This year, the number of debit cards rewards programs being offered by the banks in Bankrate’s 2011 Debit Card Rewards Survey dropped significantly. The decline can be attributed directly to mandated limits from the Dodd-Frank Act on the swipe fees banks can charge merchants to process debit card transactions, also known as interchange fees. Those limits kicked in Oct. 1.
Since those fees are being limited, it has made debit cards less profitable, which has led to banks cutting loyalty programs. Consumers seeking debit card rewards may find it harder to earn them, thanks to a shift to programs supported by specific merchants looking to bring in new customers rather than by banks. Find out how the debit card rewards you’ve earned fit into the new landscape.
Debit card rewards falling out of favor
Bankrate’s 2011 Debit Card Rewards Survey finds these programs are dying. What can you do?
5 options for morphing debit card rewards
If your debit card rewards are under attack, try switching to a credit union or small bank.
The future of debit card rewards
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Are your debit card rewards safe?
Customers can still redeem earned rewards points but might face expiration dates or fees.
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Compare debit card rewards
Debit card rewards offerings are changing. Learn the results of Bankrate’s 2011 survey.
Changes for debit card rewards
How has the change to fees banks charge merchants on debit cards impacted debit rewards programs?
Dwindling debit card rewards
There have been many changes with debit cards and rewards programs are no exception.
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