Best Credit Cards for Digital Wallets

These cards offer rewards and benefits that can make using your go-to digital wallet easier.
Funto OmojolaSep 10, 2021

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Digital wallets — from popular options like PayPal to retailer apps that allow shoppers to use a saved card through an app — offer an easy and contactless way to use credit cards. And these days, most credit cards still earn their regular rewards when used through any of the top mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

In fact, some cards specifically reward you for using a digital wallet, and others come with features or benefits that make using digital wallets easier.

Here are our top picks for the best credit cards for digital wallets, and which card you’ll want to use with your preferred digital wallet.

Our pick for high overall rewards

U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card

U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card
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Annual fee: $400.

Rewards:

  • 5 points per $1 spent on prepaid hotels and car rentals booked directly in the Altitude Rewards Center.

  • 3 points per $1 spent on eligible travel and mobile wallet spending.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on everything else.

Why we like it

Sure, most credit cards still earn their regular ongoing rewards rate when used through the top digital wallets. But the U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card stands out because it offers bonus rewards specifically for making purchases that way. In addition to bonus rewards on eligible travel spending, cardholders will earn 3 points per $1 for eligible digital wallet spending. This means that you'll earn triple rewards when you pay in-person, in-app and online through Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or LG Pay. In addition to those valuable rewards, the card offers a lucrative sign-up bonus: Earn an enrollment bonus of 50,000 points worth $750 on travel. Just spend $4,500 in the first 90 days of account opening.

Note, however, that you’ll have to be a U.S. Bank customer with an eligible U.S. Bank account for at least five business days in order to apply for the card.

Nerdy tip: The Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa® card is not accepting new applications on Wells Fargo's website, but it once rewarded new cardmembers for spending done through mobile wallets. New account holders could earn an elevated 1.8% cash back, instead of the card’s regular 1.5% flat rate, when they made eligible digital wallet purchases through services like Apple Pay or Google Pay in the first 12 months of account opening.

Our picks for PayPal

Discover it® Cash Back

Discover it® Cash Back
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Annual fee: $0.

Rewards:

  • 5% back in rotating quarterly categories on up to $1,500 in purchases each quarter (activation required).

  • 1% back on all other purchases.

Why we like it

The Discover it® Cash Back has historically featured PayPal as one of its 5% bonus categories, most recently in Q3 2021. That means that through September 2021, cardholders will earn 5% back on all purchases made through PayPal, up to the $1,500 quarterly spending cap. This can offer some serious rewards for adding your card and using it through the digital wallet.

PayPal was a third-quarter bonus category for 2020 as well as for 2019.

Chase Freedom Flex℠

Chase Freedom Flex
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Annual fee: $0.

Rewards:

  • 5% cash back in quarterly bonus categories on up to $1,500 in combined spending each quarter. Activation of bonus categories is required.

  • 5% back on travel booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

  • 3% back on dining, including takeout and delivery services.

  • 3% back on drugstore purchases.

  • Through March 31, 2022, 5% back on qualifying Lyft services purchased through the Lyft app.

  • 1% on all other purchases.

Why we like it

The Chase Freedom Flex℠ has also historically featured PayPal as a rotating bonus category. Both in 2020 and 2019, cardholders could earn the card’s lucrative 5% on purchases made through the service, up to the quarterly spending cap. This is in addition to the card’s bonus rewards on other popular spending categories, like travel, dining and drugstore purchases.

In the past, Chase has also featured other digital wallets — like Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Chase Pay — as 5% bonus categories.

Alternative option

PayPal Cashback Mastercard
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You won’t earn bonus rewards for using the PayPal Cashback Mastercard® through PayPal, but it's certainly easy and convenient to do so. In fact, through the PayPal app, you can start using the card instantly upon approval, without having to wait for the physical card to arrive.

