Costco members are getting a sneak preview of the new Capital One Platinum MasterCard.  The co-branded card is set to replace the TrueEarnings Card once the Costco and American Express agreement expires at the end of the year.  Card applications are already available online and at Costco stores, with details suggesting the card will be hit the market in late October.

The wholesale giant moved quickly to secure a new credit card agreement once talks with American Express broke down.  It teamed up with Capital One to offer a co-branded card and struck a deal with MasterCard to allow credit card acceptance to MasterCard cardholders – which has already been rolled out across the 88 Costco locations in Canada.

The Capital One Platinum MasterCard looks to offer the same rewards as the TrueEarnings Card.  You’ll get 3% back on restaurant purchases, 2% back on gas purchases, and up to 1% back on everything else.  What that means is you’ll get 0.5% on your first $3,000 annual spend, and then 1% after that.

There’s no limit to the amount of cash back you can earn in any calendar year.

Double cash back

Apply now and you’ll get double cash back for three months after your account is opened.

Earn 6% cash back at restaurants and 4% at gas stations on all your purchases – up to a combined total spend of $1,500 for both during the three-month promotional period.

Earn 1% cash back on the first $3,000 you spend on all other purchases annually, and 2% after that.  You’ll earn at these rates up to a total spend of $8,500 during the three-month promotional period.

You’ll earn double cash back until your three-month promotional period expires, or you reach the promotional spend limit within a category – whichever comes first.  After that, you’ll earn cash back at the regular rates set out above.

Doubles as a Costco membership card

Like the TrueEarnings Card, the Capital One Platinum MasterCard will double as your Costco membership card, with your picture and membership number on the back of the credit card.  Your Costco membership fee will automatically get charged to your credit card unless you tell Costco otherwise.  There is no annual fee for the Capital One Platinum MasterCard.

Cardholders will be issued a rebate coupon once per year in January.  Rebate coupons are good for one-time use and can only be redeemed for goods, services or cash at Costco warehouses in Canada.

Other benefits

What sets this card apart from the TrueEarnings Card boils down to the difference between MasterCard and American Express benefits.  Here’s what you get when you use the Capital One Platinum MasterCard:

  • Price Protection – When you buy a new item in Canada that is advertised for sale at a lower price within 60 days of purchase, Price Protection refunds the price difference up to $100 per item and $500 per calendar year.
  • Purchase Assurance – Most personal items purchased are automatically insured against theft, loss or damage anywhere in the world for 120 days from the date of purchase.
  • Extended Warranty – Automatically doubles the original manufacturer’s warranty for up to two years.
  • Travel Accident Insurance – Get up to $250,000 automatic travel insurance coverage for you, your spouse and your dependent children.
  • Car Rental Collision/Loss Damage Waiver – Decline the collision damage waiver insurance offered by the car rental agency and you’ll be insured if your rental car is damaged or stolen when you rent the car for a period of up to 31 days.
  • Baggage Delay – If your checked baggage is delayed for more than four hours at your away-from-home destination, you, your spouse and your dependent children may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $100 per day for up to three days to purchase essential items.

Final thoughts

Costco and Capital One were smart to put out a strong offer with a double cash back incentive for the first three months.  But folks who already carry a top-tier rewards MasterCard might not see the benefit of having a second MasterCard in their wallet – even one that can double as their Costco membership card.

Related: Amex jumps into cash back market with new SimplyCash cards

That’s where American Express had an advantage: If you liked shopping at Costco and wanted to earn credit card rewards then you HAD to carry an American Express card in your wallet.  And if you had to carry one then it just made sense to carry the TrueEarnings Card which could also act as your Costco card.

I’m not convinced Costco members will feel the same way about the new Capital One Platinum MasterCard.  What do you think?  Will you get one?

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