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2020

Best Retail Store Credit Cards

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Is a retail store credit card right for you? Here’s a basic rule that applies to all store credit cards: If you really like Store X, you might get value from the Store X Credit Card. But maybe not. Check out our card picks to learn more.

Best Retail Store Credit Cards
Brendan Harkness

By Brendan Harkness

Our Selection Criteria

Store cards are relatively easy to get, but that doesn’t mean you should apply for them whenever you see an offer. Like other credit cards, they’re powerful financial tools that could have significant effects on your finances and your credit.

Consider the following points before applying.

  • Fits your lifestyle: It should offer rewards and benefits with a merchant where you frequently shop.
  • Spending rewards: The best store credit cards provide rewards every time you make a purchase, rather than just giving you a one-time discount.
  • A relatively good offer: Does it offer more points or cash back rewards than you can get with a general-use rewards or cash back card?
  • Valuable extra benefits: The better store cards offer merchant-specific benefits that shoppers will find useful over and over again, like free clothing alterations.
  • Good customer support: Many store cards are known for having poor customer service, but some, like cards from the major issuers, are generally better than others.
  • Easy way to build credit: Since store cards generally have lower credit requirements, you can use them to improve your credit if you can’t qualify for better cards.

A store card might be a good fit if you consistently spend a lot of money with a particular store — as long as the card offer is relatively good, of course.

When used responsibly, store cards will let you earn rewards, take advantage of benefits, and build your credit at the same time. Just be sure to never carry a balance and make all your monthly payments on time.

Is a Retail Store Card Right for You?
Best Retail Store Credit Cards
Brendan Harkness

By Brendan Harkness

Is a Retail Store Card Right for You?

Some merchants provide their own co-branded store credit cards to entice shoppers with discounts when checking out, or with offers to pay over time. These cards are often instant approval, so you can use them immediately for that purchase. It can be tempting to save a few bucks, but are these cards really worth it?

Pros of Store Credit Cards

  • Easy to get for people with poor or average credit scores, making them a decent option for building or rebuilding credit
  • May provide the most value for shopping with the co-branded merchant, compared to other credit cards
  • May offer unique perks or financing options with that merchant
  • Open-loop cards can be used anywhere

Cons of Store Credit Cards

  • Low credit limits
  • High interest rates
  • Poor customer support in some cases, especially for cards issued by Synchrony Bank and Comenity Bank
  • Deferred-interest financing offers can end up costing you money if you don’t follow the terms (they’re different from most 0% intro APR offers)
  • Closed-loop cards are limited to that single store
  • The checkout lane is not a good place to make significant financial decisions that will affect your credit
Our Selection Criteria
BEST PICK FOR

Target

Target REDcard™ Credit Card

Target REDcard™ Credit Card

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Min. credit level Fair
Details
Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 24.40% Variable
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The Target REDcard™ Credit Card (Review) is a good card for everyday spending, as Target carries a little bit of almost everything.

Spending Discount
  • 5% discount at Target and Target.com

That 5% off also applies to Starbucks stores in Targets, which is a pretty good deal for Starbucks compared to other cards. But take note that certain products and services won’t be eligible for the discount, like gift cards, prescriptions, and eye exams.

  • 10% off coupon: Every year on your cardmember anniversary
  • Free shipping: For eligible items at Target.com
  • 30 extra days for returns
  • Early access: To special events, products, and promotions
  • Exclusive offers: Cardholders get access to exclusive deals and special items.
  • Stack discounts: The 5% cash back can be combined with other Cartwheel and Target Subscription discounts.
  • Purchase APR: 24.40% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Issued by TD Bank: We don’t have much information about TD Bank, but we haven’t heard any complaints about the Target REDCard.
  • Closed-loop card
Target REDcard™ Debit Card

Target REDcard™ Debit Card

  • 5% discount at Target and Target.com
  • 10% off coupon: Every year on your cardmember anniversary
  • Free shipping: For eligible items at Target.com
  • Extra time to decide: 30 extra days for returns
  • Early access: To special events, products, and promotions
  • Exclusive offers: Cardholders get access to exclusive deals and special items.
  • Stack discounts: The 5% cash back can be combined with other Cartwheel and Target Subscription discounts.
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

  • 2% cash back for every purchase (1% for purchases, 1% for payments)
  • Perks: Free credit score; Citi Concierge; Citi Private Pass
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 18 months on Balance Transfers, then 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0
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PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

  • 2% cash back for every purchase
  • Perks: Shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 22.24%, 26.24% or 29.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • 5% cash back on Lyft rides
  • 1.5% cash back for all other purchases
  • $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Shop through Chase; Chase Offers; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 0% for 15 months, then 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Balance Transfer APR: 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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American Express Cash Magnet® Card

American Express Cash Magnet® Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 cash back for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Amex Offers; free credit score; Entertainment Access; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 12.99–23.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 for spending $500 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Perks: Free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 15.49% - 25.49% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • 5% off every day at Target & Target.com.*
  • Free 2 day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items at Target.com.*
  • Early Access to products and promotions*
  • Exclusive Extras including special items and offers*
  • Starbucks discount on in-store locations – get everyday 5% savings when you pay with your REDcard*
  • Cartwheel – save 5-50% on hundreds of items in store & get everyday 5% savings when you pay with your REDcard*
  • Target Subscriptions – save 5% on everyday essentials delivered on your schedule when you subscribe, plus get everyday 5% savings when you pay with your REDcard*
  • Get everyday 5% savings on specialty gift cards when you pay with your REDcard*
  • Target Wallet, easy and fast checkout. Use Wallet in the Target app to save with Cartwheel and pay with REDcard by scanning your phone at check out in store.
  • *Some restrictions apply. See Target.com/redcard for benefits and program rules
BEST PICK FOR

Walmart

Walmart Rewards Mastercard®

Walmart Rewards Mastercard®

Our rating
Min. credit level Fair
Details
Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 17.99%–26.99% Variable
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The Walmart Rewards Mastercard® (Review) is a solid option for frequent Walmart shoppers.

It provides the most cash back for online Walmart purchases, only giving 2% for in-store purchases. But if you plan out your spending a bit, and take advantage of Walmart’s free shipping offers, you can get a lot of mileage from this card.

