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Cashback credit cards fall under the broader category of rewards credit cards, where consumers accumulate points for every dollar charged to the card. These points can then be redeemed for “rewards” such as gift vouchers, appliances, etc.
A cashback credit card, however, rewards you with a cash rebate instead. This amount varies quite a lot among credit cards but typically falls between 1% and 5%, though some credit cards have attractive bonus cash rebates to reward certain types of spending.
New to the world of cashback credit cards? Here are the key features you need to know before you sign up.
Also known as “base rate”, this is the standard cash rebate you can expect to receive on your purchases, regardless or when, where, how or with whom it’s made. Typically this falls around 0.25% and up.
Many credit cards offer tie-ups with brands and retailers ranging from Uber to Sheng Siong, offering higher cashback rates (as high as 8%). Some also offer higher rates for specific types of spending, e.g. online purchases, telco bills. Note the fine print on these and be sure they are a good fit for your actual spending habits.
Some cards offer introductory cashback promotions such as a higher rate for the first few months or a $100 bonus with your first purchase. Be aware of the limited nature of these promotions and of any terms & conditions.
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