Buckle Credit Card Review (2018)

Buckle Credit Card Review

Store Credit Card

Brittney Mayer
By: Brittney Mayer
Posted: April 3, 2018
Opinions expressed here are ours alone, and are not provided, endorsed, or approved by any issuer. Site may be compensated through the issuer affiliate programs.

Today known as Buckle (or The Buckle, depending on your region), the casual clothing retailer was founded in 1948 as Mills Clothing by David Hirschfeld in Kearney, Nebraska. Then, after several decades as Brass Buckle, the company adopted its current moniker in the early 1990s. Now a staple in many malls across America, Buckle has over 450 locations around the country, offering casual clothing and denim for men, women, and children.

For big Buckle fans, the Buckle Credit Card is a way to earn rewards on Buckle purchases, offering points for every dollar spent at Buckle stores or on buckle.com. Those rewards come with a ticking time clock, however, with short expiration periods that mean you'll likely need to be a regular Buckle shopper to get full use of your rewards. Pair the expiring points with the high APR, and the Buckle card may not be the best pick for everyone.

Buckle Card Overall Rating: 2.5/5.0

Right out of the gate, the Buckle Credit Card leaves a little to be desired with its high APR, typical of a store card. At 26.24%, you're going to want to avoid carrying a balance on your Buckle Credit Card so you're not stuck with high interest fees. But a subprime-level APR is not the card's only downside; its short-lived rewards also earn it a negative mark in the books of many reviewers.

And with good reason, given that you'll have as few as 30 days to use your rewards certificates. The way the B-Rewards system works, you'll earn points throughout a four-month period (for example, 1/1/18 through 4/30/18). For every 300 points you earn in that period, you'll get a $10 rewards certificate somewhere toward the end of the following month (so, in this example, the end of May). Then you'll have until the end of the next month (or two weeks after that, if you're a higher-tier cardholder) to spend those rewards — or lose them for good.

Buckle Credit Card

  • APR: 26.24% as of Apr 2018
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Rewards: Earn 1 point per $1 spent on Buckle purchases
★★★ 2.5/5.0

So long as you have more than 200 points, you do have the option to carry over some points, but the same expiration rules will apply when you finally exchange them for a rewards certificate (which generally means waiting until the end of the next earning period). To unlock the extended expiration dates, you'll need to reach Buckle BLACK or Buckle EXCLUSIVE level with your card, which requires spending at least $500 (BLACK) or $1,000 (EXCLUSIVE) with your card in a single calendar year.

But don't think you'll earn points faster with a higher tier. Unlike most tiered programs, the Buckle Credit Card doesn't offer higher rewards rates for premium members. Instead, all cardholders earn points at a rate of 1X point per dollar. The higher tiers will unlock free domestic ground shipping for online orders, however, as well as a bonus points day and annual gift for EXCLUSIVE members.

Approval Requirements & Application

Although the overall credit requirement for the Buckle Credit Card is that you should have fair credit or better, reviewers have reported being approved for a Buckle Credit Card with scores as low as 500, so it may be an option for those with poor credit. You can apply for a Buckle Credit Card in your favorite store, or head online via the link below.

Better Cards to Use at Buckle

With a rewards rate of $10 for every $300 spent, the Buckle Credit Card offers a moderately competitive 3% return on your purchases, making it marginally better than your typical rewards card. At the same time, since you only can use the card (and its rewards) for Buckle purchases, its usefulness is decidedly limited — and that's before you consider the harsh expiration dates on the rewards and the super high APR.

If it's rewards you're after, a quality cash back or travel credit card will likely provide as much, if not more, value than the Buckle Credit Card, and significantly more utility. And if you have any intention of carrying a balance, steer clear of the Buckle Credit Card's high APR with an intro-APR card that can make those interest fees disappear.

Cash Back

With bonus categories that cover just about everything, cash back credit cards come in so many flavors these days it's practically like an ice cream shop. With a little looking, you can likely find a cash back card that will offer you a competitive rewards rate on your purchases, plus you'll be able to use your card — and its rewards — anywhere cards are accepted.

CASH BACK RATING

★★★★★

5.0

OVERALL RATING

5.0/5.0
  • Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase — it's automatic
  • Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 16.49-25.24%. Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum
  • No minimum to redeem for cash back
  • Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open
  • Free credit score, updated weekly with Credit Journey℠
Intro (Purchases)
Intro (Transfers)
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Credit Needed
0% Intro APR on Purchases for 15 months
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers for 15 months
16.49% - 25.24% Variable
$0
Excellent/Good

0% APR

A sky-high APR can turn even small purchases into big costs when allowed to grow unhindered, and the Buckle Credit Card's APR is certainly well on its way into orbit. With so many card options on the market offering 12 months or more of interest-free purchases and no annual fee,, it's easy to see where the better value lies.