Spending Rewards
  • 5% cash back at Walmart.com, including the Walmart App and Walmart Grocery Pickup and Delivery
  • 2% cash back for:
    • Walmart purchases in stores
    • Walmart and Murphy USA Fuel Stations
    • Restaurants
    • Travel
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • 5% cash back for using Walmart Pay in stores for the first 12 months
  • Concierge service: Non-emergency assistance for help making travel or dining reservations, finding tickets, and more
  • Travel protections: MasterRental Insurance, travel accident insurance, baggage delay insurance, trip cancellation/protection insurance, Master RoadAssist Service, and travel assistance services
  • Shopping protections: Extended warranty and price protection
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Open-loop card
Walmart Rewards Card

Walmart Rewards Card

  • 5% cash back at Walmart.com, including the Walmart App and Walmart Grocery Pickup and Delivery
  • 2% cash back for:
    • Walmart purchases in stores
    • Walmart and Murphy USA Fuel Stations
  • 5% cash back for using Walmart Pay in stores for the first 12 months
  • Purchase APR: 26.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

  • 2% cash back for every purchase (1% for purchases, 1% for payments)
  • Perks: Free credit score; Citi Concierge; Citi Private Pass
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 18 months on Balance Transfers, then 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0
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PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

  • 2% cash back for every purchase
  • Perks: Shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 22.24%, 26.24% or 29.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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American Express Cash Magnet® Card

American Express Cash Magnet® Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 cash back for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Amex Offers; free credit score; Entertainment Access; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 12.99–23.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 for spending $500 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Perks: Free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 15.49% - 25.49% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • 5% cash back on Lyft rides
  • 1.5% cash back for all other purchases
  • $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Shop through Chase; Chase Offers; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 0% for 15 months, then 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Balance Transfer APR: 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Discover it® Cash Back

Discover it® Cash Back

  • 5% cash back in categories that rotate every three months, sometimes including Walmart (up to $1,500 spent per quarter; activation required)
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Cashback Match: Get double cash back for the first year, provided at the end of the first year
  • Perks: Free credit score; new account and credit inquiry alerts; SSN alerts
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: See Terms for See Terms, then See Terms
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • 5% cash back for using Walmart Pay in stores for the first 12 months
  • 5% cash back on all purchases at Walmart.com
  • 2% cash back on Walmart purchases in stores (after the first 12 months), on restaurants, and on travel
  • Redeem rewards at any time
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • No annual fee

The information related to Walmart Rewards Mastercard® has been collected by Credit Card Insider and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer or provider of this product.

BEST PICK FOR

Amazon

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Our rating
Min. credit level Good
Details
Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 15.74% to 23.74% Variable
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No surprise: The best card for Amazon shopping is the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card (Review).

With 5% back on everything you buy from the mega-retailer, plus categories for Whole Foods and some other common purchases, it’s hard to find a more rewarding offer.

Spending Rewards
  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon
    • Whole Foods
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Gas stations
    • Restaurants
    • Drugstores
  • 1% cash back for every other purchase
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval

You’ll need an Amazon Prime membership to use this card; otherwise you can get the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card, which is slightly less rewarding.

  • Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection: Perks at eligible hotels, including complimentary WiFi, room upgrades when available, a $25 food and beverage credit, and more
  • Visa Signature Concierge: Call any time for non-emergency assistance.
  • Shopping and travel protections: Including Purchase Protection, Extended Warranties, Baggage Delay Insurance, and more
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 15.74% to 23.74% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Open-loop card
Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card

  • 3% cash back at:
    • Amazon
    • Whole Foods
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Restaurants
    • Gas stations
    • Drugstores
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • $50 Amazon.com gift card instantly upon account approval
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 15.74%–23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0 (Amazon Prime membership not required)
  • Open-loop card
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Amazon.com Store Card

Amazon.com Store Card

  • 5% back at Amazon for Prime members; no reward for non-Prime members
  • $10 Amazon.com gift card upon approval
  • Special financing options available for large purchases
  • Purchase APR: 28.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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Discover it® Cash Back

Discover it® Cash Back

  • 5% cash back in rotating categories (sometimes including Amazon), up to $1,500 spent per quarter (then 1%; activation required)
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Cashback Match: Get double cash back for the first year, provided at the end of the first year
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: See Terms for See Terms, then See Terms
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 3% cash back in your choice of one category every month:
    • Gas
    • Online shopping
    • Dining
    • Travel
    • Drugstores
    • Home improvement/furnishings stores
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Grocery stores
    • Wholesale clubs
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • $200 cash rewards bonus for spending $1,000 in the first 90 days
  • Rewards limit: 3% and 2% rewards up to $2,500 in combined spending per quarter, then 1% cash back
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 12 billing cycles, then 16.24%–26.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Amazon Business Prime American Express Card

Amazon Business Prime American Express Card

  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon.com
    • Amazon Business
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Whole Foods Market
  • 2% cash back at:
    • U.S. restaurants
    • U.S. gas stations
    • U.S. wireless telephone services
  • 1% cash back for all other purchases
  • $125 Amazon.com gift card upon account approval
  • Purchase APR: 15.24%–23.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Amazon Business American Express Card

Amazon Business American Express Card

  • 3% cash back at:
    • Amazon.com
    • Amazon Business
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Whole Foods Market
  • 2% cash back at:
    • U.S. restaurants
    • U.S. gas stations
    • U.S. wireless telephone services
  • 1% cash back for all other purchases
  • $100 Amazon.com gift card upon account approval
  • Purchase APR: 15.24%–23.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

  • 2% cash back for every purchase (1% for purchases, 1% for payments)
  • Perks: Free credit score; Citi Concierge; Citi Private Pass
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 18 months on Balance Transfers, then 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • Requires active Prime membership
  • Cash back can be redeemed for statement credits or at Amazon.com checkout
  • Earn 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market
  • Earn 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and drugstores
  • Earn 1% back on all other purchases
  • Get a $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon credit card approval
BEST PICK FOR

Best Buy

My Best Buy® Visa®

My Best Buy® Visa®

Our rating
Min. credit level Fair
Details
Annual Fee $0 or $59 (depending on creditworthiness)
Regular APR 26.74% Variable (11.90% Fixed for select purchases)
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Electronics stores don’t get a lot of love in terms of credit card bonus categories, so the My Best Buy® Visa® (Review) will be one of your best options.

