Capital One has launched a cashback credit card which is the best non-American Express plastic for cash rewards, but only for those with a spotless credit history.

The Capital One World MasterCard pays 1% cashback but also comes with a steep 18 fee (see the Top Cashback Credit Cards guide).

However, you bizarrely also earn a 10 reward each January which means the net fee is effectively 8.

There is no maximum cashback reward so if you spend 10,000 a year, you'll make a net profit of 92 after the fee, or 192 on a 20,000 spend.

Be warned that you'll need to earn over 20,000 a year, be a homeowner, have a spotless repayment history and have credit card balances of less than 10,000 to stand a good chance of acceptance.

The top overall cashback card is the American Express Platinum card which pays 5% in the first three months and up to 1.25% afterwards if you spend over 3,000 a year.

However, Amex is not universally accepted. If concerned about being rejected for the Capital One card, the Egg Money plastic offers 1% cashback with a 12 annual fee (see the Top Cashback Credit Cards guide).

Further reading/Key link

Earn while you spend: Top Cashback cards, Cashback websites