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BofA Cash Rewards 3% options

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BofA Cash Rewards 3% options

Bank of America is going to allow Cash Rewards holders to choose their 3% category starting next January.

 

https://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/consumer-banking/bank-america-clients-have-power-c...

 

This will be great for those on the Platinum Honors tier to get 5.25% back on things other than gas. 


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Established Contributor

Re: BofA Cash Rewards 3% options

Cool beans.  Now they need to make it 5% for category spend like some of the competition.

 

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New Contributor

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Meh, quarterly limit is only $2500. 1% after that. Might be useful if they raised the cap or removed it altogether.
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Super Contributor

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Good move. Always better to have choice than not. My Costco visa covers gas and dining anyway so I’ll probably choose home furnishings.
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Moderator

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Well, well I might have to keep the card now that they will allow this, was going to deep six it early next year as its redundant to other cards I have.
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If private school tuition and summer camp were a 3% category... oh, wait there's a cap?  Smiley Sad

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This is good news - a minor game changer for this card and for my love/hate relationship with BOA these days.  The travel 3% category would be a great 1st quarter for me, as I'd hit the limit before the end of January and then have to wait until April for another sure thing.  Gas and grocery spend doesn't come anywhere close to useful in terms of rewards for me.

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This is certainly a good move for BOA, even considering the quarterly cap. I will likely take this out of the SD next month and give it some use. I would only use this card for the 3% category (Travel/Gas) so the 2500 cap wouldn’t be an issue for me at all.

 

This also makes it a little easier for me to dump my Citi Premier when the AF hits in August. I only use the Premier for portal redemptions so I’m really only getting 3.75% back on travel and gas. Paying a 95$ fee for a 3.75% travel card makes no sense when I can get 3% back with a no af card.

 

Is the 10% customer bonus still in or did they replace that with preferred awards?

Amex Green NPSL, Amex Hilton Surpass 5k, Amex Marriott Bonvoy 1k, AMEX BBP 1k, AMEX Biz Cash 6k, BOA Cash Rewards 5k, BOA Better Balance Rewards 2k, Care Credit 15k, Chase Amazon Visa 19.825k, Discover 11.8k, Discover 12.5k, Nordstrom Store 4.5k , Fidelity Visa 10k, Cap 1 QS 15k, Cap 1 Savor 10.5k, Citi Rewards+ 4.4k, Citi DC 8k, Citi Advantage Platinum 5.5k, US Cash+ 3.5k, Altitude Reserve 12.5k, Paypal Mastercard 4k, Apple Card 6.5k, Wells Fargo Cash Wise 5k, BOA Premium Rewards 8k, Citi AA Biz 1.5k, Flexperks Biz 3k
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Current lineup of BoA credit cards feel a bit lackluster for sure. Products named 'cash rewards', 'travel rewards', and 'premium rewards', but in reality all just cash back cards with 3-2-1 categories, a flat 1.5%, and a 2% meh travel/dining with some minor perks. It'd be nice to see them get some transfer partners or get a travel portal with elevated redemption rate similar to Chase. For being such a large bank, it seems weird that they're so reluctant to get into the game.

 

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@netthier wrote:

Current lineup of BoA credit cards feel a bit lackluster for sure. Products named 'cash rewards', 'travel rewards', and 'premium rewards', but in reality all just cash back cards with 3-2-1 categories, a flat 1.5%, and a 2% meh travel/dining with some minor perks. It'd be nice to see them get some transfer partners or get a travel portal with elevated redemption rate similar to Chase. For being such a large bank, it seems weird that they're so reluctant to get into the game.

 


No longer a customer so I'm not sure how much they push the Preferred stuff, but to me that makes sense as a strategy:  ho-hum cards that really transform into some best of class with $100K in an IRA.   Why "give away" rewards for free when you attract money to your core business!

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