If you are new to the world of rewards, all those points, miles, cash back and sign-up bonuses may sound like some trick issuers use to make you apply for their card. However, when you understand how all rewards programs work and how much you can save using a rewards credit card, you won't be that skeptical any more.
To get into the swing of rewards credit cards, start using a cash back credit card with fixed cash back rewards on purchases. Cash back rewards are plain and easy to comprehend: you simply get some percentage back form every purchase you make with the card. Standard cash back reward is 1% cash back. Earned cash back can be easily redeemed for cold cash or statement credits.
Points and miles rewards are pretty much the same: you get a number of points/miles per dollar spent on purchases. Standard reward is 1 mile or 1 point, and it is usually worth 1 penny when you translate it into cash, but it may vary depending on redemption conditions.
When you fill confident enough, you can try co-branded credit cards. They usually allow to earn points or miles rewards on purchases in specific categories like travel, gas, dining out, or entertainment. Co-branded cards are good for travelers, avid shoppers and to anyone who find themselves loyal to a store, airline or a hotel.
When you choose a rewards credit card, it always comes to your shopping habits, expenses, and needs. You won't need an airline credit card if you do not travel by plane, and you won't definitely need a gas rewards credit card if you do not have a car. So, think first, then calculate your potential rewards and then apply for a rewards credit card.