June 26th, 2013
Review: Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card – Easy Cash Back
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Capital One has launched two new credit cards—Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne Rewards.
These cards replace the Capital One Cash Card and aim to make earning cash back simpler and more straightforward.
What’s the benefit?
Most cash back credit cards use a calendar of rotating categories to give you higher cash back earnings on certain items or in certain stores quarterly. But the Quicksilver keeps it simple. Here’s what you get:
Edging out the competition?
The competitors in this space aim at category-specific cash back earnings:
Discover It: This card has a goal of being more consumer-friendly by offering more flexibility in the form of waiving the first late fee, eliminating several other fees, and letting cardholders choose their due date. Like other cards on this list, Discover It has a base 1% cash back on all purchases along with 5% on revolving categories. You can read our Discover It review on the blog. Apply for the Discover It.
Chase Freedom Visa: This tried-and-true card gives you 5% cash back on rotating categories. That’s a nice benefit, unless you neglect to enroll. Then your spending will default to the 1% cash back that the Chase Freedom offers on other categories. Apply for the Chase Freedom Visa.
Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard: This cash back card for average credit consumers works on a points system. You earn 2 points per $1 spent on gas, groceries and utilities and 1 point per $1 spent on other purchases. The points can be used like cash to pay for purchases on the card. Apply for the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard.
What should I consider before applying?
The Quicksilver Rewards Card isn’t for everyone. You’ll need excellent credit to get this card. If your credit’s less-than-perfect, you might qualify for the QuicksilverOne Rewards Card. The difference between the two is that the QuicksilverOne Rewards Card has a $39 annual fee. But that can be quickly offset by the cash back earned, if you spend wisely and pay off your balance each month.
As always, make sure to check your current credit standing on Credit Karma before you apply. And avoid applying for several cards at once, as the multiple hard inquiries will ding your credit.
Bethy Hardeman is the Social Media Manager and Writer at Credit Karma, where she’s been since February 2011. When she’s not writing about credit and finance all over the web, you can find her playing her guitar, catching the latest movie, training for her next race or just exploring the city of San Francisco. Say “Hi” on Twitter: @bhardeman.
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