USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card review

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USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card

Rewards rate

N/A

Annual fee

$0

Intro offer

N/A

Regular APR

6.90% to 23.90% Variable

Recommended Credit Score

Good to Excellent  (670 - 850)

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USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card Overview

For those who qualify, the USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card offers one of the lowest variable annual percentage rates of any major issuer in the U.S., and it’s the lowest of any USAA card. The less money you’re paying on interest, the more you have to pay toward your balance.

A deeper look at the current card offer

Military personnel and their family members can benefit from the low rate offered by the USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card. It carries an ultra-low variable APR for those who qualify. But those with just OK or poor credit might get walloped with the high end of the APR range (8.40% – 25.40% variable APR). If you’re offered an APR rate at the higher end of the range, there’s no reason to get this card.

There’s also no penalty APR, so late payments won’t affect your balance.

There’s also another intriguing feature: Like many credit cards, USAA Rate charges a 3% balance transfer fee.

This could be a real boon from someone carrying high-interest debt on another card and can qualify for a lower rate on this card.

Extras and perks

If you rent a qualifying car for 15 days or less and pay using your USAA card, you’ll get insurance coverage for physical damage to the car or theft.

With the price protection feature, you may be eligible for a refund to your card of the price difference if you find a lower price on a new item you bought with the card within 60 days of your purchase.

This card offers extended warranty protections up to one year longer than the original manufacturer’s warranty.

Cardholders also receive access to a 24-hour concierge, emergency services including roadside assistance and trip cancellation or interruption insurance.

A complete list of the benefits of this card can be found here.

Fees and APR

  • 8.40% – 25.40% for variable APR.
  • There’s no annual fee.
  • You’ll pay a balance transfer fee of 3%
  • This card has no foreign transaction fee for purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Late payments won’t affect your APR, but you may have to pay a late fee of up to $35.

Bankrate’s Take: Is the USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card worth it?

If you tend to carry a balance, but have excellent credit and can qualify for the lowest APR, this card could be an awesome addition to your wallet.