THE GOOD

Multiple ways to earn bonus rewards:

Many rewards cards provide singular ways to earn bonus rewards and get cash back. The TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express does not have that problem. With the TrueEarnings® Card, you can receive 3% cash back at US gas stations and on gasoline at Costco up to $4,000 per year in purchases, then 1%. In addition, you'll earn 2% cash back at US restaurants; 2% cash back on eligible travel purchases, including at Costco; 1% cash back on other purchases, including at Costco. Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases. You will receive your cash back annually in the form of a reward coupon. Spend cap and other restrictions apply.

Excellent additional benefits:

The TrueEarnings® Card grants you the ability to access a wide variety of additional benefits. Travel insurance, credit monitoring, roadside assistance, car rental insurance, and several others are available to cardholders. When it comes to benefits offered, rewards credit cards can vary substantially. With the TrueEarnings® Card, your mind can be at ease because almost all of the major benefits are included.

Access to special events:

In addition to the benefits listed above, if you have the TrueEarnings® Card, you will also get access to special events. You can get tickets to concerts, family events, and sporting events, as well as receive emails with exclusive ticket pre-sale information. If you're a music or sports fan, this card could be a great resource.

THE BAD

US stand-alone gas purchase bonuses are capped:

The 3% cash back bonus on US stand-alone gas purchases is very competitive, but the rewards bonus is limited to $4,000 per year. The bonus is available at Costco gas stations, and you are still eligible to receive 1% cash back after you meet that limit. However, the $4,000 cap is relatively low when compared with other leading gas rewards credit cards.

Cash back received as annual coupon:

Many rewards programs provide a variety of ways to redeem your cash back rewards. Some of these redemption options include a credit to your account, or a check available upon request. The cash back rewards with the TrueEarnings® Card are received as a coupon attached to your February bill. The rewards coupon is redeemable at any U.S. Costco location, but it must be redeemed by August of the year it was issued. Compared to other rewards cards, these redemption options are a hassle.

Costco membership required:

While the TrueEarnings® Card requires no annual fee with your paid Costco membership, you must have a Costco membership in order to be eligible for the credit card. If you already have a Costco membership, this isn't a problem, but if you don't have a membership, it's just another hoop to jump through before you can get the card.

Foreign currency transaction fees:

Like many other cards issued by American Express, the TrueEarnings® Card applies a small fee for foreign currency transactions. At 2.7%, the transaction rate is competitive, but not all credit cards charge this type of fee. If you know international travel is going to be common, it might be wise to look at alternative options.

THE DETAILS

Rates and Fees
Annual Fee No annual fee for Costco members
Cash Advance Fee $5 or 3% per cash advance
Cash Advance Rate (APR) 25.24%
Foreign Currency Transaction Fee 2.7% per transaction
Introductory Rate (APR) 0% for 6 months
Standard Rate (APR) 15.24%* Variable
Penalty Fees
Default Penalty Rate (APR) 27.24%
Late Payment Fee Up to $35
Minimum Interest Charge None
Over-Limit Fee None
Returned Payment Fee Up to $35
Balance Transfers
Introductory Balance Transfer Rate (APR) None
Standard Balance Transfer Fee $5 or 3% per transfer
Standard Balance Transfer Rate (APR) 15.24%* Variable
Rewards
Additional Rewards for Dining 2% cash back on U.S. restaurants
Additional Rewards for Gas 3% Cash back at U.S. gas stations and on gasoline at Costco up to $4,000 per year in purchases, then 1%
Additional Rewards for Groceries None
Additional Rewards for Shopping None
Additional Rewards for Travel 2% cash back on eligible travel purchases, including Costco
Bonus Points Offered None
Rewards Earnings for All Purchases 1% cash back on eligible purchase
Sign-Up Bonus None
Type of Reward Cash Back

FEATURES

Title
  • Offers Companion Reward The airline credit card offers a companion airfare reward.

  • Additional 2:1 Rewards Categories The credit card offers 2:1 rewards or more for at least one additional purchase category - like dining, travel, gas, groceries, shopping, or other.

  • No Expiration Your rewards points, miles, or cash back rewards will never expire.

  • Unlimited Rewards You can accumulate an unlimited amount of points, miles, or cash back rewards with your credit card.

  • 2:1 Rewards or More The credit card offers 2 Points, 2% Cash Back, or 2 Miles or more for every dollar spent.

  • Bonus Points Offered The credit card offers bonus points you can earn throughout the year.

  • No Blackout Dates There are no blackout travel dates for your points, miles, or cash back rewards.

  • Sign-Up Bonus The credit card offers a sign-up bonus reward.

  • Early Boarding You receive priority boarding benefits as an owner of the credit card.

  • First Bag Free Your first checked bag is free.

  • In-Flight Spending Bonus You receive a discount or additional bonus points on all in-flight expenditures.

  • 24/7 Live Service You can speak with a live representative at any time of day about your credit card.

  • Emergency Support The credit card offers emergency support.

  • Exclusive Events You have access to exclusive events with the credit card.

  • Fraud Liability The credit card offers fraud liability protection.

  • Purchase Security You will receive a refund for any item that a retailer doesn't accept as a return within a certain time period.

  • Partner Point Transfer You can exchange your points for equal value with participating partners of the credit card, like hotels or airlines.

  • Price Protection You will be reimbursed the difference of any purchase made within a certain time period if you find a lower advertised price.

  • Book in Someone Else's Name You can use your airline rewards to book a trip in someone else's name.

  • Redeem on Other Airlines Rewards can be redeemed for airline travel on other airlines.

  • Redeem for Cash Back Rewards can be redeemed as cash back or statement credit.

  • Redeem for Merchandise Rewards can be redeemed for merchandise.

  • Redeem for Airline Travel Rewards can be redeemed for airline travel.

  • Redeem for Car Rental Rewards can be redeemed for car rental.

  • Redeem for Gift Cards Rewards can be redeemed for gift cards.

  • Redeem for Hotel Rewards can be redeemed for hotel stays.

  • Redeem for Other Rewards can be redeemed for other categories, such as magazine subscriptions or charity donations.

  • Redeem Online You can redeem your points, miles, or cash back rewards online.

  • Apply By Phone You can complete the credit card application process via phone.

  • Apply In Person You can apply for the credit card live in person.

  • Apply Online You can complete the entire credit card application process online.

  • Instant Approval You can get instant approval for the credit card.

  • Transfer from Credit Cards You can transfer a balance from another credit card.

  • Transfer from Loans You can transfer a balance from a loan to the credit card.

  • Introductory Balance Transfer Rate (APR) The credit card offers an introductory balance transfer rate (APR).

  • No Introductory Balance Transfer Fee The credit card doesn't charge a percentage fee on the new balance transferred to the card.

  • Car Rental Insurance The credit card offers car rental insurance.

  • Extended Warranty The credit card offers an extended warranty on purchases.

  • Flight Insurance The credit card offers flight insurance.

  • Lost Luggage Insurance The credit card offers lost luggage insurance.

  • Roadside Assistance The credit card offers roadside assistance.

  • Travel Insurance The credit card offers travel insurance.

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