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PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card offers Bonus Points

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The most important thing to evaluate when shopping around for a travel rewards credit card is the quality of the rewards program, particularly when compared to other similar cards. The best travel rewards cards offer much more than the typical one cent per point conversion rate. It’s also important to look at the pricing in the form of interest rate. Paying interest should be avoided, but if you need to roll over a balance, it’s good to know you can do so with a reasonable APR. Last but not least, paying an annual fee is rarely justified, unless the rewards you receive are valued well above the fee and you make use of them every year. The Pentagon Federal Credit Union had these things in mind when they created the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card.

PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® CardNew cardholders can earn 20,000 bonus points after making $2,500 in purchases during the first three months of opening the card. So already, the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card is worth the application. You can earn rewards in the following amounts with this card.

  • Five points per dollar spent on airfare purchases.
  • One point per dollar spent on all other purchases.

The earning rate of five points per dollar is the best you’ll find today. Cardholders also receive one point for every other dollar spent, that is standard for other travel rewards credit cards on the market today.

The card offers a 4.99 percent APR promotional balance transfer rate for 12 months on balance transfers made between November 01, 2014 through December 31, 2014. After the introductory period the APR for the unpaid balance and any new balance transfers will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate, and is currently 9.99%. A 3 percent balance transfer fee applies to each transfer. This transaction is subject to credit approval. With the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express Card if you default on your payments the fixed penalty APR is 17.99%, the lowest of any credit card we’ve ever reviewed.

The PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card includes a variety of perks including access to complimentary 24-hour concierge service, and two complimentary Lounge Club visits at airports around the world upon spending $15,000 on the Card in a calendar year. This card carries no annual fee. Own it, pay your balance off in full, never pay a penny.

To apply for this card, you must be a member of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, which can be accomplished by being associated with the military, directly or indirectly, or by making a $15 or $20 one-time donation to a PenFed approved organization.

Anyone who travels frequently could benefit from owning the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express Card. The 20,000 bonus points when you spend $2,500 within the first 3 months of opening the Card account and excellent rewards program is perfect for those who live away from home and might even be right for the occasional vacationer.

Updated November 9, 2014 and originally published February 17, 2011. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar eric ♦1,549 (Half-Dollar)

I’m a PenFed member but I don’t have any of their CCs yet. I want to get their gas card but I heard rumors that the rewards are being slashed soon. I’d hate to pull the trigger just to find that out!

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avatar kathy

The 5% cash back on gas is still in effect but the 1% cash back for all other purchases has been reduced to a .025. They also have a points system but for me cash is king so I didn’t want the conversion to point.

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avatar Chuck

I don’t see any thing about a cash card. I rather have that.

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