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Mastercard Will Donate to Cancer Charity When You Dine out This Wednesday

Oct. 09, 2018
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Mastercard Will Donate to Cancer Charity When You Dine out This Wednesday
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Mastercard has partnered with Stand Up to Cancer to raise money for cancer research. The card company will donate $1 to the charity on Wednesday when you use your Mastercard-branded credit card to purchase at least $10 worth of food at qualifying restaurants.

Mastercard says it will donate up to $4 million to Stand Up to Cancer, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). Charity Navigator, which assesses the financial health, accountability and transparency of US charities, gives EIF a rating of four out of four stars.

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The promotion runs from 12am ET through 11:59pm PT on Wednesday, Oct. 10, or when the $4 million donation goal is reached, whichever comes first. Debit PIN transactions and transactions using non-US cards are not eligible. Qualifying restaurants are defined by the applicable merchant category code, which means much of what you probably think of as a restaurant would qualify.

The partnership, now in its 10th year, has raised millions of dollars for cancer research. Mastercard says it has donated more than $41 million to Stand Up to Cancer to date.

Of course, you may want to bring your favorite Mastercard-branded credit card that offers dining rewards so you can benefit while also being charitable. Here are a few good picks:

Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card — Earn an unlimited 4% cash back on dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores and 1% on all other purchases. Capital One says qualifying purchases include those at restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, fast-food chains and bakeries. The information for the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Citi Premier® Card — Earn 3x ThankYou points on travel, 2x points on dining and entertainment purchases and 1x on all other purchases. Citi says qualifying purchases include those at restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges and fast food restaurants. Each dollar spent on dining is worth 3.4 cents, according to TPG's latest valuations.

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard — Earn 2x miles at restaurants and gas stations and on American Airlines purchases and 1x miles on all other spend. Qualifying purchases include those at restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges and fast food restaurants. Each dollar spent on dining is worth 2.8 cents, based on TPG's valuations. The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard — Earn 2x miles on all purchases, giving you a 2% return on dining (and other spending). But, thanks to the card’s 5% rebate on redeemed miles, cardholders effectively get a 2.1% return on their purchases.

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TPG featured card

Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

1 - 3X points
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points60,000 points
For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent, Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases