Bad reviews of the Eddie Bauer credit card rewards program

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Bad reviews of the Eddie Bauer credit card rewards program

Postby riverrunner » Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:05 pm

We shop at Eddie Bauer quite a bit and my wife almost applied for their credit card this past weekend. But then when we got home I read up on it and see all these negative reviews ripping on everything about it. The bad credit card reviews were not on this site but others I saw that showed up in Google. I can't comment on the customer service horror stories since I am not a cardholder but why does everyone say the rewards program blows?
# Save Today: 15% off your purchase when you open your account
# Save Tomorrow: Receive an additional 15% savings when you receive your card
# Celebrate your birthday with $15 off one purchase made during the month of your birthday.

That is what is on the application site and it didn't talk about the rewards program but I found this on another site.
Earn 5% in Rewards for every $1 you spend

Achieve Gold level by spending $750 in a calender year. When you do, the following year you will be earning 6% in rewards.

Between the promotions for new accounts and the ongoing rewards the Eddie Bauer credit card looks respectful to me or am I missing something?

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Postby milkthatcard » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:00 pm

My grandmother buys from Eddie Bauer's mailorder quite often and a few Christmases ago I was in the room when she placed an order and saw her use an Eddie Bauer Visa or Mastercard. I don't remember which but it was a major credit card that I do know. I would apply for a card if it gave 5-6% at E.B. and I shopped there but I would like the convenience of having a card that can be used multiple places and hence a Visa or Mastercard. Would you be able to get one for this E.B. card?

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:03 pm

I don't recall seeing the Eddie Bauer credit card mentioned on here before making it tough to judge their customer service quality but with that said, I like the sound of the rewards program.

The question is, do you spend enough through them to warrant getting their card? Because let's say you spent $750 per year through them. The 6% equals $45. When you subtract the 1% you would earn using an average credit card instead ($7.50) the net is $37.50. Would that be enough to make it worth your while or not? It's a personal decision.
Disclosure: I am a moderator/paid staff of this site, which does have advertising relationships with some credit cards that are discussed and linked to. Regardless, anything I say is my honest opinion.

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