Which rewards credit card feature will suit you?

Published on November 23rd, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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The evolution of credit cards has ushered in some changes that reward people for every time they swipe. Depending on your card features you can get access to gift cards, a free flight ticket, cash back offer, exclusive tickets and merchandise. But with so many options available which one is suitable for you?

Gift cards and rewards that offer exclusive access

Gift cards are popular within the card market in Australia. According to the Australian Retailers Association, the total spend on gift cards was approximately $1.25 billion to $1.5 billion in 2014. Furthermore, the average spend on these cards was $54.

They can be purchased online as an electronic gift certificate or in store. Gift cards can be used as a gift to a loved one which they can later use to purchase at a store where the card is recognised. Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of a gift card is that the receiver of the gift card may be unable to redeem the cards full value.

There is also a required amount that you need to spend to access the benefits of the card. Choice found that only 5 cards on the market returned $150 after the annual fee was deducted.

Frequent flyer reward cards

Two of the prominent airlines in Australia have partnered up with credit card providers to offer consumers the ability to join a frequent flyer program and be rewarded with points for every time that they spend. These programs have targeted certain shops, restaurants, and accommodations to make it more convenient when it comes to earning points if you are not flying to do so.

This card is suited for families that are looking for ways to reduce the travel costs whether on holiday or travelling for business purposes. Frequent flyer reward credit card usually comes with an annual fee that consumers need to be aware of.

There is also a points cap, which means that reward card holders are limited by the frequent flyer program in terms of how many points they can earn. Remember to check the expiration date to avoid any disappointments.

Cash back offer credit cards

Cach back credit cards give you the opportunity to earn hundreds of dollars in cash rewards. Cash back cards reward as a percentage on each purchase made of which you can be used on almost anything. For example, if your credit card paid 1% cash back on each purchase you made, you will earn a $1 for every $100 in credit card purchases you make.

These can later be redeemed as cash, gift cards, and other options that are offered by your credit card issuer. This also comes with an annual fee and some cards could require that you spend a certain amount before you are able to redeem your cash back.

All reward credit cards have benefits that can come in handy for various shoppers, but comparing your options can help you avoid choosing a card that is not suitable for you. Always remember to check the fees and charges that come with the card to make a sound judgement.

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