Secrets of Your Business Credit Cards

Secrets of Your Business Credit Cards

Secrets of Your Business Credit Cards

Business owners know that they need to have credit cards exclusively for business use and that they should not charge business expenses to their personal credit cards.

What they don’t know in many cases are the benefits and incentives that their business cards offer.

Without this understanding, businesses may be wasting money by paying for costs that are included with their cards or missing out on opportunities to reap rewards.

Here are some credit card benefits to check out:

Purchase rewards

Depending on the type of card you have, there are different reward programs that effectively reduce the cost of purchases you need to make. Examples of card options (I’m not endorsing any but merely showing the array of options):

Travel benefits

Again, depending on the type of credit card you have, there are various travel-related perks:

  • Credit for applying for TSA Pre-check or Global Entry (you pay for this on the card and the charge is then credited back)
  • Emergency medical assistance services when away from the company’s location
  • Free checked bags
  • Frequent flyer miles
  • Passport replacement
  • Priority boarding on airline flights
  • Travel lounge membership
  • Trip cancellation/trip interruption coverage

Instant loan access

The business credit card may effectively offer a line of credit by allowing for cash advances when and to the extent an owner needs the money. Interest is paid only on the amount of the line drawn and the loan is unsecured (no collateral is needed). The interest rate on cash advances usually is steep, so it shouldn’t be used casually. But the opportunity for a quick cash fix can help you out of a cash emergency.

NerdWallet has a listing of the best business lines of credit for 2017. The card to choose depends in part on the size of the line of credit you want to establish. An alternative list of credit cards for businesses can be found from WalletHub.

Build business credit

Owners usually are personally liable for their business credit cards, even if they don’t remember agreeing to this when they signed the credit card application. However, as the business pays the credit card bill each month, it helps the credit rating of the company. The goal for small business owners is for the company to reach a point where their personal guarantees are no longer needed for business loans.


There is no single business credit card that offers all of the benefits described above. It’s up to you to compare the credit card offerings and obtain the card or cards best suited for your business. Remember: there’s no law that says you can only have one card.


  1. Ronald K. Ferguson 29 May, 2017 at 12:56 Reply

    For my small business (83 employees), the nature of our operations required a lot of business travel, almost all by air. I chose the American Express Business Gold card as our corporate standard, and at the point of hiring each new employee we ordered up a card to use. As the business owner, our bookkeeper signed up each new employee card to have the Membership Miles earned on each purchase go directly to my card, and I would then determine how the aggregate of those miles would be used (typically, I used them to pay for my own business travel purchases). At the same time, each employee had their own airline frequent flyer account that was credited with the actual miles flown, and they could use those miles any way they wanted for personal travel (or whatever). The logic was, it was my company’s money that paid for the ticket, and it was their bum that sat in the airline seat, so each getting the benefit was logical and correct.

  2. Zasham 30 June, 2017 at 08:25 Reply

    This article gives some valuable tips for small business owners like me. Using business credit card seems to be easy but still it can close pathways for business opportunities which awaits you. It’s hard to handle at the very beginning. Once you learn things everything will be okay but maybe you will be late by then. So thank you for sharing this information with us before we do any mistake.

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