Spending Rewards
  • 5% back in rewards at Best Buy and BestBuy.com, or deferred financing for purchases over $199
  • 3% back in rewards at:
    • Gas Stations
    • Grocery Stores (through December 2018)
    • Home Furnishing Stores (through December 2018)
  • 2% back in rewards at Restaurants
  • 1% back in rewards for all other purchases
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • 10% back in rewards on your first day of purchases, within 14 days of opening the account

We recommend going with the 5% (or 6%) reward rate, rather than taking the deferred financing offers, which can backfire if you don’t pay them off correctly. But if you really need extra time to pay for some electronics or furniture, they could be appealing; just be sure to follow the repayment terms.

  • My Best Buy Elite status: Purchases will count toward your My Best Buy Elite status; higher status means extra rewards, free shipping, extended returns, and more
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 26.74% Variable (11.90% Fixed for select purchases)
  • Open-loop card
My Best Buy® Credit Card

My Best Buy® Credit Card

  • 5% back in rewards at Best Buy and BestBuy.com, or deferred financing for eligible purchases
  • 6% back in rewards for Elite Plus members
  • 10% back in rewards on your first day of purchases within 14 days of opening the account
  • Purchase APR: 26.74% Variable (11.90% Fixed for select purchases)
  • Annual fee: $0
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U.S. Bank Cash+™ Visa Signature® Card

U.S. Bank Cash+™ Visa Signature® Card

  • 5% cash back in your choice of two categories per quarter, up to $2,000 per quarter (then 1%)
  • 2% cash back in one category of your choice per quarter
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • $150 cash bonus for spending $500 in the first 90 days after account opening
  • Perks: Visa Signature Concierge; Luxury Hotel Collection; Free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% - 23.99%* Variable
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0%* intro on BTs for 12 billing cycles on Balance Transfers*, then 13.99% - 23.99%* Variable
  • Annual fee: $0*
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Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

  • 2% cash back for every purchase (1% for purchases, 1% for payments)
  • Perks: Free credit score; Citi Concierge; Citi Private Pass
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 18 months on Balance Transfers, then 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • 5% cash back on Lyft rides
  • 1.5% cash back for all other purchases
  • $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Shop through Chase; Chase Offers; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 0% for 15 months, then 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Balance Transfer APR: 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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American Express Cash Magnet® Card

American Express Cash Magnet® Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 cash back for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Amex Offers; free credit score; Entertainment Access; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 12.99–23.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 for spending $500 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Perks: Free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 15.49% - 25.49% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • 5% back in rewards at Best Buy OR deferred financing on purchases of $199 and higher.
  • Additional bonus categories for eligible purchases
  • 1% back in rewards on all other purchases
  • Points don’t expire as long as your account is active
  • Spend $3,500 per year to reach Elite Plus status and earn 1.25 points per $1 spent at Best Buy
  • Reward Certificates are emailed when you reach 250 points
  • Choose between rewards or special financing offers
  • Annual fee of $0 or $59, depending on creditworthiness

The information related to My Best Buy® Visa® has been collected by Credit Card Insider and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer or provider of this product.

BEST PICK FOR

Sam's Club

Sam’s Club® Mastercard®

Sam’s Club® Mastercard®

Our rating
Min. credit level Fair
Details
Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 16.65%–24.65% Variable
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Sam’s Club shoppers should consider the Sam’s Club® Mastercard® to get more back with every trip.

You’ll only earn 1% back at Sam’s Club, but there are excellent reward rates for gas, dining, and travel. The broad appeal makes it handy for more than just wholesale clubs, giving you a card to use for other common purchases.

Spending Rewards
  • 5% cash back for Gas in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including gas at Sam’s Club (up to $6,000 spent per year)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Dining
    • Travel
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
Introductory Bonus
  • $45 statement credit when you spend $45 or more at samsclub.com, the same day you open your account online
  • No membership card required: Your credit card will be counted as your membership card when making Sam’s Club purchases.
  • Purchase APR: 16.65%–24.65% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Must be a Sam’s Club member
  • Open-loop card
Sam’s Club Business Mastercard

Sam’s Club Business Mastercard

  • 5% cash back for Gas in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including gas at Sam’s Club (up to $6,000 spent per year)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Dining
    • Travel
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Purchase APR: 17.15% – 25.15% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 3% cash back in one category of your choice:
    • Gas
    • Online shopping
    • Dining
    • Travel
    • Drugstores
    • Home improvement/furnishings stores
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Grocery stores
    • Wholesale clubs
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Rewards limit: 3% and 2% rewards up to $2,500 in combined spending per quarter, then 1% cash back
  • Perks: 25%–75% reward bonus for Preferred Rewards members; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 12 billing cycles, then 16.24%–26.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

  • 2% cash back for every purchase (1% for purchases, 1% for payments)
  • Perks: Free credit score; Citi Concierge; Citi Private Pass
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 18 months on Balance Transfers, then 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0
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PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

  • 2% cash back for every purchase
  • Perks: Shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 22.24%, 26.24% or 29.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • 5% cash back on Lyft rides
  • 1.5% cash back for all other purchases
  • $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Shop through Chase; Chase Offers; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 0% for 15 months, then 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Balance Transfer APR: 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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American Express Cash Magnet® Card

American Express Cash Magnet® Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 cash back for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Amex Offers; free credit score; Entertainment Access; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 12.99–23.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 for spending $500 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Perks: Free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 15.49% - 25.49% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Discover it® Cash Back

Discover it® Cash Back

  • 5% cash back in categories that rotate every three months, sometimes including Wholesale clubs (up to $1,500 spent per quarter; activation required)
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Cashback Match: Get double cash back for the first year, provided at the end of the first year
  • Perks: Free credit score; new account and credit inquiry alerts; SSN alerts
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: See Terms for See Terms, then See Terms
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • 5% cash back for gas in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including gas at Sam’s Club; only on the first $6,000 per year, then 1%
  • 3% cash back for dining and travel expenses
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Get a $45 statement credit if you open your account online and make a $45 purchase at samsclub.com on the same day
  • Cap of $5,000 in cash back rewards per year
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Costco

Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

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Annual Fee $0 (Costco membership required)
Regular APR 15.24% (Variable)
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If you’re already shopping at Costco you should definitely consider getting the Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi (Review). You’ll need a Costco membership to apply.

Spending Rewards
  • 4% cash back on eligible gas worldwide, including gas at Costco (up to $7,000 spent annually)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Restaurants
    • Travel (including Costco Travel)
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from Costco and Costco.com
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases

The 2% back at Costco is not too bad, but not exceptional either. This store card might be as or more useful for the other bonus categories; it’s actually one of the better cards for earning rewards on gas.

