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Card Details

  • Balance Transfer Intro APR Not Applicable
  • Balance Transfer Regular APR 11.15% - 21.15%* Variable
  • Annual Fee $35
  • Purchase Intro APR Not Applicable
  • Purchase Regular APR 11.15% - 21.15%* Variable

These reviews were written by current and former cardholders in the last year.

Jul 20, 2017
Good card
vettievi Cardholder

I've been USAA for 19 years. I have 3 secured cards totaling $1800., since 2013. I still can't approved for an unsecured card. I joined Navy Federal Credit Union, this month. I got approved for an unsecuredl Visa $1600 to start.

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Jun 14, 2017
Be careful
trodoni Cardholder

USAA does not convert the account to a direct credit card after 2 years- instead they automatically renew your security deposit without any notice.  You have the option of closing your account and losing the 2 yr credit history or being stuck leaving your security in their low paying Certificate of deposit.  I would recommend to you choose another credit card provider.   This is really a sad approach for USAA as the lenght of time you have an account is a key factor in increasing your credit score - leaving you with little option but to allow your security to be tied up for another 2  years.

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Dec 12, 2017

Thank you!

Jan 01, 2018

Thank you and I'm sorry that happened to you. There are scams by the boat loads.

Jun 01, 2017
Simple to use and inexpensive overall
bhigley0124 Cardholder

I have bad credit and just by adding this card it has made my score jump over night.. well worth it

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Jan 04, 2018

When you said over mean like the next day for sure kinda thing, or do you mean after a week, or 30 days?? I REALLY need a secured card to buy a house cause I "need" that boost but i need it like "over night."

May 14, 2017
Be prepared for no one to know anything
blaqout31 Cardholder

I opened this account this year and for the first month after I made my initial deposit no one could tell me when I would receive my card. It was not what I expected from USAA. They don't report every month either, once every three months.

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Jul 28, 2017

Once every three months!? That's a terrible reporting schedule, and SHOULD be listed in BOLD as this card comes up as a recommended card by Credit Karma.

Dec 18, 2017

Thanks for your assistance I keep getting emails from USAA credit card to apply but now I will not .

Dec 23, 2017

They report every month for my husband's cards. He has two of the secured cards. Works great. Credit has increased.

May 12, 2017
megenfae Cardholder

I have had this card for almost 2 years and it has helped a lot. I only applied for it to help my credit score so I only have a $300 limit. Within the first couple of months, my score was up by 50-60 points, I was very surprised. There is an annual fee but it's worth it in my opinion. I also have a bank account with USAA, so when I make payments it's instantly applied to it and it's also my backup in case I overdraft on my bank account so I won't get penalized. They also give you a free Experian credit check service where you can keep up with your score monthly. When I opened this account there was also a 2-year CD account with a 54% interest, so the more you have the better when it matures. Overall, I think it's a great option for those trying to rebuild, customer service has always been great with USAA in all the services they provide.

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Jul 02, 2017

They have never offered a Certificate of Deposit with a 54% interest rate... This is definitely a typo or intentionally misleading.
Their CD accounts are either variable rate or come with a rate lock that has never come close to even 1%...

Jul 28, 2017

I agree, this review needs to be deleted or challenged, a young or inexperienced person could be seriously misled.

May 10, 2017
Lyrical1983 Cardholder

I have had this card for almost 2 months and it reports every month. Your credit score goes up as long as you pay it off or use less than 30% utilization. Check it out for yourself!

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May 10, 2017
Good card
Anonymous Cardholder

I have this card and the USAA visa secured card. I was rebuilding my credit,  at the time and yes it has helped with my credit score. My credit I beileve was in the 500's and now in the 600s, I opened the amex last year because I tried for the delta skymiles card and didn't get approved the year before that which was early to mid 2015. I finally got approved for the delta skymiles card, so I am thinking about closing this one. As far as the limit goes, you can set your own limit for each of these cards from $250-$5,000. And that is all, right now there is not an option for the card to become unsecured after a certain time but hopefully they will include that sometime in the future. Also, it is used as a real credit card not a prepaid one(even though it is)  I hope this helps.

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Jul 02, 2017

You must specifically ask to close the card when it is paid in full or when the CD is close to maturing ask to have it closed and pay out the balance of the card. You would need to apply for an unsecured card separate, unfortunately true.

Aug 16, 2017

DO NOT close the acct. If it is your oldest card. You will lose the time you have on the length of credit, and that counts on you credit score.

Mar 20, 2017
I have and they have been vital.
davidshelton88 Cardholder

I placed a 300 limit on my card and I have paid the bill (down to 3%) every month on time and my score rose 60 points.

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Mar 31, 2017

What was your credit score when you applied for it ?

Jun 02, 2017

How long did that take though?

Jul 19, 2017

Hello, how long did it take to raise 60 points? (3 months, 6 months?)

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