Review of the Walmart® Credit Card and Walmart® Mastercard

Brendan Harkness

Brendan Harkness | Reviews

Jul 05, 2018 | Updated Jul 18, 2018

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Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, offers two consumer credit cards: the Walmart Credit Card and the Walmart Mastercard. These cards provide cash back at Walmart and a few affiliated stores.

You’ll get Walmart’s “3-2-1 Save” rewards program, which consists of:

  • 3% cash back on eligible purchases (but not for purchases at physical Walmart stores!)
  • 2% cash back at participating Walmart and Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else

There’s also a small signup bonus, a $25 statement credit after making a $25 Walmart purchase in the first 24 hours after your account is opened.

Occasionally, cardholders will be given special financing offers, such as no interest for six months, 12 months, or 24 months. In some cases, if you don’t pay off the balance in time, these offers will charge interest going all the way back to the purchase date. So watch out!

The Walmart Credit Card and Walmart Mastercard are mostly the same, except for where you can use them. The Walmart Credit Card can only be used at Walmart, Murphy USA gas stations, and a few other retailers. The Walmart Mastercard can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted.

If you’ve shopped at Walmart in the past, it’s likely an employee has encouraged you to apply for one of these cards.

We do not recommend getting either of these cards. They don’t offer very good rewards or benefits, and Synchrony, the issuing bank, is known for having poor customer support. Based on our reader reviews, it seems like most people agree. You could do better with other cash back credit cards that offer more rewards and can be used anywhere.

The Walmart Mastercard might be right for you if you spend a ton of money at every year. But this is a very limited use case, and we would still recommend other cards instead.

Walmart® Credit Card

Walmart® Credit Card

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 24.15% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • 3% cash back at
  • 2% cash back at Walmart and Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • Special financing offers for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months
  • No annual fee
  • Fraud protection
  • Free FICO Credit Score
Walmart® Mastercard

Walmart® Mastercard

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 18.15%, 21.15%, or 24.15% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • 3% cash back at
  • 2% cash back at Walmart and Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • Special financing offers for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months
  • No annual fee
  • Fraud protection
  • Shopping and travel protections from Mastercard
  • Free FICO Credit Score

Where Can I Use My Walmart Credit Card?

The Walmart Credit Card can only be used at these locations:

  • Walmart Stores
  • Walmart Supercenters
  • Walmart gas stations
  • Murphy USA gas stations
  • Neighborhood Markets
  • Sam’s Clubs (active Sam’s Club membership required)

The Walmart Mastercard can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted.

Walmart stores accept all kinds of credit cards, not just their own branded cards: you can pay with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards.

Our Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

We give the Walmart Credit Card and Walmart Mastercard 1 out of 5 Stars each. The rewards program is almost pointless, there aren’t any great perks to speak of, and we get more complaints about these cards than almost any other.

Why we like these cards

  • 3% cash back at
  • Occasional interest-free financing offers
  • No annual fee
  • Relatively easy to get for people with less than great credit

Why these cards could be better

  • No extra cash back for shopping in-store at Walmart, you’ll only get 1% back
  • There aren’t many Walmart or Murphy gas stations, where you can earn 2% cash back
  • Some financing offers are deferred interest, which can end up costing you money
  • Only a few extra benefits
  • Poor customer service and many complaints from readers

The Walmart cards are pretty disappointing, even when it comes to retail store credit cards. Check out some better alternatives below.

Insider Advice: Using These Cards as Part of Your Credit Card Strategy

  • Consider applying for a different card: These cards are only semi-useful for shopping at, and probably only make sense if you spend a lot of money there every month. You could get a better rewards program, benefits, and customer support with a general-use rewards card.
  • Shop at Use this card to get 3% cash back at, including purchases you pay for online and pick up in-store.
  • Buy gas at some stations: You’ll get 2% back at Walmart and Murphy gas stations, but these are a bit rare. You can get a better deal at more stations with other rewards credit cards for gas.
  • Be careful with special financing offers: You may get interest-free or deferred-interest financing offers. Be sure to read the terms carefully so you don’t end up paying extra interest charges.
  • Build up a positive credit history: Retail store credit cards tend to be more accessible for people with average or poor credit, so you can use a Walmart card to improve your credit scores over time.
  • If you have one already, don’t close it: Since there’s no annual fee, you can keep this card open indefinitely to improve your credit utilization and average account age. This will be better for your credit scores than closing the card.

