No, the PenFed Gold Visa® Card is not a good first-time credit card because it is only available to people with excellent credit. People who’ve never owned a credit card are unlikely to get approved unless they’ve built excellent credit through other means. There are plenty of good first-time credit cards on the market, though.
Yes, PenFed is a good credit card company that offers unsecured credit cards for people with excellent credit. PenFed credit cards come with $0 annual fees, 0% foreign transaction fees, rewards of up to 5 points / $1 spent on purchases, and introductory APRs.
Many credit card promotions and benefits: All PenFed credit cards come with a 0% foreign transaction fee, and almost all of them have no annual fees as well. PenFed also offers different types of credit cards: rewards, intro APRs, and low interest rates credit cards.
Good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating: Although it is not BBB accredited, PenFed has a A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Wallethub Rating: The company has a rating of 3.6 / 5 across more than 3,300 reviews on Wallethub for its credit cards.
Available for everyone: Even though PenFed is a credit union, its membership is available to everyone for free.
Mostly good reviews: Customer reviews give PenFed credit cards mostly high marks, particularly for their rewards and competitive interest rates. Commonly cited areas of need, however, include larger initial bonuses, and a lack of cards available for customers with below-average credit.
Ultimately, it is worth noting that on the customer service side, reviews run the gamut. Reviewers praise PenFed’s military-friendly personnel, quick posting of payments, and easy access to credit limit increases and interest rate reductions. Recurring complaints include long wait times, limited website customer service options and difficulty getting issues resolved.
Yes, it is hard to get a PenFed credit card. As of July 2020, all of PenFed’s main credit card offers require excellent credit for approval, or a score of 750+. Those include the PenFed Platinum Rewards card, Gold Visa and Power Cash Rewards card. In addition, PenFed’s other credit cards that are co-branded with various organizations tend to require good credit, or a score of 700+. Therefore, PenFed credit cards are hard to get for the average person, since the average credit score is only in the fair credit range. Applicants who don’t have a steady income will also find it hard to get a PenFed credit card, although PenFed doesn’t disclose a specific income needed for approval.… read full answer
Another factor that makes it hard to get a PenFed credit card is that you can’t apply for the card without first becoming a member of the credit union. While doing so is free, as well as open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident, it does require the time to fill out an extra application and open a savings account with at least $5 in it. If you don’t want to go through that trouble just to apply, especially when approval isn’t guaranteed, you may want to look elsewhere.
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