CIBC Costco Mastercard

Last updated: August 4, 2023
  • $0 Annual fee
Annual fee:

Interest Rates:
19.75% purchase
21.49% cash advance
21.49% balance transfer
Earning rate:
3% cash back on restaurants and Costco gas
2% cash back on non-Costco gas and purchases
1% cash back on all other purchases

The CIBC Costco Mastercard is an excellent card for those those who primarily fill gas at Costco, as well as those who who purchase from Costco online.

The information for the CIBC Costco Mastercard has been collected independently by Prince of Travel. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bonuses & Fees

The CIBC Costco Mastercard generally doesn’t offer any welcome bonuses for new cardholders.

The card has no annual fee for both the primary cardholder and any supplementary cardholders. It’s a solid choice to keep open as a free primary or backup credit card, all while supporting the longevity of your credit history.

Earning Rewards

The CIBC Costco Mastercard offers the following earning rates:

  • 3% cash back on Costco gas, and restaurants
  • 2% cash back on non-Costco gas, and at
  • 1% cash back on all other purchases

All elevated cash back on gas is limited to the first $5,000 (1% thereafter) per calendar year, so it’s in your best interest to only use this card at Costco gas stations, where you’ll earn a 3% return.

The 2% cash back when buying Costco online also only applies to the first $8,000 spent, and will earn 1% thereafter per calendar year.

For a no-fee credit card, the return on spend is excellent until the prescribed limit. In fact, a 3% return on restaurant spend without any spending cap is ridiculously good for a free card, and even higher than many premium cards.

Further, no other no-fee credit cards can compete with 3% cash back earnings on gas. After reaching $5,000, you can switch over to another Mastercard when buying gas at Costco, such as the Tangerine World Mastercard, which also has no annual fee and earns a respectable 2% cash back if you select it as one of your three preferred categories.

A 2% return at is also a high return for a no-fee card, given the uniqueness of the category; every other credit card would have this in the base earning category, making this extremely competitive, even among premium cards – at least until you reach the $8,000 cap.

This is easily optimized by making large electronic purchases online instead of in-store (since you only earn 1% cash back in-store) and still benefit from Costco’s fair pricing and excellent warranty.

Redeeming Rewards

As is always the case with Costco-affiliated credit cards, members will receive their cash back every January in the form of a gift certificate.

This is a relatively weaker proposition than other cash back credit cards, since you receive a Costco gift certificate rather than cash. However, card members of this particular card likely do spend regularly at Costco, so the gift certificate can be valued at face value.

Note that there is no option to receive cash back at any other time of year, as they are only issued every January.

Perks & Benefits

The CIBC Costco Mastercard doesn’t offer any additional benefits or perks.

Insurance Coverage

The insurance benefits on the CIBC Costco Mastercard are fairly limited, given the nature of this card for those who spend regularly at Costco rather than the avid traveller.

The most notable insurance inclusion is Mobile Device Insurance, offering $1,000 in coverage per occurrence. This insurance is relatively new to credit cards in general, and is good to see on a no-fee card.

CIBC themselves do not offer this insurance on any of their other no-fee cards, and the only other no-fee card to offer it is the Brim Mastercard; but unlike the CIBC Costco Mastercard, Brim has a deductible as well as a much less generous payout policy, subject to depreciation.

In addition, it offers extended warranty (doubling the manufacturer’s standard warranty, up to one additional year) and purchase protection (against accidental damage or theft within 90 days).

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This credit card has a $15,000 minimum annual income (individual).

You can follow the below link to the CIBC website to learn more about this card.

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