Credit question: What’s the best credit card for cash back on gas purchases?
Answer: With gas prices inching upward, I’ve been getting this question a lot. There are really several credit cards that have pretty good cash back offers on gas purchases.
One that I particularly like is the Discover Open Road Card – $75 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate. You get 2 percent cash back on purchases at eligible gas stations and restaurants. This amount is capped at $250 per billing period, which isn’t ideal, but once you reach the cap, you still get 1 percent on gas purchases. There’s a zero percent introductory APR for 12 months and the go-to APR starts as low as 11.99 percent. If your first purchase is within six months of opening your account, you get a $75 Restaurant.com gift certificate. If you love dining out, that’s a nice perk.
Many credit cards either exclude or offer a lower cash back percent on warehouse purchases. So if you buy gas at Costco, consider the True Earnings Card from Costco and American Express. You get 3 percent on gas purchases, up to $3,000 per year. After that, you get 1 percent. Plus, you get 3 percent for restaurants, 2 percent for travel, and 1 percent on just about everything else. The downside to this card is the 15.24 percent APR, although you do get a zero percent introductory APR for six months. If you don’t carry a balance, it’s a good card to consider for the gas savings.
If you know you’ll put a lot of purchases on your credit card, then Blue Cash® from American Express® is another option. You only get 1 percent cash back on gas purchases for the first $6,500 you spend. But after that, you get 5 percent on eligible gas purchases.
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