By Stephanie Miller


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If you carry the Discover it Miles credit card, you are probably well aware of the card’s WiFi reimbursement benefit. However, beginning on March 31, 2019, this benefit is set to disappear, making the Discover it® Miles card a bit less enticing than before.

For the last few years, Discover has offered a $30 in-flight WiFi reimbursement to it® Miles accountholders who remained in good standing. The reimbursement renews each year on the cardholder’s account anniversary, making this no-fee credit card even more enticing.

The $30 credit is good for wireless internet services purchased in the air, whether cardholders use that connection to surf the web, work remotely, or even watch movies mid-flight. Depending on the airline and flight you’re on (and the cost to connect), this credit could mean enjoying WiFi service on anywhere from two to four flights.

However, according to a recent email sent out to cardholders, Discover will soon be doing away with the benefit. Beginning on March 31, 2019, the annual WiFi credit is set to be removed; if you have a it® Miles account and actually utilize this benefit each year, your card will begin costing you $30 more starting in a few weeks.

No, the benefit isn’t likely to break the bank – it doesn’t even hold a candle to the $200 travel credit offered by the Platinum Card from American Express, or the $300 travel credit from Chase Sapphire Reserve. It might still be enough to make you reconsider keeping the Discover it® Miles credit card, though.

Currently, Discover it® Miles is a rewards card with no annual fee. As long as you pay off your statement balance in full each month, you won’t pay a penny to carry or use the card. However, the rewards aren’t nearly as enticing as other cards on the market.

For every dollar you spend on the Discover it® Miles card, you’ll earn 1.5% cash back. Thanks to CashbackMatch™, Discover will also double all cash back that you earn in the first year of card ownership, meaning that you’ll actually earn 3% back on everything you buy for the first 12 months. This is nothing to scoff at.

Beyond the first year, though, you may be able to do a lot better than 1.5% back. It just depends on how you spend your money.

Switching to a standard Discover it® card, for instance, allows you to earn 5% back on rotating categories such as groceries, gas, purchases, or warehouse stores. Or you can pick a card like the Citi Double Cash, which offers a total of 2% back on every dollar you spend.

Without the $30 WiFi benefit, the Discover it® Miles card is a bit less enticing. For the first year, you’ll earn an impressive 3% back on everything, which is worth sticking around for. Beyond that, though, you might want to consider switching to a card – or cards – that will earn you the most cash back possible, based on your individual spending patterns.

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