Overview: 4% cash back on gas purchases up to $7,000 per year and 1% thereafter, unlimited 3% cash back on restaurant and eligible travel purchases, unlimited 2% back on any Costco purchase, both in store and on-line, and unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases, 0% introductory APR for first 7 months.
Full Card Review
If you spend money driving, dining out, or traveling, the Costco Anywhere Visa® is one of the best cash back cards currently on the market. You can use the card anywhere that accepts Visa branded cards, not just when shopping at Costco. You can also use the card as proof of your Costco membership, which comes in handy if you’ve left your membership card at home. You receive cash back as a yearly credit card award certificate with your February billing statement. The certificate can be redeemed for cash or Costco merchandise in store.
This is a good cash-back card. The 4% back on gas alone (at any gas station apart from warehouse stores that aren’t Costco) would make it a terrific card, but it also has generous rewards in categories that many of us use every day. Furthermore, the Costco Anywhere Visa® 3% back on travel makes it competitive with some of the big name travel cards too. The 3% back on restaurants, both domestic and international, also stands out. Even cards touted as great for those who dine out a lot generally only give 2% back.
If you have any major purchases you need to finance, you get what amounts to an interest free, seven-month loan when you charge it to the Costco Anywhere Visa®. Just be sure to pay the entire balance off before the seven-month introductory period ends because the regular APR is a variable 15.49%.
The Costco Anywhere Visa® provides travel protections like trip cancellation and interruption, travel accident, and rental car insurance, another reason it can be your favorite travel card. There is also 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance available. The card provides purchase protection and extended warranties, useful when you need to make big purchases for items like electronics or appliances.
You must be a member of Costco to have this card but that’s not a hardship. Costco is a great place to shop and the rewards offered by this card might just help convince you to join Costco. There is no annual fee for the card and the cheapest Costco membership is just $55 per year, well below the annual fee for most cards.
The Costco Anywhere Visa® is one of the best cash rewards cards available. It gives you great rewards without the hassle of tracking revolving categories. On the minus side, it doesn’t offer zero-interest balance transfers.
Rewards and Benefits
- 4% back on gas
- 3% back on restaurants and travel
- 0% APR on purchases for seven months
- No annual fee
- Travel protections for trip cancellation and interruption
Requirements, Costs & Fees
- Credit Needed: Excellent or Good
- Purchase APR: 0% for seven months, 15.49% variable APR thereafter
- Balance Transfer APR: 15.49% variable APR
- APR for Cash Advances: 25.49% variable APR
- Annual Fee: $0
- Balance Transfer Fee: 3% or at least $5
- Cash Advance Fee: 5% or at least $10
- Foreign Transaction Fee: 3%
- Late Payment Fee: $37 or less
- Returned Payment: $37 or less
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