The Rewards

The Walmart Credit Card and Walmart Mastercard have the same exact rewards program, for both earning and redeeming.


Spending Rewards
  • 3% cash back on purchases:
    • at
    • through the Walmart mobile app
  • 2% cash back on gas at:
    • Walmart gas stations
    • Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
Signup Bonus Offer
  • $25 statement credit after making a minimum $25 purchase in your first 24 hours with the card

So you’ll earn 3% back only at, and when shopping through the Walmart app.

Normal purchases made in-store at Walmart will only get 1% back.

The 2% cash back for gas probably won’t be very useful to most people. Walmart gas stations aren’t common everywhere, and Murphy gas stations are mostly in the Southeast and Great Lakes regions. Take note that the Walmart cards only provide 2% back for gas, excluding any other purchases from these merchants like snacks.

Other credit cards for gas spending can provide just as much as cash back or more, and they aren’t limited to just these few stations.

The $25 statement credit is tiny, but this is typical for retail store cards. Other no-fee rewards cards offer signup bonuses that usually range from $100 to $200 for spending $500 or $1,000.

It’s possible to miss out on the $25 statement credit.

You’ll need to make a purchase with the card within 24 hours of being approved for the statement credit to apply. This is true whether you apply in-store or online. For in-store applications, you’ll get a temporary shopping pass that can be used only at that store. For online applications, after being approved you’ll get a code to use with your purchase.

Some Walmarts may offer a different signup bonus if you apply in-store, like a 2-liter bottle of soda. Yay.

This rewards program is extremely limited for a store card, and it’s a bit surprising that Walmart has such a poor offer. These cards only have some potential when shopping at Walmart online, but even then it’s very slim.

The Citi Double Cash will offer 2% cash back for every purchase you make, for example, whether you’re at Walmart or anywhere else. And, if you have an Amazon Prime account, you could use the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card (Review) to get 5% cash back on a wide variety of items without even leaving the couch.


Your cash back will be automatically redeemed every month as a statement credit. This will simply lower your account balance.

If your account is past due, your rewards will not be issued as a statement credit until it is brought current. And if your account is two payments past due, any rewards you’ve earned will be forfeited (meaning they’re gone forever). If this happens you won’t be able to earn rewards again until the past due amount is paid.

The Benefits

The Walmart Credit Card and Mastercard come with the same special financing options, which may be offered to cardholders occasionally.

In addition to that, the Walmart Mastercard may also come with a selection of shopping and travel protections. But Walmart doesn’t officially publish those features — check your Guide to Benefits to see exactly what protections you have access to.

If you have the Walmart Mastercard and wouldn’t mind sharing your Guide to Benefits, please contact us!

No Interest Special Financing

This is the good kind of financing plan. It simply gives you some months at 0% APR, which will let you carry a balance for free. There are basically no strings attached, but remember that you still need to make a minimum monthly payment.

Offers for 0% interest may be given for certain transactions. These offers can be a good way to pay for an expensive shopping trip over time, making relatively small payments every month without accruing interest charges.

There are four different plans that might be offered:

  • No interest for 6 months
  • No interest for 12 months
  • No interest for 18 months
  • No interest for 24 months

The length of the plan will likely be based on the amount of the purchase. Larger purchases will be given a longer payoff period.

Once the time limit is reached, any remaining balance will start accruing interest at your regular rate.

However, take note that this 0% rate will only apply to the particular transaction you use it for. Any previous balance you had, and any charges you make to the card afterward, will be affected by your regular interest rate.

Walmart used to only offer deferred interest plans, but it introduced these no interest offers in May 2017.

Deferred Interest Special Financing

This is the less-good kind of financing plan. It’s not necessarily bad, but it could work against you if the terms aren’t followed carefully.

Deferred interest plans let you hold a balance at 0% APR for a specified period, like the no interest plans above. You’ll still need to make minimum payments every month, as usual.

However, with deferred interest plans, if you don’t pay off the entire balance by the due date you’ll be charged interest going all the way back to the purchase date.

There are four deferred interest plans:

  • No interest for 6 months when paid in full
  • No interest for 12 months when paid in full
  • No interest for 18 months when paid in full
  • No interest for 24 months when paid in full

Say you make a purchase with a 24-month deferred interest financing plan, and you fail to pay off the entire balance before the period ends. That means your original purchase amount will be charged interest for each of those 24 months, and you’ll be hit with a bill for all that interest at once. And your new balance will continue to be affected by your regular interest rate.

