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7 Reasons to Get the Bank of America Premium Rewards Credit Card

Feb. 15, 2019
Travel, Travel Credit Cards
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The Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card‘s points-earning structure was built with a specific customer in mind: current and prospective Bank of America Preferred Rewards members. If that’s you, or if it could be, this card is out to lure you with points bonuses of 25% to 75% for spending on the card.

That’s on top of the 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel and 1.5 points on all other purchases. The current sign-up bonus on the card is as follows: Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening.

Here are seven reasons why the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card may be the card for you.

1. Bank of America Preferred clients earn bonus points on every purchase

Customers enrolled in Bank of America Preferred Rewards program get a bonus of anywhere from 25% to 75% more points when spending with this card. To qualify for Preferred Rewards, you must maintain a balance of at least $20,000 in a BOA bank account or in a Merrill investment account.

2. Earn extra points on travel and dining

Like the $0-annual-fee Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card, the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card pays 1.5 points per $1 on most purchases. But unlike its less expensive alternative, the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card pays 2 points per dollar spent on dining and travel.

3. Low annual fee for a premium card

True, $95 a year is nothing to sneeze at. But it’s cheap compared to other premium cards, like the $550-a-year The Platinum Card® from American Express.

4. Get reimbursed for TSA Precheck or Global Entry

Every four years, when you apply and reapply for expedited security screening, put the charges on your Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card and you’ll get a statement credit up to $100 for the charges.

5. $100 every year toward checked bags, seat upgrades and more

This perk is Bank of America’s answer to the free checked bag you get with airline-branded credit cards, but instead of a free bag, it’s a statement credit. It’s also more flexible: You can use it for seat upgrades and other incidentals, up to $100 per year.

6. Luxury travel perks

The travel insurance you get with this card helps with everything from trip delays to lost luggage to emergency evacuation and transportation. You’ll also get some extra perks when you use the card to book at Luxury Collection hotels and you’ll enjoy access to the Visa Signature Concierge service, which can help with everything from travel planning to getting event tickets to restaurant recommendations.

7. Easy, flexible points redemptions

Unlike co-branded cards that require you to redeem your points for travel through their websites, the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card rewards you with reimbursements. You just use the card to purchase travel from any provider you like, then apply your points toward either a statement credit that offsets all or part of the purchase or a deposit into your Bank of America or Merrill account. Your points can also be redeemed for gift cards.

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