No, PenFed doesn’t have any secured credit cards. Pentagon Federal Credit Union has offered secured credit cards in the past, but they stopped taking new secured card applications in 2019.
PenFed only offers unsecured credit cards for members with above-average credit. There’s no security deposit required, but potential customers with credit scores below 700 may find it difficult to get approved. Although PenFed does not have a secured credit card, there are plenty of good alternatives.
The usual PenFed credit card approval requirements include an excellent (750+) credit score and proof of a steady income. Applicants must also be at least 18 years old and either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Those under 21 years old will need to offer evidence of an ability to independently make monthly payments, too. PenFed credit union membership is also required in order to be approved for a credit card. Membership requirements and an application to join are available on the PenFed … read full answerwebsite.
Application requirements also include personal information such as your name, address and birthdate. Your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN) and U.S. citizenship status are also required. In addition, PenFed will review your credit history, your income and any debts you have. Your bank account information, monthly mortgage or rent payment and employment status will also be taken into account.
The best PenFed credit card is the PenFed Power Cash Rewards. It offers 1.5% cash back on all purchases and gives a $100 statement credit for spending $1,500 in the first 90 days of account opening. The card also comes with a $0 annual fee.
Plus, members who qualify for the … read full answerPenFed Honors Advantage program will earn 2% cash back on all purchases instead of the standard 1.5%. To qualify, cardholders must meet certain military service and/or checking account requirements.
For higher earnings on everyday purchases, the best PenFed card is the PenFed Platinum Rewards. You’ll earn 5 points per $1 spent on gas and electric vehicle charging stations, 3 points per $1 at supermarkets and restaurants, 3 points per $1 on cable, satellite and other pay television/radio/streaming services, as well as 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. Plus, the card offers 15,000 points for spending $1,500 in the first 3 months. The annual fee is a $0.
The PenFed Pathfinder is the best PenFed card for frequent travelers because it offers 3 points per $1 spent on travel (4 points per $1 for Honors Advantage Members), 1.5 points per $1 on all other purchases. Plus, you can earn an initial bonus of 50,000 points for spending $3,000 in the first 90 days. Other travel related perks include a $100 annual domestic air travel ancillary statement credit, a $100 Global Entry or $85 TSA Pre-check statement credit, and a complimentary Annual Priority Pass Select™ membership. The card comes with a $95 annual fee.
It is worth noting that all these PenFed credit cards require a credit score of 750. That means you need excellent credit for approval. If you’d like to know where you stand, you can check your credit score for free, right here on WalletHub.
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