  • No membership card required: Your credit card will be counted as your membership card when making Costco purchases.
  • Citi Entertainment: Preferred access and exclusive tickets to events, concerts, and more
  • Shopping protections: Like Purchase Protection and Extended Warranty
  • Must be a Costco member
  • Issued by Citi: Citi is a major credit card issuer with relatively good customer support.
  • Open-loop card
Costco Anywhere Visa® Business Card by Citi

Costco Anywhere Visa® Business Card by Citi

  • 4% cash back on eligible Gas worldwide, including gas at Costco (up to $7,000 spent annually)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Restaurants
    • Travel
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from:
    • Costco
    • Costco.com
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Purchase APR: 15.24% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0 (Costco membership required)
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Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 3% cash back in one category of your choice:
    • Gas
    • Online shopping
    • Dining
    • Travel
    • Drugstores
    • Home improvement/furnishings stores
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Grocery stores
    • Wholesale clubs
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Rewards limit: 3% and 2% rewards up to $2,500 in combined spending per quarter, then 1% cash back
  • Perks: 25%–75% reward bonus for Preferred Rewards members; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 12 billing cycles, then 16.24%–26.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

  • 2% cash back for every purchase (1% for purchases, 1% for payments)
  • Perks: Free credit score; Citi Concierge; Citi Private Pass
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 18 months on Balance Transfers, then 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0
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PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

  • 2% cash back for every purchase
  • Perks: Shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 22.24%, 26.24% or 29.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • 5% cash back on Lyft rides
  • 1.5% cash back for all other purchases
  • $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Shop through Chase; Chase Offers; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 0% for 15 months, then 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Balance Transfer APR: 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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American Express Cash Magnet® Card

American Express Cash Magnet® Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 cash back for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Amex Offers; free credit score; Entertainment Access; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 12.99–23.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 for spending $500 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Perks: Free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 15.49% - 25.49% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Discover it® Cash Back

Discover it® Cash Back

  • 5% cash back in categories that rotate every three months, sometimes including Wholesale clubs (up to $1,500 spent per quarter; activation required)
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Cashback Match: Get double cash back for the first year, provided at the end of the first year
  • Perks: Free credit score; new account and credit inquiry alerts; SSN alerts
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: See Terms for See Terms, then See Terms
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • Discover one of Citi’s best cash back rewards cards designed exclusively for Costco members
  • 4% cash back on eligible gas for the first $7,000 per year and then 1% thereafter
  • 3% cash back on restaurants and eligible travel purchases
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from Costco and Costco.com
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • No annual fee with your paid Costco membership and enjoy no foreign transaction fees on purchases
  • Receive an annual credit card reward certificate, which is redeemable for cash or merchandise at U.S. Costco warehouses, including Puerto Rico
  • The standard variable APR for Citi Flex Plan is 15.24%. Citi Flex Plan offers are made available at Citi’s discretion.

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Online Purchases

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

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Min. credit level Good
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Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 15.74% to 23.74% Variable
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The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card (Review) is an easy way to get 5% back for everything you buy on Amazon. Since Amazon has one of the broadest product ranges of any marketplace ever, this is probably the most versatile store card you can get.

It has no annual fee but requires an Amazon Prime membership, which currently costs $119 per year ($59 for an Amazon Prime Student membership). There are also a few interesting features you won’t usually get with store cards.

Spending Rewards
  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon
    • Whole Foods
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Gas stations
    • Restaurants
    • Drugstores
  • 1% cash back for every other purchase
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval
  • Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection: Perks at over 900 hotels around the world, like automatic room upgrades and complimentary WiFi
  • Concierge Service: Call for non-emergency assistance at any time, like travel planning or making reservations.
  • Shopping and travel protections: Including Travel Accident Insurance, Lost Luggage Reimbursement, and Purchase Protection
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Issued by Chase: Chase is a major credit card issuer with relatively good customer support.
  • Open-loop card
Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 3% cash back in your choice of one category every month:
    • Gas
    • Online shopping
    • Dining
    • Travel
    • Drugstores
    • Home improvement/furnishings stores
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Grocery stores
    • Wholesale clubs
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • $200 cash rewards bonus for spending $1,000 in the first 90 days
  • Spending limit: 3% and 2% categories are limited to the first $2,500 in combined spending per quarter (then 1%)
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 12 billing cycles, then 16.24%–26.24% Variable (for transfers made during the first 60 days)
  • Annual fee: $0
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Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer

  • 2% cash back for every purchase (1% for purchases, 1% for payments)
  • Perks: Free credit score; Citi Concierge; Citi Private Pass
  • Purchase APR: 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 18 months on Balance Transfers, then 13.99% – 23.99% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0
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Amazon Business Prime American Express Card

Amazon Business Prime American Express Card

  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon.com
    • Amazon Business
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Whole Foods Market
  • 2% cash back at:
    • U.S. restaurants
    • U.S. gas stations
    • U.S. wireless telephone services
  • 1% cash back for all other purchases
  • $125 Amazon.com gift card upon account approval
  • Purchase APR: 15.24%–23.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

PayPal Cashback Mastercard®

  • 2% cash back for every purchase
  • Perks: Shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 22.24%, 26.24% or 29.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 for spending $500 in the first 3 months after account opening
  • Perks: Free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 15.49% - 25.49% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • 5% cash back on Lyft rides
  • 1.5% cash back for all other purchases
  • $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Shop through Chase; Chase Offers; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 0% for 15 months, then 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Balance Transfer APR: 14.99 - 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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American Express Cash Magnet® Card

American Express Cash Magnet® Card

  • 1.5% cash back for all purchases
  • $150 cash back for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Perks: Amex Offers; free credit score; Entertainment Access; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 15 months, then 12.99–23.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • Requires active Prime membership
  • Cash back can be redeemed for statement credits or at Amazon.com checkout
  • Earn 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market
  • Earn 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and drugstores
  • Earn 1% back on all other purchases
  • Get a $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon credit card approval
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Department Stores

JCPenney Credit Card

JCPenney Credit Card

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Min. credit level Fair
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Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 27.49% Variable
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Department stores can be easy (but tempting) one-stop shopping trips. Most offer co-branded cards to help you get more out of every trip; JCPenney and the JCPenney Credit Card (Review) are no exception.

