Debit card programs were so attractive to consumers at one point that they made more sense to use as opposed to cash. Points and dollars were adding up so fast creating a too good to be scenario for consumers. But just as that wave has come and gone, it looks like credit card processing just got a little bit interesting again. We are seeing credit card programs riding the new wave for spenders.
Not long ago, the only company really focused on credit rewards was Discover which had a generous 2% cash back feature on transactions. But over the coming months we will hear more and more about other companies following suit and consumers will cash in. Why?
Finally credit card processing companies are trying to lure in customers with great credit. Customers like this have great repayment records but still carry balances which translates into revenue for the issuer. Competition for this breed of client is competitive and banks will have to offer more than just mediocre customer service to look attractive.
Who Benefits From Credit Card Processing Rewards?This move will also entice consumers to start using credit again. The debit card programs bit into the market and in many respects retrained spenders to spend with either cash or debit. Credit transactions were an afterthought because they could not compete with rewards programs nor the frequent discounts offered by merchants on cash transactions.
The new cash back credit cards have evolved a bit and will offer tiered rewards for certain types of spending. General transactions will have the lowest value while groceries and fuel will each respectively be higher. Some issuers will offer up to 5% cash back on specialty categories throughout the year in partnership with major retailers. For example, Spring might be lawn and garden season while Summer might see higher rewards for home improvement spends.
It all sounds like great fun and great deals for savvy consumers and those who literally play their cards right will cash in. Airline Miles and sign up bonuses will loom large before Christmas in order to get people spending on their new cards in time for the holidays but these offers are not for everyone.