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Here’s an easy way to meet minimum spending requirements, or make a little cash for doing nothing other than paying your bills. Check your email to see if you were targeted.
When you make a Plastiq payment by October 31, 2018, and pay the 2.5% fee, you’ll get 1 fee-free dollar to use later for every dollar you spend! This brings the fee down to 1.25% overall (pay 2.5% now, then 0% later).
If you have a Mastercard you need to spend with to earn a sign-up bonus, or a 2% cash back Mastercard, you can come out ahead with this promotion.
I’ll share how it works!
Get an Effective 1.25% Fee on Plastiq Payments With a Mastercard
Link: Sign-Up for Plastiq
Here’s a nice deal if you got the targeted email. Look for the subject line “Earn FFDs when you pay with Mastercard.”
When you use a Mastercard to make a Plastiq payment through October 31, 2018, you’ll get 1 fee-free dollar for every $1 you spend, if you pay the 2.5% fee up-front.
The fee-free dollars will post to your account on November 1, 2018. So you don’t have to wait long to get your reward.
The fee effectively drops to 1.25% because you pay the 2.5% fee now, then get 0% fees on the same dollar amount later. If you were planning to make payments anyway, you might consider using a Mastercard to take advantage of this deal before it’s over.
There doesn’t seem to be a limit on how many fee-free dollars you can earn with this promotion. So if you’re looking to meet the minimum spending requirements on a new Mastercard, this could be an easy way.
Which Cards Work for This Deal?
You can use any Mastercard credit card – not a debit or pre-paid card. Barclays and Citi issue lots of Mastercards, and many have decent-sized minimum spending requirements.
For example, you can earn:
- Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® – 60,000 miles after spending $5,000 within the first 90 days of opening your account
- American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card – 10,000 American Airlines miles and receive a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening (no annual fee!)
- Citi Premier℠ Card – 50,000 Citi ThankYou points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
Chase also has the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, which is a Mastercard.
Or, if you have a cash back card, like the Citi® Double Cash Card, you can actually come out ahead with this deal. That’s because the effective fee of 1.25% is lower than the cash back you’ll earn. This card earns 1% cash back when you make a purchase, and another 1% cash back when you make a payment – for an effective 2% return.
So if you made a payment for $1,000 with a 2.5% fee, you’d pay $25 in fees and earn ~$21 back. Then, when you make another $1,000 payment with a 0% fee, you’ll earn $20. That comes to ~$41 in cash back and $25 in fees. So you come out ahead by ~$16. Note that you do NOT have to use the same card with the fee-free dollars you earn!
That’s not a lot, but it’s free cash for paying your bills, and it only takes a few minutes. I’d call that a win!
Did you get the offer email? If so, will you pay a few bills through Plastiq to earn rewards?