What Bank Is Behind Best Buy’s Credit Card?
Sarah Edwards | April 04, 2023
Citibank is the bank behind Best Buy credit cards.
Summary: Citibank, N.A. administers the Best Buy credit card program. The company offers two cards: a retail store card and a Visa credit card. SoloSuit explains how the Best Buy credit card program works.
Best Buy is a popular megastore where you can find any electronics you need, including televisions, computers, smartphones, refrigerators, and fitness equipment. Many people go directly to Best Buy when they need a new device or electronic peripheral.
When making a purchase, customer service associates will ask if you’d like to sign up for a Best Buy credit card. Best Buy offers two credit cards issued by Citibank, N.A., and cardholders are eligible for special financing deals.
Best Buy has two credit card programs
People who want a Best Buy credit card can choose between a store card and a Visa credit card.
Consumers can use the store card in Best Buy retail stores or on the company’s website. Cardholders can opt for one of two benefits: 5% back on all purchases for every $100 spent and loyalty points for future purchases, or no-interest financing on purchases over a specific dollar amount.
The Best Buy Visa credit card has the same benefits as the retail card, but cardholders can use it anywhere that accepts Visa. Additional features of the Best Buy Visa card include 3% back in rewards points on gas purchases, 2% back on dining, takeout, and grocery purchases, and 1% back on other purchases. Cardholders can use their rewards points to purchase Best Buy merchandise.
Best Buy credit cards have high interest rates
Like most retail credit cards, Best Buy cards have high interest rates.
The current variable interest rate for a Best Buy store card ranges from 28.74% to 30.74% APR, and non-variable rates are between 9% and 24.34%.
Cardholders with the Best Buy Visa are subject to variable interest rates of 15. 24% to 30.74% APR and non-variable interest rates of 9.99% to 20.24%.
It’s best not to use your Best Buy Visa credit card for balance transfers or cash advances since Citibank charges a minimum of $15 for balance transfers and $10 for cash advances.
People with less than stellar credit may incur an annual fee of up to $59 for their Best Buy cards.
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Citibank has an F rating with the BBB
Along with Best Buy, Citibank also administers the credit card programs of Home Depot, Costco Wholesale, and many other retail stores. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has assigned its worst rating — an F — to Citibank.
According to the BBB, Citibank’s low rating is due to 88 unresolved consumer complaints.
The company has had nearly 7,000 customer complaints in the past three years. Many complaints concern various rewards programs. For instance, one customer had collected almost $1,000 in reward points, but Citibank closed their account without refunding them the rewards.
Another client disputed a missed payment charge from Citibank. They paid on time, but Citibank didn’t correctly apply it. The company reported the client as late to the credit reporting bureaus, and the consumer’s credit score dropped by over 100 points. The consumer fought with Citibank for several months before Citibank resolved the situation.
Sued for Best Buy card debt? Fight back and win
You must make timely payments if you have a Best Buy card from Citibank. Late payments can result in a fee, and you may lose your benefits, such as no-interest financing. Citibank may sue you for your outstanding balance if you stop making payments.
SoloSuit makes responding to a debt lawsuit simple. Our technology can help you draft and file an Answer to your case in a matter of minutes. Just respond to a series of questions about your case and SoloSuit’s software will automate a personalized response for you, including all the proper legal language and formatting.
Let’s look at an example.
Example: Tim has a Best Buy retail store card, which he uses to buy a new TV for $500. He qualifies for no-interest financing for 12 months and makes six monthly payments for $42 each. Unfortunately, Tim loses his job and stops making payments to Citibank. Citibank charges him interest on the unpaid balance and a missed payment fee. After a few more missed payments, Citibank sues Tim for his debt. He uses SoloSuit to respond to the case, giving himself time to work out a debt settlement plan. After taking a close look at his budget, Tim decides he can pay off half of the debt right now. He uses SoloSettle to send a settlement offer, and Citibank accepts. Tim pays off the half the debt and give himself a financial reset.
To avoid unexpected fees with Citibank, you’ll want to stay on top of your credit card payments.
Settle your debt with Citibank
Good news: you can settle your debt with Citibank even after being sued. Here’s how.
Debt settlement is the process in which a debtor offers a lump-sum payment, usually less than the original amount, to satisfy a debt once and for all. If you’ve been sued by Citibank over your Best Buy credit card debt, you can avoid going to court, and save money, by settling the debt. Just follow these three steps:
- Respond to the lawsuit with an Answer.
- Send a settlement offer to start the negotiation process.
- Get the agreement in writing.
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While signing up for a Best Buy credit card has some advantages, like access to no-interest financing and rewards points, it comes with a risk. You may lose your perks and incur extra costs if you miss your payment due date. Do your research and consider your financial circumstances before opening a Best Buy credit card. Use SoloSuit to respond to a Citibank lawsuit.
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Can the My Best Buy Credit Card Be Used Anywhere?
Andriy Blokhin has 5+ years of professional experience in public accounting, personal investing, and as a senior auditor with Ernst & Young.
