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Streaming services are a credit card bonus category that quickly became much more competitive during the pandemic. Streaming services aren’t huge monthly expenses in the way that groceries or eating out may be, but they can still add up. Here are the credit cards that offer bonus points or cash back for streaming services in 2021 from our partners.
The Amex Platinum is unmatched when it comes to travel perks and benefits. If lounge access, hotel elite status and annual statement credits are important to you, this card is well worth the high annual fee.
The Blue Cash Preferred Card is one of the best cash-back credit cards on the market. You’ll get a great return across a wide range of bonus categories, a solid welcome bonus and a low annual fee.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of our top premium travel cards. With a $300 travel credit, generous points on dining and travel purchases and other benefits, you can get excellent value that far exceeds the annual fee on the card.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is one of the most popular travel rewards credit card on the market. Offering an excellent return on travel and dining purchases, the card packs a ton of value that easily offsets its $95 annual fee. Cardholders can redeem points at 1.25 cents each for travel booked through Chase or transfer points to one of Chase’s 14 valuable airline and hotel partners.
When it comes to simplicity and strong rewards, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a solid choice for most travelers. You’ll earn earns 2x miles on every purchase with no bonus categories to memorize, making it an ideal card for those with busy lives.
The Capital One SavorOne is a great cash back credit card for beginners looking for a solid rewards structure and no annual fee. Dining, entertainment and groceries are high-value bonus categories, and it’s rare for a card to hit all three.
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|Card||Welcome Offer/Sign Up Bonus||Earning Rate||Annual Fee|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||100,000 points||
|Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express||$300||
||$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||50,000 points||
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||60,000 points||
|Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card||60,000 miles||
|Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card||$200||
Here’s an in-depth look at the rewards these credit cards offer for streaming services and in other bonus categories.
Streaming rewards: Up to $240 annual digital entertainment statement credit for select providers ($20 monthly statement credits)
Listed eligible streaming services: Applicable only for Audible, The New York Times, SiriusXM and Peacock
Welcome offer: 100,000 bonus points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the card in the first six months of card membership. Plus, earn 10x on eligible purchases on the card at restaurants worldwide and when you “Shop Small” in the U.S., on up to $25,000 in combined purchases, during the first six months of card membership.
Annual fee: $695 (see rates and fees)
Why you should get it: Normally, the Platinum Amex is a solid choice for those who travel frequently, want access to the Centurion Lounge and Delta SkyClub network and other travel perks. However, the card now offers this digital credit. This is in addition to the monthly Uber benefit on U.S. purchases, that can also be used on Uber Eats. Enrollment required for select benefits.
Streaming rewards: Earn 6% cash back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions.
Listed eligible streaming services: Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Apple TV+, AT&T Now, Audible, CBS All Access, Disney+, ESPN+, Fubo TV, HBO Now, HBO Max, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Kindle Unlimited, Luminary, MLB.TV, NBA League Pass, Netflix, NHL.TV, Pandora, Prime Video, Showtime, Sling TV, SiriusXM Streaming and Satellite, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Premium and YouTube TV.
Welcome offer: Earn a $300 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first six months of card membership.
Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 (see rates and fees)
Why you should get it: The Blue Cash Preferred has one of the highest bonus multipliers on this list, offering 6% back on eligible streaming services. Amex also offers the most extensive list of eligible services. But this card is good for more than just your new streaming habits. You’ll also get 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1%), 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations and on transit (taxis and ride-hailing services, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more) and 1% cash back on other purchases. Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed for statement credits.
Streaming rewards: Earn 3x on select streaming services.
Listed eligible streaming services: N/A
Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Annual fee: $95
Why you should get it: The Chase Sapphire Preferred recently got a facelift, with added benefits and (thankfully) no annual fee increase. Now, cardholders will now earn 3x on select streaming services, including Apple Music, Disney+, ESPN+, Fubo TV, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, SiriusXM, Sling, Spotify, Vudu and Youtube TV. The addition of this bonus category makes one of our favorite travel rewards cards even better.
Streaming rewards: Earn 2x on all purchases — including streaming, regardless of how it codes as a purchase.
Listed eligible streaming services: N/A
Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Annual fee: $95
Why you should get it: Although this credit card doesn’t have streaming listed as a specific bonus category, it’s a strong card for most everyday charges because it awards at least 2x on all expenses. This makes it an easy winner if you just want to keep things simple.
Streaming rewards: 3% back on popular streaming services
Sign-up bonus: Earn $200 after you spend $500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening
Annual fee: $0
Why you should get it: The Capital One SavorOne has remained one of the best cash-back cards for dining and entertainment, with 3% back on those broad categories and grocery stores (excluding superstores like Walmart and Target) — all with no annual fee.
Streaming rewards: This card allows cardholders to choose their own bonus categories each quarter — including two 5% bonus categories and one 2% bonus category — on up to $2,000 in eligible 5% spending each quarter. “TV, internet and streaming services” are one of a dozen options for the 5% bonus category.
Listed eligible streaming services: U.S. Bank doesn’t give a specific list of what services it counts for bonuses, but it’s a broad category with TV, internet and streaming services all included. This would include your cable bill and Wi-Fi on top of your streaming subscriptions, which makes it one of the more valuable options on this list.
Sign-up bonus: Earn $200 in cash back after spending $500 in purchases within 90 days.
Annual fee: $0
Why you should get it: In a quickly-changing world, customization is increasingly valuable. You might need a card that earns more on categories like streaming and grocery stores right now, but you may not subscribe to as many streaming services once we’re back traveling and getting out of the house more often. This card gives you the chance to change your categories quarterly to fit your specific spending habits throughout the year. Once earned, your cash back may be redeemed as a statement credit, reward card or a deposit to your U.S. Bank savings, checking or money market account. There’s no minimum redemption requirement.
The information for the U.S. Bank Cash+ has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Streaming rewards: Earn 5% back at Amazon, including the annual Amazon Prime membership fee and Amazon-specific streaming services.
Listed eligible streaming services: Amazon Prime
Sign-up bonus: Get a $70 Amazon gift card instantly upon credit card approval.
Annual fee: None, but you must be an Amazon Prime member to qualify. Prime subscriptions cost $119 per year or $12.99 per month.
Why you should get it: If you are considering adding Amazon Prime to your subscriptions, or already have that membership, this could be a great card. It doesn’t technically come with a bonus rewards category for streaming, but you can get 5% back on your Prime membership, which includes access to Amazon’s video and music streaming services, Prime Video and Prime Music.
You could also pay for Amazon’s premium streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, which costs $7.99 a month with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. Keep in mind that you’ll earn just 1% cash back when you pay for streaming services not owned by Amazon, but you will get 5% back at Whole Foods Market and 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores.
The information for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Streaming services probably aren’t nearly as large of a monthly spending category for your family as groceries or even gas, but it’s still nice to maximize your earnings on your spending. Plus, some of the cards on this list actually reward you for spending in other categories (like groceries and gas) as well.
For additional reading, check out our picks for top credit cards.
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Additional reporting by Stella Shon and Madison Blancaflor.
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