You get the plan expecting to make your financial life a bit easier, but now you’re stuck paying more than you ever needed to. If you decide to use a deferred interest special financing plan, be sure to pay off the entire balance before the due date.

Free FICO® Credit Score

If you enroll in electronic statements, you may choose to receive a monthly FICO Credit Score. You’ll also be able to see the top two factors affecting your credit scores.

This service is free, and will not hurt your credit.

Other Benefits

  • Zero Fraud Liability: You won’t be held responsible for unauthorized charges made to your account. Contact customer support immediately if you suspect fraud.

Potential Mastercard Benefits

The Walmart Mastercard may come with the following shopping and travel protections, as well as others not listed here:

  • Purchase Assurance: Provides coverage if an eligible purchase is damaged or stolen.
  • Extended Warranty: Warranties of three years or less can be doubled, up to an additional year.
  • Car Rental Collision Damage Waiver: Coverage for physical damage and theft of rental vehicles when you decline the rental company’s insurance.

The Terms & Fees

Card Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
Walmart Credit Card 24.15% Variable N/A N/A
Walmart Mastercard 18.15%, 21.15%, or 24.15% Variable N/A N/A
Card Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Balance Transfer Fee Cash Advance Fee
Walmart Credit Card $0  N/A N/A N/A
Walmart Mastercard $0  3% N/A N/A
Card Penalty APR Late Fee Returned Payment Fee
Walmart Credit Card See Terms Up to $38 See Terms
Walmart Mastercard See Terms Up to $38 See Terms

These two cards have mostly the same terms and fees, which are pretty standard for most credit cards. The only difference might be in the APR you get. But this doesn’t really matter if you pay your balance in full each month because that will prevent interest from accruing on purchases.

Cardholders may also get special financing offers, as explained above.

Payments for this card can be made online or in-store.

You can check out the full set of terms and conditions for the Walmart cards yourself.

What are the Credit Limits of the Walmart Cards?

Your credit limit for either card will be determined by your creditworthiness. If you want to request a credit limit increase, you can do so by logging in to your account online and selecting the option.

We’ve had many reports of problems with these cards, including issues with Synchrony suddenly lowering credit limits for apparently no reason. If you use one of these cards, we suggest keeping a close eye on your credit limit by logging into your online account to check every now and then.

Customer Support

Phone Support

Walmart Credit Card Customer Support


Walmart Mastercard Customer Support 1-866-611-1148

The Walmart Credit Card and Mastercard, issued by Synchrony Bank, are definitely not known for having good customer support. Synchrony probably issues more retail store cards than any other bank, and many cardholders report issues with their accounts.

Every year, J.D Power conducts its Credit Card Satisfaction Study, ranking the major card issuers on a variety of factors, including customer support. Synchrony came in 10th out of 11 issuers in 2017, and this is about where they typically rank. They usually come in last, actually, but in 2017 J.D. Power added Credit One to the list and they’re even worse!

We’ve received many complaints about the Walmart cards, ranging from negative customer service experiences to having credit limits lowered for apparently no reason. If you need to contact customer support, we recommend trying to enter a Zen state of mind first.

Web Support

Walmart Twitter Customer Support @WalmartHelp

If you have some general questions about Walmart credit cards you can send customer support a message on Twitter, @WalmartHelp. Be sure not to share any personal or account information on Twitter or any other social network.

We tweeted to Walmart’s customer support with a question about the signup bonus, and they got back to us surprisingly quickly for such a large company. Their responses took a couple hours or so, on average. But keep in mind that we were just dealing with Walmart’s general customer support here, not Synchrony’s customer support for the Walmart Credit Card or Mastercard, which will be different.

The Bottom Line

The Walmart Credit Card and Walmart Mastercard might be slightly useful if you spend a lot of money at But there are better card offers out there, and since many people report problems with these cards it’s probably best to simply avoid them.

You’ll get 3% back at but only 1% back for in-store Walmart purchases, which seems pretty ridiculous. You can get 2% back for online shopping with other cards, which aren’t limited to just either. And every other reward card offers at least 1% back for in-store Walmart purchases, so there’s no advantage there.

The interest-free special financing offers are probably the best feature of these cards. These are simply 0% APR periods you can use to pay off a balance without accruing interest, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

However, the deferred-interest plans could charge you a lot of interest if you don’t pay off the balance in time. They’re fine as long as you pay off the full balance by the due date, but there’s more risk with these plans.

