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Credit Card Companies Slashing Rewards Programs

Credit Card Companies Slashing Rewards Programs

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Perhaps it is time we all cancel our credit cards…

Months before a new law takes effect restricting the credit card industry’s ability to raise interest rates and charge fees, card issuers are scaling back programs that offer lucrative rewards such as frequent-flier miles and cash rebates. Now many customers have to pay additional fees or earn more points to redeem free plane tickets or claim cash-back perks. “Consumers should understand that rewards programs are unstable right now, and a lot of the best programs are changing. And almost without exception they are changing to the benefit of the bank and the disadvantage of the cardholders,” said Joe Ridout, a spokesman for Consumer Action. – from WashPo