Store-brand credit cards might seem limited in their versatility.
After all, rewards are restricted to that specific store and the card's usefulness diminishes.
Or does it?
Store credit cards are usually easier to qualify for, which helps you establish a credit history if you didn't already have one.
There are also a number of perks that come with the card, so if you are a frequent Lowe's shopper, applying for their in-store credit card can be an excellent idea.
How many types of credit cards does Lowe's offer?
Lowe's offers two types of credit cards:
The Lowe's Consumer Credit Card and the Lowe's Business Rewards Card. The names are self-explanatory; one is for everyday consumers and weekend warriors, while the other cards are aimed at businesses.
While you may benefit significantly from the Lowe's Consumer Card when performing a large-scale home renovation, someone who owns a home improvement company and routinely spends hundreds of dollars at Lowe's would benefit most from the business cards.
Contractors, painters, plumbers, and other handymen types that rely on Lowe's for the supplies they need can benefit from the rewards.
The Lowe's Consumer Card offers 5 percent off eligible purchases, and charges no interest on purchases of $299 or more if paid within six months.
On the other hand, Lowe's business credit cards can be beneficial to those that own larger companies.
There are three to choose from: the Lowe's Business Account, Lowe's Accounts Receivable, and the Lowe's Business Rewards Card from American Express.
All three business accounts offer 5 percent off everyday purchases at Lowe's, as well as easy to understand statements and low monthly payments.
There is also no annual fee for any of the three cards.
The true rewards come into play only with the Business Rewards Card from American Express: 3x points at restaurants and office supply stores in the US, as well as on wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers; 2x points at Lowe's; 1x points on all other purchases.
You can redeem these points for Lowe's Gift Cards and American Express gift cards.
Who are the targeted consumers of the card? Which group benefits the most from getting the card?
The target consumers for the Lowe's Consumer Card are first-time homeowners with a fixer-upper.
The sheer cost that goes into fixing up a home can be overwhelming.
But the Lowe's Consumer Card gives you 10 percent off the first purchase and 5 percent off all purchases. This can help keep those costs low.
Plus, the 0 percent APR for six months deal can save a fortune on interest charges if you're able to pay it off in time.
Those with less than perfect credit can benefit hugely from this.
The Lowe's Business Rewards Card is better suited for those with mid-to-large sized companies that spend thousands, if not tens of thousands per month on business related expenses.
Even expenses like client dinners count for 3x points, and these points can be redeemed for Lowe's gift cards to offset the cost of supplies.
What bank is the card issued through?
All Lowe's credit cards are issued through Synchrony Bank, one of the largest issues of retail credit cards in the country.
What are the interest rates on the two cards?
The standard APR for the Lowe's Consumer Credit Card is 26.99 percent.
The standard APR for the Lowe's Business Rewards Card is 13.99 percent, 15.99 percent, or 18.99 percent based on your creditworthiness.
The bright side of both cards is the lack of annual fee.
Neither the Lowe's Consumer Credit Card or the Lowe's Business Rewards Card has an annual fee.
Does Lowe's have a rewards program?
The main rewards program is found in the Lowe's Business Rewards Credit Card. The breakdown looks like this:
- 3x points at restaurants, office supply stores, and wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service providers
- 2x points at Lowe's
- 1x points on other purchases
The points can be redeemed for $25 Lowe's Gift Cards, Gas Rewards Cards, and Outdoor Rewards Card at 2,500 points, and $25 American Express Gift Cards at 3,500 points.
What are the credit limits on a Lowe's Credit card?
The credit limits will vary from person to person based on a variety of factors including creditworthiness, income, previous loans, repayment history, and other factors.
How do you apply for a Lowe's Credit card?
The consumer card application begins there, but from the business credit card application page you must choose either the Lowe's Business Account card, the Lowe's Accounts Receivable card, or the Lowe's Business Reward Card from American Express.
Once you've made your decision, you'll fill out the application as normal.
The first step of the Consumer Credit application is to choose the style of your card.
You have two options: a blue and a black card.
The next step is to enter the valid information. This includes:
- First and last name and middle initial
- Street address
- Zip code
- City and state
- Primary phone and type
- Email address
- Social security number
- Date of birth
- Annual net income
- Associate ID
The next step is to select your options. These include whether you want electronic or paper statements and whether you want card security.
