Macy's Rewards | Star Rewards, Credit Cards, and Calculators

Macy's Rewards

Get the details on earning and redeeming points earned in Macy's rewards program and calculate total rewards based on your spend with Macy's.


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Program Details

Macy's is an American department store chain headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. They have over 800 stores throughout the United States as well as stores in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam.

Macy's Rewards Details & Calculators

The Macy's Star Rewards Program is a great for anyone that spends a good amount of money on purchases at Macy's, Macy's Backstage, and online at macys.com. The program features a 4-tier rewards structure in which 3 of the 4 tiers are only available to those who have the Macy's AMEX Card or Macy's Store Card. Moving up to the higher tiers in the Macy's Star Rewards program will require you to run spend through the Macy's credit cards. You'll still be able to earn Star Rewards without a Macy's credit card, but you will earn a low return and will not be able to experience the full benefits the program offers.

Macy's Star Rewards Tiers

Macy's has a 4-tier rewards program. Each tier you unlock will grant additional benefits when shopping at Macy's with the most rewarding benefit being that you'll earn more back in rewards when spending money at Macy's. If you earn Macy's Gold or Platinum status, it will be good for the remainder of the year and the entire following year. You'll need to re-qualify for Macy's Gold and Platinum status every year by meeting the required spend. The section below lists the benefits associated with each tier in the Star Rewards program.

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Macy's Bronze Member

When you sign up for a Macy's Star Rewards account as a non-Macy's credit card holder, you will be given Macy's Bronze status. You'll earn the following benefits as a Bronze member:

  • 1% Back On Macy's Spend
  • Star Money Bonus Days
  • Perks & Offers
  • Birthday Surprise

Even though you'll be earning a low amount of rewards, earning 1% is better than earning 0% so I still recommend signing up for a Macy's Star Rewards account if you plan on shopping at Macy's. Plus, you'll be able to earn bonus Star Money as well as receive various perks & offers that can help save you money in the long run. If you've made at least one purchase with your Macy's account within the past 12 months, you'll receive a birthday gift too.

Macy's Silver Member

In order to become a Macy's Silver member, you'll need to own a Macy's credit card and spend at least $1 on the card annually. Macy's Silver comes with the same benefits as Macy's Bronze, but you'll also receive the following benefits:

  • 2% Back On Macy's Spend
  • Macy's Star Passes

The boost to 2% is nothing special as you can earn a 2% return using a simple 2% cash back credit card, but the Macy's Star Passes is an cardholder exclusive worth your attention. You can use Star Passes to save 25% off any day that you choose. Even if you only make a few purchases with Macy's per year, access to Star Passes can easily be worth it since Macy's credit cards have no annual fee.

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You'll receive coupons and offers when you sign up for a Macy's Star Rewards account.

Macy's Gold Member

You'll become a Macy's Gold member when you spend more than $500 across a Macy's Credit Card during the calendar year. Gold comes with the benefits of Macy's Silver along with the following additional benefits:

  • 3% Back On Macy's Spend
  • Free Shipping w/ No Minimum

Earning 3% back on spend at Macy's is a pretty good return that's hard to beat using other rewards cards. You can also save a great deal of money with the free shipping benefit as no one enjoys paying for shipping. If you do note live in the contiguous 48 states (Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.), you will be hit with a $10 shipping surcharge on domestic orders. Just something worth noting if it applies to you.

Macy's Platinum Member

You'll be come an elite Macy's shopper once you arrive at Macy's Platinum status. This coveted status is earned by spending $1,200 per calendar year at Macy's. Platinum comes with the benefits of Macy's Gold status along with one additional benefit:

  • 5% Back On Macy's Spend

When you use a Macy's credit card for purchases at Macy's, you'll receive a return of 5% which is superb. As a Platinum member, you'll also receive the best value when it comes to the annual birthday gift, deals, and various other promotions.

Max Your Earnings: You'll want to use a cash back or shopping rewards portal when making purchases at Macy's. This will earn you Macy's Star Points and either points/miles or cash back. [Learn About Online Portals]

Macy's Star Rewards & Star Money

As you spend money at Macy's as a Star Rewards member, you'll start to build Star Rewards Points. Once you hit 1,000 Star Rewards Points, you'll automatically be given $10 in Star Money. Star Money is currency that can be used when shopping at Macy's for everything but gift cards, services, and fees. Star Money expires 30 days after it is received so you'll want to keep a close eye on your Macy's account.

You can use the Star Rewards Points value calculator to calculate the cash value of any amount of Star Rewards Points. It will also output how many $10 Star Money certificates you can earn based on the number of points.

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Credit Card Rewards Calculators

Macy's has two credit cards called the Macy's AMEX Card and Macy's Card. Both cards earn between 2% and 5% when shopping at Macy's, Macy's Backstage, and macys.com. The only difference between the cards is that the Macy's AMEX Card can be used wherever AMEX is accepted whereas the Macy's Card can only be used at Macy's. You can also earn bonus Star Points spending in select categories with the Macy's AMEX which can earn you Star Money a little faster. Both cards have no annual fee, so they're both worth it if you spend money at Macy's.

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Compare credit cards side by side based on spend, benefits and fees.

You can click on any of the Macy's credit cards below to learn about the bonus categories, perks & benefits, standard sign up bonus, and fees of the card. Each Macy's credit card also has it's own Star Rewards calculator. The calculator will calculate how many Star Rewards Points you can earn and the cash value of the credit card based on your monthly/yearly spend, how much each card benefit is worth to you, and the fees of the card. You can compare the results side by side any credit card featured on the site. Any spend you enter into the Macy's credit card calculators will carry over to all credit card calculators on the site, so there's no need to re-enter spend when jumping page to page.

Comparison Calculators

Comparison Calculators features side by side comparisons of frequently compared credit cards or comparisons requested through our YouTube channel. These calculators are already set up so you can immediately start calculating total rewards as well as the cash value of the compared cards based on your monthly/yearly spend, how much the card benefits are worth to you, and the annual fees. Comparison Calculators does not allow you to change the designated cards being compared. If you want to compare credit cards outside of the comparisons listed below, I recommend searching for the credit card you want to compare and then using its calculator to compare it against anything featured on the site.

Online Portals + Macys.com

If you want to maximize your earnings spending at Macys.com, you should heavily consider using online cash back and shopping portals. How do they work? It's easy:

  1. You find the store on the online portal of your choosing
  2. Click on that portal's affiliate link for that store
  3. You'll land on the store's normal home page to shop as normal
  4. Once you make a purchase, the shopping portal will be notified
  5. You'll earn cash back (or other rewards) with that online portal

Cash back and shopping portals are free to use and makes it extremely easy to double and triple dip on your rewards. You'll still earn your Star Rewards Points shopping with Macy's, but you'll also earn either points/miles or cash back on top of those points. I've earned almost $2,000 in cash back myself and just switched over to earning rewards points instead of cash back.

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Online portals can sometime features very high cash back rates during promotions and holidays.

You can check out my reviews on all of the top cash back portals which includes:

I highly recommend using a shopping or cash back portal anytime you purchase something online... even for travel!

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Page Last Updated: 2020-02-14
Written By: Robert Flowers III

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