Cash Back Credit Cards

Find the best Discover cash back credit cards for you.

Only Discover has unlimited Cashback Match: we'll match all the cash back you've earned at the end of your first year.1

No annual fee

Discover it cash back credit card

Discover it® Cash Back Credit Card

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Earn 5% cash back on everyday purchases at

different places each quarter like

 

Amazon.com6

Grocery stores

Restaurants

Gas stations

When you pay using PayPal7

 

up to the quarterly maximum when you activate.

 

Earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases automatically.



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Discover it® Gas and Restaurants

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Earn 2% cash back at

 

Gas Stations

Restaurants (including cafes and fast-food)

 

on up to $1,000 in combined purchases each quarter.2

 

Earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases automatically.


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Low Intro APR

0% Intro APR for 14 months on purchases and balance transfers and 3% Intro Balance Transfer Fee until . Then 11.99% to 22.99% Standard Variable Purchase APR and up to 5% fee for future balance transfers will apply. And there's no annual fee.

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Learn about cash back credit cards

Credit card issuers offer cash back programs to help cardholders earn rewards on purchases with their card. In general, your rewards credit card earns a percentage back of your purchase. And depending on the card, different purchases will qualify for different rewards. You see your rewards each month on your billing statement.

Generally, there are three types of cash back credit cards: 

 

•   Flat-rate cash-back card. Some cash-back cards offer the same percentage of cash back on every purchase, which can be 1% cash back or 1.5% cash back or another amount. 

•   Static category cash back cards. Some cash back credit cards offer a higher rate of rewards within a certain category (like travel, dining, gas or groceries) within a certain timeframe or beneath a certain spending threshold. These cash back cards may have a standard cash-back offer across all your other purchases. 

•   Different category cash back cards. With a cash back credit card that rewards you at different places, you will earn a higher rate of cash back for qualifying purchases, such as those within a spending category (like travel, dining, gas or groceries), within the spending threshold and time frame you’ve activated. But throughout the year, the categories may rotate (like home improvement or online shopping) to provide more relevant options for accelerated cash back earn rates. Additionally, these cash back cards may have a standard cash-back offer across all your other purchases.

Your card will determine which types of purchases are eligible for cash back rewards. Discover cash back cards allow you to earn cash back on every purchase, with bonus rewards offered for some of our cash back cards on qualifying purchases like gas, groceries and more.

To get the most out of your Discover cash back credit card rewards, just use your card on every purchase. All Discover purchases earn rewards. And be aware of any spending category bonuses on your card, which can include purchases like gas, groceries, dining and more. When you put regular expenses on your cash back credit card and repay them in full on every monthly statement and on time, you can earn rewards without paying interest charges from carrying a balance.

Some cash back credit cards include bonuses for spending within certain categories: 

 

•   Groceries. Spending at the supermarket with your cashback credit card can earn more rewards, depending on your card. So you can get rewarded on your regular weekly or monthly household expense. Take care to note the eligible stores for this type of bonus, so that your usual supermarket is included in the cashback program. If your market is part of a larger warehouse store, for example, it may fall under a different category than a traditional grocery store. 

•   Gas. Another regular expense that often gets included in cashback spending category bonuses is gas stations. Purchases made at most brand-name gas stations can be covered by this bonus and may include purchases made at the affiliated convenience store. Again, be sure that your cashback reward bonus is offered for the gas station most convenient to you and your family. Gas stations attached to warehouse stores, for example, may not qualify for the same rewards as separate gas stations.

•   Dining. Eating take-out, delivery, or dining in can provide extra rewards for some cash back cards. This can be great if you often lead group meals, allowing you to cover the cost while earning the cashback discount from your card. 

•   Retailers. Some cash back cards will partner with larger retailers to provide bonus rewards for spending at that store. This can extend your cashback rewards bonuses to a vast number of things you can purchase.

There are a few key elements to a cash back card that can help you find the card that best aligns with your budget, common expenses and rewards.

   Annual Fee

Cash back cards with an annual fee are only valuable if the cash back you earn outweighs the annual fee you would pay. That can mean carefully watching if you’ve earned enough. But with Discover, the math is easy. Because the Discover it cash back card has no annual fee.

   Eligible Purchases

Cash back credit cards may provide extra rewards on eligible purchases within an amount you can spend or a timeframe for your purchase. Discover cash back credit cards provide you with cash back on every purchase, with cards that let you earn more on qualifying purchases.