When you move to the next page, you'll be given the results of your application.
While the exact minimum requirements aren't known, most store cards have much lower credit requirements than traditional credit cards.
The Consumer Credit Card will likely be easier to qualify for than one from Capital One or American Express.
However, the Business Rewards Card from American Express will have stricter requirements due to the more lucrative rewards platform.
How to manage your online account
From the Credit Services page, either sign in to your account using your User ID or register your card and activate it to access your online account. From your account, you can choose to make a payment, view your balance, recent transactions, and much more.
How long does it take to get your Lowe's Credit card?
Your Lowe's credit card should arrive within seven to ten business days, but once approved, you can go to the "Manage MyLowe's Card" page and choose the "Print Temporary Card" link.
This temporary card will allow you to reap the benefits of your Lowe's card.
Where can I check the status of my card's decision?
After you have applied for your Lowe's card, you should receive a decision almost immediately.
If you do not, you can view the status of the results from your account management page.
Payment options for the card
There are multiple payment options for your Lowe's card.
The easiest way is to pay online; however, automatic draft and valid checks are also options.
What is the minimum payment?
The minimum payment of your Lowe's card will vary based on your overall balance, your outstanding balance, and other factors.
If you have any overdue balances, these will need to be paid along with relevant fees and penalties.
What are the late payment repercussions?
If you miss a payment, you will be charged interest on your outstanding balance as well as associated late fees.
If you do not make a payment within 26 days of the billing date shown on your statement, you'll receive a finance charge.
Where can I make the payments?
Payments can be made at any Lowe's store, but payments can also be mailed to PO BOX 530914, Atlanta, GA, 30353.
Benefits of having a Lowe's Master card
There are multiple benefits to having a Lowe's Master Card, including:
- No annual fee
- 5% off all purchases for consumer's card
- Special financing for purchases over $299: you can have 6 months deferred interest financing for consumer's card
Lowe's business card holders also receive the following benefits:
- 1 point for every dollar spent
- Discounted delivery fees
- Triple points at office supply stores, restaurants and wireless companies
Drawbacks of having a Lowe's Credit card
Despite the benefits, there are also several downsides to a Lowe's card.
- High APR
- 5% discount has restrictions to it
- Deferred interest rates
- No loyalty rewards
What are the customer reviews on this card?
Sometimes finding out what others have to say about a credit card can tell you everything you need to know about it.
Here are a few of the reviews we've found with regards to the Lowe's card, both positive and negative from Credit Karma.
"Initial limit of $500. After no lates, low util., and perseverance, I am now at $8,500. I've noticed they give much larger CLI after you've been with them a year or so. I rarely use this card and barely like Lowe's. You get a 5% discount on everything! Whenever I have a home to remodel, I am sure this card will be taken advantage of; they are always offering some time of 0% for 6 mo or so. Plus the love button every three months or so. I do it a lot as they are only soft inquiries, which do not reflect poorly as they are an existing creditor on your CR."
-gsies613, Jan 21, 2012
"The main issue is they start you with a low limit like 600-800 mins was an 800 with my score of 720 they said keep it under 30% and pay it off and it will shoot up to 2500-3500 lie! Paid it off twice now and all they do is restart me back at 800.00 !!! Never missed a payment or late on a payment, so the main issue seems to be sync banking, not Lowes. However, Lowes should change and help the customers get a banking card to increase as they work hard to pay it off in full. Also paying your bill is a hassle sometimes as they don't accept some payments and charge fees and need lots info for the phone payments short story it's not quick."
-Anonymous, Feb 16, 2017
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Lowe's credit card.
What can I use my Lowe's Credit card for?
The Lowe's credit card can save money on purchases made at Lowe's. The card rewards 5% off most purchases and opens the possibility for six-month financing deals.
Where can I use my Lowe's Credit card?
The Lowe's credit card is not valid at any store aside from Lowe's. It cannot be used at ATMs but can be used both in-store and online at Lowe's locations.
How long does it take Lowe's to refund your card?
When Lowe's issues a refund to your card, it take as long as five business days to show on your account balance.
