Wells Fargo Rewards® Card review

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In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell: If you bank with Wells Fargo and want a rewards credit card that doesn’t charge an annual fee, the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card may be a good fit for you. This card could also be useful if you’re looking for an introductory APR offer on purchases and balance transfers, which could help you consolidate and pay off debt. But if you’re interested in maximizing your rewards, you should look elsewhere.

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Pros Cons
Strong rewards-earning rate for purchases in popular categories in the first six months of account opening Bonus points earned in the first six months of account opening are capped
$0 annual fee Low rewards-earning rate after the six months are up
0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months from account opening (then a variable APR of 18.74% to 27.74%) Unused points expire after five years
Cellphone protection Foreign transaction fee

What you should know about the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card

These key features are important to consider before you apply for the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card.

Low base-rewards rate

The Wells Fargo Rewards® Card offers five points for each $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and drugstores, and one point on all other purchases. The five points in select categories is a nice boost, but it only lasts for the first six months from the date your account is opened — and you’ll earn five points only at gas stations, grocery stores and drugstores on up to $12,500 in purchases (or 50,000 points). And after the six months are up, you’ll earn only a low, flat rate of one point for each $1 spent on all purchases.

Flexible redemption options

According to Credit Karma’s point valuations, Wells Fargo’s Go Far Rewards points are worth 1 cent each. You can redeem these points in a variety of ways, including for travel, charitable donations, gift cards, merchandise or cash back.

You can automatically redeem your points for cash back as a deposit or a credit to your eligible Wells Fargo account — so long as you have at least 2,500 points ($25). You can also pool points with other Go Far Rewards members.

But remember: Your points expire if you don’t redeem them within five years, so make sure to redeem them on time.

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Intro 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months

If you’re looking to consolidate and pay down credit card debt, the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card’s intro APR for both purchases and balance transfers can save you money on interest for big purchases, and help you make progress on paying off your debt for good.

The Wells Fargo Rewards® Card offers an intro 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months from account opening. After that, you’ll be charged a variable APR of 18.74% to 27.74% for both purchases and balance transfers, based on your creditworthiness. But be aware: Balance transfers must be completed within 120 days of your account opening to qualify for the intro balance transfer APR offer, and they’ll carry an intro balance transfer fee of 3% (minimum $5) for the first 120 days from account opening. After 120 days, you’ll have to pay a fee of 5% for each transfer (minimum $5).

The 15-month intro APR on purchases and balance transfers makes the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card a solid option, but there are better balance transfer offers out there. If a low-interest card is your primary goal, make sure to shop around to see if there are any cards with a longer intro 0% APR timeframe that may be a better fit for you.

Not great for international trips

The Wells Fargo Rewards® Card is a Visa credit card, which makes it easy to use around the world. Just beware of the 3% foreign transaction fee, which is charged each time you make a purchase outside of the U.S. If this is a deal breaker for you, there are plenty of other travel cards that don’t charge a foreign transaction fee.

But if you’re traveling domestically and need to rent a vehicle, the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card could be a good card to use. If you pay for an eligible car rental with this card, it offers a rental car collision damage waiver. You can use it for emergency roadside assistance, travel-accident insurance and travel-emergency assistance, too.

Cellphone protection

If you use the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card to pay your monthly cellphone bill, the bank will reimburse you up to $600 — which is subject to a $25 deductible — if your phone is damaged or stolen. Although this is a nice perk, you must meet certain requirements in order to gain this benefit, so make sure to read your credit card’s fine print to learn more.

Who this card is good for

If you’re a dedicated Wells Fargo customer looking to keep all of your finances with one bank, the Wells Fargo Rewards® Card could be a good fit for you. The card could also be appealing if you’re hunting for a competitive intro APR period for balance transfers.

But if you’re looking for a great cash back or travel rewards card, you should look elsewhere. You can find cards that offer more competitive rewards rates on many bonus-category purchases.

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