Depending on your shopping habits, you could save big money and enjoy other lucrative benefits from a brand-specific credit card. From department store credit cards and clothing store credit cards to cards specific to your favorite electronics store, your loyalty can be rewarded with cash back, special financing, exclusive offers and more. GOBankingRates has compiled a list of the 10 best store credit cards available right now, listed in order from lowest APR to the highest.
- Nordstrom Credit Card
- Costco Anywhere Visa
- Target REDcard
- J. Crew Card
- Victoria’s Secret Angel Credit Card
- Macy’s Credit Card
- My Best Buy Credit Card
- Amazon Prime Store Card
- Lowe’s Consumer Credit Card
|Store Card||Purchase APR (%)||Sign-Up Bonus||Rewards||Discounts for Cardholders||How to Apply|
|Nordstrom Credit Card||11.15 – 23.15||$20 bonus note for spending $100 at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook or Trunk Club with your new card the day you’re approved||2 points for every $1 spent at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Trunk Club (online or in store); same rewards for Visa Signature cardholders, who can also get points wherever Visa is accepted||Access to bonus point events; early access to anniversary sales; personal 3x point days; alteration reimbursement; private holiday shopping party||Learn More|
|Costco Anywhere Visa||15.49||Introductory rate of 0% for 7 months||4% cash back on gas; 3% cash back on restaurants and eligible travel purchases; 2% cash back on all other purchases from Costco and Costco.com; 1% cash back on all other purchases||No||Learn More|
|Target REDcard||23.15||No||No||5% off everyday purchases; free shipping on most Target.com orders||Learn More|
|GapCard||24.99||15% off your first purchase||5 points for every $1 spent in GAP brand stores (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta) in store and online; 1 point for every $1 spent everywhere Visa is accepted; $5 reward for every 500 points earned||Free online shipping and basic alterations with silver card; 10% off Tuesdays at Gap online and in store; birthday gift||Learn More|
|J. Crew Card||25.24||15% off your first purchase||$25 rewards card for every $500 you spend; special birthday surprise||Complimentary personal shopping and styling services; free standard alterations on in-store purchases||Learn More|
|Victoria’s Secret Angel Credit Card||25.24||No||$1 = 1 point; reward earned every 250 points||Free shipping; birthday gift; exclusive rewards for shopping; insider access and invites||Learn More|
|Macy’s Credit Card||25.49||20% off purchases up to $100 today and tomorrow||Star Pass mailings; surprise savings offers at the register; Thanks for Sharing rewards (which can also include 15% bonus events); birthday offer; exclusive shipping offers; customer service number||No||Learn More|
|My Best Buy Credit Card||25.49||10% back in rewards on your first purchase||5% back in rewards (6% for Elite Plus) or 18-month financing on purchases greater than $479 for a limited time||No||Learn More|
|Amazon Prime Store Card||26.24||$40 Amazon gift card upon approval for a limited time||5% back every day on Amazon.com purchases with no category restrictions and no limits; can opt for promotional financing instead of 5% back when your cart totals more than $149||No||Learn More|
|Lowe’s Consumer Credit Card||26.99||No||5% off everyday purchases or special project financing through 36, 60, or 84 fixed monthly payments||5% off everyday purchases||Learn More|
Purchase APR: 11.15% to 23.15% APR
Earn two points for every dollar spent at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Trunk Club, both in stores and online. Visa Signature cardholders get one point for every dollar spent everywhere Visa is accepted. There’s no annual fee for the Nordstrom card, and shoppers get a $20 Note when they spend at least $100 at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Trunk Club. You’ll earn a a $20 Nordstrom Note with every 2,000 points. There are four different spending tiers that offer more rewards the more you spend. Throughout the year, special events allow cardholders to rack up points even faster. Triple Points events, for example, require cardholders to spend just $334 to earn a $20 Note.
Purchase APR: 15.49% APR
The Visa Anywhere Card doubles as the customer’s Costco membership ID. Cardholders enjoy 4 percent cash back on gas, 3 percent on restaurants and eligible travel, 2 percent on all Costco purchases both in store and online, and 1 percent cash back on everything else. The card comes with an introductory rate of 0-percent interest for the first seven months, which then turns into a 15.49 variable rate APR. The issuer, Citi, offers both a business and personal version of the card, which pays out points in the form of an annual certificate. The certificate is delivered in February and can be redeemed for cash or merchandise at U.S. Costco warehouses.
