Review of the Barnes and Noble Mastercard®

Brendan Harkness

Brendan Harkness | Reviews

Aug 24, 2014 | Updated May 06, 2019

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The Barnes and Noble Mastercard® is a store card that provides a decent cash back reward when used at Barnes and Noble, and can also be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted. Cardholders also get the benefits that come with a Platinum MasterCard, but the card could come with a high interest rate.

The Rewards

Cardholders will get 5% cash back for every purchase made at Barnes and Noble stores and BN.com. This is in addition to any other discounts or sales.

1 Reward Point (the equivalent of 1% cash back) will be earned for every other purchase. Once 2,500 points are accumulated, a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card is automatically sent out.

The Benefits

After the first purchase is made with the card, a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card is awarded.

This card’s Platinum MasterCard status grants it a basic set of shopping and travel benefits. Cardholders will enjoy an extended warranty and price protection on purchases; the extended warranty will double a manufacturer’s warranty by up to 1 year, and price protection provides reimbursement if you find a lower price for an item you already bought, within 60 days of the purchase.

When traveling, cardholders can access MasterCard Global Service™ to get emergency assistance at any time. Rental car insurance is also available, as long as the car rental company’s insurance is declined.

The Costs & Fees

Annual Fee Intro APR for Balance Transfers Regular Purchase APR Regular Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR Foreign Transaction Fee
$0 0% for 15 months (as long as you make the transfer within the first 45 days) 16.24%–27.24% Variable 16.24%–27.24% Variable 27.49% Variable 3%
Penalty APR Late Fee Returned Payment Fee
None Up to $37 Up to $37

The Bottom Line

As a store credit card, the Barnes and Noble Mastercard is expected to have some higher rates, and to only offer worthwhile rewards for the store it is associated with. This is very true for this card.

If you have a good credit score you could qualify for the lower rate of 13.99%, which is about average, but otherwise you’ll be dealing with the 24.99% rate. This won’t be a problem as long as you completely pay off your debt each month, but it is something to be aware of.  The balance transfer fees are also higher than the average.

If you’re a huge fan of Barnes and Noble, shopping there very frequently, you’ll probably get a lot out of the 5% discount. Otherwise, it’s unlikely that this card will be worth having. If you want to get rewarded for more frequent purchases, check out our recommendations for best cash back cards.

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