Walmart Credit Card Review

Brendan Harkness

Brendan Harkness | Reviews

Mar 20, 2015

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Walmart offers two credit cards for general consumers: the Walmart Credit Card and the Walmart MasterCard®. These cards offer special financing for large purchases, as well as cash back for certain purchases.

Where Can I Use My Walmart Credit Card?

The Walmart Credit Card can only be used at Walmart and Sam’s Club. This includes their associated gas stations and websites. You can also pay off your card balance at either of these two stores.

The Walmart MasterCard can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted.

Walmart Credit Card

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 22.90% (Variable)
Quick Card Facts
  • Open a Walmart card, spend $75 online, and save $25
  • Special financing available in store with your Walmart Credit Card
  • Save 5 cents per gallon at participating Walmart gas stations in the U.S.
  • Receive your free monthly FICO Score when you enroll in electronic statements online
  • Get a cash advance at the time of purchase
  • Pay no annual fee
  • $0 fraud liability

Walmart MasterCard®

For People with
Excellent Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 22.90% (Variable)
Quick Card Facts
  • Open a Walmart card, save $25 when you spend $75 or more the same day on Walmart.com
  • Earn up to 1% cashback on all purchases
  • Accepted everywhere you see the MasterCard Network Acceptance Mark
  • Special financing available in store with your Walmart Credit Card
  • Save 5 cents per gallon at participating Walmart gas stations in the U.S.
  • Receive your free monthly FICO Score when you enroll in electronic statements online
  • Chip card for additional protection from fraud
  • Get a cash advance at the time of purchase
  • Pay no annual fee
  • $0 fraud liability

The Rewards

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A 5¢ discount per gallon is provided for gas purchased at Walmart stations with either card.

The MasterCard also provides 1% cash back for all purchases made. This cash back is awarded as a statement credit every time the total rewards accrue to $5.

The Benefits

If you open a new Walmart card and make a purchase of at least $75 at Walmart on the same day, you’ll receive a $25 discount.

Another $10 discount is awarded when you make another $75 purchase from Walmart within 60 days of opening your account.

Walmart offers several financing plans for large purchases made with each card. No interest is paid as long as the entire purchase is paid off in full by the due date. Take note that if you fail to pay off the entire balance by the due date, you’ll be charged interest going all the way back to the date of purchase. This can be a very costly mistake.

There are 4 financing tiers for purchases of different amounts:

Plan Length Purchase Amount
6 months $150 – $298.99
12 months $299 – $428.99
18 months $429 – $598.99
24 months $599 or more

The Walmart MasterCard is also equipped with Chip-and-Signature technology, providing enhanced security for cardholders.

If you sign up for electronic statements online, you’ll be able to access your FICO® score for free at any time.

This card may also come with a range of extra benefits and services from MasterCard; Walmart does not disclose the extra benefits that come with this card, if any. Some cardholders have reported that the card does not come with extra services like purchase protection or an extended warranty. Check the terms that come with your card for details on the specific benefits you have access to.

The Costs

Card Annual Fee Regular APR Cash Advance APR Foreign Transaction Fee
Walmart Credit Card $0 22.90% (Variable)  Not Applicable Not Applicable
Walmart MasterCard $0 22.90% (Variable) 25.90% (Variable) 3% of the transaction

The Fees

Card Late Fee
Walmart Credit Card up to $35
Walmart MasterCard up to $35

The Bottom Line

Like other store cards, the Walmart Credit Card and MasterCard are best suited for frequent shoppers of the store in question, in this case Walmart. Each of these cards will have a high APR, so you’ll want to avoid revolving a balance from month to month.

These cards could come in very handy for making and paying off large purchases for no interest, as long as you can pay off the entire balance before the due date. Failing to do so will be costly, negating all of the possible benefits of the cards.

