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The Banana Republic Credit Card: Fashion Points for Loyal Shoppers

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Banana Republic enthusiasts might be intrigued to know that parent company Gap Inc. offers a credit card that racks up shopping rewards for purchases made at participating stores within the Gap family. Their Visa card can even earn rewards for purchases made elsewhere. For hardcore Banana Republic shoppers, the Banana Republic Card was created.

If you’re seeking high-end fashion deals, this card could provide you with plenty of shopping perks. Here, we break down the details of Banana Republic’s credit card offerings so you can determine if the card might be right for you.

Points and Perks at Gap Locations

There are two versions of the Banana Republic Card (we’ll detail the differences later) issued by Synchrony Bank. Both cards come with big rewards for shopping at stores within the Gap Inc. family. Participating stores include Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy and Athleta. You can apply for the card online or in stores.

Banana Republic is currently offering 20% off your first purchase using their card. In addition, you earn five points for every dollar spent in a participating store. For every 500 points earned, you’ll receive a $5 reward redeemable at any of these stores. Cardmembers also enjoy double points shopping days, exclusive offers and discounts, free standard shipping on all online orders over $50 and an annual birthday gift.

There’s even a “Luxe” status of the card, which you can reach by earning 5,000 points in a calendar year. Once you reach Luxe status, you get a 20% points bonus every three months, free shipping on all orders, free basic alterations, triple points shopping days, an all-day savings pass and access to a toll-free Luxe customer service line.

Online account management and rewards access are also included.

Two Card Options for Shoppers

The Banana Republic card comes in two versions. Both versions have access to the benefits listed above, but one offers much more freedom. Here are both options. (Be sure to read the card agreements for full details.)

The Banana Republic Card

Banana Republic Credit Card

Card Details: As the “basic” store credit card, this card gets access to all cardmember rewards, with five times the points for every dollar spent at participating Gap stores. This card can only be used in participating stores.

Annual Fee: $0

Annual Percentage Rate (APR): Variable 26.49%

The Banana Republic Visa Card

Card Details: The Visa version also earns five points per dollar spent in participating stores and gets access to all cardmember benefits. This card can also be used at any store that accepts Visa, and all purchases made outside the Gap family will earn you one point per dollar spent.

Annual Fee: $0

Annual Percentage Rate (APR): Variable 26.49%

Should You Get a Banana Republic Credit Card?

The card rewards are appealing if you spend a lot of time and money in participating stores. While store credit cards are generally easier to get than traditional credit cards, the “vanilla” version of the card has limited usability.

The Visa card is generally a better option, as you can spend and earn points much more freely, but your rewards are still limited to Gap store purchases, making this a valuable option only for the most dedicated and loyal shoppers.

There is a wide range of benefits with no annual fee, but the variable APR comes in at a relatively steep 26.24%. Cardholders may wish to pay the balance in full each month to avoid interest charges.

An Alternative Choice: Unrestricted Points Rewards Cards

An unrestricted points rewards credit card might be a better alternative for those who want more freedom. These cards are not tethered to specific stores, and their points can earn a greater variety of benefits. Here are two of our favorite points rewards cards.

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card

Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card

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Card Details
Intro Apr:
0%* for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers*

Ongoing Apr:
15.24% - 25.24%* (Variable)

Balance Transfer:
Intro: 0%* for 15 months on Balance Transfers*

Annual Fee:
$0*

Credit Needed:
Excellent
Snapshot of Card Features
  • Enjoy 0% Intro APR on purchases for 15 months from date of account opening and 0% Intro APR on balance transfers for 15 months from date of first transfer; after that, the variable APR will be 15.24% - 25.24% based upon your creditworthiness*
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater*
  • Earn 2X Points on Dining Out & Entertainment
  • Earn 1X Points on All Other Purchases
  • Points are redeemable for gift cards to popular retailers, restaurants, and department and home stores. 2,500 ThankYou® Points can be redeemed for a $25 gift card at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No annual fee*

Card Details +

Why We Picked It: The card earns two ThankYou Points for every dollar spent on restaurants and entertainment, and one ThankYou Point for every dollar spent on other purchases. ThankYou Points can be redeemed for gift cards, electronics, travel rewards and many other options. (Full Disclosure: Citibank advertises on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.)

Discover it Miles

Discover it® Miles

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Card Details
Intro Apr:
0% for 14 months on purchases

Ongoing Apr:
13.74% - 24.74% Variable on purchases & balance transfers

Balance Transfer:
Intro: 10.99% for 14 months

Annual Fee:
$0

Credit Needed:
Excellent-Good-Fair
Snapshot of Card Features
  • INTRO OFFER: Discover will match ALL the Miles you've earned at the end of your first year, automatically. For example, if you earn 30,000 Miles, you get 60,000 Miles.
  • Earn unlimited 1.5x Miles for every dollar spent on all purchases all with no annual fee.
  • No Blackout Dates - fly any airline, stay at any hotel.
  • Redeem your Miles as a statement credit towards travel purchases.
  • Freeze your account in seconds with an on/off switch either on the mobile app or website to prevent new purchases, cash advances, and balance transfers.
  • Get your free Credit Scorecard with your FICO® Credit Score, number of recent inquiries and more.
  • Receive FREE Social Security number alerts-Discover will monitor thousands of risky websites when you sign up.
  • No Annual Fee.

Card Details +

Why We Picked It: This travel and cash rewards card is simple and straightforward, but offers some flexibility with points. Every purchase made earns 1.5 miles for every dollar spent. Points can be redeemed for either cash back or travel credits. At the time of publishing, Discover is offering a match for all rewards earned in the first year of the card.

 

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This article last updated on September 15th, 2017. 


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