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Plastiq Raises Fee to 2.85%

Miles and points fan favorite Plastiq is one of the most common ways to help meet minimum spends for bonuses on new credit cards. If you have to spend $5,000 within 3 months but your mortgage is $2,000 a month and outside of the mortgage you would only spend $1,000 on a card in 3 months, you might opt to pay the 2.5% fee to Plastiq in order to charge that mortgage payment.

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After all, that would amount to $100 in fees when you might be earning a $500-$1,000 bonus.

The math gets a bit worse now, with $128 in fees for that same bonus.

While you could spend roughly the same to pay someone with a credit card on PayPal or Venmo, you can’t pay things like your mortgage that way.

I suspect many will pay the increase for things like a mortgage but I also suspect many will stop using Plastiq as it’s really no longer super competitive as a bill payment method.

If you schedule a payment by July 1st, you’ll still just pay 2.5%. If you have some FFDs, you may want to hold on to them and use them after July 1st.

 

Referral Bonuses Have Dropped Like a Rock, Too

You may have noticed this recent change as well. You used to earn 1,000 Fee-Free Dollars for referring friends (after they paid $500 in bills), which made you want to refer friends! This bonus was worth $25 a pop.

Now you earn just 100 Fee Free Dollars when they pay $500 in bills, which will be worth a cool $2.85 after the increase, and the person you refer receives the same measly 500 FFDs after they spend $500.

 

Overall

It’s not the biggest change but they also used to have lots of promos that brought payments down to 1% or 1.5%. Now you have fewer promos (I’ve had none in a while) and a higher rate.

My guess is that Plastiq is struggling lately and is paring marketing expenses to try and get profitable.

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