We don’t recommend either of the Walmart cards, even if you tend to shop at Walmart pretty frequently. Check out our alternative recommendations below, some being other retail store cards and some general-use rewards cards.

How to Apply for the Walmart Credit Card or Mastercard

To apply for either of these cards, just click the Apply Now button below. You can also apply at Walmart stores, either at a register or jewelry kiosk.

You’ll typically get an instant decision, either yes or no. In some cases it might take a bit longer, and Synchrony may ask for more information to process the application.

If you apply for a card in-store and are approved, you’ll get a temporary shopping pass that’s good for 24 hours only at that particular store.

Retail store credit cards don’t have the best terms and features, but they tend to be more accessible for people with average or poor credit scores. If you’ve had a hard time being approved for better rewards cards, you might be able to start with a Walmart card. After building up your credit for a while by using it responsibly, you’ll be able to qualify for more valuable cards.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Must create a Walmart account when applying online or through the mobile app
  • Must bring a valid ID when applying in-store
  • Must be 18 to apply
  • Personal identifying information, including SSN, email address, and phone number
  • Total annual income, and source of income
  • Monthly mortgage/rent payment
Walmart® Credit Card

Walmart® Credit Card

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 24.15% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • 3% cash back at
  • 2% cash back at Walmart and Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • Special financing offers for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months
  • No annual fee
  • Fraud protection
  • Free FICO Credit Score
Walmart® Mastercard

Walmart® Mastercard

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 18.15%, 21.15%, or 24.15% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • 3% cash back at
  • 2% cash back at Walmart and Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • Special financing offers for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months
  • No annual fee
  • Fraud protection
  • Shopping and travel protections from Mastercard
  • Free FICO Credit Score

Alternatives to the Walmart Credit Card and Mastercard

There aren’t any amazing credit cards for shopping at Walmart, unfortunately. Some cards have categories for grocery stores or wholesale stores, but Walmart is not usually included in these.

Still, there are a few good general-use cash back cards to earn rewards at Walmart. Or, if you could do your shopping at Target or Costco instead, they have better card offers you might like.


Target offers most of the same types of products and services as Walmart, so you could potentially use the Target REDcard™ Credit Card (Review) for the same kind of shopping. This card can only be used at Target and It’s issued by T.D. Bank, not Synchrony.


Spending Rewards
  • 5% cash back on eligible purchases at:
    • Target

So you’ll simply get 5% cash back for Target purchases, whether you’re shopping online or in-store. Way better than the 1% for in-store purchases offered by the Walmart card, and significantly better than the 3% back at

The 5% cash back includes purchases from Starbucks cafes located inside Target stores, which is perhaps the best credit card reward you’ll find for Starbucks. But it does not include prescriptions, over-the-counter pharmacy items, eye exams, most gift cards, and some other purchases.


The REDCard comes with a few nice perks for frequent Target shoppers, which could end up saving you a fair bit of money over time:

  • Free Shipping: Get free standard shipping for most purchases, with some limitations.
  • Early Access: Cardholders have early access to select events, products, and promotions.
  • Anniversary Offer: Sign up for marketing emails from Target to get a special offer each year after your account anniversary.
  • Exclusive Extras: Special items, gifts, and offers exclusively for REDCard holders.
  • Specialty Gift Cards: Save 5% on select gift cards for restaurants, movie tickets, travel, and more.

Terms & Fees

The Target REDCard has no annual fee. The purchase APR is 23.15% *Variable, quite a high interest rate but typical for a store card.

The Target credit card is much more rewarding than the Walmart cards, and it has some decent benefits too. If you could switch from Walmart to Target and do a lot of shopping there, this card could be a good pick for you.

Target also offers a debit card that will link to your checking account, the Target REDcard™ Debit Card (Review). It actually offers 5% cash back and has the same other features too, a very rare find outside of credit cards.

Read more in our Review of the Target REDCard Credit Card


If you shop at Costco already, you might want to use the Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi (Review). You can get it for free with your Costco membership, it’s one of the best cards for gas rewards, and it has a few other decent features you might like.

It’s a store card but since it’s issued by Citi you’ll know that you can get decent customer support, especially compared to Synchrony.


Spending Rewards
  • 4% cash back on eligible gas worldwide, including gas at Costco; up to $7,000 per year
  • 3% cash back:
    • at restaurants
    • on eligible travel purchases
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from:
    • Costco
  • 1 % cash back on all other purchases

With 4% cash back on gas, there are few other cards that can beat the Costco Anywhere Visa for fuel. The 3% cash back at restaurants and for travel is pretty competitive too.

