Milestone® Gold Mastercard®

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Recommended Credit Score

Fair to Good (580 - 850)

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Annual Fee:
See Terms
Purchase Intro APR:
N/A
Regular APR:
24.90% (Fixed)
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When you have poor or limited credit, you’re stuck with some poor choices among credit cards. The Milestone Gold Mastercard is yet another in a long list of cards that offer confusing terms and tack on unnecessary fees directed at consumers who could likely use a price break.

Review

The only reason to get the Milestone Gold Mastercard is if you don’t have any other options and you need a credit card. It’s possible you might be able to improve your credit score, as this card reports to the three major credit reporting bureaus.

To get the card, you have to apply to be pre-qualified. After this, you’ll receive one of six different offers, all with the same variable APR of See Terms, but each with different annual fees and or account opening fees.

At best, you’ll qualify for a See Terms annual fee. The worst offer is a See Terms fee the first year and See Terms thereafter. These charges will seriously hamper your available credit as the maximum limit on this card is $300. If you’re stuck paying a See Terms fee on a $300 limit card, you’ve already reduced your purchasing power to $225.

Although this card is a step above a payday lender, you can do better. Try a credit union or a secured card if you want a clear and fair price structure for your credit card.

Who should get this card

We don’t recommend this card.

Advantages
  • This card reports to the three major credit bureaus, so with good payment behavior you could improve your score.
  • You can get approved for this card even if you have poor credit or little credit history.
Disadvantages
  • This card only offers a credit limit of $300.
  • You won’t know what your exact cardholder fees are until you pre-qualify.
  • The set-up fees can severely limit the amount of available credit. For example, if you have a credit limit of $300 and a set-up fee of $5 and an annual fee of See Terms, you’ll only start out with $225 of available credit.
  • There’s no balance transfer option with this card.

Fees and APR

  • This card has a variable APR of See Terms.
  • The annual fee will be either a flat See Terms or See Terms or See Terms the first year and See Terms thereafter or See Terms the first year and See Terms thereafter, or See Terms the first year and See Terms thereafter, depending on creditworthiness.
  • There may be an account opening fee of either $5, $25 or $50 depending on creditworthiness.
  • A penalty APR of See Terms may apply indefinitely if you make a late payment.
  • There’s a late payment fee of up to See Terms
  • There’s a 1% foreign transaction fee for all purchases made outside the U.S.

Extras, perks and using points

This card comes with extended warranty coverage and price protections.

There are some credit educational tools on the card’s website including definitions of credit terms and links to Federal Trade Commission articles.