The PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Card does not offer an authorized user bonus, currently. Some credit cards give a bonus for adding an authorized user, though this is a relatively rare feature and the PenFed Power Cash Rewards card is not among the cards offering it.
Adding an authorized user to your PenFed Power Cash Rewards card still has benefits, though. To start, the authorized user is able to build credit, if they are age 18 or older. In addition, an authorized user’s spending still counts toward earning a card’s initial bonus. And authorized users’ purchases will earn rewards at the same rate as the primary cardholder’s purchases. Only the primary cardholder is able to redeem rewards earned by any user on the card, though.
The credit score that you need for a PenFed credit card is 700+. That means applicants need good credit for approval. This applies to all PenFed credit cards.
If you receive a pre-approved mail or e-mail offer for a PenFed credit card, it means your credit profile likely meets the card's requirements for approval. While such an offer doesn't guarantee approval, it indicates good odds of getting the card. So, make sure you apply by flagging your application through the … read full answerPenFed pre-approval web page.
Applying for credit cards will trigger hard inquiries on your credit report, which may temporarily damage your credit score. So, make sure you qualify before applying. If you don't know where you stand, you can check your score for free, right here on WalletHub.
Ultimately, it is worth noting that PenFed membership is now open to everyone. But keep in mind that simply having the credit score needed for a PenFed credit card does not guarantee approval. Some other key criteria include your annual income, existing debt load, number of open accounts, recent credit inquiries, employment status, and housing status.
Yes, authorized users do build credit. You can actually build a good or excellent credit score just as an authorized user on a credit card. When you become an authorized user, the account is added to your credit report, which means on-time payments by the primary cardholder will help you build good credit history. But because authorized users are not responsible for paying the bills, credit scores don’t give authorized user accounts as much weight. So you won’t … read full answerbuild credit as fast as an authorized as you would with your own credit card account.
Still, the fact that most credit card companies don’t have a minimum age for authorized users, means becoming one is a great way to build credit before you can get your own account. But there are a few positives and negatives you should know about before becoming an authorized user.
Here’s how authorized users build credit:
A friend or family member adds you to their credit card account as an authorized user.
The credit card account gets added to your credit reports, just like if it were your own account.
The issuer gives updated account information to the credit bureaus on a monthly basis.
Your credit standing improves if the account owner has on-time payments, low credit utilization and other signs of financial responsibility.
Your credit gets hurt if the account holder behaves irresponsibly.
You can get an account with negative information removed from your report, since you aren’t responsible for making payments.
Authorized users do build credit, but that credit can be good or bad, depending on how the primary accountholder manages balances and bill payments. So you only want to become an authorized user on an account owned by someone responsible.
But in the event that an authorized user account does end up hurting your credit, you can dispute the account to get it removed from your credit report. That’s because any mistakes made won’t be your responsibility.
Finally, you’ll build credit faster if you also have your own credit card account that you use responsibly. You can get a starter credit card once you turn 18 years old, as long as you have enough money to pay the bills.
If you have bad credit and are worried you won’t get approved, try applying for a secured credit card. Secured cards require security deposits, but they have the highest approval odds of all credit cards and accept people with bad credit.
Four or more authorized users can be on a credit card, depending on the issuer and the specific card. Some credit card companies limit how many users you're allowed to add, whereas others have no restrictions on the number of authorized users that can be on a credit card account.
Certain credit cards, such as business credit cards and co-branded travel cards, may have different limits, so be sure to contact customer service or refer to your cardmember agreement before adding any authorized users.
It's also important to understand that the primary cardholder, not the authorized user, is responsible for all charges on the account regardless of who made them. Any mistakes on the account, such as late payments or maxing out the credit limit, may negatively affect both people's credit scores, though. The primary cardholder or the authorized user can log into their online account or mobile app, or call the issuer's customer service department, at any time to remove the authorized user from the account.
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