How can I check my Lowe's Credit card balance?
You can check your card balance by calling the number on the back and entering your information or by going online to your account management page.
How do I withdraw money from Lowe's Credit card?
The Lowe's credit card cannot be used for cash advances. The card works only as a credit card and provides discounts on products sold at Lowe's.
Can I pay for my Lowe's Credit card with a debit card? Or PayPal?
No. Your Lowe's credit card must be paid either through checks from a US financial institution, money orders or via electronic payment from a verified bank account.
Can I use my Lowe's Credit card without the card?
If you have been approved for a Lowe's card, you can provide your phone number at checkout rather than use the card itself. This allows people to begin reaping the rewards of the card before the physical copy arrives in the mail.
Can I add an authorized user to Lowe's Credit card?
Yes, you can add an authorized user. To do so, the primary account holder must contact the customer service department at 888-840-7651 Monday through Sunday between 8 AM and 8 PM EST. You can also submit a written request to
PO BOX 981064
El Paso, TX 79998
If neither of these options appeals to you, you can contact the customer service desk at your nearest Lowe's.
Which credit bureaus does Lowe's report to?
Lowe's credit cards are issued through Synchrony Bank, which pulls from and reports to TransUnion.
How much in FICO scores do I need to be eligible?
For the standard Consumer Credit Card from Lowe's, the score will be much lower than typical credit cards. However, for the Business Rewards Card from American Express, you will need an excellent rating or higher.
How many points does the Lowe's Credit card give on purchases?
The Lowe's Consumer Credit Card awards no points for purchases. The Lowe's Business Rewards Credit Card from American Express awards 3x points at restaurants and office supply stores, 2x points at Lowe's, and 1x points per dollar spent everywhere else.
Does Lowe offer a 5% discount because their prices are higher than other stores?
Lowe's 5% discount is an enticement to draw more consumers to their card. Price-wise, Lowe's is on par with other major hardware stores like Home Depot; the primary differences between the two companies are the brands they carry.
Can I upgrade a Lowe's Credit card?
No, a Lowe's card cannot be upgraded to a different card. However, your credit limit can be raised as you build a history of on-time payments.
How soon can I use my Lowe's Credit card once I receive it?
Once you receive the Lowe's credit card, you can begin using it as soon as it is activated.
How to contact Lowe's Credit card services?
The easiest way to connect with Lowe's card services is via their customer service phone number: 1-800-445-6937.
How can I increase the credit limit on Lowe's Credit card?
While you cannot increase the credit limit, you can make on-time payments and pay off your balance each month. As you prove that this is the norm and not a fluke occurrence, the company will likely raise the credit limit. If the limit is not raised within a reasonable amount of time, you can contact the customer service department and request an increased credit limit.
How to report a stolen Lowe's Credit card?
If your card is stolen, contact the customer service department immediately and report it. Provide them with the time you last had the card and your last purchase. If any purchases have been made since then, the company can revoke them and will not hold you responsible.
How can I cancel my Lowe's Credit card?
To cancel your Lowe's credit card, go to the "Manage MyLowe's Card" page and select "Deactivate."
Can someone co-sign for a Lowe's Credit card?
No. While certain secured credit cards might have the option for a cosigner, a Lowe's credit card does not.
Can I use my card overseas/abroad? If yes, what are the related fees?
The card is meant for use within the United States at Lowe's stores. Outside of the United States, the card will not be useful.
If my late payment gets waived, will it still reflect in my payment history?
Even if you are not responsible for any late fees or additional penalties, the event will be apparent in your payment history. Avoid late payments when at all possible as this can affect your credit rating and the potential for future credit limit increases.
Will the card reflect on my credit report if I am an authorized user?
No. The card will only reflect on the credit report of the card holder.
Retail credit cards have lower barriers to entry than most standard credit cards, but they also have more limited uses.
When a card can only be used at a single location, the accumulated debt is usually lower and easier to pay off.
However, it may not yield as many rewards as others.
While the Lowe's Consumer Credit Card is a solid choice for the average homeowner that shops periodically for home supplies, the Lowe's Business Rewards Card from American Express is the best option for serious shoppers and handymen/small home improvement business owners that spend large amounts of money at Lowe's on a regular basis.