What is a cash back credit card?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

What is a cash back credit card?

About cash back credit cards

Cash Back credit cards give cash rewards to cardholders for making purchases with the card. A cardholder accumulates cash rewards based on the dollar amount of his/her purchases with that particular credit card over a period of time.

A typical cash back rate hovers around 1%. However, some cards offer a higher cash back percentage with increased usage and some offer a higher cash back percentage at select merchants or locations.

It is important to keep in mind that many cash back credit cards offer cash back on purchases made with the card but do not offer cash rewards on balance transfers or cash advances.

Each cash back credit card is a bit different, so be sure to read the terms and conditions to find out what cash back percentage you can expect, whether there is a limit on how much can be accumulated in a year, etc. Be sure to thoroughly look over the terms and conditions for each specific card.

Because some rewards programs can be costly for credit card companies, some cash back credit cards come with an annual fee.

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