Shoppers expected to use credit cards more to save on holiday shopping
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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:27 pm | Updated: 4:52 pm, Thu Dec 6, 2012.

SARASOTA – Credit cards are the most used form of payment for holiday shopping in Florida. 

According to AAA, 43% of shoppers say they choose plastic over paper when it comes to purchasing the perfect gifts.  The number one reason many lean toward this option?  The perks that come with the card.

In a recent AAA survey 58% of respondents said reward points are very important when choosing a credit card, a 12% increase from 2011.  

“I will definitely use cards due to all of the rewards whether it be cash back, or a lot of the stores are giving extra discounts if you use their store card,” said shopper Chris McKee.

When it comes to making holiday purchases, AAA reports the top three rewards that are most appealing from a card at this time of year are points redeemable for cash back, miles, and triple points, which could be redeemed for things like gift cards or merchandise.

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