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Top Credit Cards to use at Restaurants (updated February 7, 2014)

Exactly a week away from Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be an appropriate time to list the top credit cards to use at restaurants.

The TrueEarnings Card Costco and American Express

American Express TrueEarnings

  • No annual fee
  • You must be a Costco member to get this card
  • Earn 3% cash back on eligible restaurant purchases (for some reason, some restaurants are ineligible)
  • The cash back is issued to you in January in the form of a coupon to be used at Costco only

You can read more analysis here.

Scotiabank Platinum American Express Card

American Express Scotiabank Platinum

  • $399 annual fee
  • $99 for supplementary cardholders
  • Earn 30,000 bonus points with your first card purchase (promotion until March 31, 2014)
  • Earn 4 points for every $1 you spent on dining

You can read more analysis here.

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card

American Express Scotiabank Gold

  • $99 annual fee (waived the first year if you apply before March 31, 2014)
  • $29 for additional cardholders
  • Earn 4 points for every $1 you spent on dining

You can read more analysis here.

Aside from these credit cards, if you have a credit card that earns you 2% on all purchases or 2 points per $1 on all purchases, that would encompass restaurants, you are still getting good value. These credit cards include Capital One Aspire Travel World MasterCard or the MBNA Rewards World Elite MasterCard.

Scotia Bank American Express GoldScotia Bank American Express

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