2% cash back at Costco doesn’t seem like a lot, but this is actually one of the better deals you’ll find for Costco shopping. Although you can buy groceries at Costco, most credit cards won’t count it as a grocery store. Instead it will likely be seen as a warehouse club, and there aren’t many reward cards with warehouse club bonus categories.


There aren’t many great benefits with the Costco card, unfortunately:

  • $20 Costco Cash Card: If you join Costco by purchasing a new Executive Membership you’ll get a $20 Costco Cash Card.
  • Just pay with the Costco Visa: Your credit card will be counted as your membership card when making Costco purchases.
  • Shopping and Travel Protections: Like Purchase Protection, Extended Warranties, Worldwide Accident Insurance, and Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance.

Terms & Fees

The Costco Anywhere Visa is free to apply for if you have a Costco membership. The basic Gold Star membership costs $60, while the Gold Star Executive membership costs $120.

The purchase APR is lower than your average store card, at 15.49% *Variable. There are no foreign transaction fees. That’s a bit odd to see on a store card, but it does have a travel bonus category so it seems to make sense.

The Costco card is more expensive to use than the Walmart cards, but if you already have a Costco membership then this would make no difference to you. If you’re shopping at Costco and you’re not getting at least 2% back, you should consider applying for this card.

Read more in our Review of the Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi


The Citi® Double Cash Card (Review) is an excellent cash back card for all-around shopping, offering the same reward no matter what you buy or where you are.


Spending Rewards
  • 2% cash back for every purchase
    • 1% cash back when you make a purchase
    • 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase
Signup Bonus Offer
  • $100 cash back bonus for spending $500 in the first 3 months after account opening
    • return on spend: 20%

That’s it, very simple. You get 2% cash back whether you’re making online or in-store purchases, from any merchant. That’s more than the Walmart cards offer for in-store Walmart purchases, and a bit less than what you’d get for purchases. But the Double Cash can be used anywhere, not just Walmart, and it’s backed by better benefits and customer support too.

The $100 cash bonus is pretty easy to get. But take note that some people may not be offered a signup bonus for the Double Cash.


The Double Cash has some interesting benefits for a no annual fee card, particularly the first two here:

  • Citi Price Rewind: A better take on the standard price protection, this service will search the internet for lower prices for your purchases and provide reimbursement if any are found.
  • Personal Concierge Service: Call 1-800-508-8930 to speak with your own personal assistant, for help with all kinds of non-emergency tasks.
  • Citi Private Pass: Get preferred access and presale tickets to select events and experiences, including music, sports, dining, and theater.
  • Free FICO 8 Credit Score: Keep tabs on your FICO score, based on your Equifax credit report.
  • Quick Customer Service: Call customer support and say “representative” to be connected with a human rep more quickly than usual.
  • Shopping and Travel Protections: Including Purchase Protection, Worldwide Travel Accident Insurance, Identity Theft Solutions, and Fraud Protection.

Terms & Fees

There’s no annual fee for the Citi Double Cash card. Foreign transactions have a 3% fee.

Cardholders get a 0% intro APR for 18 months for balance transfers, quite a long time to pay off a balance at no interest. That long period makes this one of the best balance transfer credit cards, although you’ll still need to pay a fee of 3% for the transfer.

Read more in our Review of the Citi Double Cash Card


The Capital One® Journey® Student Credit Card (Review) is a student card designed for average credit, but you don’t actually have to be a student to apply for it.

That means anyone with average or perhaps even poor credit scores can use it to earn rewards while building up his or her credit. It’s generally a better option for building credit than a store card or a secured credit card.


Spending Rewards
  • 1% cash back on all purchases
    • Pay on time and that goes up to 1.25% cash back

This card encourages you to make timely payments, with a little boost to the cash back you’ll earn. It’s not much, but it’s not that bad for a card designed for average credit.

The Journey Student isn’t very rewarding by any means, but it does provide more than the Walmart card for in-store Walmart purchases.


