JCPenney Credit Card
The JCPenney Credit Card is store card offered by Synchrony Bank. It earns double Member Reward Points over non-JCPenney cardholders. It comes with special financing offers, exclusive coupons and savings on the first purchase made with the JCPenney Credit Card just like any other typical store card. It provides a decent return on JCPenney purchases for anyone that shops at JCPenney and the card even works with a few other partners like Sephora and Rite Aid.
JCPenney Member Reward Points
Member Reward Points earned shopping at JCPenney are worth 5 cents each. Once you accumulate 200 points, you will earn a $10 certificate that can be used at JCPenney, or JCP.com. These certificates do have an expiration date so be sure to note that when receiving them. Reward Points earned will not expire as long as the account stays active which means that points must be earned at least once in a 12-month period.
The JCPenney Credit Card is not tied to a network, so it can only be used for purchases at JCPenney, JCP.com, Sephora stores that are within JCPenney stores, Sephora.com, Rite Aid, and Riteaid.com. No more than 2,000 points can be earned in a single transaction, so I would recommend avoiding any transactions over $2,000 made with the card. It would be better to break them up to avoid the threshold. Other than that point maximum, there's no limit to the amount of JCPenney Member Reward Points you can earn.
Using the JCPenney Credit Card at JCPenney or JCP.com will earn 1 reward point per $1 spent up to the point maximum of 2,000 points. Since 200 points are equal to a $10 certificate, you're looking at a 5% return on JCPenney purchases which is not bad at all. If you do a great deal of shopping at JCPenney and don't mind your rewards only being redeemable at JCPenney, this isn't a bad card to have. Just note that this card has a ridiculous APR of around 28% and if you don't pay your balance in full every month, the rewards you own on this card will not matter and they will bury you in interest.
Since this card does not have network attached to it, you will not earn Reward Points outside of JCPenney stores and JCP.com. And while you have the ability to use it a few other stores, points will not be earned unless it's directly with JCPenney or the store is inside JCPenney (such as an in-store Sephora).
There is a Mastercard version of the JCPenney Credit Card but it's terms and conditions are hidden and it's given out after some mysterious criteria has been met. While I would take a guess that it would earn points outside of JCPenney, it's earning rates are not 100% clear at this time since it is not advertised.
Perks and Benefits
The JCPenney Credit Card features most of the standard perks you'll find with most retail store credit cards. Special financing, exclusive coupons, birthday gifts, and of course the first purchase discount (I count this as a sign up bonus). Below are the details of the perks & benefits of the JCPenney Credit Card.
Special Financing Offers
Using the JCPenney Credit Card for certain purchases will grant special financing. This can be for as little as 6 months and as long as 60 months (5 years). Special financing can be great for anyone looking to make a big purchase, but you should note that this card has a very high APR and you could easily be hit with fees for simpily missing a payment or not paying the full balance before the end of the promotional period (deferred financing). If you're reaching the end of your promo and know that you can't pay if off, don't let the interest consume you. Balance transfer it to another card such as the Discover IT Card, Citi Simplicity, or Citi Diamond. There are lots of choices to avoid paying high interest if you fail to meet the terms and condidtions of the promotion.
JCPenney Credit Card holders will receive exclusive coupons that have larger discounts than non-cardholders on 'Special Savings Days'. These coupons will be around 15%-20% off your purchase when you use your JCPenney Credit Card and will usually apply to certain categories (such as apparel, shoes, floor care, etc.) so be sure to read the fine print on the coupon.
JCPenney Credit Card members will also receive a special birthday offer if they have made at least 1 purchase in the last 12 months and the account is in good standing. The members's birthday must also be on file to receive this offer.
Sign Up Bonus
The JCPenney Credit Card sign up bonus is either 15% Off select apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewlery, home and salon -OR- 5% off select major appliances and modern bride diamond vault items. This sign up bonus will slightly adjust time to time depending on the promotion, but this is the standard offer. It's tempting when they offer this at the time of checkout if you have a shopping-cart (in-store or online) full of items as it can easily save you a great deal of money.
Credit Card Fees
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There is no annual fee for the JCPenney Credit Card. This means you will always earn a 5% return on JCPenney purchases.
Authorized User Fee
There is no fee associated with adding additional users to the JCPenney Credit Card.
Foreign Transaction Fee
There is no network assigned to the JCPenney Credit Card so international purchases will not be possible. It's not clear if the JCPenney Mastercard has a foreign transaction fee, but I would guess that it would considering most store cards do.
You can use this rewards calculator to calculate how many points, miles, or cash back you can earn based on your spend per category. This calculator will also give you the dollar value of the card based on rewards earned and how much each benefit is worth to you minus the fees. You can click the Compare A Card button to compare this card against another card in the same calculator.
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