Verdict: The Amazon Rewards Visa card is good anywhere Visa is accepted and is a decent option for those who want a rewards card and shop often on Amazon.com
A better alternative (in our opinion) to the Amazon Rewards Visa is the new Discover it card.
Now until December 2013, Discover is offering 5% cash back on online shopping including purchases made at Amazon.com on up to $1,500 in spending.
Discover also now allows you to redeem any cash back earned directly for your purchases on Amazon.
At checkout you can can now select to “pay with cashback bonus” and use the rewards you’ve accumulated with your Discover it card.
The Discover it rewards program is very straightforward and allows you to earn up to 5% cash back on purchases in popular spending categories like gas, groceries and at department stores (compared to a MAXIMUM of 3% back with the Amazon Rewards Visa). You also earn 1% unlimited cash back on all other purchases you make with this card which is similar to what Amex Blue Cash and the Amazon Rewards Visa offer.
However the major advantage of the Discover it Card is it’s lack of fees. There are no foreign transaction fees, making it a great choice if you travel, no over-the-limit fee, and there is no late fee the first time you miss your due date (Discover will not increase your APR either).
- Credit RequiredExcellent Credit
- Rewards Program5% cash back for online shopping and department store purchases on up to $1,500 – Oct. through Dec. 2014 when you sign up*. 1% cash back on all other purchases.
- Signup Bonus0% Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 14 Months*Then the variable purchase APR applies, currently 10.99% - 22.99%. A fee of 3% applies for each balance transferred.
The Amazon.com Rewards Visa earns points on all purchases, with double points earned during the first 90 days. After that you can earn 3 points per $1 spent at Amazon.com, 2 points per $1 at gas stations, drug stores, and restaurants, and 1 point per $1 on every other purchase. The APR is very low on this card and there’s no annual fee.
The Amazon.com Rewards Visa is good everywhere Visa is accepted and earns points on every purchase, explained later. You can redeem these points starting when you have 2,500 for a $25 gift card. The rewards you earn can be as high as a roundtrip ticket to Asia or Europe. For the first 90 days you earn double points, up to 6 on Amazon purchases, 4 on gasoline, drug store, and restaurant purchases, and 2 on everything else.
For every $1 spent with your Amazon.com Rewards Visa card you earn 3 points for all purchases at Amazon.com, 2 points for purchases at gas stations, drug stores, and restaurants, and 1 point for everything else. Every 2,500 points is redeemed for a $25 Amazon.com gift card, 5,000 points can be redeemed for $50 cash or a BP, Shell, Avis, Hertz, Marriott, or Hyatt gift card. 6,000 points can be redeemed for 5,000 British Airways miles. 15,000 points can be redeemed for $150 off an airline ticket. 25,000 points earns a roundtrip ticket within the contiguous United States. 45,000 points earns a roundtrip ticket to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean. When you reach 50,000 points you can redeem it for a roundtrip airline ticket to Europe. Finally, 75,000 points is enough for a roundtrip ticket to Asia, South America, or Central America.
For the first 90 days these points are all doubled as well, so you will earn 6 points on Amazon purchases, 4 points at gas stations, restaurants, and drug stores, and 2 points on everything else.
The APR for the Signature card is a variable 13.24%. For the Platinum card the variable rate will be either 16.24% or 19.24%, depending on credit history. The APR for balance transfers is the same as that for purchases. For cash advances, an APR of 19.24% applies. The overdraft advance APR is 13.99%. The default rate is a variable 27.24%. The grace period is at least 20 days. There is no annual fee. The transaction fee for balance transfers is 3% of the amount, not less than $5, and not less than $10 for cash advances. Late payment fees are $15 for balances under $100, $29 for balances between $100 and $249.99, and $39 for balances $250 and over. There is no over the credit limit fee for signature cardholders but a $39 fee for platinum cardholders.
- Low APR
- Up to 3 points per $1 on purchases
- Great rewards–gift cards and travel
- 90 day bonus period during which double points are earned
- No annual fee