1% Cash Back Calculator

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1% Cash Back

Calculate cash back using the 1% cash back calculator, get the results, and compare side by side airline, hotel, and cash back rewards cards.

What Is 1% Cash Back?

When a rewards card or program is offering 1% cash back, it means that you will earn 1 cent for every $1 you spend. You can easily calculate 1% cash back by multiplying 0.01 by the amount you plan on spending. For example, if you want to know how much cash back you'll earn for spending $1,000, it would be $1,000 x 0.01 which equals $10. You can use the 1% Cash Back Calculator at the bottom of this page to calculate total cash back based on your spend.

Should I Get A 1% Cash Back Card?

In my opinion, no you should not. There are more 1.5% cash back credit cards than you can count that has no annual fee that you can choose from. There's even some 2% cash back credit cards with no annual fee. Even if you have a short or bad credit profile, you can still typically get a 1.5% cash back credit card.

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You can use this rewards calculator to calculate how many points, miles, or cash back you can earn based on your spend per category. This calculator will also give you the dollar value of the card based on rewards earned and how much each benefit is worth to you minus the fees. You can click the Compare A Card button to compare this card against another card in the same calculator.

All category spend entered in the primary card's column will carry over to all credit card pages on the site so you don't have to re-enter the same information over again.

Credit Card
This calculator will calculate the cash value of the selected credit card(s) based on spend, benefits, and fees. You can compare this card against any other rewards card side-by-side by clicking on the Compare A Card button.
Compare A Card
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Compare A Card
Family Cards
These cards are part of the same family.
Similar Cards
These are similar cards based on earning structure and other benefits (that aren't part of the same family).
Search Cards
Search for credit cards by name, rewards program, or rewards currency.
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Categories Spending
Enter how much you spend in each category listed. You can click on the amount to edit the value, +/- Categories to add and remove categories from the list, and Options to copy spend between columns and clear all spend.
Add Categories
Search for categories and click 'Add Category' to add it to the calculator. If you want to be more specific, you can specify domestic or international spend.
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Add Categories On Card Change
When you add/change a credit card comparision, the categories missing from the newly added card will be added to the list of categories. Toggle this off to prevent such from happening.
Clear Spend/Mobile
Clear All Spend will clear the spend in all categories in both columns and all saved values (cookies). Clear Mobile will remove the mobile pay option from all categories in both columns.
Copy Spend
Copies all spend amounts and their units of time from one column to the other. Does not copy mobilepay indicator.
Total Earnings
The sum of all spend and bonuses above this line and the cash value of it all.
From Spending
From Bonuses
From Loyalty
Cash Value
Cash value of total earnings based on currency worth.
Monetary Bonuses & Fees
Cash bonuses, annual fees, authorized user fees, and any other listed fees.
Monetary Bonuses
Annual Fee
Auth User Fee
Cash Bonuses
Annual Fee
Auth User Fee
Grand Total
The total estimated value you can get out of this card and the amount of return for your spend.
Total Card Value
The value of the card based on spend, benefits, and fees.
Total Return
The percent you are earning based on spend, earnings, and fees.

There are a lot of great cards on the market that can earn you higher than a 1% return on your spend. You can use the Search For Cards By Spend Calculator to get a list of the best credit cards based on your spend across different categories. You'll also be able to toggle annual fees, banks, card types, networks, and much more.

There's also a bunch of other helpful credit card calculators on the site that can use such as credit card comparison calculators, hotel elite status calculators, rewards points and miles cash value calculators and much more. You can get the full list of calculators off the home page.

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