Rewards Purchases Representative APR (Variable) Balance Transfers
American ExpressBritish Airways
- 1 Avios for every £1 you spend
- 3,000 bonus Avios when you spend £500 in the first 3 months
- Companion Voucher each year when you spend £20,000
- Travel accident benefits up to £75,000
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Representative Example: Based on a credit limit of £1,200 charged at 19.9% (variable) p.a. for purchases. Representative 19.9% APR (variable).
BarclaycardFreedom Rewards Card
- £30 worth of vouchers with first spend
- Collect points on all purchases
- Double points in all UK supermarkets and petrol stations
- Triple points at selected Freedom partners
- Rewards range from the high street, online favourites and places to eat and drink, to top entertainment and days out
Representative Example: Based on a credit limit of £1,200 charged at 18.9% (variable) p.a. for purchases. Representative 18.9% APR (variable).
Virgin AtlanticWhite Amex
- Virgin Miles
- 3,000 bonus miles with your first purchase
- 1 mile for every £1 spent
- Premium Economy upgrades and companion reward flights
- Complimentary travel insurance
- Exclusive shopping, dining and travel offers
- No annual fee
Representative Example: Based on a credit limit of £1,200 charged at 17.9% (variable) p.a. for purchases. Representative 17.9% APR (variable).
SainsburysCredit Card for Nectar Card holders
- 0% interest on purchases for 12 months
- 0% for 12 months on balance transfers (3% fee)
- Double points when you shop at Sainsbury's
- Earn 1 point per £5 spent everywhere else
- Offer only available to active Nectar customers
Representative Example: Based on a credit limit of £1,200 charged at 16.94% (variable) p.a. for purchases. Representative 16.9% APR (variable).
American ExpressPlatinum Cashback
- 5% cashback for the first 3 months (up to £2000 spend)
- Thereafter standard 1.25% cashback
- 2.5% cashback every year in the month following your card anniversary
- No cap on cashback earnings
- £25 Annual fee
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Representative Example: Based on a credit limit of £1,200 charged at 14.0% (variable) p.a. for purchases with £25 annual fee. 18.5% APR (variable).
Credit card rewards are like cashback cards that reward you every time you make a purchase. You can choose a different type of rewards card to suit your individual preference. Some credit card rewards offer air miles, days out to amusement parks, money off your weekly grocery shopping or even vouchers for top brands. There are some great benefits to reward credit cards, allowing you to make your money go further. This is a great card to consider if you plan to pay off your balance in full every month, as the perks could be outweighed by extra charges and interest if you don't manage to pay it off.
Some shops offer reward card customers one supermarket 'point' or voucher for every £1 spent. According to Sainsbury's Finance, 31% of people looking to switch credit cards this year wanted to do so to be better rewarded. Not only do reward schemes keep existing customers happy, but they also draw new customers in, making lenders competitive. Some cards offer schemes such as 1% or 2% cashback on purchases in all participating stores, too. The most important thing to consider when applying for a card with perks is whether you are likely to benefit from the perks the card has to offer, and whether you can redeem rewards in cash rather than vouchers.
Many sports teams now have reward credit cards that offer reward schemes for loyal fans. For example, every time you use the card, the issuer will pay a small amount to a club so you can earn points to cash in for merchandise or entry into exclusive prize draws. It's a great idea to keep a list of the perks written down so that you don't forget to use them. After all, it would be a waste of time to invest in a credit card where you can't use the rewards, wouldn't it?
If you're having problems finding the right reward credit card, it's a good idea to look at certain factors such as how quickly you can pay you debt back, how much debt you have accumulated and what your credit history is like. With all cards, you should also think about whether you can actually buy the rewards independently, therefore saving money on interest rates and joining fees. There are different cards to suit everyone's needs - it's just a matter of finding the right one.