Walmart offers two types of credit cards. This Walmart credit card review analyzes the Walmart Mastercard and the Walmart Credit Card.
The Walmart Mastercard is issued by Synchrony Bank and is valid wherever Mastercard is accepted. Walmart's Credit Card, on the other hand, can be used at Walmart Stores, Walmart Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, Walmart.com, Walmart and Murphy USA Gas Stations and Sam’s Clubs.
Notice: To qualify, you need a Walmart account.
The Walmart Credit Card is a solid option for people who need to improve their credit score and who shop regularly on Walmart.com, Walmart stores, and Walmart gas stations. Walmart's credit cards provide the opportunity to repair your credit while receiving in-store financing, a signup bonus, and bonus cash back rates of up to 3%.
The rate for Walmart's Credit Card, the credit card account you can only use in Walmart stores, is 23.15% APR for purchases.
The APR for the Walmart Mastercard varies depending on what card account you have. There are three credit card account types based on the creditworthiness of the cardholder:
A Walmart account type 1 has a 17.15% APR on purchases and 20.15% APR on cash advances
A Walmart account type 2 has a 20.15% APR on purchases and a 23.15% APR on cash advances
A Walmart account type 3 has a 23.15% APR on purchases and a 26.15% APR on cash advances.
Cardholders receive a notification with their credit card account type when they open the account.
One of the big selling points of Walmart's cards is that they don't have an annual fee. The Walmart Credit Card does not allow you to get cash advances from regular ATMs, but both cards give you the option of free cash advances from a Walmart cash register -- which they market as Quick Cash Advances -- when you shop at a Walmart store.
Look out for penalty fees. Late payments incur a charge of up to $37. You may want to give this card a wide berth and go for a credit union security card if you have the habit of falling behind in your payments.
Walmart Credit Card allows you to earn up to 3% in cash back on all Walmart.com purchases. Purchases at Murphy USA and Walmart gas stations receive a 2% cash back rate. All other purchases earn a 1% cash back. Rewards don't expire and are paid as a statement credit.
New cardholders receive a 10% cash back on purchases up to $250 on the same day you open the Walmart account. That is the equivalent of a $25 signup bonus when you spend $250. Plus, when you open a Walmart Credit Card online, you can receive a $75 Walmart eGift card.
Cardholders are sometimes offered special promotional financing such as no interest on purchases for a specified duration ranging from six to twenty-four months.
Walmart's credit cards offer half-decent benefits and are available to people with credit scores as low as 550. Walmart reports to all three credit bureaus and usually approves requests for a credit limit increase after six months of regular payments. This makes it an attractive option for people looking to rebuild their credit while they earn some rewards on the side.
The rates are higher than most cards, so avoid this card if you plan to keep a balance. Instead, use this card to build your credit by requesting a credit limit increase every six months and keeping your credit usage as low as possible. Walmart bases approval for credit limit increases on soft pulls of your credit, so don't worry about credit inquiries bringing your score down.
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