Wells Fargo Platinum Visa® Card Review

at Wells Fargo'ssecure website

0% INTRO APR RATING

★★★★★

5.0

OVERALL RATING

4.6/5.0
  • 0% Intro APR for 18 months on purchases and balance transfers, then a 16.90%-26.74% variable APR; balance transfer fees apply
  • Get up to $600 protection on your cell phone (subject to $25 deductible) against covered damage or theft when you pay your monthly cellular telephone bill with your Wells Fargo Platinum Visa® Card
  • Free access to your FICO® Credit Score with Wells Fargo Online®
  • Zero Liability protection for promptly reported unauthorized transactions
  • Convenient tools to help create a budget and manage your spending with My Money Map
  • $0 Annual Fee
Intro (Purchases)
Intro (Transfers)
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Credit Needed
0% for 18 months
0% for 18 months
16.90%-26.74% (Variable)
$0
Excellent/Good

Travel Rewards

No matter how much you love to shop, chances are good you'd rather be on vacation than in your local mall. Well, you can get there faster with a solid travel rewards credit card, which can earn you points or miles toward free flights and hotel stays, potentially turning that new pair of jeans into a part of your dream vacation.

AIR MILES RATING

★★★★★

5.0

OVERALL RATING

4.9/5.0
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel
  • Earn 2X miles on every purchase, every day. Plus earn 10X miles on thousands of hotels; learn more at hotels.com/venture
  • Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✔®
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Travel when you want with no blackout dates
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how many you can earn
Intro (Purchases)
Intro (Transfers)
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Credit Needed
N/A
N/A
14.49% - 24.49% (Variable)
$0 intro for first year; $95 after that
Excellent, Good

If you dream of denim and your local Buckle store is your happy place, then the Buckle Credit Card is probably a decent choice, so long as you don't carry a balance. For those consumers who wear out one pair of jeans before buying the next, however, the card's limitations will be a lot harder to overcome. So, unless you can make the most of the card's offerings, you'll likely be better off with a more flexible card that can provide much better value.

What Others Say About the Buckle Credit Card

Although customers enjoy the rewards they earn with the Buckle Credit Card, many are bothered by the quick expiration dates. More cardholders are unimpressed by the low credit limits offered, and more still are unhappy with the customer service (or lack thereof).

ConsumerAffairs.com
A review from ConsumerAffairs.com says:

I found out today after paying my accounts and placing an order that all 5 of my accounts were closed without any type of notice. When I called the number for my Buckle account it rang and rang. I then called and selected the option for a new customer, it finally rang to a person who could not tell me the exact reason of why my account was closed, but she did tell me that all my accounts were closed as of June 15th. I used my cards after June 15th, so therefore that's a lie. I spoke to a supervisor who then told me that even if you are in good standing they hold the right to close your account. Say WHAAAT? — ConsumerAffairs.com

1.0/5.0
FinanceGlobe.com
A review from FinanceGlobe.com says:

I had applied for this card a few months ago, with a score around 500. My scores are up to around 520 now, I re-applied, and was approved. It is only $300 limit, but I am happy to have it as another open account as I rebuild my bad credit. When I applied the first time, I was denied right away, this time, I applied, and it said we will notify you in seven to 10 days. Less than one week later, my card and account terms showed up. 22% interest is high, but again, I am happy to have it for re-building at this point. There is a grace period of no interest on purchases too. I was told when I called to activate the card that limit increases come with using it and paying substantially more than the minimum payment each month, on time. I still have not figured out the online access and payments. With all of my other cards, it was easy. If your scores are in the lower to mid 500's I would recommend this as a re-build tool. I now have two first premier cards, a Wells Fargo secured card, a Citi secured, and this card, all opened in the last seven months. I think it is time now to stop opening accounts and let these age to build my score back up again. — FinanceGlobe.com

★★★ 3.0/5.0
WalletHub.com
A review from WalletHub.com says:

I had a Buckle store credit card for a short period about three years ago. I was not impressed and quickly canceled the card after about nine months. I used to shop at Buckle quite frequently and thought that a credit card would allow me to both build my credit and earn reward points. I was wrong! I was approved for only $100 which is about 1.5 t-shirts and usually not even enough for a pair of jeans. My credit was in the 680 range at that time, not great but not too poor. After months of buying products and paying off my card in full, I requested a higher credit limit on my card which was declined. After that, I said goodbye to Mr. Buckle card and it's pitiful interest rate too! — WalletHub.com

1.0/5.0

Is the Buckle Card Right for You?

Primarily known as a retailer of jeans and t-shirts, Buckle is a popular stop for casual dressers of all types. While many of those shoppers may consider picking up the Buckle Credit Card to earn a little discount on their denim, the card has more limitations than benefits, making it easy to find better alternatives for all but the most frequent Buckle shoppers.