Apple Card now offering more categories with 3% cash back

Sep 19, 2019

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The Apple Card launched in 2019, and, since then, Apple has taken steps to boost rewards, adding merchants that offer 3% cash back — or “Daily Cash,” as the company calls it.

First, Uber and Walgreens (including Duane Reade stores) joined purchases at Apple‘s own stores as the first third-party 3% merchants, followed by T-Mobile, Nike, Exxon Mobil and now Panera, as the first restaurant chain.

You’ll need to pay via Apple Pay at participating merchants to earn the 3% cash back, while purchases made with Apple can be completed through traditional methods like swiping your Apple Card.

With these new merchants factored in, here’s how the Apple Card stacks up to some other no annual fee cards:

Card Name Best For Cash-Back Overview Intro APR period Foreign-Transaction Fees Sign-Up Bonus
Apple Card Apple purchases, simplicity 3% (purchases made directly with Apple, Uber, Walgreens and Duane Reade, T-Mobile, Nike, Exxon Mobil, Panera)
2% (all Apple Pay purchases)
1% (everything else)
None (10.99% to 21.99% variable APR from open) None None
Citi® Double Cash Card Everyday spending 2% (all purchases; 1% when you buy and 1% as you pay) 0% APR for 18-months on balance transfers made within the first four months of account opening (then 13.99% – 23.99% variable APR applies) 3% None
Capital One® SavorOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card Dining and entertainment 3% (dining and entertainment)
2% (back at grocery stores)
1% (everything else)
0% APR for 15 months on purchases (then a 15.49% – 25.49% variable APR applies) None $200 one-time bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening


Additional reporting by Liz Hund

Featured photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy.

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