Benefits of a Best Reward Federal Credit Union VISA Secured Credit Card
The funds in your Share Savings Account** serve as collateral so you can qualify more easily.
Build Your Credit
Make regular, timely payments to establish, repair, or build your credit and secure your future.
Get a competitive APR* and choose to pay off your balance each month to avoid any interest.
No Annual Fee
Plus, no over-the-limit fee, no cash advance fee, no transaction fee, and no penalty APR.
VISA Secured Credit Card Details
A secured credit card lets you build your credit so you can access more financing when you need it. All you have to do is make timely payments each month.
Your APR is based on your credit score.*
Your credit limit is secured by funds in your Share Saving Account.**
No over-the-limit fee
No cash advance fee
No transaction fee
No penalty APR
See Our Secured Credit Card Rates
APR* AS LOW AS
Secured VISA Credit Card
People who want to establish, repair, or build credit history
Simple Application Process for our VISA Secured Credit Card
Enter your personal and financial details into our secure online form.
We'll check your savings balance and offer you a rate and credit limit.
Receive Your Card
Make small purchases and pay off your balance to boost your credit score!
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Bonus Features of a Best Reward Federal Credit Union Secured Credit Card
Easy Payment Options
Choose if you want to make payments online, in-person, over the phone, or by mail.
Check your transactions and balances each month to prevent fraud and detect errors.
No Fraud Liability
VISA guarantees you're not accountable for unauthorized transactions.
Protection From Fraud
Customize your account alerts to suit your preferences so you stay ahead of fraud.
Free Phone Support
Call our phone service anytime to check your account balances, make payments, and more.
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VISA Secured Credit Card FAQs
How does a secured credit card work?
A secured credit card means that you provide the funds in your Share Savings Account as collateral in case you don't make your payments. This means Best Reward FCU can offer a credit card to people with no credit or bad credit, who may not qualify for an unsecured credit card.
While your secured credit card account is open, you do not have access to some or all of your savings funds.
The amount of your savings used as collateral may determine your credit limit.
If you don't make your payments, you will not get your collateral savings funds back.
You can build your credit by making timely, monthly payments as your payment history makes up about 35% of your credit score.
For best results, pay off your balance in full each month as this will improve your credit utilization rate, or debt-to-credit ratio, which determines about 30% of your credit score.
How long will it take to improve my credit?
Building and repairing credit takes time. You may start to see results in about six months. Make sure you don't miss any credit card payments (or other loan payments) as that will set your credit back more than you will gain.
What are the benefits of a better credit score?
Good credit means you will be approved and get great rates for financing to achieve major life milestones, including:
Auto loans and other vehicle loans
Unsecured credit cards
Personal loans and lines of credit
Home loans, home equity loans, and home equity lines of credit (HELOC)
What rate and credit limit will I get for my secured credit card?
Best Reward FCU will offer you an annual percentage rate (APR) and credit limit based on your credit qualifications, including your credit score, repayment history, and debt-to-income (DTI) ratio.
The lowest rate offered for our secured card is the same as the lowest rate for our VISA Platinum Credit Card
What fraud protections come with a secured credit card?
You can help keep your credit card secure by signing up for VISA Credit Card Account Alerts. You can set custom alerts for transaction types and dollar amounts and you may change your preferences at any time.
You can choose to receive alerts for:
Purchases over a selected amount
Online and phone purchases where the card is not physically present
In addition, Verified by VISA protects you when you use your credit card for online transactions. Create your personal password to ensure that only you can use your credit card at participating online stores.
What fees do I need to pay?
Let's start with the fees you don't need to pay:
No Annual Fee
No Penalty APR
No Over-the-Limit Fee
No Cash Advance Fee
No Transaction Fee
There's a low foreign transaction fee of 1% of each transaction in U.S. dollars. There are also fees for late payments and returned payments to encourage you to maintain healthy financial habits.
Do I need to be a member of Best Reward FCU to get a credit card?
Yes, you need to be a member to take advantage of our competitive rates and benefits. Membership eligibility is extended to anyone living or working, who attends school or worships in, and legal entities and businesses in the following Ohio counties:
Immediate family members or household members of individuals meeting these requirements are also eligible, as are their surviving spouses, credit union employees, community volunteers, and their immediate family members and households.
An immediate family member is defined as:
Stepparents, children, and siblings
We also offer membership to select employer groups. Learn more about membership eligibility here.
How do I become a member of the credit union?
Once you’ve determined your eligibility, all you need to do to become a Best Reward FCU member is fill out our easy online application. After you've been approved, the next step is to open a Regular Share Savings account with us and maintain a $5 minimum balance.
Simply maintaining this low balance means you're eligible to take advantage of all of the Best Reward FCU products and services that we offer to our valued members! Membership is for life for you and your family, and doesn’t change if you move away, get a new job, or retire.
What documents do I need to provide when I apply for membership?
When you apply, you’ll need to provide certain proof of identification in the form of primary and secondary documentation.
Examples of primary documentation include a driver’s license, state ID, or passport.
Secondary documentation can include utility bills, your Social Security card, a school ID, or an insurance card.
You may be required to provide additional documentation, depending on the situation.
More Useful Financing Tools from Best Reward Federal Credit Union
VISA Platinum Rewards Credit Card
Enjoy all the benefits of our VISA Platinum Credit Card plus collect points to redeem for gift cards, merchandise, and travel.**
Get a lump sum of cash to use for any purpose with a competitive rate and terms of up to 48 months. No collateral is needed!
Share Secured Loans
If you need to build or repair your credit, this low-interest loan lets you borrow against the funds in your savings or certificate account, with flexible terms.
APR = Annual Percentage Rate. The APR is subject to change to reflect any change in the index and will be determined by the Prime Rate on the first day of each quarter (January, April, July, and October) of each year as published in The Wall Street Journal. All cards are subject to approval. Card limit and rate based on the credit qualifications. The Balance Transfer Fee is $5.00 or 2.00% of the amount of each balance transfer; whichever is greater (maximum fee is $50.00).
**Secured VISA cards are only available with the VISA Platinum Card and are subject to approval. All secured VISA cards are reviewed annually to determine if the account qualifies for conversion to a traditional card based on the credit qualifications and payment history. The approved credit card limit is determined upon application approval and will be on hold in the Share Savings Account.