UPDATED: May 8th, 2018 – The options these days are seemingly endless when it comes to credit cards. When making a choice, there are personal factors to consider: do you have a good credit score? Can it only be used for in-store purchases? What precautions are taken against identity theft? Is there an annual fee? What are the interest rates? These are just a few of the concerns customers may have when deciding on which application they’re going to fill out.
Is A Sears MasterCard Right For You?
Sears partners with Citibank, giving customers the ability to use any of the options below at all associated stores including their online store, the company’s outlet store, Great Indoors, Land’s End and K-Mart.
Standard In-Store Account
Home Improvement Account
My Sears MasterCard
This is the basic option that can be used at all stores and any affiliated stores that fall under the Company’s umbrella including (but not limited to) K-Mart, and Land’s End, as well as more specific company department locations like Repair and Home Services, Travel, Dental, Optical, Portrait Studios and even Flowers!
Though this option is limited to only in-store purchases, it’s benefits include no annual fee, special financing offers, monthly coupons and sales events, $0 liability to unauthorized purchases and identity theft resolution services. Additionally, it makes returns and exchanges or purchasing extended warranties simple by tracking transactions and receipts for you. There are no extra fees if you want to order extra cards for additional family members. A variable interest rate is included, though, so you will want to make your payments in full and on-time each month.
2. Home Improvement Account
Owning a home comes with many joys and struggles. When it is time to remodel or upgrade your fixtures and appliances like your washer and dryer or refrigerator, it can be a struggle to pay for those appliance replacements up front. With the Home Improvement Account, homeowners can relish in a low-interest option, designed specifically to help those customers looking for big-ticket items for their home renovation and remodeling projects. It will also cover items such as windows and doors, vinyl siding, wallpaper, your heating/cooling needs and delivery and installation.
Much like the in-store option, there is no annual fee and identity theft protection with Citi Identity Theft Solutions. This service will cover you with $0 liability for unauthorized purchase and protection against fraud.
3. My Sears MasterCard
If you feel constrained by the idea of only in-store use, rejoice at the advantages of the Sears MasterCard. With this option, you will have the ability to make purchases virtually anywhere, get cash advances from banks and pull money from ATM machines. Approved customers can also use this to consolidate balances from other accounts. The Sears Mastercard offers even more flexibility and incentive than the in-store option. Customers who qualify can enjoy interest-free financing, monthly savings, and promotions, and will also earn points for every dollar spent using their Sears Mastercard.
4. Commercial One
Commercial One was created exclusively for companies and business owners. It provides an efficient way to purchase and monitor transactions with simplified expense tracking and record keeping. Customers can make purchases by phone, fax, and in-store and received itemized invoice details. With Commercial One, companies and business owners also receive incentives from Sears Business Resource Center which provides cardholders with tips and information to make their business more successful.
Starting the Application Process
The application process is simple, although qualifying if you have bad credit may prove to be more difficult. If you aren’t sure of your score you can have a free report run by one of the bureaus. You can apply in person, by phone or mail and online. For each of these methods, you will need to have your financial information on hand.
Activating Cards on Activate.SearsCard.Com
Once you have received your card in the mail, you must activate it in order to make any purchases. Activation is very simple. Just go to activate.searscard.com, enter your card number, name and the last 4 digits of the primary’s social security number.
Sears Credit Card Login
Citibank Online has made setting up your online information easy. Giving users the convenience of making payments, checking balances, viewing payment history and making updates, all from their smartphone or computer. You must go to activate.searscard.com and will have to register your card information, but will then be automatically redirected to the Citibank Online website where you can set up your new username and password.
There’s nothing more satisfying than being rewarded for spending money. Below is a breakdown of the perks and rewards associated with the Mastercard option we talked about earlier.
5% in points on gas station transactions
3% in points on grocery store and restaurant transactions
2% in points on company transactions
1% in points on all other eligible transactions
Every 1000 points will earn you 1 dollar in rewards to redeem towards company purchases!
Issues with A Company Account?
It should be known that many of the issues surrounding the MasterCard offer mentioned earlier come from its management by Citibank. Many customers have recently been complaining that their accounts have been sent to collection agencies unjustly. It is wise for any cardholder to monitor their online account closely to make sure they aren’t being taken advantage of.
Depending on your need and application, there are several plans to accommodate specific needs as well as general in-store purchases. It is up to you, the consumer, to decide which plan is best for you and your financial situation to take advantage of.
Important Update: Stores Closing
From 2013 to 2018, nearly half of the Sears stores have shut their doors for good due to. As of February 2018, the company had 1,002 stores left, but they plan to close at least another 166 before 2019. In 1969 they were the world’s largest retailer and were constructing the world’s tallest skyscraper. Though they were on top for many years, they couldn’t withstand their eventual competition of Wal-Mart in the 1990s and Amazon just 10 short years after that. By selling off assets that aren’t bringing in a profit, the retailer hopes to raise liquidity and eventually get back on the side of profitability, however, the odds are not looking good.
These closures have affected stores in nearly every state, so be sure to double check that the store nearest you is still open. Many of those that are closing in the upcoming year will be holding liquidation sales, which could mean some serious bang for your buck. It also might be wise to redeem some of those points while you still can!
Company Contact Information
To reach the Technical Assistance Helpdesk with questions about your account information, please dial:
P.O. Box 6275
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
P.O. Box 9001055
Louisville, KY 40290-1055
6716 Grade Lane, Building 9, Suite 910
Louisville, KY, 40213