Review: Barnes & Noble MasterCard

Frequent customers of the bookstore chain might want to consider applying for this rewards credit card.

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This post comes from Logan Abbott, editor of the credit cards section of

The Barnes & Noble MasterCard, issued by Barclaycard, offers great benefits for regular Barnes & Noble customers in addition to being a solid all-around cash-back credit card.


  • First purchase bonus. Cardholders receive a $25 gift card after making just one purchase with the card.
  • 1 percent cash back on purchases. Cardholders earn 1 percent cash back on all purchases, all year long.
  • 5 percent cash back on Barnes & Noble purchases. Cardholders earn 5 percent cash back on all purchases made at Barnes & Noble locations or online.
  • Earn gift cards periodically. For every $2,500 spent, the cardholder earns a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.
  • No annual fee. There’s no annual fee to use the card.


  • Narrow rewards program. The card offers great cash-back rewards for frequent Barnes & Noble shoppers, but if you aren’t a big Barnes & Noble customer, then another cash-back card such as the Discover it would be a better choice.
  • No introductory 0 percent APR period. The card does not offer a 0 percent APR period on purchases or balance transfers.

Bottom line

Get it if: You have good credit and want a credit card that offers good rewards for frequent Barnes & Noble purchases.

Forget it if: You have less than good credit, or want a credit card that offers a broader rewards program.

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  • ljethrogibbs46

    I have had the regular BN membership card for some years. A few years ago, I signed up for the BarclaysMastercard. Big mistake! The card itself worked ok. However, when i tried to get a disputed late payment fee removed, all hell broke loose. I had proof of my timely payments. Didn’t matter to “Bob in Karachi” or wherever the phone rep. was from. He promised that the fee would be removed on the next statement. Next statement comes and, bingo, there’s an ADDITIONAL late fee there. After several phone calls & nasty remarks from the co. reps, I just gave up. The amount was not large, so I just paid it off & cancelled the card. so, caveat emptor!

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