As a low-level student card, you won’t get a lot of luxurious perks with this card. But you will get several benefits, including:

  • Access a higher credit line: Make your first five monthly payments on time and you’ll be granted a higher credit limit.
  • Capital One CreditWise: Monitor your VantageScore 3.0, based on your TransUnion credit report. You can also check data from your TransUnion report for free, a rare feature. This service is available to everyone, cardholder or not.
  • Extended Warranty: Eligible manufacturer’s warranties of three years or less can be doubled, up to an additional year.
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver: Provides coverage against damage and theft of rental vehicles, as long as the rental company’s insurance is declined.
  • Travel and Emergency Assistance: Call for help finding local emergency services, like medical and legal referrals.
  • Travel Accident Insurance: Up to $100,000 in coverage against accidental loss of life, limb, sight, speech, or hearing.

Terms & Fees

The Journey Student card has no annual fee, and there are no foreign transaction fees.

If you don’t have the best credit and you’re checking out the Walmart card as a way to help improve it, consider the Journey Student instead. It will provide more cash back on in-store Walmart purchases, as long as you pay on time. And it’s backed by Capital One’s customer support, which is quite good compared to other issuers.

Read more in our Review of the Capital One Journey Student Credit Card

For other credit cards designed to help build your credit, take a look at our picks for the Best Credit Cards for Fair or Average Credit.
Walmart® Credit Card

Walmart® Credit Card

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 24.15% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • 3% cash back at
  • 2% cash back at Walmart and Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • Special financing offers for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months
  • No annual fee
  • Fraud protection
  • Free FICO Credit Score
Walmart® Mastercard

Walmart® Mastercard

For People with
Fair Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 18.15%, 21.15%, or 24.15% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • 3% cash back at
  • 2% cash back at Walmart and Murphy USA gas stations
  • 1% cash back everywhere else
  • Special financing offers for 6, 12, 18, or 24 months
  • No annual fee
  • Fraud protection
  • Shopping and travel protections from Mastercard
  • Free FICO Credit Score
The Walmart cards aren’t that great, and we don’t recommend getting either of them. To see some other options check out the Best Retail Store Credit Cards.

If you use one of these credit cards, how do you like it? Have you had any problems? Leave your own review of the Walmart Credit Card or the Walmart Mastercard, we’d love to hear from you!

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  • 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


  • 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 –

      Capital One Journey Student card, which gives you a bonus rebate if you pay your bills on time –

      Chase Freedom, which also has the 5%/1% cash back structure and has a nice $100 bonus offer right now –

      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.





  • 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?

    • Reference Experience

      Hi Laura, I just had success with getting my $25 credit. I called Walmart at this number 1 866 611 1148. The customer service rep Margo said she’ll tell someone else in another department (maybe someone in a higher up position) to manually put the credit in.

      My info isn’t falsified like yours is, so it may or not work for you. Although you called Sychrony bank and I called walmart so that might be why I had success.

      Good Luck and pay it forward by passing this info on.

    • Carlos Granados

      They have similar excuses for not giving the rebate. Customer service was very rude.

    • Jeff

      I agree. I have two Synchrony cards and they always promise great teasers like that, but then say “allow 3 months to credit” hoping you’ll forget, and then the third month when I don’t see it, I call to complain, they say it was my fault, but out of the goodness of their hearts, they will pay me.

  • 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!

  • Shelley Crew

    It says that the special financing can only be used only in store but they don’t carry what I’m looking at in store so how can u get the financing ??

    • Cheryl

      You cannot get it online…it’s offered only in physical store locations…sadly. But you can use Paypal Credit for Walmart purchases online, which is much better than a credit card. I just wish you could use Paypal at the store locations.

  • S Davis

    I applied for a WM- Master Card and they sent a regular blue credit card which I already have, but in my log in, It shows I have a Master card and shows the last 4 numbers on my account, the only thing I am missing is my 3 number pin, whats the deal ? I need a master card…

  • Carlos

    I just received walmart credit card and am very confused.
    When I got approved for my credit, with a $500 limit, I made a big purchase of $450. & The credited me $35. Now, each month will I be paying interest? Even if I am paying for it each month, on time? I don’t understand what it tells me on the walmart website. Any information is much appreciated.

    • John Ganotis

      Hi @disqus_XzIXjnVGRK:disqus, I’m not sure I fully understand your question and what you mean by “credited me $35.” For most credit cards, as long as there is no introductory 0% APR or something like that, you will pay interest on anything you haven’t paid off in full. So if you bought something for $450 and only paid $35 back by the due date for that statement, you’ll get charged interest on the rest.

