chase

2.5 rating

Though the United TravelBank card offers a good rewards rate for no annual fee, a traditional cash back card would probably be a better choice. This offer is no longer available.

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Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express review

Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express

3.6 rating

Despite its high annual fee, the Blue Cash Preferred card is one of our favorite cards for families: It helps take the sting out of car pool lines and long commutes by offering a generous point bonus on gas station spending and it offers one of the highest cash back bonuses you can get when you use your card at U.S. supermarkets.

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Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi review

Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi

2.5 rating

The Costco Anywhere Visa excels as a card for Costco and gas back purchases, though you’ll have to contend with an annual membership fee for Costco and only redeeming your cash back once a year.

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BBVA Compass ClearPoints credit card review

BBVA Compass ClearPoints credit card

2.6 rating

Though it offers a merely average rewards program, the Compass ClearPoints card at least allows you to choose your bonus categories.

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AT&T Access Card from Citi review

AT&T Access Card from Citi

2.4 rating

The AT&T Access Card from Citi is an easy way for current AT&T customers to earn points on their monthly phone, cable and internet payments. For others, it won’t be nearly as useful.

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PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature card review

PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature card

3.1 rating

The PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature card awards a high 2 percent cash back rate, but only PenFed  members can apply.

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BBVA Compass Select credit card review

BBVA Compass Select credit card

2.4 rating

One of our least favorite rewards credit cards, the BBVA Compass Select credit card charges a surprisingly high three figure annual fee in exchange for mediocre rewards and limited benefits.

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USAA Rewards Visa Signature Card review

USAA Rewards Visa Signature Card

2.4 rating

The rewards on the Rewards Visa Signature Card are paltry, but military personnel may enjoy the card’s military and travel benefits.

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mymaurices VIP credit card review

mymaurices VIP credit card

2.3 rating

Frequent Maurices shoppers could save a considerable amount of money with the mymaurices VIP credit card, but its exceptionally high APR means those who don’t usually pay their balances in full every month should stay far, far away.

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REI Co-op Mastercard review

REI Co-op Mastercard

2.3 rating

Outdoors enthusiasts are sure to love the REI Co-op Mastercard, which offers great rewards on REI purchases and an attractive sign-up offer for new cardholders.

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