Best Credit Card for Entertainment Methodology

How we picked the cards to evaluate:

NerdWallet reviewed more than 90 rewards credit cards. To be considered, a card had to be widely available and offer a rewards rate in excess of 2% on entertainment spending. The cards we reviewed include products from NerdWallet partners, but this did not influence our selection of the winner.

How we chose the winner:

When choosing our best credit card for entertainment, we considered the following factors in descending order of importance: In case of a tie, financial institutions were compared by category in the following order until one institution remained:

  • Rewards rates on entertainment spending.
  • How many and what kinds of categories qualify as “entertainment” spending.
  • Annual fees.
  • Whether bonus rewards on entertainment spending are limited to a certain amount of spending.
  • Rewards rates on purchases other than entertainment spending.
  • How much effort is required to manage the card (for example, whether you must activate rewards categories).
  • Sign-up bonuses.
  • Redemption rules and options.

In the case of cards with annual fees, we looked at how much spending would be necessary before a consumer would come out ahead compared with no-fee options.

Cards' NerdWallet star ratings alone do not determine awards. Here's how our credit cards team distinguishes between star ratings and award selections:

  • Star ratings are quantitative: We assess the features of a card, score those features according to how they compare with other options on the market and assign the card a rating of 1 to 5 stars based on those features. In general, a card that rates 4.5 stars will be a better value for more people than a card that rates 4.0 stars. However, the 4.0 card might be better than the 4.5 card for an individual consumer depending on that person’s circumstances.
  • Selection for awards is both quantitative and qualitative: Selection for the awards is based on discussion among editorial team members and relies on the same criteria used for the star ratings. However, star ratings alone do not dictate awards. Rather, the awards identify the best cards for specific uses or specific types of consumers, such as those who spend a lot on entertainment.

How we verified our data:

NerdWallet gets credit card information from partner issuers through automated data feeds. Information about cards from nonpartner issuers is verified on the issuers’ websites.