Prime Visa review

Earning unlimited 5% back on all your Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market and Chase Travel purchases, and 10% back or more on a rotating selection of items and categories on Amazon.com (with an eligible Prime membership) can quickly add up if you regularly shop these websites and stores.

Written by
Brooklyn Lowery
Edited by
Jennifer Doss
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Prime Visa

  • Rewards
  • Earn unlimited 5% back at Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, and on Chase Travel purchases with an eligible Prime membership, unlimited 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and on local transit and commuting (including rideshare), and unlimited 1% on all other purchases
  • Welcome Bonus
  • Get a $200 Amazon Gift Card instantly upon approval exclusively for Prime members
  • Annual Fee
  • $0
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Key Features

Editor Analysis:

Pros
  • This card offers unlimited 5% back on all your Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market and Chase Travel purchases, and 10% back or more on a rotating selection of items and categories on Amazon.com (with an eligible Prime membership). This could add up to some serious cash back if regularly shop these websites and stores.
  • Even though this is a branded card, you can still earn unlimited 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and on local transit and commuting (including rideshare). Additionally, you can earn unlimited 1% back on all other purchases. That makes this a solid cash-back rewards card for just about any everyday purchase.
  • With no foreign transaction fees (a relatively unusual feature for a no-annual-fee cash-back rewards card) you can travel abroad without worrying about spending extra on fees.
Cons
  • The welcome offer is a $200 Amazon gift card instantly upon approval exclusively for Prime members. It isn't a bad welcome offer, but it is fairly restrictive. There are other cards out there with more flexible rewards and welcome offers if that's important to you.
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Imagine getting cash back for shopping on Amazon.com and at Whole Foods? That’s not a dream. It’s what you get with the CardName.

The card offers Prime members unlimited 5% back on their Amazon.com, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market and Chase Travel purchases and those points can be redeemed for future Amazon.com purchases or for cash back, gift cards or travel via Chase. Additionally, earn 10% back or more on a rotating selection of items and categories on Amazon.com with an eligible Prime membership. Rewards credit cards commonly provide 1.5% or 2% back on purchases – or perhaps more in certain categories – but this card goes well beyond that for Amazon and Whole Foods purchases.

There are other things eligible for rewards, too. You earn unlimited 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and on local transit and commuting (including rideshares), and unlimited 1% back on all your other purchases.

Another benefit that sets this card apart from others is that it doesn’t have an annual fee. You do need an Amazon Prime membership to earn the unlimited 5% back (otherwise, you’d earn 3% back on those purchases). That membership costs $139 annually and has other perks, including free two-day shipping for eligible items, free streaming from the Amazon Prime movie and TV library and a host of other perks and features.

CardName best perks

The unlimited 5% back on Amazon, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market and Chase Travel purchases is one of the more generous benefits available, especially when you see that the amount you can earn isn’t capped. Additionally, you can earn 10% back or more on a rotating selection of items and categories on Amazon.com with an eligible Prime membership. The CardName also offers flexibility when you redeem points. Let’s say you make a $100 purchase on Amazon. When you go to pay for the purchase, Amazon allows you to reduce the amount by using your points. So, if you have $50 worth of points in this scenario (that would be 5,000 points), you could use your points and then pay only $50 for the purchase.

Every 100 points are worth $1 toward a purchase. That means if you use your card for $1,000 in Amazon and Whole Foods purchases, that’s 5,000 points or $50 to redeem on Amazon.

Sometimes, you might want to use your points for other reasons. The card lets you redeem points for cash back, gift cards and travel via Chase. For instance, 2,500 points can get a $25 gift card and you can choose from flights, hotels, cruises and car rentals, too.

And we really haven’t discussed that you’ll receive a $200 Amazon gift card as a welcome gift immediately upon approval for the card (exclusively for Prime Members).

Beyond being a solid rewards credit card, cardholders also benefit from not having to pay foreign transaction fees, so feel free to take this card with you on your next venture abroad. Plus, there are many card perks. including auto rental collision damage waiver, purchase protection and more.

Additionally, CardName cardholders receive travel benefits like travel and emergency assistance, lost luggage reimbursement, baggage delay insurance and travel accident insurance. There’s also roadside assistance.

Potential downsides of the CardName

There are other rewards cards with more flexible introductory bonuses. Other cards might give you hundreds of dollars’ worth of points when you spend a minimum amount in the first three months. You won’t get that with the CardName. Instead, you receive a $200 Amazon gift card instantly upon approval exclusively for Prime members, which might be exactly what someone like you wants given that you’re applying for an Amazon-branded credit card.

There’s also no introductory low or 0% APR period, which could be important if you were wanting to do some serious shopping and have a few extra months to pay it off interest-free.

