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Every week, cash back credit card deals are decreasing. American Express recently emailed me to let me know that they have lowered the cash back rate on their SimplyCash Business Card from 5% to 3% on gas station purchases. If this is your card, it might be time to seek out another deal.

Here are a few suggestions designed to maximize your cash back based on your spending habits.

Blue Cash from American Express.

If you use credit cards for most of your spending, you might like this card. While the first yearly $6,500 of your spending is subject to only 1% cash back on “everyday” purchases (including purchases at gas stations, supermarkets, and drug stores) and 0.5% cash back on everything else, once you pass that threshold, you will earn 5% cash back on your “everyday” purchases and 1.5% cash back on everything else.

Discover Open Road Card.

If you’re not a heavy spender on your credit cards but you’re still looking for the best deal, the Discover Open Road Card may be a good choice. You will earn 5% cash back of the first $100 you spend each month on gas and auto maintenance. In other categories, you will earn 0.25% or 0.50% cash back. Spend more than $3,000 over the entire year and you’ll earn 1% cash back on your spending in excess of this minimum.

TrueEarnings Card from Costco and American Express.

Even if you don’t shop at Costco, this card provides a good cash back bonus. You can earn 3% back on gas, as long as you don’t buy 75 gallons or more in one transaction. There’s no yearly limit to this cash back, however. The catch here, as you might have guessed, is that you must be a member of Costco in order to qualify for this card.

As with any rewards-offering credit cards, taking advantage of cash back depends on your ability not to carry a balance, accrue interest, or pay late fees. Any method of using a rewards credit card other than paying the balance in full every month will negate any benefit offered by the issuer.

Updated January 27, 2014 and originally published July 3, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar russ

I use Blue Cash for EVERYTHING. I pay it off every month and have so far earned over $500 this year cash back. It’s going in the vacation fund.

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avatar ebj

Chase PerfectCard Mastercard gives 3% cash back for gas station purchases of up to $500/month (not just gasoline!) and 1% back on all other purchases – no limit. These are actual cash amounts subtracted from your balance due each month… no need to accumulate “points” or submit rebate requests. I pay everything with this card just because it’s effortless on my part.

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avatar Wayne

For the Costco card, there is an individual and business card. For individual, it is 3% on gas and for business, it is 5%.

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avatar SP

I earn my measly $5 on my discover card and use it for little else (i’ve had it for years). My other card is a Chase Freedom Visa, which has solid all around cash back. The blue cash is nice, but I think it would take me awhile to hit the $6500, even charging all my expenses.

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avatar Dreamer

A Great card few know about: Pentagon Federal Credit Union rewards card.

5% on gas, 2% on groceries, 1.25% on everything else. No points, no checks, no application for rewards. Your monthly statement just has the rebate applied to it.

Like most credit unions, there are requirements to join. You have to have an affiliation with the military. But, if you never served, nor had a family member that did, or never worked with the military, you can buy into the National Military Family Association, which is open to all Americans. The NMFA has yearly dues, but you don’t need to stay current to remain a member. So, you pay $20 for a one year subscription, don’t renew, and you’ve got a great card.

http://www.penfed.org

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avatar Dan

So, I checked out that Pentagon website. I have a family member who’s military, so I started walking through the steps to sign up. After 30 minutes of field after field in filing to join the credit union, I clearly clicked to sign up for the rewards card and ended up on a page where I was now filling out loan information. This was the most frustrating, backwards application process I’d ever been through. I gave up. Figures, it’s a government web site. Maybe I’ll try again if I have some signup info/user name info in my inbox when I check, but it was truly frustrating.

I do use the other cards and blog about our cash back rewards and what we use them for about monthly. Been doing this for years and it’s a great tool if you don’t carry a balance.

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avatar Dreamer

@Dan:

Yeah, the site itself is not great, and looks like it was built in the 90′s. Secure though. I’ve had much better luck just calling them. Very friendly customer service, and it clears through a lot of crap.

As for the signin/userinfo, they’ll mail you some stuff you need to register the account with.

Also, don’t bother looking at their checking accounts. They have a basic billpay service for free, but their “premium” service costs money. I keep the $5 minimum savings, and the card, and that’s it.

They also boast very low loan rates (car loans and such), but I’ve never tried, so I can’t give any recommendations.

So, summing up:

Rewards card: Great rewards, uncomplicated, saves money.
Credit union itself: Too much paperwork, crappy looking website, entire process still depends on snailmail, good customer service, other accounts not worth switching banks for.

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avatar Maifriend

I use the card from PFCU for some time now. I enjoy the 5% rebate on gas and never had an issue unlike many credit card companies who pretend that you made a late payment so they can charge you fees. The web site is not great but once you know it you know where to find your way. Also like Dreamer said, the rebate is subtracted from your monthly due so no need to wait to get your cash rebate. There is no limit to reach to enjoy your full rebate, not the same with the Costco Amex card.

I’m now looking for a low APR % card.

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