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How to Redeem Your Costco Reward Certificate

If you have a Citi Costco credit card, you’ve been earning some great rewards all year.

I love the card because you get 4% at gas stations (first $7,000 each year), 3% at restaurants, 2% from Costco and Costco.com, and 1% everywhere else.

What I don’t love as much about the card is that you get your rewards once a year, usually in your February statement. It would be nice if the rewards were just deposited as cashback each month, but I suppose this does seem like a more frugal option… which is in line with Costco’s brand.

Normally, you can redeem the certificate at the Costco cash register. If your certificate is over $300, you can also opt to direct deposit the certificate – a really nice feature.

Table of Contents
  1. How to Direct Deposit Your Costco Rewards Certificate
  2. How to Redeem Your Costco Rewards Certificate in Warehouse
  3. Other Important Notes

How to Direct Deposit Your Costco Rewards Certificate

We do a ton of our shopping at Costco and with four kids, this means we get a pretty sizable check from Costco – way more than $300. (we also put our gas and restaurant spending on the card too!)

To get your reward certificate direct deposited, log into your Citi account and scroll down until you see this part of the screen:

Costco Rewards Certificate details at Citi Costco Card

When your certificate is ready, the Certificate Status will say Issued. You will also get an email that contains your certificate’s bar code.

At this point, you can click on Direct Deposit and it’ll reveal this screen:

Direct Deposit Bank Selection screen for the Citi Costco Card

If you haven’t added your bank, you can click Add an Account and and you’ll be prompted to add your back via Plaid. If it’s a non-Citi account, they require two payments from it before they’ll accept it for direct deposit.

Otherwise, you can select your bank and click redeem.

Once you click redeem, you’re shown this confirmation screen:

That’s it! Super easy.

Related: Check out the latest Costco Coupon Book Scans

How to Redeem Your Costco Rewards Certificate in Warehouse

If you want to redeem your certificate in the warehouse, simply bring it to the cash register. You cannot redeem it at Customer Service.

Just note that they will pay you the reward from the cash register so if it’s a really large reward certificate, it’s better to get it direct deposited. Or, wait for a larger shopping trip so you can use the certificate on the purchase and get what’s left over.

If you lost your certificate, you can always log into your Citi account and get it reprinted. Just click on Access Certificate and this screen will appear:

Requesting a new one will invalidate previous ones, as they will invalidate the bar code.

Other Important Notes

Remember to redeem your certificate before the end of the year! The certificates expire on 12/31/2024 and there’s nothing you can do if you forget.

Also, only you and any authorized users will be allowed to redeem it. You have to show your card at the register anyway so this is usually not a problem… but note that you can’t give it to a friend.

I’ve never tried redeeming it at the self-checkout but I’d suspect you can’t get it redeemed there.

Finally, if you didn’t get a certificate this year, they will only issue it if you’ve been a member for at least a year. If you signed up last year but after the last certificate, unfortunately you’ll have to wait an additional year. I don’t know why this rule exists but that’s one reason why.

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About Jim Wang

Jim Wang is a forty-something father of four who is a frequent contributor to Forbes and Vanguard’s Blog. He has also been fortunate to have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Entrepreneur, and Marketplace Money.

Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Information Technology – Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. His approach to personal finance is that of an engineer, breaking down complex subjects into bite-sized easily understood concepts that you can use in your daily life.

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