The card also limits how you can redeem points. For instance, you can’t use your points for Amazon Kindle downloads, digital music, Amazon video titles, Amazon App store apps and Prime memberships. Of course, you can redeem your points for cash back as statement credit or as a deposit into an account, which would, technically, give you the funds to pay for those things. It’s just an extra step to take rather than simply paying with points.

Lastly, this card is only for Prime members. If your Prime membership isn’t kept current once you have the card, you’ll drop to only earning 3% at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market. Without a Prime membership, the CardName is the card you’ll want to apply for. The CardName offers cardholders 3% back on Amazon and Whole Foods purchases. Otherwise, there’s no difference between the two cards’ rewards programs.

How do cardholders rate the CardName?

CardRatings conducts a survey annually to learn what actual cardholders think of their cards. Here are the results for the CardName:

 Current ScoresPast Scores
Overall Score80.791
Features Satisfaction8.29.4
Customer Service7.39.1
Website/App Usability7.89.3
Likelihood of Continuing to Use99.6
Recommend to a Friend/Colleague8.28.3
Scores above reflect the results of surveys with actual cardholders. Full methodology below.

How the CardName compares to other cards

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Neither card charges an annual fee and both offer 5% back on specific categories of purchases. While the CardName lets you maximize points on Amazon, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods and Chase Travel purchases, CardName offers 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent in categories that rotate each quarter (you must activate the bonus categories quarterly in order to earn at that rate).

You might get 5% back on charges at gas stations one quarter and then enjoy 5% at grocery stores the next. All other purchases get 1% cash back as do your purchases in the bonus categories after hitting the spending cap.

Another huge perk with CardName is that Discover matches all the cash back new cardmembers earn in the first year, which means that earning $150 in cash back during your first year will effectively mean you earn $300 in cash back that first year. Discover also doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee, but the card isn’t accepted in as many global locations as Visa and Mastercard, so keep that in mind.

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The CardName doesn’t charge an annual fee and lets you maximize your cash back in a category of your choice. Choose 3% cash back on gas and EV charging station, online shopping/cable/internet/phone plan/streaming, dining, travel, drug store/pharmacy, or home improvement/furnishings purchases. Additionally, earn 2% back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs (up to $2,500 in combined choice category/grocery store/wholesale club quarterly purchases) and an unlimited 1% back on all other purchases.

Cardholders also earn a $200 online cash rewards bonus when they make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening.

This card is an option if you spend a lot of time at the pump and in grocery store aisles or, thanks to the option to choose your category, if you’re a regular online shopper.

Interested in additional options for online shopping? See our roundup of the best credit cards for online shopping for more.

Who should get the CardName?

The CardName is meant for Prime members who are regular Amazon and Whole Foods Market shoppers. You get unlimited 5% back on those purchases, which is one of the more generous rewards programs, and an additional 10% back or more on a rotating selection of items and categories on Amazon.com with an eligible Prime membership. Plus, you don’t pay an annual fee. That combination is rare.

Plus, it’s not just an Amazon-branded card; the CardName offers multiple benefits and no foreign transaction fees and the chance to earn bonus rewards beyond your Amazon purchases.

All of these perks, and more, make the CardName a well-rounded credit card.

Frequently asked questions

No, the CardName does not charge an annual fee but you need to be an active Amazon Prime member to qualify.
No, the CardName does not charge foreign transaction fees.
Yes, the CardName is a credit card issued by Chase and is designed for Amazon Prime members. The card offers various benefits, including cash back on purchases made on Amazon and at Whole Foods, as well as other rewards on different types of purchases. As a credit card, it allows users to make purchases on credit, which they will need to repay, typically with interest if the balance is not paid in full each month.
To qualify for the CardName card you generally need good to excellent credit. This typically means a FICO score of 670 or higher. However, credit card issuers may consider various factors beyond just the credit score, such as income, credit history, and debt-to-income ratio, when evaluating applications.

Our Methodology

Survey methodology: CardRatings commissioned Op4G in September 2023 to conduct surveys among 1,869 cardholders nationwide. CardRatings website analytics from Jan. 1, 2023-Aug. 31, 2023 were used to determine a selection of the most popular cards and additional cards were included to add survey breadth. Responses to each of nine questions were given on a scale of 1-10 and respondents’ scores were then averaged under broad topics. To determine the overall score, responses from questions 1-8 were summed and the answer to “How likely are you to recommend this card to a friend, coworker or family member?” was double weighted. Current Scores reflect scores from the most recent survey (2023); “Past Scores” reflect scores from the 2022 survey.

Disclaimer:The information in this article is believed to be accurate as of the date it was written. Please keep in mind that credit card offers change frequently. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. Reasonable efforts are made to maintain accurate information. See the online credit card application for full terms and conditions on offers and rewards. Please verify all terms and conditions of any credit card prior to applying.


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