Purchase APR: 23.15% APR
Target REDcards could be a Target Credit Card, Target Debit Card or Target MasterCard. No matter which Target card a shopper uses, he’ll get 5 percent off most purchases. Eye exams, prescriptions, gift cards and restaurant purchases are among the excluded expenditures. Cardholders also enjoy an extra 30 days to return most items beyond the standard return policy. This applies to both in-store and online purchases from Target, but does not include mobile purchases, non-returnable items and purchases with a fixed return date. The card also comes with free shipping on online purchases across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, but only for standard shipping.
Purchase APR: 24.99% APR
Customers earn five points for every $1 they spend both in stores and online, not just at Gap, but at sister stores, too: Old Navy, Athleta and Banana Republic. Points can also be redeemed across the entire network of stores. For all other purchases, cardholders get one point for every $1 spent, and every 500 points accumulated earns the cardholder a $5 reward. Customers also enjoy cardholder-only promotions, like participation in 10-percent Tuesdays, special birthday savings and special event access. The chip-enabled card boasts heightened fraud protection and zero-fraud liability. New cardholders get 15 percent off their first GapCard purchase.
Purchase APR: 25.24% APR
J.Crew Card benefits are applicable to purchases made online, in stores or from the catalog. Additional authorized users can be added to the card as well, and the primary cardholder gets the points accumulated by secondary cardholders. Cardholders are privy to free styling and shopping services, in addition to complimentary alterations for in-store purchases. New cardholders get a 15 percent discount on their first purchase and a special birthday surprise. Customers can pay their J. Crew bills online or in stores, and can access their accounts at any time. They’ll also receive invitations to exclusive cardholder events, as well as priority customer service reserved only for cardholders.
Purchase APR: 25.24% APR
Victoria’s Secret gives cardholders a gift every year on their birthday, and customers earn a new reward with every $250 spent — $1 equals one point. Customers get free shipping on purchases that include bras whenever they use the coupon code JUST4ANGELS and pay with their Victoria’s Secret Angel card, as long as the items aren’t clearance bras or orders that contain other bra or shipping specials. Cardholders are given the choice of a Triple Points Day, with some restrictions, depending on their card tier.
Purchase APR: 25.49% APR
When new customers sign up for a Macy’s Credit Card, they automatically receive 20 percent off combined purchases up to $100 for 48 hours — the day they sign up and the following day. There are three possible tiers — or “loyalty levels” — associated with the card. The Preferred level, which applies to all new cardholders, is for customers who spend $1 to $499 per year. Elite customers spend between $500 and $1199 annually, and Premier Elite classification requires purchases of $1,200 or more every year. Each tier comes with increased rewards, exclusives, savings and enhancements in customer service.
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Purchase APR: 25.49%
The Best Buy card offers new customers a choice when they sign up: They can opt for either 5 percent back in rewards or 18-month financing for purchases of $479 or more. New cardholders also get 10 percent back in rewards on their first purchase once they’re approved. Customers also get the members-only benefit of Best Buy Pay, which lets users check out quickly and securely with only their BestBuy.com name and password. Also, the My Best Buy Visa card gives the same in-store benefits, but also lets users earn rewards on purchases made outside of Best Buy.
Purchase APR: 26.24%
For a limited time, a new applicant gets a $20 gift card uploaded directly into his account as soon as his application is approved. Amazon Prime members with the card get 5 percent back on every purchase, with no limits, to put toward their account balance. The card protects customers from unapproved transactions with zero fraud liability. Promotional financing is also available to customers, including special financing for six months on purchases of $149 or more, 12 months on purchases of $599 or more, and 24 months on select items. Cardholders also get access to a 12-month equal pay offer on select items.
Purchase APR: 26.99% APR
Lowe’s cardholders get the choice of 5 percent off everyday purchases or six months of promotional financing on purchases of at least $299. If the balance is paid in full within six months, there is no charge for financing. A third option is available, too: special project financing, which offers a reduced APR for 36, 60 or 84 fixed monthly payments. This offer is specific only to in-store purchases of $2,000 or more. Customers can not combine both special financing and 5 percent off. Lowe’s offers credit cards for both individuals and businesses.
Because many retail credit cards have strict application criteria, they are not always the best cards to build credit. Store credit cards, however, can offer a range of other benefits, including lucrative rewards points, access to special events, annual gifts and exclusive access to VIP promotions, which are not available with normal credit cards.
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