Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard Review

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The Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard rewards loyal Kroger shoppers with points on their purchases, but the points are worth so little, you’re better off with a number of competing cards that pay more and let you use your earnings anywhere. Perhaps the one reason to get the card: the potential for a sizeable discount on gas purchases at Kroger stations during your first year.

Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard®

Overall Rating
Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard®
Recommended Credit
Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 11.99% - 23.99% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate 3 points per $1 on Kroger Family Brand Products, 2 points per $1 at Kroger Companies, 1 point per $1 everywhere else.
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Who Is This Credit Card Best For?

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The value of the rewards is so unimpressive that it’s pretty hard to recommend this card, but if you’re a fan of Kroger stores (or Dillons, Ralphs, or the other stores owned by Kroger Co.) and have good credit, the Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard may be able to save you quite a bit on gas at Kroger stations. There are some hoops to jump through, but if you can manage those, you can save 55 cents per gallon at Kroger fuel centers during the first year you have an account. That could add up to substantial savings over the course of the year, especially if you drive to work everyday.

  • Gas discount for first year

  • Decent APR

  • Terrible points value

  • One restrictive redemption option

Pros Explained

  • Gas discount for first year: You’ll get 55 cents off per gallon for the first year you have an account, as long as you redeem at least 100 fuel points earned through Kroger’s loyal shopper program whenever you use your card at the pump. It shouldn’t be hard for regular customers at Kroger-owned stores to do this on a consistent basis, since they earn 1 fuel point per $1 they spend on groceries. (More on this below.) 
  • Decent APR: This card’s lowest variable APR (for the most creditworthy customers) is better than many competing cards. While carrying a balance is never recommended, if you have to incur finance charges, the lower the APR, the better.

Cons Explained

  • Terrible points value: Each point earned with this card is only worth 0.5 cents each, so even the higher rewards rate of 2 points per $1 is worth just one cent. You can easily find a cash-back card offering at least 2% cash back (2 cents per $1) on all of your grocery purchases, so this is a terrible deal. Plus, you can use the rewards from competing cards in many more ways.
  • One restrictive redemption option: Unlike cash-back cards that let you redeem your rewards for actual cash, you can only use your rewards toward purchases at participating Kroger stores. What’s more, you’ll only get your rewards four times per year, in the mail, in the form of $5 certificates.

Bonus for New Cardholders

It’s not a standard new cardholders' bonus, but the fuel discount of 55 cents per gallon at Kroger fuel centers during your first year is definitely an incentive. By our calculations, it could be worth hundreds of dollars.

Assuming you spend $130 a month on gas (as the average American household does), and assuming gas is $2.25 per gallon, you could save 31.78 a month. That is, if you shop enough at Kroger-owned stores. To get the 55 cents off, you must be able to simultaneously redeem at least 100 fuel points earned through the loyal shopper program (if you’re not already in it, you’ll automatically be enrolled.) That’s easily doable if you spend at least $100 a week on groceries (you earn 1 fuel point per $1 of groceries purchased) and use about a tank of gas each week.

If you consistently spend this much each month on gas, you could save more than $380 in the year of 55 cents per gallon. This is a lot greater value than the bonuses of most cash back and rewards cards, especially those with no annual fee. However, this value is earned slowly over time in the form of discounts rather than getting the whole sum in your account after meeting a spending threshold.

Besides being restricted to Kroger fuel centers, there are a number of stipulations that make this bonus pretty high-maintenance. For one, you must use your fuel points by the end of the month after the month you earn them or they will expire. Also, the maximum number of gallons you can get per fill-up is 35. 

Earning Points & Rewards

The Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard gives 2 points per $1 spent in Kroger’s network of stores and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. The brands include Kroger, Heritage Farm, Luvsome, Bakery Fresh Goodness, Fresh Foods Market, Big K, and Pet Pride, among others. Stores in the network include:

  • Baker’s
  • City Market
  • Dillons
  • Food 4 Less
  • Foods Co
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s
  • Gerbes
  • Harris Teeter
  • King Soopers
  • Jay C Food Store
  • Kroger
  • Pay-Less Super Markets
  • QFC
  • Ralphs
  • Smith’s Food and Drug

There is no limit to the rewards you can earn, but you can only earn them in 1,000-point increments, through a $5 certificate. Certificates expire a year after they’re issued. Any points that cannot be turned into a $5 certificate (because they don’t round to an even increment of 1,000), will be rolled over to the next quarter.
In addition, once the first-year gas promotion is over, you’ll get a 5-cent per gallon discount at Kroger fuel centers when you redeem 100 fuel points and pay with your card. Kroger has almost 2800 stores and 1,275 of them have gas stations at this time, with a further 725 at convenience stores. Of course, the company has been growing and these numbers are likely to increase over time.

Redeeming Rewards

The points on the Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard are worth just 0.5 cents apiece—pretty bad by any standard. You also have just one redemption option. Your $5 certificates (one per 1,000 points earned) are doled out once per quarter and are only good at the Kroger network of stores, and only for one year.

With comparable cash-back cards, you can redeem your rewards for a credit on your statement or request that the funds be deposited into your bank account. You may even be able to boost the value of the rewards by booking travel with them.

You can use your certificates for merchandise  as well as groceries, and some Kroger stores sell household supplies, dishes, and small appliances too.

How to Get the Most Out of This Card

No matter how you look at it, you won’t get much value out of this card—at least in terms of ongoing rewards. There are plenty of cash-back credit cards with no annual fee that will reward you more handsomely, and you can still shop at all your favorite local stores. Competing cards give you 1.5% back on everything or 2%-3% back on groceries, and many even offer a new cardholder bonus with roughly the same value. 

It's difficult to justify this card when you consider the general rewards and cash back cards out there. Purchases at Kroger stores earn just 2 points per $1, or the equivalent of 1% cash back. Almost all rewards credit cards offer at least 1% cash back and those rewards cards don't tie the redemption to one store.

Having said that, you can apply for this card for the gas discount the first year and use another rewards card that pays more whenever you’re at the checkout. Just make sure to keep a separate loyal shopper card to earn those fuel points. 

Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard’s Excellent Perks

There are so many benefits available to credit cardholders these days, we narrowed down the ones we think have an exceptional value. This card has one benefit that made our cut:

Cell phone coverage: Cardholders can get up to $600 per claim if they’re phone is damaged or stolen. The coverage is automatic if you pay your cellphone bill with your card. A $50 deductible applies and the maximum benefit is $1,000 every 12 months. 

Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard’s Other Features

  • Travel amenities and planning services

Customer Experience

The Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard is issued by U.S. Bank, which faired poorly in the J.D. 2020 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study. U.S. Bank ranked 10th out of 11 national card issuers and received a score well below the average.

While U.S. Bank doesn’t have a lot of flashy customer service features, it does let you manage your account through a mobile app, and you can check your rewards balance online.

Security Features

U.S. Bank offers standard security features including free fraud monitoring and automatic logouts after periods of inactivity. 

Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard Fees

Besides the decent APR, this card’s fees are relatively standard for a retail card. It’s worth noting that you won’t pay foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.

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Kroger REWARDS World Mastercard®
overall rating
Recommended Credit
Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 11.99% - 23.99% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate 3 points per $1 on Kroger Family Brand Products, 2 points per $1 at Kroger Companies, 1 point per $1 everywhere else.
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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “2020 Report on Consumer Spending.” Accessed Oct. 9, 2021