5 Things to Know About the TJX Rewards Platinum Mastercard

The TJX Rewards Platinum Mastercard is ideal if you frequently shop at T.J. Maxx and affiliated stores. If not, more rewarding and flexible options exist.

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The , issued by Synchrony Bank, can be a worthy sidekick for the deal-savvy shopper who hunts bargains at T.J. Maxx and its affiliated stores.

Typically, don’t earn bonus rewards on purchases at discount outlets, so for T.J. Maxx loyalists who are already getting a marked-down price, this -annual-fee card is extra valuable.

It can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted, but if you don’t frequently shop under the TJX brand umbrella, you’ll rack up rewards slowly and may find redemptions limiting.

Here are five things to know about the card:

The offers a high in-brand rewards rate whether you’re shopping off the rack or on the web:

Points are worth a penny each, but there's only one redemption option: For every 1,000 points earned, you’ll get a $10 rewards certificate to spend on purchases in store or online at the above retailers. (Certificates can be issued in either $10 or $20 denominations.)

If you shop at T.J. Maxx at every opportunity, for all occasions — back to school, birthdays, holidays and such — you can score some serious points.

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Of course, you can't buy everything at T.J. Maxx. Your everyday spending on things like groceries, gas and restaurant meals will earn a paltry 1 point per $1, and you'll be locked in to using those rewards in only one place: within the T.J. Maxx family of brands.

If you're looking for more flexible earning and redemption options, a  will work better for you.

The , for example, offers 2% cash back on all purchases: 1% when you buy and 1% when you pay your bill. That can add up much more quickly, and you can redeem your cash back as a qualifying bank account deposit, a statement credit or a check to use however you’d like. The annual fee is .

And, of course, you don't necessarily have to settle for just one card. You could use the on TJX purchases and the  everywhere else.

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The shaves 10% off your first purchase online or in store. That can make a decent dent in a big purchase, but a general rewards credit card may offer more valuable introductory incentives.

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The snags you invitations to exclusive shopping events in store and online.

You can sort through the merchandise before other customers get access to it. Depending on the event, you might also snag some treats or prizes.

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There's no introductory APR period with this card, so if you need to finance a new wardrobe for work or some furniture for a remodel, you should probably look elsewhere.

. Carrying a balance will chip away at any rewards you earn, so it's best to pay your balance on time and in full every month.

If you need breathing room on interest for a large purchase, a general rewards card with an introductory 0% APR period will be a better choice.

For a look at other options that may better suit your spending, see NerdWallet's roundup of .

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