How to redeem Capital One rewards for everyday expenses
Making room in your budget? Find out how to redeem Capital One rewards you’ve earned to help cover the cost of everyday expenses.
February 3, 2022 4 min read
If your budget is tight, your Capital One rewards could make covering some everyday expenses more manageable.
Whether you’re earning cash back or miles, there’s more than one way to redeem your rewards. And there may be redemption options you haven’t considered.
Ways to redeem cash back or miles
Here are a few to consider:
Redeem rewards for cash
If you want to redeem your rewards for cash, Capital One will mail you a check.
Redeem rewards for a statement credit
You can apply your rewards directly toward your account balance as a statement credit.2
Cover recent purchases
You can apply your rewards to directly cover certain recent purchases—including travel expenses like car rentals.
Get gift cards
You can redeem your rewards for gift cards to use at popular retailers, restaurants and more.
How to redeem rewards online and on the Capital One mobile app
Redeeming your Capital One rewards is easy. Just sign in to your account online or use the Capital One Mobile app. From there, you can select the amount you’d like to redeem and how you’d like to do it. It’s that simple.
You can redeem all your rewards at once if you want to. Or you can choose to redeem only some of your rewards. They’re yours for the life of your account. And once you’ve earned them, you can decide what makes the most sense for your budget. There’s no limit to how much you can earn, and they won’t expire for the life of the account. But if your account is closed, you may lose any rewards you haven’t redeemed.
Keep in mind that the value of the rewards you’ve earned could be offset or outweighed if you revolve a balance and accrue interest. Paying off your balance before you’re charged interest is a good way to make sure you get the most value from the rewards you earn.
More ways to redeem cash back or miles
There are even more ways you can redeem your cash back or miles to help cover your everyday expenses.
Here are a couple of other options to consider:
Use your rewards to shop at Amazon.com
You can link your eligible rewards card to your Amazon.com account and pay for eligible purchases using your miles or cash back rewards at Amazon.com.3 Once you’ve enrolled, simply select Capital One rewards as your payment method at checkout, and then enter the number of miles or amount of cash back you wish to apply to your order.
Use PayPal Pay with rewards
Link your eligible rewards card to your PayPal account and apply your miles or cash back on eligible purchases when you check out at millions of places online, like Target®, Apple® and The Home Depot®. It’s a great way to use your rewards at many of the spots you already shop.4
When you’re ready to pay, make sure you choose PayPal Checkout and select the Capital One rewards card you’ve linked as your payment method.
Redeem Capital One Shopping credits for gift cards
Want to make your money stretch even further? Meet Capital One Shopping.
Capital One Shopping is a free browser extension tool that searches thousands of retailers and instantly applies the best available coupon codes and promo codes to your purchases, checks for better prices, and alerts you when items you’ve looked at drop in price. Simply add Capital One Shopping to your desktop browser and get started.
You can even earn Capital One Shopping Credits on purchases when you shop at popular sites. And those credits can be redeemed for gift cards at dozens of top retailers, like Walmart® and eBay®.
Capital One Shopping is available even if you’re not a Capital One cardholder.5