   Redemption Program

If you want options other than redeeming rewards directly for cash, consider using your cash back as a statement credit against your balance. Discover also allows you to convert Cashback Bonus® into gift cards from major retailers, donate it to a charity of your choice, check out at Amazon.com6 or pay using PayPal7.

   Bonus Categories

If a cash back card offers accelerated cash back rates within certain spending categories or brands, be sure to adjust your current spending to get the most from these categories, so you can get the most from your cash back program.

   Your Qualifications.

Check your credit score to see which cash back cards can earn approval given your credit history. Discover offers a Free Credit Scorecard that shows your credit score for free.

To encourage cardholders to use a card, many card issuers offer cash back programs that provide direct savings on purchases made with the card. Some cash back cards will cover any expenses made with the card, while others may limit the maximum cash back award or where qualified purchases can be made. Some cash back programs will include bonus cash back rates for certain time periods or categories of purchases. Check to see when an issuer calculates cash back and then decide how you want to redeem the cash back.

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  1. Cashback Match: Only from Discover, as of October 2021. We'll match all the cash back rewards you've earned on your credit card from the day your new account is approved through your first 12 consecutive billing periods or 365 days, whichever is longer, and add it to your rewards account within two billing periods. You've earned cash back rewards only when they're processed, which may be after the transaction date. We will not match: rewards that are processed after your match period ends; statement credits; rewards transfers from Discover checking or other deposit accounts; or rewards for accounts that are closed. This promotional offer may not be available in the future and is exclusively for new cardmembers. No purchase minimums.

  2. You earn a full 2% Cashback Bonus® on your first $1000 in combined purchases at Gas Stations (stand-alone), and Restaurants each calendar quarter. Calendar quarters are defined as the three-month periods beginning January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Purchases at Gas Stations and Restaurants over the quarterly cap, and all other purchases, earn 1% cash back. Purchases made at Gas Stations include only merchants in the category that sell automotive gasoline that can be paid for either at the pump or inside the station. Gas Stations affiliated with supermarkets and supercenters may not be eligible. Restaurant purchases include only those made at merchants classified as full-service restaurants, cafes, cafeterias and fast food locations. Certain digital wallet transactions qualify for 2% Cashback Bonus, for more information see Discover.com/digitalwallets. Purchases made through third-party payment accounts, mobile or wireless card readers, virtual wallets or similar technology will not be eligible if the technology does not provide sufficient transaction details for rewards qualification. 2% Cashback Categories: In accordance with standard industry practices, merchants are assigned a merchant category code (MCC) typically based on their line of business, or the type of products and/or services they primarily sell or provide. Discover Card does not assign MCCs to merchants. Even if you make purchases at a merchant of items that appear to fit in a rewards category, the merchant may not have an assigned MCC in that rewards category. Only purchases made from merchants located in the United States are eligible for 2% Cashback Bonus. In order for a purchase to qualify for the 2% Cashback Bonus Program, the transaction date must be before or on the last day of the offer or promotion. Rewards are added to your Cashback Bonus account within two billing periods. See Cashback Bonus Program Terms and Conditions for more information about your rewards.

  3. Acceptance: According to the Feb 2021 issue of the Nilson Report.

  4. FICO® Credit Score Terms: Your FICO® Credit Score, key factors and other credit information are based on data from TransUnion® and may be different from other credit scores and other credit information provided by different bureaus. This information is intended for and only provided to Primary account holders who have an available score. See Discover.com/FICO about the availability of your score. Your score, key factors and other credit information are available on Discover.com and cardmembers are also provided a score on statements. Customers will see up to a year of recent scores online. Discover and other lenders may use different inputs, such as FICO® Credit Scores, other credit scores and more information in credit decisions. This benefit may change or end in the future. FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.


    If you prefer not to receive your FICO® Credit Score just call us at 1-800-DISCOVER (1-800-347-2683). Please give us two billing cycles to process your request. To learn more, visit Discover.com/FICO.

  5. Rewards Redemption: Your rewards never expire. We will credit your account or send you a check with your rewards balance if your account is closed or if it has not been used within 18 months.

  6. Amazon: Amazon is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon, the Amazon.com logo and the smile logo are trademarks of Amazon or its affiliates.

  7. PayPal: PayPal, the PayPal logo are trademarks of PayPal or its Affiliates. Listed merchants are in no way sponsoring or affiliated with this program.

  8. $0 Fraud Liability: An “unauthorized purchase” is a purchase where you have not given access to your card information to another person or a merchant for one-time or repeated charges. Please use reasonable care to protect your card and do not share it with employees, relatives, or friends. Learn more at Discover.com/fraudFAQ.

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