Online superstore Amazon is rolling out a new credit card that combines the best features of the Amazon Prime Store Card and the existing Amazon Credit Card. Available only to Amazon Prime members, the new Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card offers:
- 5% back on Amazon purchases.
- 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores.
- 1% back everywhere else.
Rewards never expire and are redeemable at Amazon. Your rewards balance appears on the checkout screen when you make a purchase, and you can apply rewards to a purchase in any amount, with no minimum redemption. The new card has no annual fee, but it requires membership in Amazon Prime, which costs $99 a year and provides such perks as free two-day shipping and unlimited access to streaming media. The card has no foreign transaction fees.
Amazon Prime customers who already have the existing Amazon Credit Card, also known as the “Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card,” will be upgraded to the new Prime product automatically. Their existing accounts will start earning the new benefits immediately, and their new card should arrive soon, Amazon said. The new card will be made of metal rather than plastic, latching on to the craze that surrounded the 2016 release of the metal Chase Sapphire Reserve℠.
How does the new card stack up against other Amazon cards? Take a look:
|Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature||Amazon Credit Card||Amazon Prime Store Card|
|Where can you use it?||Anywhere that accepts Visa||Anywhere that accepts Visa||Only at Amazon|
|Rewards on Amazon purchases||5%||3%||5%|
|Rewards at restaurants, drugstores, gas stations||2%||2%||N/A|
|Rewards on all other purchases||1%||1%||N/A|
|Annual fee for card||$0 (but requires $99 Prime membership)||$0||$0 (but requires $99 Prime membership)|
“The upgraded Amazon Prime card took the best of both worlds and is really a fantastic product for regular Amazon shoppers,” NerdWallet credit cards expert Sean McQuay says.
For Prime members who already have the existing Amazon Credit Card, upgrading to the new card will mean higher rewards at no additional cost. For cardholders who might have been on the fence about ponying up the $99 for Prime membership, the new rewards rate for Amazon purchases — a 67% increase — might be just the push they’re looking for. And for holders of the Amazon Prime Store Card, the fact that they can get the same 5% back at Amazon plus additional rewards elsewhere makes the new card an enticing upgrade.
The biggest drawback, as with any store credit card, is that the rewards can be used at only one place. But in this case, that one place is Amazon, which carries so many different kinds of products that you won’t lack for opportunities to redeem rewards, whether on Cartier watches, Angel Soft toilet paper or anything in between.
“Think of the card as a 5% discount on every Amazon purchase, no coupons needed,” McQuay says.
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