AmEx Cash Magnet Review: No-Fuss 1.5% Back on Your Purchases

The flat cash-back rate on everything you buy matches the industry standard, but optimizers might be able to find more attractive options.
Jan 14, 2022

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Our Take


NerdWallet rating 
The bottom line:

A solid option for those who prize simplicity in a rewards card. Just keep in mind that the redemption options are a bit limited.

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American Express Cash Magnet℠ Card
American Express Cash Magnet® Card
Annual fee
Regular APR
14.24%-24.24% Variable APR
Intro APR
0% intro APR on Purchases for 15 months
Rec. credit score
690-850 (Good - Excellent)


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