PenFed’s new card pays 2% cash back

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The nation’s third-largest credit union has just unveiled a credit card that pays 2 percent cash back on all purchases and charges no annual fee.

If you don’t mind the legwork, Pentagon Federal Credit Union’s offer is a decent one.

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To qualify for the PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature®Card ,you’ll have to become a member of this credit union. Membership is open to military personnel and their families, but anyone can join by first joining one of two non-profit groups, Voices for America’s Troops or the National Military Family Association. A one-time $17 fee applies.

Members must open a savings account with a $5 minimum deposit. That’s enough to earn you 1.5 percent cash back on purchases with your Power Cash card. Earn 2% cash back if you have a checking or military service.

Other features include:

  • A $100 sign-up bonus if you spend $1,500 in the first 90 days of card ownership.
  • 0% APR promo balance transfer rate for 12 months with 3% balance transfer fee
  • After that, a variable APR of 11.99 to 17.99 percent will apply
  • No foreign transaction fees.

How the card stacks up

You can compare Power Cash rewards program with likes of the Citi® Double Cash Card and the Discover it® Cash Back, the only other programs offering 2-for-1 rewards on everyday spending.

The Double Cash card pays 1 percent back on purchases and then another 1 percent back as you pay your bill. Both have the same balance transfer fee of 3 percent, but the Citi Double Cash card has a longer 18 months interest-free. The Citi Double Cash Card has a variable APR of 15.49% – 25.49%, so for those who qualify for lower interest rates, it’s hard to beat PenFed’s variable APR of 11.99% – 17.99%.

The Citi Double Cash Card also comes with some great travel protections that PenFed doesn’t offer, but it also has a foreign transaction fee of 3 percent, making a card like the PenFed Power Cash possibly the more economical choice for travel abroad.

The Discover it® Cash Back offer is only good for the first year of card ownership. After that, you’ll earn 1% on all purchases. Enroll every quarter to earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in purchases made in various categories throughout the year.

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Other PenFed reward cards

PenFed offers two other rewards credit cards. The PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa Signature® Card  pays 5 times points at the gas pump, 3 times at the supermarket and 1 point on other purchases. The Premium Travel Rewards American Express card offers 5 times points on all airfare purchases and 1 point everything else.

Stay up-to-date with the industry’s top news and strategies for earning cash back. Check out Bankrate’s cash back catalog for everything you need to know to earn the most out of every swipe.

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