Priceline Rewards™ Visa® Card review

Priceline Rewards Visa Card:

(Updated June 26, 2014 with the current offer)

  • Card issuer: Barclays
  • Type: Visa Signature/Visa Platinum (automatically considered for lesser Platinum if rejected for Signature)
  • Sign-up bonus:
    • Signature: 5,000 points after first purchase, additional 5,000 points for $1,000 on qualifying transactions in the first 90 days of account opening
    • Platinum: unspecified
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Annual fee waived first year: N/A
  • Additional cardholders: $0
  • Foreign transaction fee: 3%
  • Rental Car Collision Damage Waiver (CDW): Secondary
  • Earning:
    • Signature: 5 points/$1 on Priceline purchases except 1 point/$1 on Cruise bookings, non-Name Your Own Price® car reservations, and hotel reservations designated as Pay When You Stay; 1 point/$1 on everything else
    • Platinum: unspecified
    • Warning: must have 1 transaction or account balance every 6 months or points will be forfeited
  • Redeeming (selected options):
    • 1 cent/point statement credits for any purchases $25 or greater, redeem with 30 day of purchase (or 90 days for Priceline Name Your Own Price purchase)
  • Special benefit(s): None
  • Annual benefit(s): None

Review:  Prior versions of this card offered 2% cash back on everything. The current version is only 1% cash back on non-Priceline purchases so the card is best for frequent Priceline customers. 5% cash back on airfare bookings is arguably the best credit card airfare bonus in the market.

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  • Bob

    The AMEX Blue Cash Preferred, which gives 6% cash back on all grocery store purchases (which includes gas cards and gift cards purchased at groceries), is far and away the best cash back card in my opinion (and in my wallet). But version # 1 of the Priceline card is the second best in my opinion and works great for those places that don’t take AMEX or where AMEX only gives 1 %.

  • @Bob – thanks for the tip, I will research that card.

  • tr3b0r

    I signed up for the Cap One Venture ($59 fee) for the first 100,000 “mile” bonus and just had the annual fee post. Kind of flinched at first, but then remembered that I have benefited handsomely from the card and have been generally pleased with the customer service.

    I still have some credit left over after using some from the initial bonus, which I used primarily to fund a hotels, B&Bs, and rental cars during a couple week roadtrip shortly after getting the bonus.

    While I do have a Companion Pass with Southwest, I am not an elite with any carriers and tend to use the Venture miles to fund ancillary purchases that would otherwise be coming out of my pocket — things like the famous TOD upgrades, buy-on-board meals, Southwest’s early boarding option, etc. Cap One is also very liberal about their interpretation of “travel” expenses for reimbursement.

    I have added to the rewards balance, as well. I am approaching five months of being overseas this year, and this is my only card without a currency conversion fee. I use it practically anywhere I can while out of the U.S. and as of today I have about $400 of credit available.

    Sure, actual miles can be more valuable in airline programs if redeemed for premium cabin international flights — but you don’t have the same flexibility. I can also earn points/miles when I redeem for travel expenses, since I am making actual purchases.

    I have also had great experiences with Cap One’s customer service. I read some horror stories before I applied, so I was a little leery, but Cap One had a new card to me in very short order (maybe two days?) after detecting suspicious activity on my account, and they also aggressively pursued a merchant that was violating Visa’s regulations by adding service fess to my regular purchases with them. (After pointing out the policy and asking them to refund the fees, they refused — so I disputed the charges, and Cap One charged the merchant back.)

    Hopefully users of the Priceline card will be as happy as I have been with Cap One’s card — I hate that Cap One calls it a “miles” card, but it has been great for me overall and I am definitely continuing to benefit from it, far in excess of the annual fee.

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  • Looks like the rewards on this card have been slashed in half…

  • @Points on the Dollar – thanks for pointing this out, this is extremely disappointing. I have not received any terms update on my existing card, I will contact Barclays. Previously they had several confusing versions that offered different earning, recently everything was the 5/2. Interestingly I see the link from the Priceline website still has the 5/2 while other links do not.

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