  • darren mcdowell

    I have s wal-mart credit card but I need to know how do I find out my Fico score each month it doesn’t show me on my profile how to do that anyone know..I called customer service she gave me equal fax number to call why would I have to do that each month call them they said they will send it to you with your monthly anybody else going through my situation.or can someone tell me how will I check my Fico score each month its not showing up in my profile each monthwhere do I check in at each month I don’t know where to go to check my Fico score every month and it’s supposed to be free where is @ each month

  • Nicole Peruski

    Let me start by saying that I would absolutely NOT recommend getting a credit card through Walmart. It’s not the card itself (though the interest rate is high, even with good credit); it’s the customer service that you’re obligated to speak to when something goes wrong with your account. After being in customer service for over 10 years myself, I will, without hesitation, state that Walmart has the WORST customer service representatives and supervisors I’ve ever worked with in my entire life. When I first received my Walmart credit card, I attempted to use my card to pay for my groceries. They charged the single charge to my card twice, which took two weeks and speaking with managers several times to get this duplicate charge removed. It was clear no one was eager to assist me and have this duplicate charge resolved. If I had not stayed on top of it, they would have had me pay for the charge twice in a heartbeat.

    I recently attempted to make two charges to my card on the same day (because I needed two separate receipts) and the second transaction was declined. I called customer service to see why this was the case, as there was more than enough balance on the card to make the payment. My account had been frozen and I was unable to verify who I was because I had changed phone numbers and no longer had access to the number I originally signed up with. I had already update my new phone number on my online account (as well as removed the old one), but Walmart never updated that in their system. They would not accept personal information, such as social security number- they specifically needed me to call from the old number, which I no longer had access to. Because I was unable to “prove” who I was by calling from the old number, I was asked my a condescending customer service manager, Anna Reeds, to mail over a copy of my ID/drivers license and paperwork from my phone carrier with my new phone number. I specifically explained to Anna that neither my ID nor paperwork had my current address (which I had also updated on my online account). She said that this did not matter; that they only wanted to see my name on both the ID and paperwork, as well as the new number. When I asked her how long it would take for them to verify this information, she told me anywhere from 14-21 days. I asked her if I would be called when the information was received and she said no. When I asked if that meant I would just have to keep calling them back, she sarcastically responded with, “yup, I guess so.” At one point, after I had attempted to give my social security information, address, etc.- Anna even made the comment, “well, we didn’t ask you for all your personal information…” in a manner that implied that if anything were to happen with my personal information- it’s on me for dishing it out.

    That day, I sent the paperwork Anna Reeds had requested with the reference number, copy of drivers license, paperwork and a note explaining the situation. I called three weeks later to ensure they received my paperwork, so, I could access my account and make a timely payment, as I always have. After speaking with a customer service representative who quickly told me that my paperwork was declined due to the address on my phone bill not matching my current address, I immediately asked to speak to a supervisor. This supervisor (Ria, who told me they can no longer give out their last names) told me, “sorry about the incontinence- what we can do is send a complaint to Anna for giving you false information,” but that I’d still have to resend all the documentation with an updated address. Basically, I had to go out of my way to get this paperwork printed out from my phone carrier as told by the rude, condescending original supervisor, Anna Reeds, mail it and wait three weeks for it to be declined. Because their is a flaw in the Walmart credit card system, they have no other way of verifying who you are as EVERY other credit card service does.

    After these two awful experiences with Walmart’s customer service supervisors, as soon as this issue is resolved, I will be paying off the balance on the card, and cancelling my card. Never again will I use them, again, solely because of their absurd policy and extremely poor customer service. My advice to anyone considering getting a card with them- do NOT do it. If you ever run into any issues (which I ran into two huge ones within one year), you will have to jump through hoops to have it resolved.

  • Reference Experience

    If anyone’s not getting the $25 credit when they have the promotion -spend $75 and get $25 credit I just had success with getting my $25 credit. I called Walmart at this
    number 1 866 611 1148. The customer service rep Margo said she’ll tell
    someone else in another department (maybe someone in a higher up
    position) to manually put the credit in.


    I received my walmart mastercard and been using it purchasing online. yesterday i went out shopping at wm store,,upon using my walmart mastercard at the register, the machine was asking for a PIN, which i am unaware of. I ended up using my debit card on all my purchases. Can you help me so i wont have any problem next time i go to any wm store,,thanks!

    • John Ganotis

      I recommend you call the phone number on the back of your card. Since we’re a website that reviews credit cards and educates about credit I don’t have any way to help you with your specific account.

