Review of the Kohl’s Charge Credit Card

Brendan Harkness

Brendan Harkness | Reviews

May 19, 2015 | Updated May 12, 2016

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The Kohl’s credit card, known as the Kohl’s Charge Card, can be obtained online or in-store. There’s no annual fee, it provides cardholders with a number of discounts at Kohl’s throughout the year, and those who spend more will get even more discounts.

This card can only be used at Kohl’s, where it can save you quite a bit of money through the discount offers, but watch out for the high APR of 24.99%. Carrying a balance with this card could quickly eat into your savings.

Kohl's Charge Credit Card

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 24.99% (Variable)
Quick Card Facts
  • 15% Discount: Arrives in the mail with your new card.
  • 12 Special Discounts: Of 30%, 20% or 15% every year.
  • Savings: Combine your Kohl's Charge discounts with sale prices and special offers, like Kohl's Cash®.
  • Most Valued Customer (MVC): Spend $600 in 12 months and receive MVC status, which offers 18 exclusive discounts annually.

The Rewards

There are no rewards for using this card like points or cash back. Instead, the value comes from the discounts you’ll receive (described below), as well as the ability to defer payments and carry a balance over time (though this will cost interest).

The Benefits

When you’re approved for the card, you’ll receive a 15% discount in the mail along with your credit card.

Those who applied online will also receive a 20% discount on the first purchase they make with the card.

In addition, every cardholder will receive at least 12 discounts in the mail throughout the year, ranging from 15-30% each.

If you spend at least $600 with your Kohl’s Charge Card you’ll become a Most Valued Customer (MVC). MVC’s will be mailed at least 18 discounts throughout the year.

These discounts may have certain restrictions; check with your store for details on which items are eligible.

Purchases made with the Kohl’s Charge Card are tracked, so they can be returned without a receipt.

The Costs

Annual Fee Regular APR
$0 24.99% (Variable)

The Fees

Late Fee
Up to $35

The Bottom Line

If you shop at Kohl’s often, chances are this card will save you some money. The discounts come frequently and are fairly substantial, and if you plan ahead to use them for bigger purchases they can get very valuable. If you spend $600 and become an MVC you’ll earn even more discounts.

But, as you can see, the APR is very high at 24.99%, meaning that if you choose to carry a balance from month to month you’ll be charged quite a bit of interest. Be careful, or these interest payments will quickly negate the savings you are getting through the discounts.

To avoid this be sure to pay off your entire balance every month. It’s also a good idea to pay your bill quite a few days early to allow for some processing time.

Do you use the Kohl’s Charge Card? How do you like it? Do you save a lot of money? Let us know in the comments below!

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