Spending Rewards
  • 1X point per dollar spent at JCPenney
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • 15% or 5% off select purchases on the day you open the card

Just 1X point per dollar, you might ask? Well, those points are worth 5 cents each, giving you a solid 5% cash back equivalent at JCPenney. And that could take a nice dent out of some clothes, pots and pans, or jewelry — whatever you might need.

  • Birthday offer
  • Bonus events: Extra earning opportunities
  • Perks for Gold and Platinum status: Passbook of coupons, bonus point days, Platinum appreciation
  • Purchase APR: 19.99% Variable
  • Closed-loop card
TJX Rewards® Platinum Mastercard®

TJX Rewards® Platinum Mastercard®

  • 5X points per dollar spent at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and Sierra Trading Post
  • 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • 10% off the first in-store purchase
  • Perks: Invites to exclusive events; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 29.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Macy’s American Express® Card

Macy’s American Express® Card

  • 5% back in rewards at Macy’s (Macy’s Platinum members only)
  • 3X points per dollar at Restaurants
  • 2X points per dollar at:
    • Gas stations
    • Grocery stores
  • 1X point per dollar for all other purchases
  • 20% off Macy’s purchases on the day you’re approved and the day after, up to $100 in savings
  • Perks: Annual Star Pass mailings; surprise savings at checkout; Star Money days; birthday surprise; free shipping for Gold and Platinum members
  • Purchase APR: 27.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Shop Your Way Mastercard®

Shop Your Way Mastercard®

  • 5% in points on up to $10,000 in purchases per year at Gas stations
  • 3% in points on up to $10,000 in purchases per year at:
    • Grocery stores
    • Restaurants
  • 2% in points at Sears and Kmart
  • 1% in points for every other purchase
  • $40 statement credit when you apply online and spend $50 within the first 30 days
  • Perks: Special financing offers;
  • Purchase APR: 26.74% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Kohl’s Charge Card

Kohl’s Charge Card

  • 20% off your first purchase
  • Perks: 15% discount; 12 annual discounts; exclusive sales and offers; receipt-free returns; spend $600 to earn Kohl’s MVP status
  • Purchase APR: 27.49% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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Belk Rewards Mastercard®️

Belk Rewards Mastercard®️

  • 3% back in rewards at Belk or Belk.com
  • 2% back in rewards on:
    • Groceries
    • Fuel
  • 1% back in rewards on every other purchase
  • Up to 25% off at Belk; $10 in Belk rewards dollars after your first purchase
  • Perks: 20 savings events per year; receipt-free returns; bonus reward events; monthly savings day; early access to sales and promotions
  • Purchase APR: 25.49%
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Nordstrom Visa Signature Card

Nordstrom Visa Signature Card

  • 3X points per dollar spent in stores or online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Trunk Club
  • 2X points per dollar spent on:
    • Dining
    • Entertainment
    • Travel
  • 1X point per dollar everywhere else
  • $40 bonus note after first purchase on day of approval
  • Perks: Free basic alterations; 25% off red-tag clearance items; exclusive access to sales; Nordy Club member status; double point days
  • Purchase APR: 10.90%–22.90% Variable at Nordstrom, 14.90%–22.90% Variable Elsewhere
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Dillard’s American Express®️ Credit Card

Dillard’s American Express®️ Credit Card

  • 2X points per dollar spent at:
    • Dillard’s in-store, online, or by phone
    • U.S. Gas stations
    • Grocery stores
  • 1X point per dollar on all other purchases
  • Perks: Special financing; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: Prime Rate + 6.74%–21.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Bloomingdale’s American Express Card at the Top of the List

Bloomingdale’s American Express Card at the Top of the List

  • 8X points per dollar spent at Bloomingdale’s in-store and online on:
    • Cosmetics
    • Fragrance
    • Shoes
  • 4X points per dollar spent on:
    • All other purchases in-store and online at Bloomingdale’s
    • All other purchases outside of Bloomingdale’s
  • 20% off your purchases the day of and day after, up to $250.
  • Perks: Free shipping; double and triple-point days; monthly offers; exclusive offers and savings
  • Purchase APR: 26.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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  • Earn $10 at JCPenney for every 200 points you earn
  • 15% or 5% off select purchases on the day you open your card
  • 1 point per $1 spent at JCPenney using your card, and 1 point per $2 spent using another form of payment
  • Gold status after spending at least $500 in a year
  • Platinum status after spending at least $100 in a year
  • $10 or $15 birthday gift each year on your birthday
  • Free shipping from JCPenney.com with Platinum status
  • Earn up to 2,000 points on a single purchase
  • No annual fee
  • High APR of 27.99%
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Wholesale Clubs

BJ’s Perks Elite™ Mastercard

BJ’s Perks Elite™ Mastercard

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Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 16.74%–26.74% Variable
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Most wholesale club credit cards don’t offer very high rewards for the club in question, but the BJ’s Perks Elite™ Mastercard breaks that mold in a powerful way.

Not only do you earn 5% back at BJ’s, a nice discount on top of prices that are already pretty good, you’ll also get a significant discount on gas at BJ’s — a rare feature you won’t usually get with credit cards.

Spending Rewards
  • Save 10 cents per gallon on BJ’s gas
  • 5% cash back for eligible purchases at BJ’s and BJs.com
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Non-BJ’s gas stations
    • Restaurants
  • 1% cash back for every other purchase
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 16.74%–26.74% Variable
  • Open-loop card
Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

  • 4% cash back on eligible Gas worldwide, including gas at Costco (up to $7,000 spent annually)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Restaurants
    • Travel
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from:
    • Costco
    • Costco.com
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Purchase APR: 15.24% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0 (Costco membership required)
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Sam’s Club® Mastercard®

Sam’s Club® Mastercard®

  • 5% cash back for Gas in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including gas at Sam’s Club (up to $6,000 spent per year)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Dining
    • Travel
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • $45 statement credit when you spend $45 or more at samsclub.com, the same day you open your account online
  • Purchase APR: 16.65%–24.65% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: (must be a Sam’s Club member)
  • Open-loop card
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Discover it® Cash Back

