Point card review
Earn up to 5x the points — but you’ll pay at least $4.99 a month.Point is a digital bank account and debit card combo that earns credit card-like rewards. Earn up to 5x the points for every purchase you make. Then, redeem them for cash back in your checking account. There are no opening deposit requirements, but the card is currently waitlisted and you’ll pay at least $4.99 a month to use it.
$4.99 per month
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If a digital bank account and a credit card had a baby, it’d look a lot like the Point card. It has the cashback rewards and purchase protection you want from a credit card — but without any of the debt that comes with it.
You’ll earn the most rewards points on subscriptions, food delivery and ridesharing, so we recommend it to anyone who regularly uses these services and doesn’t want a credit card or can’t qualify for one.
The major downside is that the Point card comes at a price. Expect to pay at least $4.99 a month and watch out for limited customer service options. Before you request your card, make sure you earn enough in rewards to cover the monthly subscription fee. Otherwise, you may pocket more money with an interest-bearing checking account.
What are the benefits of Point card?
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured Point debit card, comes with contactless payments and these unique benefits:
- No credit check. Unlike most credit cards and some bank accounts, you can open a Point account with poor or no credit.
- Virtual card. Has a unique number so you can pay for purchases online without sharing your physical card number.
- No international travel fees. Point covers any foreign transaction fees you incur while outside of the US.
- Credit card protection. Your Point card comes with these standard credit card features like trip cancellation coverage, car rental insurance, zero liability coverage and more.
- ATM reimbursements. Get refunded for two ATM withdrawals a month, up to $8.
- Rewards for every purchase. Earn up to 5x the points when you use your Point card for subscriptions, food delivery services and ridesharing.
What protection does Point offer?
Your Point card offers these features:
- Cellphone insurance. Get reimbursed up to $600 if your phone is lost, stolen or damaged — and pay a $50 deductible.
- Trip cancellation coverage. Point reimburses you for up to $1,500 in out-of-pocket expenses if a trip is canceled or delayed.
- New purchase assurance. If an item is lost or damaged within 90 days of purchase, Point reimburses up to $1,000.
- Car rental insurance. Point pays for any physical damage or theft to your rental vehicle when you decline the Collision Damage coverage offered by the car rental agency.
- Global travel assistance. Get access to emergency roadside assistance when you travel, along with access to a global network of lawyers, physicians, embassies and consulates.
- Zero liability coverage. If someone uses your card without your permission, Point immediately returns the funds to your card.
What rewards do I earn with my Point card?Point‘s reward structure looks a lot like that of a credit card — you’ll earn points for every purchase. Here’s how the point system breaks down across various categories:
|Earn this many points:||On:|
Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, YouTube Premium, Spotify, Pandora, Feather and Headspace
|3x||Food delivery and ridesharing:|
DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Caviar, GrubHub, Seamless, Instacart, Good Eggs, Uber, Lyft and Lime
If you spent $250 on subscriptions, $400 on ridesharing and food delivery and $800 on everything else, you’d earn $32.50 a month with your Point card.
What should I look out for?Point card is packed full of features, but here are some cons to keep in mind:
- Unavoidable monthly fee. You’ll need to hop on a subscription plan to use the Point debit card, unlike other digital bank accounts that have no fee or a waivable fee.
- One way to redeem points. You can only redeem points for cash deposited into your checking account. You can’t redeem them for gift cards or travel as with most credit cards.
- Limited access to money. You can’t deposit cash and — unlike other digital banks — you can’t e-deposit checks or do wire transfers.
- App glitches. The Point App just launched, and many Apple and Android users have experienced slow transaction updates, forced logouts, app crashes and more.
- Limited customer support. The only way to contact Point is by email or text. Unlike other digital banks, there’s no way to call or live chat with a representative.
How much does it cost to use Point?
You have two payment plan options to choose from when you sign up:
|Annual Plan — pay once a year||Monthly Plan — pause or cancel any time|
|$4.99 a month||$60 annually|
|$6.99 a month||$83.88 annually|
Looking for a bank account with no monthly fee? Compare your digital banking options to find an account that suits your needs.
Point‘s ATM network and feesPoint doesn’t have an ATM network. Instead, you can use any ATM globally and get reimbursed for up to two withdrawals a month for a maximum of $8. The kicker? These fees are reimbursed using points. You won’t get actual cash back until you redeem your points.
Compare Point with other digital accounts
Use this table to see how Point stacks up against the competition.
How do I open a Point account?Point hasn’t launched yet, but here’s how to add yourself to the waitlist:
- Download the official Point App from the Apple Store or Google Play.
- Click Apply.
- Click Sign up for the waitlist.
- Enter your email and click Get Early Access.
Open a Point account when you meet these requirements:
- US resident
- At least 18 years old
- Valid Social Security number
You’ll need this information when applying for your Point card:
- Legal name
- Date of birth
- Current home address
- Social Security number
How do I deposit or withdraw my money?
Similar to other digital banks, there are limited ways to access funds in your Point account.
- Direct deposit
- Transfer from Venmo, Cash App or Apple Cash
- Transfer funds from another bank
- Cash back at a retailer
- Transfer to Venmo, Cash App or Apple Cash
- Transfer to another bank