A solid option for those who prize simplicity in a rewards card. Just keep in mind that the redemption options are a bit limited.
No annual fee
Bonus offer for new cardholders
Intro APR period on Purchases
American Express isn't accepted at as many merchants as Visa or Mastercard
Compare to Other Cards
19.24%-29.24% Variable APR
17.24%-28.24% Variable APR
0% intro APR on Balance Transfers for 18 months
0% intro APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers
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Detailed review: American Express Cash Magnet® Card
The American Express Cash Magnet® Card is a relative newcomer to the issuer's family of cash-back products. But unlike its siblings, it's a simple, flat-rate card: You get 1.5% back on all eligible purchases.
On the upside, that guarantees you'll earn solid, uncomplicated rewards on everything you buy. On the downside, you can find plenty of cards — even within the AmEx family — that earn higher rates.
The American Express Cash Magnet® Card does offer a welcome bonus, among other benefits, and it's a good option for someone seeking simplicity in a rewards credit card. Plus, its annual fee is $0.
American Express Cash Magnet® Card: Basics
Card type: Cash back.
Annual fee: $0.
Welcome bonus: Earn a $200 statement credit after you spend $2,000 or more in purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
Rewards: 1.5% cash back on purchases.
Interest rate: 0% intro APR on Purchases for 15 months, and then the ongoing APR of 18.99%-29.99% Variable APR (as of June 2023).
Foreign transaction fee: 2.7%.
Travel perks: Car rental loss and damage insurance and global assist hotline.
Benefits and perks
1.5% back on all purchases is a standard rate for cash-back credit cards, and it's the same rate as that offered by popular cards like the Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card. As with those cards, the American Express Cash Magnet® Card will also cost you nothing to carry each year, assuming you don't rack up interest charges.
The card's bonus offer for new cardholders is on par with what you'll find with many other cash-back credit cards, although it does come with a higher-than-typical spending threshold. The offer: Earn a $200 statement credit after you spend $2,000 or more in purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
Good 0% intro APR period
The card offers 0% intro APR on Purchases for 15 months, and then the ongoing APR of 18.99%-29.99% Variable APR. That's a decent window of time to finance a big-ticket purchase without interest charges.
Drawbacks and considerations
Limited earning potential
While a 1.5% flat rate is a decent return on purchases, a card with elevated rewards on specific spending categories might be better. For example, if you're a foodie, the Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card gives you 3% cash back on dining, entertainment, grocery stores and streaming services. You can also find cash-back cards that offer 5% bonus rewards on categories that change quarterly.
Other flat-rate cards are more rewarding
If you don't want to put in the effort to track spending categories, 1.5% cash back is a perfectly respectable rewards rate. But you can still do better with a different flat-rate credit card. The Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card, for example, earns 2% cash back on every purchase. It comes with a solid introductory offer, too: Earn a $200 cash rewards bonus after spending $500 in purchases in the first 3 months.
Limited redemption options
Reward Dollars can’t be redeemed as cash back to your bank account. They can be redeemed only for statement credit, gift cards or merchandise.
Potentially limited acceptance internationally
American Express is not as widely accepted outside the United States as Visa or Mastercard. Even if your American Express Cash Magnet® Card is accepted at your international destination, you'll be charged a 2.7% foreign transaction fee for each purchase — and that could add up over the course of an overseas vacation. It's difficult, although not impossible, to find a cash-back card that charges no foreign transaction fees. If you're looking for a credit card to use internationally, better options exist.
This card pays 5% cash back in quarterly categories that you activate (on up to $1,500 in spending per quarter) and 1% on everything else. Categories in recent years have included such things as restaurants, gas stations and Amazon.com. The annual fee is $0.
How to decide if it's right for you
If you're not interested in keeping track of rewards tiers or bonus categories and just want an uncomplicated cash-back system, the American Express Cash Magnet® Card fits the bill. Just keep in mind that there's no shortage of cards on the market offering at least 1.5% back on all purchases — so evaluate your options to find the one that works best for you.
And if you think a little extra work is worth it in exchange for supercharging your cash-back earnings, you'll likely be better off with a different card.
All information about the American Express Cash Magnet® Card has been collected independently by NerdWallet. The American Express Cash Magnet® Card is no longer available through NerdWallet. To view rates and fees of the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express, see this page.