If you're committed to the American Express points ecosystem, it might fit neatly into your wallet, but on its own, this card is pretty lackluster.
Decent rewards rate
No annual fee
Foreign transaction fee
Longer 0% intro APRs available elsewhere
Higher rewards available elsewhere
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17.24%-28.24% Variable APR
21.49%-28.49% Variable APR
0% intro APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers
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Detailed review: Amex EveryDay® Credit Card
"Everyday" can be a synonym for "ordinary" or "run-of-the-mill," and that description applies to the Amex EveryDay® Credit Card.
It's a pretty basic rewards card whose most noteworthy features are the rewards boost it gives you for using it frequently and the fact that it is the only $0-annual-fee consumer American Express card to give out travel-friendly Membership Rewards points.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express also earns Membership Rewards for a $0 annual fee. If you qualify for a business credit card, this card is an appealing option that earns 2X rewards on all purchases up to $50,000 each calendar year. Terms apply.
Amex EveryDay® Credit Card: Basics
Card type: Rewards.
Annual fee: $0.
2 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 a year in spending, then 1 point per dollar.)
2 points per dollar on eligible travel purchases booked through amextravel.com.
1 point per dollar on all other purchases.
A 20% points bonus for each billing period in which you use the card at least 20 times.
The value of Membership Rewards points varies, depending on how you redeem them. They can be redeemed for travel, cash, gift cards and more. They can also be transferred to the loyalty programs of partner airlines and hotel chains. Some options may require a minimum amount to redeem.
Welcome offer: Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms apply.
Foreign transaction fee: 2.7% of each transaction after conversion to U.S. dollars. Terms apply.
AmEx’s instant card numbers: Immediately use the card after approval with an eligible digital wallet while you wait for it to arrive in the mail. Terms apply.
Pay It and Plan It®: The Pay It option lets you pay off smaller purchases one at a time. The Plan It option allows you to pay down purchases of $100 or more over time for a fixed monthly finance charge. Terms apply.
Send and Split™: When you enroll, you may use this feature in AmEx's app to pay someone back or split a bill with friends. Terms apply.
A lower hotel rates guarantee: AmEx refunds the difference if you book a hotel on amextravel.com and then find it at a lower price online. Terms apply.
Benefits and perks
A modest welcome bonus
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card offers this bonus: Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms apply. The rewards are relatively modest, but they're certainly better than no incentives at all. NerdWallet values Membership Rewards points at a baseline average of 1 cent apiece. So a 10,000-point offer may equate to $100. Or, if you transfer to travel partners, you could earn outsize value for your points.
A lengthy 0% intro APR on purchases
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card offers new cardholders an interest-free window on purchases: 0% Intro on Purchases for 15 months, and then the ongoing APR of 17.99%-28.99% Variable APR. (see rates and fees). That’s enough time to finance a big purchase or several small ones.
A 20% increase in rewards
The card's 20% points bonus is better than nothing, but it’s not automatic. Only after using the card 20 or more times in a billing period will you qualify for the higher rate. Assuming you get a value of 1 cent per point, that boosts the effective rewards rate to 1.2% on purchases, and 2.4% in the bonus categories. However, plenty of other cards offer better rates.
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Drawbacks and considerations
You can get a better bonus and uncapped rewards
The Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card earns an unlimited 2% cash back on all purchases. That effectively doubles the base rate of the Amex EveryDay® Credit Card. This card also has a $0 annual fee and a better sign-up offer: Earn a $200 cash rewards bonus after spending $500 in purchases in the first 3 months.
Fatter grocery rewards are available elsewhere ...
If you spend a lot of money on groceries, other cards can reward you much more handsomely. The $0-annual-fee Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express, for instance, earns 3% cash back at U.S. supermarkets, at U.S. gas stations and on U.S. online retail purchases (on up to $6,000 per year in spending in each category). Other purchases earn 1% back. Terms apply.
For rewards on grocery store purchases without a cap, the Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card is a solid option. It offers 8% cash back on Capital One Entertainment purchases and 3% back on dining, eligible streaming services, grocery store purchases and entertainment. All other purchases earn 1% back. It has a $0 annual fee.
... as are richer travel rewards
While the Amex EveryDay® Credit Card packs some travel-friendly features and incentives, it doesn’t offer the most value. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card can inch you closer to a vacation with standout rewards on everyday purchases and travel. It earns 5 points per $1 spent on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3 points per $1 spent on online grocery purchases, 3 points per $1 spent on dining, 3 points per $1 spent on streaming services, 2 points per $1 spent on travel not purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards® and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.
It does have a $95 annual fee, but the perks can potentially make up for it. Cardholders get a $50 annual credit on hotel stays purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus, it has a healthy sign-up offer: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
Foreign transaction fee
Although the Amex EveryDay® Credit Card attempts to appeal to travelers with bonus rewards for certain travel, it's not a good card to take with you abroad, since it charges a foreign transaction fee of 2.7%. The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card charges no such fees. Further, its rewards are more flexible for travelers. Earn 2 miles per dollar spent, and miles can be redeemed for a statement credit against any travel purchase — no matter how you booked it. This card comes with a hefty sign-up offer: Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel. There is an annual fee, however: $95.
Earn 5% cash back on up to $500 spent in your highest spend category per billing cycle from a list of 10 eligible options (including grocery stores and select travel). All other purchases get 1% back. The card also has a sign-up offer: Earn $200 cash back after you spend $1,500 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening. This bonus offer will be fulfilled as 20,000 ThankYou® Points, which can be redeemed for $200 cash back.
How to decide if it's right for you
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card is OK as a rewards card, and it doesn’t cost you anything to carry. But there are much better rewards cards available for everyday and travel spending.
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