Rewards card reviews

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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United MileagePlus Club Card review

United MileagePlus Club Card

2.2 rating

Cardholders who aren’t specifically looking for a United Club membership will find a plethora of rewards cards with better perks and much lower annual fees than the United MileagePlus Club Card. This offer is no longer available on our site.

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PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature card review

PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature card

3.5 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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Blue Cash card from American Express review

Blue Cash card from American Express

2.5 rating

Better suited for well-heeled families than cardholders on a budget, the Blue Cash card offers a generous cash back bonus on everyday purchases; but to get it, you have to clear an exceptionally high spending threshold that may be unrealistic for some families.

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Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card review

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card

2.5 rating

The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card offers a great 5 percent rate on Amazon purchases, but Prime membership requires a high $119 fee, and Amazon points lack versatility.

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Chase Freedom review

Chase Freedom

3 rating

If you don’t mind enrolling in and tracking a rotating group of bonus categories every quarter and tailoring your spending, you could potentially get a substantial amount of value out of this everyday cash back card.

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Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express review

Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express

3.8 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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Korean Air SKYPASS Visa Signature card review

Korean Air SKYPASS Visa Signature card

3 rating

With an average sign-up bonus and a low rewards rate, the SKYPASS Visa Signature card is not a great choice for many cardholders; but frequent travelers to South Korea can eke some good values out of it.

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BBVA Compass ClearPoints credit card review

BBVA Compass ClearPoints credit card

2.7 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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QuicksilverOne from Capital One review

QuicksilverOne from Capital One

2.8 rating

For cardholders with less-than-great credit scores, the QuicksilverOne card offers a valuable, flexible rewards program and the option to boost your credit limit after five months.

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Chase Freedom Unlimited review

Chase Freedom Unlimited

3.3 rating

The Chase Freedom Unlimited card offers a good sign-up bonus and a flat 1.5 percent cash back rate on general purchases for cardholders who want to keep things simple, plus it’s a great starter card for collecting Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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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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The Ultimate Cash Back card review

The Ultimate Cash Back card

2.9 rating

With a run-of-the-mill earning scheme and sign-up bonus, plus limited redemption options, the rewards program on the Santander Ultimate Cash Back Mastercard is far from impressive.

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