    • Frank Mitzel

      It will ask you for it in many places. Normally you just have to press the “Enter” button on the machine and it will run it as credit.

  • Connie Brooks

    Does it cost me out of the pocket to get a Walmart credit card

  • Sherry K. Christiansen

    Can I use my walmart credit card at Murphy gas stations?

    • John Ganotis


  • Chuck

    Synchrony Bank runs Walmart’s Mastercard system. More honestly, they ruin it. I canceled the Mastercard account, as the regular credit card program had a website and voicemail support that was much more navigable.

  • ahj_2000

    What kind of credit limit do these typically come with?

    • John Ganotis

      Credit limits are determined based on the credit history of the applicant. I don’t have any way of knowing what limit you might be approved for, but if I had to make a conservative estimate I would guess you shouldn’t expect a credit limit higher than $500 to start.

      • ahj_2000

        Thanks John…

        I have a good credit rating but a low income, as I am disabled… Do you think they would have any idea what my income is?

        • John Ganotis

          Yes, the credit card issuer needs to know your income. When you apply for a credit card there is a section on the application that asks for annual income.

  • Rachel Campbell

    walmart masterccard through synchrony bank is very bad my card was hacked into and walmart will not take responsibility for fraud charges on my account. All fraud charges should be resolved and the website does not work so i can reset password and doesnt accept card number or my zip code.

  • indeed its a great informative article regarding walmart cards. can you please tell me how i can get cash back reward from walmart. i have read the article from this source but they did not write complete detailed article.

  • Momo Chan

    The worst credit card ever, its a scam.i don’t recommend this card ro anybody they will make your credit score low because apparently they said they have the right to lower your cridit limit without notification if you dont pay the full amount in time frame they want”not even you were never late payment”. Bad experience.

    • Jaclyn Healy

      Omg! I have NEVER BEEN LATE and use the card, pay it off. Excellent payment history for both synchrony bank toys r us and Walmart cards and they keep lowering my credit without telling me. All because of credit identity theft two yrs ago that wasn’t even that bad. I went from 700 in credit now I’m down to hundred bucks. It’s called “chasing the balance” and it is a scam in my eyes that companies do that to people who are terrific customers.

  • Gail Jans

    I had the Walmart MasterCard and used it for two years, the rewards are great because I shop there a lot. Unfortunately I had to deactivate my account because I realized there was no insurance on the card unless you pay for it. I had another one of my card numbers stolen and used but it was covered by the free insurance, “Canadian tire MasterCard”. They are great! Good rewards and great customer service. They even lowered my interest rate as requested, to 16.9%! I have been trying for 6 months to deactivate my Wal-Mart card and I’m getting frustrated, because in the meantime someone could easily hack my account and with no insurance that will be bad. Today was my final attempt to contact them and request deactivation after this they will be dealing with my lawyer. Thanks Walmart for your shitty MasterCard!

  • Anne Nagel

    This may be true, but the customer service for Walmart credit cards is TERRIBLE, the online site and mobile app are counter-intuitive and extremely poorly designed, and there is false advertisement about the deals it can get you.

    When I got the credit card online, it said “Shop now!” and “Use the card now!” (It used exclamation points). I only got the card because it promised to save me $25 IF I used it to make a purchase TODAY. When I tried to use it, I discovered that there is NO WAY to make a purchase on the same day you get the card– not on my laptop, not on the mobile app, not with customer service’s “help.”

    God forbid you have any issues with your credit card. I spoke to 6 people, which meant I had to explain my situation at least 12 times, because they only half-listened to me. They overuse polite little words and phrases to make up for the fact that they all have conflicting information, few of them care, and they’re all waiting to transfer you to a keypad electronic voice menu.

  • Svetlana Salami

    This is a MasterCard from HELL. They block each and any transaction which falls outside of your shopping area and then they will harass you through security verification for days!!!!! Where and how do they tgrain their security agents? And why am I constantly interrogated for 200$ or 300$ transactions of online purchase? Are you for real Walmart? I wasted 5 days of my time to prove over the phone that it is me and not a secret agent from US who is using 300$ from my card to rent a car. If you are so paranoid about your securities, do not offer people your fabulous credit product coz your security agents suck as they all speak very poor English and sit on the outskirts of the globe and do not understand a pinch about North America. Stay away from this card, save your nerves!

  • Yasir Abbas

    Poor Card service i applied for this card after reading reviews form and did not get my card yet. its been 3 months

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