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The Best Store Credit Cards

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If your weekly errands tend to involve visits to the same few retailers and websites, getting a co-branded store credit card could certainly be worth it. These cards generally offer bonus rewards when you shop at the particular store and its partners, and special perks for cardholders.

Some store cards don't limit your rewards opportunities, either. Several of our top picks offer good cash back rates on a variety of common purchases.

Best Card for Amazon and Whole Foods: Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

With Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card became even more rewarding. You can use it anywhere Visa cards are accepted. With this card you can earn:

  • 5% cash back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods
  • 2% cash back at gas stations, restaurants and drugstores
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases

You can redeem the cash back you earn when making purchases on Amazon.com. Or, once you accrue 2,000 points ($20 worth of cash back), you can request a statement credit on your credit card or direct deposit into an eligible bank account.

Although the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card doesn't have an annual fee, this card is only available to Amazon Prime members, which costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year. The credit card has an intro offer for a $80 Amazon.com gift card once you're approved, which could help cover part of that membership cost for the first year.

Best Card for Warehouse Clubs: Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi

The Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi doesn't charge an annual fee, but it's only available to those with a Costco membership, which starts at $60 a year.

You can use the card anywhere Visa cards are accepted. It offers a good cash back rewards rate on Costco purchases and even better rewards elsewhere. You can earn:

  • 4% cash back at eligible gas stations on your first $7,000 in purchases each year. You'll earn 1% cash back after that.
  • 3% cash back at restaurants and on eligible travel purchases
  • 2% cash back at Costco and Costco.com
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases

One drawback is that you'll have to wait until your February billing statement closes to receive your cash back reward in the form of a redeemable certificate. You can redeem the certificate when checking out at Costco and receive the unused portion back as cash. However, you'll need to keep your Costco membership active to redeem the certificate.

Best Card for Big Box Stores: Target REDcard™ Credit Card

The Target REDcard™ Credit Card is a closed-loop credit card, meaning you can only use the card at Target and Target.com. If you're a fan of the big box store, the perks are certainly enticing, especially since the card doesn't have an annual fee or any paid membership requirements. You'll get:

  • A 5% discount on eligible Target purchases (Most purchases qualify, but there are exceptions for certain categories, such as prescriptions.)
  • Early access offers for special products and promotions
  • Free standard shipping on most purchases at Target.com
  • An extra 30 days for returns
  • A 10% off coupon every year

Another plus: You receive the 5% discount when you're checking out, so you won't need to track or redeem rewards.

General-Use Cards Worth Considering

If you're looking to earn rewards but don't want to feel tied to a particular store, there are also a few general-use credit cards that you can use at your favorite stores while also netting good rewards.

With the Citi® Double Cash Card, you can earn 2% cash back: 1% when you make a purchase and another 1% when you pay the bill. The effective flat-rate 2% cash back is a great rate, especially since the card doesn't have an annual fee.

The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express could be a good option if you don't want to be tied to a single supermarket. You can earn different cash back rates depending on where you shop:

  • 6% at U.S. supermarkets on your first $6,000 in purchases each year. Superstores (like Target) and warehouse clubs (like Costco) don't count.
  • 6% on select U.S. streaming services, such as Spotify and Netflix
  • 3% at U.S. gas stations
  • 3% on transit, including tolls, subways and rideshares
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases

The card does have a $95 annual fee, which you'll want to consider in your calculations when determining which card is most rewarding for you. However, you can also receive a $250 intro bonus if you're a new cardholder and use the card to make $1,000 worth of purchases within the first three months.

No matter which credit card you choose, try to only use the card for purchases when you can afford to pay the bill in full. Although rewards can be enticing, the interest you'll pay when you carry a balance is generally higher than the rewards you can earn.


Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer or other company, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. All information, including rates and fees, are accurate as of the date of publication.

This article was originally published on June 29, 2019, and has been updated.

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