Discover it® Cash Back review

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Good to Excellent (670 - 850)

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Annual Fee:
$0
Purchase Intro APR:
0% for 14 months
Balance Transfer Intro APR:
0% for 14 months
Regular APR:
13.74% - 24.74% Variable
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Bankrate Rating

Commonly used for: 0% Introductory APR, Cash Back, EMV, Excellent Credit, Free Credit Score, Gas, Mobile Pay Ready, No Annual Fee, No Foreign Transaction Fees, Popular, Price Protection, Rewards, Rotating Cash Back Categories, Unsecured credit card, Zero Fraud Liability.

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Intro Bonus
Variable APR
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Discover it® Cash Back: Details and benefits

The Discover it Cash Back earns you 5 percent cash back on rotating categories each quarter (up to $1,500 in purchases, then 1 percent) and 1 percent on all other purchases (activation required). For October through December of this year, you’ll earn on purchases at the following places: Amazon.com, Target and Walmart.com

You won’t be charged an annual fee and at the end of your first year of card ownership, Discover will double all of the cash back you’ve earned with their Cashback Match™ feature.

Advantages
  • No annual fee
  • Cashback Match™ doubles the rewards you’ve earned at the end of your first year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • First late payment fee is waived ($39 thereafter)
Disadvantages
  • Balance transfer fee each time you transfer
  • Must activate your bonus categories each quarter

Is the Discover it® Cash Back worth it for you?

For no annual fee, the Discover it® Cash Back is a great option for those searching for a flexible cash back card.

You’ll earn a significant amount of cash back in different categories each quarter and as a welcome bonus, Discover will double all of the rewards you’ve earned at the end of your first year.

If you’re interested in completing a balance transfer, keep in mind you’ll owe a 3 percent fee for the first balance transfer. Additional transfers made thereafter will be charged a 5 percent fee (see terms)*.

Get the most value from the Discover it® Cash Back

Discover’s list of security features will keep your account safe in the event of card loss or theft. You can enjoy free Social Security number and new account alerts, $0 Fraud Liability and a Freeze it® on/off switch for your account, should you suspect any fraudulent activity.

To opt into Discover’s security alerts, activate at www.discover.com/freealerts.

How much are the Discover it® Cash Back rewards worth?

Say you maxed out the quarterly bonus category each quarter, effectively spending $1,500 every three months. In doing so, you’d earn $300 worth of cash back for the year. When you include your Cashback Match™ welcome bonus, you’d earn $600 worth of cash back by the end of your first year.

How to redeem rewards

Redeem your cash back rewards at any time in any amount as a statement credit, electronic bank deposit, gift card (in $20 increments) or shop on Amazon.com.