Discover it® Cash Back

  • 5% cash back in categories that rotate every three months, sometimes including Wholesale clubs (up to $1,500 spent per quarter; activation required)
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Cashback Match: Get double cash back for the first year, provided at the end of the first year
  • Perks: Free credit score; new account and credit inquiry alerts; SSN alerts
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: See Terms for See Terms, then See Terms
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
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Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Bank of America® Cash Rewards Credit Card

  • 3% cash back in one category of your choice:
    • Gas
    • Online shopping
    • Dining
    • Travel
    • Drugstores
    • Home improvement/furnishings stores
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Grocery stores
    • Wholesale clubs
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • Rewards limit: 3% and 2% rewards up to $2,500 in combined spending per quarter, then 1% cash back
  • Perks: 25%–75% reward bonus for Preferred Rewards members; free credit score; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 0% for 12 billing cycles, then 16.24%–26.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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  • Earn 5% cash back on purchases at BJ’s and BJs.com
  • Earn 2% cash back on gas and dining outside of BJ’s locations
  • Earn 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • 10¢ off every gallon when buying fuel at BJ’s; purchases made at BJ’s Gas accrue rewards
  • No annual fee

 

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Clothing

Express NEXT A-List Credit Card

Express NEXT A-List Credit Card

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Min. credit level Fair
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Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 23.74% Variable
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The Express NEXT A-List Credit Card blows most other reward cards out of the water.

You’ll earn 20X points per dollar at Express, which translates to an incredible 12% cash back equivalent for A-List credit cardholders. If you’re not on the A-List you’ll still wind up with an 8% cash back equivalent — still better than most competing clothing store cards.

Spending Rewards
  • 20X points per dollar at Express, both in-store and online
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • 20% off your first purchase
  • Free standard shipping
  • Birthday gift
  • Exclusive offers
  • Purchase APR: 23.74% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Closed-loop card
American Eagle Outfitters™ Connected Visa® Card

American Eagle Outfitters™ Connected Visa® Card

  • 15X points per dollar spent at American Eagle and Aerie, in-store and online
  • 5X points per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • 30% off your first purchase in-store or at ae.com or aerie.com
  • Perks: Free standard shipping; 20% off birthday coupon; buy five bras or jeans, get one free; personal shopping day coupon; six cardholder events per year
  • Purchase APR: 27.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Gap Visa

Gap Visa

  • 5X points per dollar spent at the Gap and affiliated brands, both in-store and online
  • 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • 20% off your first purchase
  • Perks: 10% off at Gap and Gap Factory; special events and discounts; bonus point days; birthday gift; receipt-free returns
  • Purchase APR: 27.49% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Kohl’s Charge Card

Kohl’s Charge Card

  • Save 35% on your first purchase
  • Perks: 15% discount; 12 annual discounts; exclusive sales and offers; receipt-free returns; spend $600 to earn Kohl’s MVP status
  • Purchase APR: 27.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Victoria’s Secret Angel Card

Victoria’s Secret Angel Card

  • 3X Angel Reward points per dollar on bra purchases at Victoria’s Secret
  • 2X Angel Reward points per dollar on non-bra purchases from Victoria’s Secret when making an in-store payment (only once per month)
  • 1X Angel Reward point per dollar on all other purchases from Victoria’s Secret
  • $15 off your first Victoria's Secret purchase; Little Book of Offers, containing $65 in savings
  • Perks: Free shipping; perk of the month; birthday treat; anniversary gift; monthly triple-point days
  • Purchase APR: 27.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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Cabela’s CLUB Mastercard®

Cabela’s CLUB Mastercard®

  • 2X CLUB points per dollar at Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, participating Cenex stores, and affiliated locations
    • 3X CLUB points for CLUB Silver members
    • 5X CLUB points for CLUB Black members
  • 1X CLUB point per dollar for all other purchases
  • $25 in CLUB points after approval; $10 in CLUB points after making 5 purchases in the first 30 days
  • Perks: Earn CLUB Silver and Black status; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 9.99% at Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops; 17.49%, 20.49% or 26.49% Variable elsewhere
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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The Loft Mastercard

The Loft Mastercard

  • 5X points per dollar spent at Loft and affiliated stores
  • 2X points per dollar spent on:
    • Gas
    • Grocery
  • 1X point per dollar spent elsewhere
  • 15% discount after using the card the day you're approved; $20 Rewards Card for using your card outside of Loft and affiliates in the first 60 days
  • Perks: 15% off on the first Tuesday each month; birthday gift; free standard shipping; double-point days
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 27.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Belk Rewards Mastercard®️

Belk Rewards Mastercard®️

  • 3% back in rewards at Belk or Belk.com
  • 2% back in rewards on:
    • Groceries
    • Fuel
  • 1% back in rewards on every other purchase
  • Up to 25% off at Belk; $10 in Belk rewards dollars after your first purchase
  • Perks: 20 savings events per year; receipt-free returns; bonus reward events; monthly savings day; early access to sales and promotions
  • Purchase APR: 25.49%
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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SaksFirst Mastercard®

SaksFirst Mastercard®

  • Rewards at Saks depending on how much you spend throughout the year:
    • Premier status members: 2X points per dollar
    • Elite status members: 4X points per dollar
    • Platinum status members: 6X points per dollar
    • Diamond status members: 6X points per dollar
  • 3X points per dollar at Salons and Spas
  • 2X points per dollar spent on:
    • Dining
    • Groceries
    • Gas
  • 1X point per dollar on all other purchases
  • $25 Saks Welcome Gift Card after making your first purchase outside Saks
  • Perks: Double and triple point days at Saks; advance notice of sales; exclusive event invitations; personal fashion consultant; personal concierge
  • Purchase APR: 19.24%–21.24% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Nordstrom Visa Signature Card

Nordstrom Visa Signature Card

  • 3X points per dollar spent in stores or online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Trunk Club
  • 2X points per dollar spent on:
    • Dining
    • Entertainment
    • Travel
  • 1X point per dollar everywhere else
  • $40 bonus note after first purchase on day of approval
  • Perks: Free basic alterations; 25% off red-tag clearance items; exclusive access to sales; Nordy Club member status; double point days
  • Purchase APR: 10.90%–22.90% Variable at Nordstrom, 14.90%–22.90% Variable Elsewhere
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Neiman Marcus Credit Card

Neiman Marcus Credit Card

  • 2X InCircle points per dollar spent on Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, and Horchow (online or in-store)
  • 5,000 bonus points after making a purchase on the same day as account approval
  • Perks: Earn perk cards; double point days; Incircle Concierge
  • Purchase APR: 25.49% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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  • Must earn at least 7,500 points in a calendar year to qualify for A-List status
  • Earn 20 points for every $1 spent at Express, both in-store and online
  • $15 reward certificate for every 2,500 points
  • Complimentary birthday gift
  • No annual fee
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Home Improvement

Lowe's Advantage Credit Card

Lowe's Advantage Credit Card

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Min. credit level Fair
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Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 26.99% Variable
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Home improvement projects can be exciting, but they can also be cause for a headache. Get a little peace of mind with the Lowe's Advantage Credit Card (Review), which can take a bite out of your project spending or give you some extra time to pay.

