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Belk Rewards Card Review: Best Rewards Unlocked for Big Spenders

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If you’re a regular Belk shopper, you’re already familiar with the department store’s wide range of national brands and private-label fashions. But you might not be as familiar with the store’s credit card offerings.

The fashion chain’s Belk Rewards card, supplied by Synchrony Bank, comes in three different tiers, allowing shoppers to unlock greater rewards the more they spend. The card carries a variable annual percentage rate (APR) of 25.49%, and there is no annual fee.

While there are different tiers, all customers begin with the basic rewards card and qualify for the premier and elite cards based on annual spending.

The Belk Rewards Card

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The “basic” Belk Rewards Card is a point-based card that earns three rewards points for every dollar spent on Belk merchandise, both in stores or at Belk.com. Points can be redeemed for merchandise, and 1,000 points equals $10.  Cardholders also can easily make returns with no receipt necessary.

Belk is currently offering a signup bonus of 1,000 points when customers open a card and make a purchase, plus 20% off all purchases made that day.

The Belk Premier Rewards Card

Belk Rewards cardholders who spend $600 in a calendar year can level up to the Belk Premier Card. Premier members get all the benefits of the basic card plus access to exclusive offers and a Flex Pay Plan, which can help cardholders avoid interest charges on billing periods when they meet certain payment requirements. Plus, Premier members earn four points for every dollar spent on Belk merchandise.

The Belk Elite Rewards Card

Cardholders who spend $1,500 in a calendar year can qualify for the Belk Elite Card. This card offers all the benefits of Premier card plus free shipping on items purchased in-store and online, quarterly sales days, birthday coupons and additional exclusive savings offers. Elite cardmembers get five points for every dollar spent.

Belk’s bonus points offer and introductory 20% off sale are enticing. In addition, store credit cards are usually easier to get than traditional credit cards because the required credit scores tend to be lower.  

Beyond that, though, at 25.49%, the variable APR is pretty high, so carrying a balance without the Flex Pay Plan available to Premier and Elite members can get expensive very quickly.

Alternative Choice: Untethered Points Rewards Cards

As an alternative to store credit cards like those from Belk, shoppers may wish to look into rewards credit cards that aren’t tethered to a specific store. These cards reward spending at most locations and can be redeemed for a far greater range of rewards. Here are two of our favorites:

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:
14.74% - 24.74%* (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 14.74% - 24.74% 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 Citi ThankYou Preferred Card earns two points for every dollar spent on dining and entertainment and one point for every dollar spent elsewhere. (Full Disclosure: Citibank advertises on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.) Points can be used for gift cards, electronics, travel credits and other rewards.

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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Card Details
Intro Apr:
N/A

Ongoing Apr:
17.24% - 24.24% Variable

Balance Transfer:
17.24% - 24.24% Variable

Annual Fee:
$0 Intro for the first year, then $95

Credit Needed:
Excellent-Good
Snapshot of Card Features
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

Card Details +

Why We Picked It: The Chase Sapphire Preferred card earns two points for every dollar spent on travel and dining and one point for every dollar spent on everything else. Points can be redeemed for cash, gift cards or travel.  Points redeemed on travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards platform earn a 25% additional value. Chase is currently offering 50,000 point bonus when new cardholders spend $4,000 in the first three months.

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At publishing time, the Citi ThankYou Preferred and Chase Sapphire Preferred cards are offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com is compensated if our users apply and ultimately sign up for this card. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment. This content is not provided by the card issuer(s). Any opinions expressed are those of Credit.com alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the issuer(s).

This article was last updated on September 15th, 2017.


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