Costco’s Bumpy Transition to Visa Card Angers Loyal Customers

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Costco’s big switch from the American Express Costco Card to the Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi has been anything but smooth. Although the cover pic on Costco’s Facebook page currently reads Costco + Visa = (Love), one frustrated Costco customer commented on Facebook that Costco + Visa = Disaster.

The warehouse club officially ended its 17-year partnership and co-branded credit card with Amex on June 20, replacing it with Citibank Visa. Customers who had a balance on their Amex Costco card now have to deal with Citi.

Costco had initially promised its customers that its switch from Amex to Citi Visa would be seamless, but the credit card swap has angered many Costco customers, according to Money.

Among the most common complaints is that many customers have yet to receive their Costco Citi card. Although the new cards were all supposed to be sent out in May, Money says many consumers are still waiting, which obviously presents a problem for them when shopping at the warehouse store or anywhere else they typically use their card.

Many customers also claim Citibank has left them on hold for more than an hour when they’ve called for customer service assistance.

I just received my new Costco Citi card in the mail last week. I set it up online this week with no issues, but clearly not everyone has been so lucky.

“I am about to cancel my account with Costco,” a woman, who claimed she had waited on hold with Citi for more than hour and still hadn’t talked to an actual person, complained on Costco’s Facebook page. “This is ridiculous!”

This was Costco’s response to many complaints on its Facebook page:

Due to high levels of interest in the Costco Anywhere Card and high volumes of calls from cardholders, callers to Citi should expect longer than desired hold times. Citi is reviewing processes and pulling in additional resources to alleviate hold times. Thank you for your patience!

Another person, who described herself as a formerly loyal Costco shopper on Facebook, said Costco’s decision to stop accepting Amex as a payment option is a “slap in the face.” She continued: “From now on, I will occasionally shop in Costco, but have already started to find many items elsewhere, and am lowering our membership from Executive to a standard membership.”

The Citi card was touted by Costco because it offered a better cash-back program than the Costco Amex card, according to CNN Money.

If you still haven’t received your Costco Citi Visa card, Costco says you should call Citi at 866-241-8684 for assistance. To voice a complaint with Costco, you’re encouraged to email [email protected] and include your 12-digit membership number, contact information and any other pertinent details.

Check out “8 Ways to Squeeze the Most From Your Costco Membership.”

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