Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi – 4% on Gas, 3% on Restaurants and Travel, 2% at Costco

Citi Costco Credit CardsIf you’re a Costco member, by now you’ve heard that Costco will begin accepting Visa cards this summer and no longer accept American Express cards. At the same time, Costco Amex cardmembers will also be transitioned to new Visa cards from Citi.

What are the benefits of the new Citi Costco Visa cards? Up until today that was a mystery. But finally, we know the details and quite frankly, they’re a pleasant surprise.

The new Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi, available beginning June 20, 2016, will earn:

  • 4% cash back on gas worldwide for the first $7,000 per year, then 1% after
  • 3% cash back on restaurant and eligible travel purchases worldwide
  • 2% cash back on all other purchases from Costco and
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases

Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi vs. Costco Amex
Compare that to the current Costco Amex, which earns 3% on gas, 2% at US restaurants and travel, and 1% on everything else and the new Costco Anywhere Visa card is clearly a step up.

Similar to the current Costco Amex, cash back will be provided annually as a rewards coupon redeemable for cash back or merchandise at Costco. The rewards coupon will be included in your February billing statement and expires on December 31 of the year it was issued.

The Costco Anywhere Card will also double as your Costco membership card. And if you currently charge your Costco membership fees automatically to your Costco Amex, these fees will continue to be automatically charged to your new Costco Anywhere card.

Transitioning your Costco Amex to the Citi Costco Anywhere Visa
Existing Costco Amex cardmembers should expect their new Costco Anywhere cards to be mailed in May. There is no need to apply for the card and your credit report will not be pulled as part of the account transition.

Through June 19, 2016, you should continue using your Costco Amex. On June 20, 2016, start using the new Costco Anywhere card and destroy your old card. Additionally, you can visit to register your account for online access.

Costco Business cardholders enrolled in American Express’ Membership Rewards program will require a separate American Express account to maintain their rewards after June 20, 2016.

More information
The new Costco Anywhere Card does not have an annual fee with your paid Costco membership. For more information on the card, see this link.

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  • Sam

    Does anyone know if there is any foreign transaction fees with this new card?

  • ccwatcher

    Sam, we’ll have to wait until Citi/Costco release official information to know for sure, but I would be very surprised if it didn’t have foreign transaction fees. Since the card is not marketed specifically towards travelers and the existing Costco Amex does charge a foreign transaction fee, I would expect the new Anywhere card to also charge a fee. (I would have also expected Citi/Costco to trumpet that feature in this announcement if they were planning to drop the fee..)


    I received my Citibank Costco care. Your directions to go on line to confirm receipt of the card were too vague (at least for me). I received the card May 19, 2016..


  • Malinda S. Gentry

    Please tell me how to register my new card I received today. I did exactly as stated on the info with the new card–went to; but I didn’t know which to go in to and didn’t see any place to register my card.

  • ccwatcher

    Maryann, Malinda:

    To confirm receipt of your card and register for online access:

    1. Visit You should see a page that looks like this:

    2. When you click the “Get Started” button, you should see a page that looks like this:

    3. Fill in all your information and click the “Confirm Receipt” button to confirm receipt of your card

  • Eberhard Linke

    I am unable to confirm receipt of our Costco Visa Cards online. Please issue instructions in order to comply.

    Thank you

  • Excellent job CitiBank !! so dang easy to confirm & setup !!!

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  • Victor Webber

    I am unable to find the link to activate my card received May 23, 2016.

  • Lorna Turnier

    I am unable to activate my card on this site.

  • Dave

    There is no way that I can register my new Citi Costco card. The sites that appear are advertizements and NOT registration instructions.

  • Dave

    Finally figured it out. Not at all easy and user friendly. Thank you.

  • William S. Brand

    No sure if I registered or not.
    Wm S Brand

  • Gio

    My understanding is that there will be a foreign transaction fee of 3% in U.S. $ for all purchases made using foreign currency. However, for purchases made at a Costco which accepts Visa (not all of them do) the fee will be waived.

  • Maria

    If I have two card of costco with the same membreship and I actived one citi card ,is it automaticaly are actived both?

  • I can”t get these cards registered, help!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Art Snipes

    My cards are registered!
    How can I set up account and access that account later on?
    Get started button gets me no where.

  • Anne

    I just signed up for paper-free, but the site glitched and I can’t get back to the same page. How do I get back to that page? And how do I sign up for automatic payment?

  • Patricia L. Sanborn

    How do I set up an auto pay for my Citibank monthly billing to come from my checking accout?

  • Flor Miranda

    Problem in online access registration, please help!

  • Bob Livesay

    Don’t think I was successfully registering my card. I may have already registered by phone when I first received the card but don’t remember. Not sure if I can use the card yet or not. Not user friendly site.

  • Linda

    Have been using my card. Tried last month and today to register online but getting nowhere.

  • David Turk

    Does the card give cash back at Chevron gas stations? If not, then witch gas stations are in the program?

  • ccwatcher

    David, yes, Chevron gas stations are included.

    Per the terms: You’ll earn 4% cash back on eligible gas worldwide, including gas at Costco, for the first $7,000 per year in gas purchases and then 1% thereafter.

    Certain Non-Qualifying Purchases. You will only earn 1% cash back, not 4%, for gas purchased at superstores, supermarkets, convenience stores and warehouse clubs other than Costco or for fuel used for non-automobile purposes.

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