Customer service for this card is lacking. It seems impossible to get additional information about the card ahead of time from a customer service representative; to access their help line you need to be a cardholder already, but if you’re not a cardholder you won’t be able to speak to anyone. Be aware of the little things like this when considering credit cards.

Do you like the idea of getting rewards for shopping, but don’t think this card is right for you? Take a look at how general-use rewards credit cards provide benefits for shopping anywhere.
  • Richard Sandridge

    It’s like GE Capitol, screws a nice rewards; proprietary CC! These bishes, do it, by design; via the pour! BASTARDS! Go pimp Wal-Mart!

  • Richard Sandridge

    Yeah now, it’s easier, to send dinero; to Mexico. Now WE HAVE THE FIAT CURRENCY NIGHTMARE; WHILE THEY GET MUCHO PLATTUS!

  • Richard Sandridge

    I want a shade grown coffee farm, in Gautama-la. Who the F, is with me?

  • Richard Sandridge

    hahahahahahahahaha

  • Mpov

    Not sure what you meant when you said neither of the cards is the best option for an educated consumer. As a young adult I am trying to build my credit and have done some research on how to best go about it.

    • Kimberly Rotter

      Hi Mpov,

      Good question. To clarify, it seems to me that the Walmart credit cards appeal initially to Walmart shoppers because of the marketing directed toward new applicants, but there are much better cards out there for folks like you who are trying to be careful and smart.

      I would recommend any one of these before the Walmart card:

      Discover Student card, which has a much better rebate – 5% on certain purchases and 1% on everything else – http://www.creditcardinsider.com/credit-cards/discover/discover-it-for-students-cashback-bonus/

      Capital One Journey Student card, which gives you a bonus rebate if you pay your bills on time – http://www.creditcardinsider.com/credit-cards/capital-one/journey-student-rewards/

      Chase Freedom, which also has the 5%/1% cash back structure and has a nice $100 bonus offer right now – http://www.creditcardinsider.com/credit-cards/chase/freedom-visa/

      All of these cards are good for people building credit, and they are all much more versatile and generous than the Walmart cards. Walmart, by the way, is currently offering a $25 bonus after $75 in qualified purchases, so I wouldn’t rule it out completely. It’s just not a card I’d rely on for regular use.

      Good luck in your research!

      • bobke

        Did you really say walmart cards appeal to walmart shopper? No shit captain odvious, wow u r smart for a dumb arse

  • devpro404

    For getting Walmart Discover how long history should I have, I’ve just opened cap1 secured card with 500 CLI and it has 3 months history, everything paid off full – credit score is 738

    • Kimberly Rotter

      With a credit score of 738, you’re in good shape to apply for this card. But the answer is that all credit card issuers keep their criteria somewhat secret. Their stock response is to apply and see what happens.

  • NOT HAPPY

    CARD SUCKS

  • NOT HAPPY

    CARD BLOWS

  • Laura Miller Bova

    Walmart advertises that you get a $25 credit for a $75 purchase made the same day. I opened one to get the credit and made the purchase the same day. When I got my statement no credit was given. Called the bank and was told Walmart gave them information that I opened the account 11/27 but didn’t make the purchase until 12/2. I looked up my order history and in black and white it says that my order was made on 11/27. It is wrong that they would make a customer pursue the promo that is promised to them and seems completely fraudulent to give false information to the bank in order to avoid giving the promo.

    • Brendan Harkness

      Thanks for sharing, Laura.
      That sounds strange, perhaps there was a delay in processing somewhere. Did you try showing the bank proof of your purchase on 11/27?

  • Javier Fuentes

    If I had a walmart credit card for 1 year how can I switch to a walmart master card

    • Brendan Harkness

      @disqus_sMEQyengqq:disqus Thanks for your question. I would first try calling the customer service number on the back of your card, and asking if you can switch your account over to the WalMart MasterCard.
      If they can’t do that for you, you’ll need to apply for the Walmart MasterCard directly, as you normally would.
      Good luck!

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