Best Credit Cards For Everyday Spend

A list of the best credit cards for everyday purchases based on your spend, pulled from a databased of 250+ cards. Compare cards. Automatically updates.


It's usually not feasible to have a credit card that earns bonus rewards across every category that you spend in. You'll end up with a lot of credit cards trying to do so. You can always run miscellaneous spend through your favorite program's co-branded credit card, but if you're looking to maximize your spend, you'll want to pick up a credit card that can earn you a 1.5 to 2%+ return.

In terms of the top rewards point programs offered by American Express, Chase, and Citi, you'll want to have the AMEX Blue Business Plus or AMEX Everyday Preferred if you're earning AMEX Membership Rewards Points, the Chase Freedom Unlimited or Chase Ink Business Cash if you're earning Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, and the Citi Double Cash or Citi Rewards+ Card if you're earning Citi ThankYou Points.

If you're earning cash back, you'll generally want to pair up a flat rate earning card under the same bank with your other cash back cards. For example, you can pair the Capital One Savor or Capital One SavorOne Card with the 1.5% cash back Quicksilver. Another example is pairing the AMEX Blue Cash Preferred or AMEX Blue Cash Everyday with the 1.5% cash back Cash Magnet Card.

If you don't care about pair cards and earning rewards under the same umbrella, picking up the Citi Double Cash, PayPal CashBack Mastercard, Alliant CashBack Visa.

Best Cards By Category Calculator

The Best Credit Cards By Category Calculator below will find the best credit cards for the listed categories based on your spend and the filter options selected. This will output a list of up to 50 credit cards sorted by total return.

Compare credit cards side by side based on spend, benefits, and fees.

I recommend using the Rewards Calculator which allows you to compare results side by side other cards, factor in sign up bonuses, add authorized users, select elite status (hotel cards), and much more.

Category Spend

Enter your spend per month, year, or quarter for the listed categories. You can then click Get The Best Cards to get the list of results.

Non-Category

Spend Duration

You can set the duration of the spend for the categories listed above. If you're looking for the best card for only n-months worth of spend, this is where you change the option. If you want to calculate based on a full year, you can leave it set to a duration of 'year'.

Adjust Transferable Points

Some rewards programs allow you to transfer your earned points to airline, hotel, and other loyalty programs. These programs will generally have higher point values when doing such. Since these matter so much when choosing a credit card, you can enter your own point value for these programs to include in the calculations. You can set any of the currencies listed below to 0 to calculate based on the non-transfer value (in which most are 1 cent per point with the exception of Chase's 1.25/1.5 cent redemptions).
When transferring to other programs, you should be able to get 1 to 2 cents in value for most of the programs listed below, so I defaulted most to a low average of 1.5 cents. You can click on the to learn more about the value of the currency (opens in a new tab/window).

Include Annual Credits/Bonuses

Several credit cards feature annual bonuses. These are usually anniversary bonuses for having the card, airline credits, hotel credits, and more. If you want these included in the calculation, you can check thy box below.

Bank

The bank that issues the card. De-select the banks that you do not want in the results.

Network

The network that the card is tied to such as VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or AMEX.

Card Type

The type of card such as a co-branded airline card, bank rewards card, or cash back card. Do note that some store cards will appear under cash back if you're able to redeem cash back like a normal cash back credit card.

Reward Type

The type of rewards the card earns. This will either be points, miles, or cash back.

Personal/Business

Toggle the showing of personal or business cards in the results. Card combinations are also featured on this site. The combo option is only available if it's more than one category you're enter spend for.

Annual Fee

The range of fees you're willing to pay to wield such awesome credit cards. The First Year Free (FYF) / First Year Reduced (FYR) option will only show FYF/FYR cards that has an second year (and onward) annual fee that falls within the range you entered.

Income Requirements

Some credit cards require a certain amount of annual individual or household income. Enter a max income or enter -1 to show all cards.

Foreign Transaction Fees

Toggle whether to include credit cards that have a foreign transaction fee, foreign conversion fee, or any other type of charge that has to do with making purchases outside of the region.

Results

Do note that results may take a few seconds to generate after doing a search.
You can click on the 'Rewards Calculator' for any of the cards listed in the results to calculate even more accurate results. You'll be able to enter spend for other categories, toggle fees, add authorized users, and more.
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