Bad-credit credit-cards with rewards?

Q: I have a bad credit rating but would like a credit card that rewards on purchases. What are my options?

Answer: If you’re keen to reap rewards when you spend but are restricted by a bad or non-existent credit rating, the good news is that there are still cashback cards available to you.

These aren’t nearly as rewarding as others on the market though, so your priority should be to rebuild your credit rating to make yourself eligible for these more competitive cards in the future.

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To do this you’ll need to use your credit card regularly, never missing a payment and always staying within the limit.

To learn more about how to rebuild your credit rating take a look at our improve credit rating guide.

In the meantime, you can use these cashback cards to get a small reward for repaying in full every month while you work towards rebuilding your credit rating.

Added extras are also available with these cards to give you a pat on the back for paying your balance off in time. At the time of writing, one card is rewarding customers with a £10 bonus every year if they have paid on time every month and another is rewarding its customers with £20 Amazon vouchers after the first two statement months.

It’s also important to note that to minimise the risk the bank is taking by lending to those with a bad credit rating, it maximises the interest rate. The golden rule here is to only get these cards if you can pay the balance off in full EVERY month. If you don’t – not only will you wipe out any cashback gains you might have made, but you could also risk landing yourself deeper in debt and damage your credit rating further.

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