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Updated April 21, 2022
The My Best Buy credit card is a form of in-store credit and so can only be used in Best Buy stores and when making purchases online through the Best Buy website. Outside of Best Buy, the card is not accepted, since it is not associated with any major financial card networks such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. However, Best Buy does also offers the Best Buy Mastercard or Visa credit card that can be used anywhere MasterCard-branded cards are accepted.
- The My Best Buy store credit card can only be used at Best Buy stores and websites, offering cardholders incentives like 5% cash back and zero-interest financing on purchases.
- Like many other store credit programs, the card cannot be used to make purchases elsewhere, such as on Amazon.
- Best Buy does, however, offer a branded Visa or Mastercard which can be used anywhere in the world.
The My Best Buy Credit Card
The My Best Buy store credit card is issued by Citibank, and it is designed to benefit customers who can use this card exclusively at Best Buy stores and its website. Therefore, it is not a general credit card that can be used elsewhere, such as on Amazon or WalMart.
The main advantage of the card is that it offers 5% back in rewards to its regular cardholders and 6% back to Elite Plus members. In the past, Best Buy has offered special six-month financing for purchases in excess of $199; 12-month financing for purchases in excess of $399; 18-month financing for major appliance purchases totaling $599 or up; and 24-month financing on home theater purchases totaling $799 and up.
During the promotional period for the special financing offer, Best Buy credit cardholders do not have to pay interest if they make their fixed monthly payments on time and pay off their balances at the end of the promotion period. Additionally, in 2017, Best Buy began promoting its credit card with offers to its holders of 10% back in rewards on their first purchases.
Best Buy offers additional rewards to its Elite Plus customers. Cardholders can qualify to be Elite Plus members after spending $3,500 at Best Buy or an affiliated store in one calendar year. After earning the Elite Plus status, cardholders then earn 6% cash back on all Best Buy purchases.
My Best Buy Credit Card Terms
Besides its promotional financing, the My Best Buy store credit card charges its customers an interest rate that is equal to the prime rate plus 21.99%. The card also has a late payment penalty of up to $40. Citibank charges a minimum interest of $2.
In addition to the My Best Buy store card, Best Buy does partner with Visa to issue a co-branded credit card that can be used anywhere. Both types of card will still offer Best Buy shoppers 5% cash back. The My Best Buy Visa usually offers cardholders 3% back on gas purchases, 2% cash back on groceries and at restaurants, and 1% cash back on everything else. Special financing offers do not earn cash-back rewards.
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Citibank is a bank that has been working for you since 1993. For 12 years we have been among the most reliable banks in Russia, according to Forbes magazine.
The application will become your faithful financial assistant and will reduce the time to go to the bank.
Make transactions online:
– activate the card and set the PIN code
– view account statements and supporting documents for transactions
– keep track of card transactions
– transfer money by phone number (Fast Payment System)*, card number* or details
– pay off loans, credit card debts and / or installment programs
– update personal information (addresses, e-mail address, phone number)
– register applications for transferring documents to the bank (updating passport data, submitting documents to the currency control department, closing all accounts (except for a credit card account))
– submit form W-8BEN online
*Features and risks inherent in this form of payment are defined in the contract with the client. The client needs to familiarize themselves with them in advance.
Our priority is the security of your capital and personal information. That is why the application has the following functions:
– Touch ID / Face ID login (fingerprint / face recognition function) or password
– password recovery
– confirmation of operations via Code Generator or SMS
TRANSFER MONEY EASILY
With the function of transfer by phone number (Fast Payment System), money transfer is instant.
You can also make transfers:
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– by account number
– between your accounts
– by phone number (Fast Payment System) *
– send an online order to withdraw funds from a brokerage account
*Features and the risks inherent in this form of payment are defined in the contract with the client. The client needs to familiarize themselves with them in advance.
INFORMATION ON LOAN AND CREDIT CARD
In the application you can:
– see the history of transactions and the amount of the minimum payment
– view statements of debt and transactions
– replenish the card by transfer from your account
– repay the loan, credit card debt and /or installment programs
PAY FOR SERVICES
Pay for Internet, utilities, mobile communications and other services instantly and without commission. After paying in the application, you will be able to independently generate a document confirming the payment and save it.
If the application is unstable, we advise you to:
• clear/reset application data and cache in the phone settings and restart the device;
• Reinstall the application (delete it and install the latest version).
If the recommendations did not help, please send us a screenshot (screenshot) / video of the error indicating the device model, operating system version, date and time of entering the application to [email protected]. We will check the information in detail and will definitely help you.
For all questions, please contact the support service:
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I waited for the SBP and waited …
When trying to make a transfer via SBP, it gives an error: You do not have a suitable account for making a payment. And what account, excuse me, is suitable ??
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Convenient to use. You can quickly transfer money in the Fast Payment System or use a ready-made template for transferring by bank details.
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Hello. Please add your ATMs to the section branches and ATMs. They are not. Email only. What is the problem. Please those experts. Do your work conscientiously. Use your talent to improve the application!
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