Plus, holders can scan the PayPal app to use the card in person at eligible stores (in addition to being usable online). It earns an unlimited 2% back on all purchases, which can be easily redeemed as a deposit into your PayPal Cash or PayPal Cash Plus account — another plus for frequent PayPal users.

Our pick for Apple Pay

Apple Credit Card

Annual fee: $0.

Rewards:

  • 3% cash back on Apple Pay purchases made directly with Apple (including Apple stores, within the App Store and for Apple services).

  • 3% back on purchases made at specific merchants via Apple Pay.

  • 2% back on all other spending via Apple Pay.

  • 1% back on all purchases made with the physical Apple Card.

Why we like it

The Apple Credit Card offers bonus rewards on all spending done through its proprietary digital wallet. Cardholders will earn 3% back on Apple Pay purchases made with specific merchants, like Uber and Walgreens, and 2% back on all other Apple Pay purchases. (Using the physical card in person will get you only 1% back.)

Assuming most merchants in your area accept Apple Pay, this could be a lucrative rewards card for you.

Our pick for Venmo

Venmo Credit Card

Venmo Credit Card
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Annual fee: $0.

Rewards:

  • 3% cash back in your top spending category for the month (from one of eight possible categories).

  • 2% back in your second-place spending category for the month (from one of the remaining seven possible categories).

  • 1% back on all other purchases.

Why we like it

The Venmo Credit Card only works though the Venmo app. And while there's no specific rewards advantage for using the card through the app, it means you’ll be able to use it immediately upon approval, without having to wait for the physical version to hit your mailbox.

Additionally, customers are able to scan their card’s unique QR code, which links to their Venmo app account, to easily send and request money. Points earned from the card will be added to your Venmo balance at the end of each billing cycle, which can then be used through the Venmo app.

Nerdy tip: Holders can add the Venmo Credit Card to other mobile wallets, like Samsung Pay and Google Pay. But as of this writing, the card was not compatible with Apple Pay.

Our pick for Walmart Pay

Capital One® Walmart Rewards™ Mastercard®

Annual fee: $0.

Rewards:

  • 5% back on purchases at Walmart.com and items purchased through the Walmart app.

  • 2% back for in-store purchases, including those made at Murphy USA and Walmart gas stations.

  • 2% back at travel and restaurants.

  • 1% back on all other purchases.

Why we like it

Walmart Pay, the retailer's digital wallet, allows Walmart app holders to use cards saved to their accounts to make in-person contactless payments. To do this, shoppers will first have to scan their items at checkout, then use their phones to scan the QR code that appears at the register, through Walmart Pay. And holders of the Capital One® Walmart Rewards™ Mastercard® will get rewarded for choosing to check out the way. Customers will earn 5% back on purchases in Walmart stores when they use this card with Walmart Pay for the first 12 months of account holding.

Plus, the card earns an ongoing 5% back for shopping with the retail giant online or through the Walmart app. (In-store Walmart spending with the card will get you 2% cash back.)

Other contenders

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Credit Card
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American Express cardholders have access to the issuer’s Send & Split feature, which (as the name suggests) allows customers to use their card to either:

  • Send money to other PayPal or Venmo users without incurring a fee, or

  • More easily split a bill and get paid back through PayPal or Venmo.

  • Terms apply.

Sending money with a credit card through PayPal or Venmo typically comes with a transaction fee, so AmEx "Send" can save you money ... and the potential embarrassment of being a few bucks short on your part of the dinner tab.

Likewise, splitting a bill among a large group of friends is a notoriously good way to get a headache, but AmEx "Split" smooths the path, letting you choose the card transaction you want to divide up and then select people to split it with (whether evenly or by setting custom allocations for each person). Those people will get a payment request through Venmo or PayPal.

Popular American Express consumer credit cards that offer the Send & Split feature include the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, the American Express® Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Information related to the Capital One® Walmart Rewards™ Mastercard® has been collected by NerdWallet and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.


To view rates and fees of the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, see this page. To view rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, see this page.

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