Spending Rewards
  • Either:
    • 5% off OR
    • Special financing for purchases of $299 or more

Just be careful with the special financing offers. If you don’t pay off the balance in full by the end of the offer period, or miss a payment, you can be charged interest for the full balance. And that would be an extra headache you don’t need.

  • Exclusive cardholder events
  • Purchase APR: 26.99% Variable
  • Closed-loop card
Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon
    • Whole Foods
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Restaurants
    • Gas stations
    • Drugstores
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 15.74% to 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0 (Amazon Prime membership required)
  • Open-loop card
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The Home Depot Consumer Credit Card

The Home Depot Consumer Credit Card

  • Special financing for eligible purchases
  • Purchase APR: 17.99%, 21.99%, 25.99%, or 26.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Walmart Rewards Mastercard®

Walmart Rewards Mastercard®

  • 5% cash back at Walmart.com, including the Walmart App and Walmart Grocery Pickup and Delivery
  • 2% cash back for:
    • Walmart purchases in stores
    • Walmart and Murphy USA Fuel Stations
    • Restaurants
    • Travel
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • 5% cash back for using Walmart Pay in stores for the first 12 months
  • Purchase APR: 17.99%–26.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

  • 4% cash back on eligible Gas worldwide, including gas at Costco (up to $7,000 spent annually)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Restaurants
    • Travel
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from:
    • Costco
    • Costco.com
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Purchase APR: 15.24% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0 (Costco membership required)
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  • 5% off when you decline any special financing offers
  • Special Financing: 6 months special financing for purchases of $299 or more, or up to 84 months special financing with a minimum purchase of $2,000
  • No annual fee
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Furniture and Homegoods

Pottery Barn Credit Card

Pottery Barn Credit Card

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Min. credit level Fair
Details
Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 29.24% Variable
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Time for a new couch? You may be able to adjust your budget up a bit if you go with the Pottery Barn Credit Card, because you’ll get 10% back in rewards on your eligible purchases.

Spending Rewards
  • Either:
    • 10% back in rewards at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBteen stores, catalogs, and online
    • Special financing for purchases of $750 or more

You could also choose special deferred-interest financing for big purchases, if you need some extra time to pay. But watch out, because you could be charged interest for the full purchase if you don’t repay the balance correctly.

  • Exclusive events and offers
  • Purchase APR: 29.24% Variable
  • Closed-loop card
Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon
    • Whole Foods
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Restaurants
    • Gas stations
    • Drugstores
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 15.74% to 23.74% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0 (Amazon Prime membership required)
  • Open-loop card
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My Best Buy® Visa®

My Best Buy® Visa®

  • 5% back in rewards at Best Buy and BestBuy.com, or deferred financing for purchases over $199
  • 3% back in rewards at:
      • Gas Stations
      • Grocery Stores (through December 2018)
      • Home Furnishing Stores (through December 2018)
  • 2% back in rewards at Restaurants
  • 1% back in rewards for all other purchases
  • 10% back in rewards on your first day of purchases, within 14 days of opening the account
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 26.74% Variable (11.90% Fixed for select purchases)
  • Annual fee: $0 or $59 (depending on creditworthiness)
  • Open-loop card
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TJX Rewards® Platinum Mastercard®

TJX Rewards® Platinum Mastercard®

  • 5X points per dollar spent at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and Sierra Trading Post
  • 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • 10% off the first in-store purchase
  • Perks: Invites to exclusive events; shopping and travel protections
  • Purchase APR: 29.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Macy’s American Express® Card

Macy’s American Express® Card

  • 5% back in rewards at Macy’s (Macy’s Platinum members only)
  • 3X points per dollar at Restaurants
  • 2X points per dollar at:
    • Gas stations
    • Grocery stores
  • 1X point per dollar for all other purchases
  • 20% off Macy’s purchases on the day you’re approved and the day after, up to $100 in savings
  • Perks: Annual Star Pass mailings; surprise savings at checkout; Star Money days; birthday surprise; free shipping for Gold and Platinum members
  • Purchase APR: 27.24% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Belk Rewards Mastercard®️

Belk Rewards Mastercard®️

  • 3% back in rewards at Belk or Belk.com
  • 2% back in rewards on:
    • Groceries
    • Fuel
  • 1% back in rewards on every other purchase
  • Up to 25% off at Belk; $10 in Belk rewards dollars after your first purchase
  • Perks: 20 savings events per year; receipt-free returns; bonus reward events; monthly savings day; early access to sales and promotions
  • Purchase APR: 25.49%
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Open-loop card
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Wayfair Credit Card

Wayfair Credit Card

  • Either:
    • 3% back in rewards OR
    • Special financing on purchases over $60
  • 15% back in rewards on your first order
  • Perks: Free shipping
  • Purchase APR: 28.49% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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  • Choose from 12 months special financing for purchases of $750 or choose 10% back in rewards
  • Manage your account online
  • Use card at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, or PBTeen Store
  • Double reward opportunities offered throughout the year
  • No annual fee
BEST PICK FOR

Office Supplies

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Our rating
Min. credit level Good
Details
Annual Fee $0
Regular APR 15.74% to 23.74% Variable
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Solid rewards on office supplies? Check. Free, fast shipping on a wide selection of products? Check.

The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card (Review) can help you get the stationary and storage solutions you need, along with all those other little odds and ends. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership you can get the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card, which is just a bit less rewarding.

Spending Rewards
  • 5% cash back at:
    • Amazon
    • Whole Foods
  • 2% cash back at:
    • Gas stations
    • Restaurants
    • Drugstores
  • 1% cash back for every other purchase
Introductory Bonus Offer
  • $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon approval

Or, if you like to buy your supplies in person or from a local retailer, check out the runners up for other rewarding options.

  • Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection: Perks at eligible hotels, including complimentary WiFi, room upgrades when available, a $25 food and beverage credit, and more
  • Visa Signature Concierge: Call any time for non-emergency assistance.
  • Shopping and travel protections: Including Purchase Protection, Extended Warranties, Baggage Delay Insurance, and more
  • Purchase and Balance Transfer APR: 15.74% to 23.74% Variable
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Open-loop card
Staples More Account Personal Card

Staples More Account Personal Card

  • 5% back in rewards in-store or online at Staples
  • $50 statement credit for spending $150 within 45 days of account opening
  • Perks: Free delivery for eligible purchases
  • Purchase APR: 27.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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Staples More Account Business Card

Staples More Account Business Card

  • 5% back in rewards in-store or online at Staples
  • $50 statement credit for spending $150 within 45 days of account opening
  • Perks: Free delivery for eligible purchases; special financing offers
  • Purchase APR: 14.99%, 19.99% or 23.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
  • Closed-loop card
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Staples More Account Commercial Card

Staples More Account Commercial Card

  • 5% back in rewards in-store or online at Staples
  • $50 statement credit for spending $150 within 45 days of account opening
  • Perks: Free delivery for eligible purchases
  • Purchase APR: Not Applicable - Paid in Full Monthly
  • Annual fee: None
  • Closed-loop card
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Walmart Rewards Mastercard®

Walmart Rewards Mastercard®

  • 5% cash back at Walmart.com, including the Walmart App and Walmart Grocery Pickup and Delivery
  • 2% cash back for:
    • Walmart purchases in stores
    • Walmart and Murphy USA Fuel Stations
    • Restaurants
    • Travel
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • 5% cash back for using Walmart Pay in stores for the first 12 months
  • Purchase APR: 17.99%–26.99% Variable
  • Annual fee: $0
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Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

  • 4% cash back on eligible Gas worldwide, including gas at Costco (up to $7,000 spent annually)
  • 3% cash back for:
    • Restaurants
    • Travel
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from:
    • Costco
    • Costco.com
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Purchase APR: 15.24% (Variable)
  • Annual fee: $0 (Costco membership required)
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  • Requires active Prime membership
  • Cash back can be redeemed for statement credits or at Amazon.com checkout
  • Earn 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market
  • Earn 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and drugstores
  • Earn 1% back on all other purchases
  • Get a $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon credit card approval

More Retail Store Credit Cards

There are hundreds of retail credit cards, and we’ve only listed our best card picks for certain categories. If your favorite store isn’t listed above, it might still offer a credit card — check out its website or call to find out.

Here are a couple big collections, from the largest issuers of store credit cards:

Store credit cards can provide valuable cash back and benefits, but for the most part they’re only useful at their co-branded stores. For some more flexible card options, offering rewards for a variety of different purchases, check out our picks for the Best Rewards Credit Cards and Best Cash Back Credit Cards.

What Are the Best Store Credit Cards?

There is no “best” retail store card, just like there is no “best” store. A better question might be: What’s your favorite store, and does it offer a credit card?

But here are some of our favorite store credit cards, co-branded with big names that just about anyone could find useful:

See more valuable store cards for department stores, wholesale clubs, clothing, home improvement, and more.

Where Can I Use Store Credit Cards?

Many store cards are limited in some ways, like where you can use them or how you can redeem rewards. And they typically have worse terms (like higher APRs) than the normal rewards cards you can get from big banks.

There are two basic types of store credit card, which are sometimes referred to as:

  • Open-loop cards: These cards can be used anywhere, and have the Visa or Mastercard logo in the bottom-right (sometimes American Express or Discover).
  • Closed-loop cards: These cards can only be used with the co-branded merchant, and sometimes with its affiliates. There is no Visa or Mastercard logo.

Open-loop cards are obviously more useful, because you can use them anywhere credit cards are accepted. But you might still find a closed-loop card useful if it has some features that you value highly.

Store credit cards are pretty much like any regular credit card, except for the open-loop and closed-loop distinction. You can usually apply for them either in-store or online. You don’t always need excellent credit scores— on the contrary, many store cards are attainable for people with average or even poor credit scores.

Retail store credit cards are actually a fairly good option for building your credit scores if you’re a huge fan of a certain store. But you should consider other options if you’re planning to carry a balance, as their interest rates can get pretty high.

If your card doesn’t provide good rewards at a particular store and you don’t have the store’s co-branded card, you may still be able to earn decent rewards in a less direct way. Use a credit card at a different store to buy a gift card for that first store, earning rewards on the gift card purchase instead. Then you can use that gift card to shop at the first store. But watch out, because some cards have terms that prevent you from earning rewards on gift cards.

Do Store Credit Cards Build Credit?

In most cases, yes — just like any other credit card, a store credit card can typically help you build up your credit and improve your credit scores.

That’s because store cards usually report your card activity to the three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

Many store cards are issued by Synchrony or Comenity, and both of those issuers report to all three major bureaus. If you’re not sure how a particular store card reports activity, you can contact the issuer to ask.

How Do I Apply for a Store Credit Card?

You can usually apply for store credit cards the same way you’d apply for any other credit card — just fill out the application online.

But in many cases, you can also apply for a store’s credit card in the store itself. Just ask an associate. Or, you might be offered (or pressured to get) a store card while you’re checking out, with the powerful lure of a one-time discount or coupon.

We typically recommend not applying for store credit cards as you check out, in large part because credit card decisions shouldn’t be made impulsively. Credit cards are significant financial tools, and you shouldn’t get one just to save a few bucks on a purchase.

Instead, take the time to consider your options, including general cash back cards and other store cards. Survey the vast selection of cards on the market, and consider getting one that works for you in a variety of ways — not just at one particular store.

What’s the Easiest Store Credit Card to Get?

The easiest store card to get might be the Fingerhut Advantage Credit Account (Review). It has a reputation for being available to people with bad or limited credit, as a way to help rebuild credit.

But store cards in general are known for being relatively easy to qualify for, compared to typical rewards cards. So you may find that you qualify for store cards when others have denied you.

If you’re trying to establish a solid credit history or improve low credit scores, store cards aren’t your only options. We recommend checking out secured credit cards, which can be used pretty much anywhere. There are also unsecured cards designed for bad credit that can help.

For rates and fees of the American Express Cash Magnet® Card, please click here.

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