Costco and credit cards
Our readers often ask how to use a Visa credit card at Costco warehouses.
For a few years now, Costco Canada has only accepted Mastercard for warehouse payments (in addition to cash or debit card payments).
In fact, we have established a list of the best Mastercard credit cards to use at Costco. For example, you can earn AIR MILES Reward Miles at Costco with the BMO® AIR MILES® World Elite®* Mastercard®*.
At the warehouse, you cannot use a VISA credit card (or an American Express card). However, there is a way to use a VISA credit card: on the Costco.ca website!
The Costco.ca website
The costco.ca website allows you to pay with a VISA credit card or a Mastercard credit card!
It is quite convenient for all products available on the website (however, most of these products will generally be more expensive than those found in the warehouse). This remains interesting for the purchase of household appliances.
But what interests us most here is the possibility of buying, with a VISA credit card, “Shop” cards you can then use at the warehouse!
Costco Shop Cards
Costco “Shop” cards are gift cards you can use :
- At the warehouse
- at Costco gas stations
- on Costco.ca
They come in different denominations, from $50 to $2,000. And you can buy them with a VISA credit card.
Moreover, it is now possible to receive them in digital version: you will not have to wait for a delivery by mail and will be able to use them quickly!
These Purchase cards can also be used by people who are not Costco members!
If you are a Costco member, you can pass on your membership to others: in exchange for this service, you will use your credit card to buy them a Shop Card (and they will send you an Interac as a refund)!
So you’ll earn Points and Cash Back on your VISA credit card 😉
VISA credit cards for Costco
Several VISA credit cards are great for Costco such as those provided by CIBC or TD to earn Aeroplan points. The TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card comes to mind, for example. Or travel cards such as the CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite* Card or the TD First Class Travel® Visa Infinite* Card.
But you can also earn cash back with some VISA credit cards:
- CIBC Dividend® Visa Infinite* Card
- CIBC Dividend Platinum® Visa* Card
- TD Cash Back Visa Infinite* Card
- Scotia Momentum® VISA Infinite* card
So you can use these VISA credit cards for Costco by purchasing Costco Cash cards, especially when they offer a welcome bonus (often up to 10% cash back).
For example, with the CIBC Dividend® Visa Infinite* Card or the CIBC Dividend Platinum® Visa* Card you can earn up to $250 cash back. With no annual fee in the first year!
Or, you can earn up to $200 cash back with the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card, also first-year free.
Outside of the promotional period, you will get 1% on these VISA credit cards (Costco is not considered by credit cards issuers to be grocery shopping).