Navy Federal More Rewards American Express® Card

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Excellent (740 - 850)

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Annual Fee:
$0
Purchase Intro APR:
1.99% introductory APR for 12 months
Regular APR:
11.90% - 18.00% Variable
Terms and Restrictions Apply

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Navy Federal Credit Union’s first partnership with American Express is a rewards card that pays big on everyday spending — the Navy Federal More Rewards American Express Card. For those who spend a lot on groceries and gas, the unlimited earnings structure of this card makes it a terrific choice.

Review

Navy Federal launched a rewards card in September 2017 that’s tailor-made for those who spend a lot on groceries and gas. The Navy Federal More Rewards American Express Card pays an unlimited 3 points per dollar spent at supermarkets and gas stations. No other credit card on the market offers unlimited rewards this good for both grocery purchases and spending at the pump. There’s no annual cost of ownership with this card, no balance transfer fees and no foreign transaction fees.

It doesn’t stop there. The card also pays an unlimited 2 points per dollar at restaurants and 1 point per dollar on all other spending. When the card launched, it had a nice intro bonus worth $250 if you spent $3,000 within the first three months of opening the account, but that expired at the end of December 2017.

When it comes to redeeming points, keep in mind that although this is an American Express card, cardholders will receive Navy Federal Rewards points, not American Express Membership Rewards points. Navy Federal Rewards are worth 1 cent per point and can be redeemed for cash back, travel, gift cards or merchandise through the Navy Federal website.

Because the card is a Navy Federal Credit Union-branded credit card, you have to be a member of the credit union to apply. Eligibility is restricted to those who serve or have served in the military or are an immediate family member of the military.

Who should get this card

Anyone who spends big on groceries and gas can benefit from the rewards structure of this card.

Advantages
  • High rewards rate on groceries and gas.
  • Rewards are unlimited.
  • There are no annual, balance transfer or foreign transaction fees.
Disadvantages
  • Depending on your spending habits, you may be better off with a flat-rate rewards card.
  • This card is an American Express card, which may not be as widely accepted overseas as Visa and Mastercard.
  • The rewards are Navy Federal points and not American Express Membership Rewards.
  • If you do most of your shopping at warehouse clubs or discounters, you won't be eligible for the 3% rewards.
  • Terms apply.

Fees and APR

  • Pay no annual fee.
  • The variable APR on purchases and balance transfers is 10.65% to 18.0% (See Rates & Fees) depending on creditworthiness.
  • If you transfer a balance to this card, you won’t be charged a fee.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • If you miss a payment or pay late, you may be subject to a variable penalty APR of 18.0% plus a late fee of $20.
  • See Rates & Fees.

Extras, perks and using points

Receive collision damage waiver coverage for 15 days or less when you pay for the rental with the card.

As an American Express card, you can get presale ticket access to select concerts and entertainment events. This card also participates in American Express’ Global Dining Program which grants cardholders special discounts and benefits at participating restaurants.

You have to have a minimum of 1,000 points to redeem your rewards. Each point is worth about 1 cent and can be redeemed through the Navy Federal Credit Union portal by logging into your account and selecting “Redeem Rewards.” Points can be used for travel purchases, gift cards, or cash back deposited to your Navy Federal savings account. There’s no charge to redeem your points and they never expire as long as your account is open.