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Offered by: Pentagon Federal Credit Union

PenFed Promise Card

  • You must be a PenFed member to apply. Not yet a member? It's easy to join!
  • You may be eligible through your employment, association membership, and volunteerism, or by becoming a member of one of our nonprofit partner organizations.
  • Absolutely no fees - no annual fee, no foreign transaction fee, no balance transfer fee, no cash advance fee, no late fee, no over credit limit fee, and no penalty fee.
  • 7.49% introductory purchase APR for the first 36 months. After that, the APR will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate, and is currently 9.99% APR.
  • 4.99% APR promotional balance transfer rate for life of balance on transfers made between October 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012.
  • After December 31, the APR for any new balance transfers will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate, and is currently 9.99%.
  • No-fee cash advances carry a 9.99% variable APR.

Average Approved Score Purchase Intro APR Purchase Regular APR Balance Transfer Intro APR Balance Transfer Regular APR
N/A
Typical Low: N/A
Typical High: N/A
36 months    

7.49%*

9.99%*

4.99%*

9.99%*

Variable

Variable

Variable

Variable

* See the online Provider's credit card application for details about terms and conditions. Reasonable efforts are made to maintain accurate information. However all credit card information is presented without warranty. When you click on the "Apply Now" button, you can review the credit card terms and conditions on the provider's website.

Offer Details:

Cash Advance Rate

9.99%* Variable

Annual Fee

$0

Late Fee

$0

Cash Advance Fee

$0

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Saving Details

Saving Details

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Balance Transfer Cost

$0

$0

$0

Interest Savings on Transferred Balance

$3,276

$2,857

$1,824

Interest Savings on New Purchases

$1,198

$2,933

$5,661

Value of Rewards on New Purchases

$0

$0

$0

Value of Bonus Points

$0

$0

$0

Annual & Application Fees

$0

$0

$0

 

Savings

Total Annual Savings

$4,474

$5,790

$7,486

Total Savings over 3 Years

$17,750

Credit Card Usage Profile

Transfer a Balance
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  • Balance to Transfer: $2,500
  • Monthly Paydown: $600
  • APR: 21.99%

Earn Rewards

  • $1,000 Monthly Spending
  • $45 Gas
  • $75 Groceries
  • $20 Travel
  • $50 Restaurants
  • $50 Entertainment
  • $760 Other

Establish or Build My Credit

Card Details
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Minimum Deposit: $0

Finance a Large Purchase

  • Initial Purchase Amount: $3,000
  • Monthly Paydown: $60
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13 Cardholder Reviews

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Most Recent Reviews

It is a good no-frills credit card

The major issue with the card is that the payments made (even from your PenFed available funds) will be held for 10 days on all payments.  They advertise instant payment credit for payments, but the next day it is not avilable and it won't be available until the 10 day float periord.  This means your cleared PenFed funds are tied up for 10 days if you make a payment for the first six months, despite their advertisement.  The float policy was not disclosed until I called customer service to find out why my available credit had been reduced.

Feb 18, 2015
Excellent CU with Excellent CC offers

I am rebuilding my credit with my credit score being in the mid- 600s.

PenFed credit cards are like the holy grail for people at creditboards.com due to the high credit limits and great loan offers they give to good customers.

I knew I was going to be denied anyway but after sending them an email, I cooperated and sent every possible document they would need, they intially approved me with $3,500K limit. Not even the credit union I have been banking with for the past 9 years have been generous to me about loans and credit limits.

It was a matter of honest negotiation about my application and PenFed's VERY CONSIDERATE credit department to give me a chance in establishing my relationship with them and helping me rebuild my credit.

I am posting it here to encourage people. It's a good bank. If you are good to them, they will reward you with excellent products no other banks would offer you.

Thank you PenFed for my Promise Card!!

Dec 02, 2014
Promis Card and Personal Loan Helpful to 1 out of 2 people

I have been a PedFed member for 6 years.  I first got a personal loan through them because of thier low rates.  I then got the Promise card with a 20K limit.  I tried to do a car loan through them but that have a cap on used cars of 70K.  They would have been more than happy to give me a personal loan for the difference but I just went through the dealship and they match PenFed low 1.9% on used.  PenFed has been a pleasure to deal with and has great rates!!

Jul 18, 2014
Scam Helpful to 0 out of 2 people

Never heard of this outfit before. I keep getting demand notices for unpaid balances. Not possible because I haven't borrowed money for fifteen years and pay cash for cars. I don't need credit.

They say they are a member of NCUA. Go to NCUA.gov and search them... They don't exist. Try Bankrate.com and they don't exist. They.., whomever 'they' are, ARE NOT  a Credit Union. They are not insured. Your account is not insured.

beware of the shill reviews .

Jan 19, 2014
SAY NO TO PENFED GO WITH NAVYFCU!!!!!! Helpful to 2 out of 3 people

For those that say don't bash Penfed if they don't approve you for a card when you have high 700's low 800 fico have issues. I always look for a conservative bank. The purpose of a bank is to hold my money but at the same time I feel if I would like to take advantage of offers I would like to have a bank that lends to good credit applicants. I saw that you could get 5% cash back for gas all the time so I was interested in this account because I currently use my chase and discover for cash back but that cash back is not yearly. So I applied with a 760 Fico I have never been denied for a credit card I have 12 different credit cards all around 10K limits highest at 34K and only one card has a balance of 5000 on my NAVY FCU because they offered 0% for a year so I transferred my auto loan on to my credit card. The application can back instantly denied so of course I called Penfed and told them I just signed up and I wanted this card she pulled my credit history and said well your score is to low. I said I have a credit score higher the 75% of the people in America what do you mean its too low. She said we use a different score model yours might show with the credit score company as a 760 but we show it as a 680. I said I understand sometimes when I apply the score is higher or lower depending on the company I am applying through maybe by 10 15 points but not 80. She told me because you have a balance showing you have perfect history but we don't like to see a a high balance I told her my debt to credit is less than 5% I have a balance of 5K but have available 140K She said we are very picky with lending so I said never mind and canceled my account. Go with NAVY FCU if you would like lending at a great bank I was working on my credit 4 years ago I had a 630 fico pretty good history no bad for about 3 years applied with chase, discover, amex all approved for around 1500 limits with a fico of 630 then I applied for NAVY FCU card approved instantly for 15K and then a 2nd card for 15K I love NAVYFCU and they have 0% balance transfer interest no fee for 1 year specials. Now my CL limit after 3 years is 38K don’t have go with PENFED or USAA Bank both are not lender friendly and horrible rates. FYI for USAA insurance quoted under military discount 115 a month for all 3 of my cars. Compared to Gieco same coverage quoted 78 dollars a month under their military discount program. PENFED and USAA come go done in flames!!!!!!!!!

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Apr 05, 2013

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