Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Review

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The Amazon Rewards Visa Signature credit card from Chase is great for Amazon customers who want great cash back on their Amazon spending but don’t want to drop the money on an Amazon Prime membership.

Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card

overall rating
4.1
Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 14.24% - 22.24% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate Earn 3% back on Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market, 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drug stores, and 1% back on all other purchases.
Ratings Breakdown
for Interest
2.2
for Fees
3.3
for Rewards
4.1
for Credit
2.2
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Get an $60 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon credit card approval.

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This card is perfect for regular Amazon and Whole Foods shoppers who don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, or don’t want to buy one for $119 a year. You’ll earn extra cash back on purchases from Amazon.com, Whole Foods Market, restaurants, drug stores, and gas stations—for no annual fee.

While travel buffs would be better off with a travel rewards card, this is not a bad card to take with you on a trip. It provides a variety of travel insurance and assistance products, and charges no foreign transaction fees.

If you do have a Prime membership, you’ll want the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card. The bonus for new cardholders is $70 and you earn more cash back at Amazon and Whole Foods Market. That card also has no annual fee (beyond an annual Prime membership).

Pros
  • Easy-to-earn new cardholder bonus

  • Widespread acceptance

  • Travel perks

Cons
  • No low-interest balance transfer or purchase offer

  • Earns less on Amazon purchases than the Amazon Prime card

Pros explained 

  • Easy-to-earn new cardholder bonus: You’ll get a $60 Amazon gift card upon approval. That's an unusually good bonus for a retail card since you're not required to spend anything to get it. 
  • Widespread acceptance: Some retail cards can only be used at a single store or group of stores. This card can be used anywhere that Visa is accepted, and therefore acts more like a general cash-back card.
  • Travel perks: The card has some strong travel-related insurance benefits and doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee. 

Cons explained

  • No low-interest balance transfer or introductory purchase offer: Some cash-back credit cards offer these types of deals for up to 15 months, but this isn’t one. 
  • Earns less than the Amazon Prime card: This card offers a smaller bonus for new cardholders and a lower cash-back rate, compared to the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card. If you’re a loyal, frequent Amazon and Whole Foods customer, you may want to purchase the membership required for the Amazon Prime card to get the highest rewards,  

Bonus for New Cardholders

You’ll earn a $60 Amazon electronic gift card upon credit card approval. That’s not bad for a retail card bonus, especially considering you don’t have to spend anything to get it. 

Earning Points & Rewards

The Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card from Chase offers three levels of cash-back earnings. You’ll earn 3% at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Markets; 2% at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores; and 1% on everything else.

Points don’t expire as long as your account stays open.

Redeeming Rewards 

In general, each point is worth 1 cent when redeemed for cash. Here are a few ways to redeem points:

  • Cash or statement credits: 10,000 points translate to $100, and you can transfer cash electronically to checking or savings accounts. Statement credits are applied directly to balances, but they don’t replace minimum payments due. The exception is if the statement credit pays off the full balance including interest owed. 
  • Amazon purchases: Use points directly through your Amazon account like cash. You can pay partially with points and any remaining balances can be paid with Amazon gift cards or your Amazon credit card. 
  • Gift cards: Gift cards for restaurants and retailers can be purchased at chase.com/amazonrewards.
  • Travel: Points for travel can be redeemed at the Chase Travel Center phone number. Any difference in costs can be paid with your card, and some bookings will have a minimum booking amount. 

How to Get the Most Out of This Card

Consider buying everything you can from Amazon.com and Whole Foods to earn 3% back. Then make sure you use the card for all your restaurant, gas, and drugstore purchases to max out the 2% category. Consider, however, buying your over-the-counter drugstore purchases from Amazon instead of a drugstore, so you’ll get 3% instead of 2% back. 

Redeeming points for Amazon purchases is not the best way to use rewards. By covering part of the purchase with points, you’re not earning cash back on that amount—in the highest rewards category.

Excellent Perks

The Amazon Rewards Visa Signature card provides a couple of perks that our editors have deemed “excellent” because they provide more value than the standard credit card perks.

  • Travel accident insurance: If you’re dismembered or killed in an accident while on a trip you paid for with this card, you or your survivors are eligible for up to $500,000 in coverage.
  • Coverage for lost, damaged, or delayed luggage: Lost or delayed luggage is reimbursed at up to $3,000 per passenger. If your flight is delayed for six hours or more, each passenger may be reimbursed for clothing and toiletries at a rate of $100 per day for up to three days.

Other Features 

  • Rental car collision insurance (secondary to your own policy)
  • Insurance for stolen or damaged purchases
  • Extended warranties
  • Travel and emergency hotline
  • Concierge for booking event tickets, restaurant reservations, hotels, and other services 

Customer Experience

In J.D. Power’s 2019 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study, Chase was among six issuers ranked “About Average" out of a total of 11 issuers

You can call Chase customer service representatives 24/7 but there is no online chat capability. One interesting feature that Chase offers is its Credit Journey tool, which gives you access to a free credit score updated weekly and a score simulator, which shows you how your score might be impacted by different behaviors, such as paying off debt.

You don’t have to be a Chase customer to use Credit Journey. 

Security Features  

Chase’s credit cards have industry-standard security features and a few exceptional ones. You can lock your card from the app if you misplace it, and if you need a new card, you can get a free replacement within 24 hours in the U.S. and Canada.

Fees

The Amazon Rewards Visa Signature card has mostly standard fees for a card of this type, although the 5% balance transfer fee may give some pause. Travelers will be pleased that there are no foreign transaction fees.

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CURRENT CARD
Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card
overall rating
4.1
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 14.24% - 22.24% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate Earn 3% back on Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market, 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drug stores, and 1% back on all other purchases.
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  • What Are the Rewards Worth? Cards accumulate rewards in different currencies—points, miles, cash back—and their values vary widely. To simplify the problem, we built a system that fairly compares rewards and gives them a dollar value. We do this by looking at the ways you can earn and use rewards, which includes evaluating Americans’ typical spending habits and analyzing common travel patterns.
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  4. J.D. Power. "Credit Card Rewards War Reaches Inflection Point as Competition Grows, J.D. Power Finds." Accessed May 14, 2020.

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