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Most of the card offers that appear on this site are from companies from which Credit Card Tune-Up receives a commission for new cardmembers (e.g. American Express, Barclaycard, U.S. Bank, etc.), though many offers are from companies with which there is no such partnership (e.g. PenFed, Fifth Third, First National Bank, Navy FCU). However, these commissions do not impact how or where products appear on this site, including the order in which they appear. Other factors, such as our own proprietary website rules (e.g. reward currency valuations) do impact how and where products appear on this site. The Credit Card Tune-Up calculation engine does not include the entire universe of available financial or credit offers.


It can be daunting to choose reward credit cards that are right for you. Credit card companies offer dozens of competing cards and their reward structures for cashback, frequent flier miles, and points are a complex mix of categories, tiers, limits, and earning percentages.

The Credit Card Tune-Up calculator makes all of that easy. Just choose your filter criteria in the box on the right, plug in how much you spend each month, and press the Recalculate button. You'll then be presented with a list of the cards in our calculation engine sorted in descending order by the expected value of your first-year rewards minus any annual fee. All reward types -- miles, points, cashback -- are converted into dollars for an easy apples-to-apples comparison. You can hover over a calculated dollar amount to see any details about how points or miles are valued for that card. Note that these valuations are based on our research and not assigned by the card companies.

If having more than one of the credit cards in our database and using each card for its more-rewarding categories will earn you a greater annual reward, then those best combinations are shown in the columns labeled "Best N-Card Combo" — up to as many as "Best 3-Card Combo". (Note that when calculating card combination rewards our tool conservatively assumes you'll only earn any initial bonuses from one card in the combination, even though it may be possible to simultaneously earn bonuses from more than one of the cards in that set.)

Usage Tips

  • Only the "Total you spend per month" amount is required, but entering your expenses by category can make a significant difference in possible rewards. Since there is no "Other" category, don't worry about having your category amounts add up to your total amount; the calculator figures out your "Other" spending for you.
  • To apply for credit cards or read the terms and conditions, just click on the card name link or "Apply Now" button. Applying for credit cards through our links helps support this web site.
  • For a detailed explanation of any credit card, category, or reward amount, hover your mouse pointer over that item.
  • To exclude a credit card from the "Best N-Card Combo" results (those with amounts highlighted in green), check its checkbox in the "Omit Card from Calc?" column and press the Recalculate button.
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  Total you spend per month:$
     Gas Stations:$     Restaurants:$
     Supermarkets:$     Drug Stores:$
     Warehouse Clubs:$     Department Stores:$
     Utilities:$     Cable, Internet, and Landline:$
     Wireless Phone (except Verizon):$     Airfare:$
     Hotels:$     Cruises, Tours, & Travel Agents:$
     Vehicle Renters:$     Movie Theaters & Book Stores:$
     Computer & Electronics Stores:$     Office Supply Stores:$
     Courier, Postal, and Freight:$
Credit Card Name
(and link to card details and application)
First Year Net Reward Value
(minus annual fee)
2-Card Combo
3-Card Combo
See Details
and Apply for Card
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® $1016.40Apply Now
U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Gold American Express® Card $1013.86Apply Now
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card $977.50$830.00$780.00Apply Now
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express $968.00Apply Now
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card $914.96Apply Now
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express $881.80Apply Now
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card $868.00Apply Now
Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card $813.00Apply Now
Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express $806.84Apply Now
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card $802.50Apply Now
Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express $769.00$483.00$483.00Apply Now
Citi Prestige® Card $707.06Apply Now
Discover it® Miles $702.00Apply Now
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card $647.92Apply Now
Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express $640.00$200.00Apply Now
United MileagePlus Explorer Card $639.00Apply Now
Discover it® Cashback Match™ $624.00Apply Now
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express $610.00Apply Now
Discover it® chrome $608.00Apply Now
Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card $596.16Apply Now
JetBlue Plus Card $594.00Apply Now
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card $585.60Apply Now
USAA Limitless™ Cashback Rewards Visa Signature® Credit Card $585.00Apply Now
Barclaycard CashForward™ World Mastercard® $578.55Apply Now
BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card $551.00Apply Now
Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa® Credit Card $551.00Apply Now
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express $534.00Apply Now
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® $534.00Apply Now
Chase Freedom® $510.00Apply Now
Chase Freedom Unlimited℠ $501.00Apply Now
Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card $492.50Apply Now
The Platinum Card® from American Express $484.00Apply Now
PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa Signature® Card $482.50Apply Now
Capital One® Premier Dining Rewards Credit Card $478.00Apply Now
Citi® Double Cash Card $468.00Apply Now
Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Card $468.00Apply Now
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card $459.00Apply Now
Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card $451.00Apply Now
Power Cash Rewards Visa® Card $451.00Apply Now
First National Bank American Express® Card $451.00Apply Now
BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card $442.00Apply Now
Susan G. Komen® Credit Card $442.00Apply Now
MLB® BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Mastercard® Credit Card $442.00Apply Now
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express $438.40Apply Now
Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card $432.00Apply Now
Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card $427.92Apply Now
Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi $420.00Apply Now
AAA Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card $412.00Apply Now
USAA Cashback Rewards Plus American Express® Card $384.00Apply Now
JetBlue Card $380.00Apply Now
Best Western Rewards® Mastercard® $376.80Apply Now
PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card $368.90Apply Now
Navy Federal Credit Union GO REWARDS® $360.00Apply Now
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union VISA Platinum Card $354.00Apply Now
USAA Preferred Cash Rewards Visa Signature® $351.00Apply Now
Navy Federal Credit Union cashRewards $351.00Apply Now
Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union Mastercard $351.00Apply Now
USAA Rewards™ American Express® Card $337.00Apply Now
Webster Bank Visa® Bonus Rewards Card $317.50Apply Now
Capital One® QuicksilverOne℠ Cash Rewards Credit Card $312.00Apply Now
The Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Card $295.68Apply Now
Dollar Bank Valued Customer Visa® $292.50Apply Now
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® $284.00Apply Now
USAA Rewards™ Visa Signature® $259.00Apply Now
First National Bank Complete Rewards℠ Visa® Card $259.00Apply Now
Simmons Bank Visa® Platinum Rewards $234.00Apply Now
Union Bank American Express® Card $234.00Apply Now
USAA Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Card $215.00Apply Now
NASCAR® Credit Card from Credit One Bank® $159.00Apply Now
Regions Premium Visa® Signature $94.38Apply Now
Credit One Bank® Cash Back Credit Card $3.00Apply Now
Best First Year Reward Value (minus any annual fee)$1016.40$1313.00$1463.00
Best First Year Reward Percentage (of total spending)4.34%5.61%6.25%
Additional Reward Value for Using an Additional Card$296.60$150.00
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed on this page are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.
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