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Venmo's first credit card offers adjustable cashback rewards

Igor Bonifacic
·Contributing Writer
·2-min read

After an almost year-long wait, Venmo is ready to offer its first credit card to customers in the US. The new piece of plastic is issued by Synchrony and backed by Visa. The main perk of the card is a cashback rewards program that adapts as your spending habits change month to month.

Each month, you'll earn three percent cash back on your single highest spending category, two percent on your second highest and one percent on all other purchases, including payments you send to your friends with money from the card. Among other things, you can put that cash towards your statement balance, transfer it to your bank account or send it to a friend to pay them back for something.

Naturally, you can manage the card through Venmo, using the app to keep track of your purchases as well to pay off your balance. If you ever lose your physical card, you can also freeze it through the app while you continue to use the digital for online purchases.

As for the physical card itself, it's available in five different colors. Each one comes with a unique QR code that's tied to the cardholder's Venmo account. Scanning it with your phone allows you to send them a money transfer or split a purchase with them through the app. It also includes an RFID chip, allowing you to physically tap the card to pay for purchases.

Venmo has offered a debit card since 2018, and parent PayPal has had a few different credit cards over the year. In a way, it's surprising it took so long for the company to come out with a credit card. But now that it’s here, the plastic should help Venmo generate more revenue from its 60 million users.

Correction 9:27AM ET: An earlier version of this article said you could only earn cashback rewards in eight spending categories. Venmo has clarified that you’ll earn at least one percent on all eligible purchases, including those outside of categories like travel and groceries, when you use the credit card.