Credit Card Rates Drop at PenFed

The lower and more competitive variable 9.99% purchase APR* is now available on the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card and Visa Platinum Cash Rewards Card.

 Staying true to course to bring every day value to its cardholders, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) announced today that as of January 15, 2012, the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card and Visa Platinum Cash Card now feature a new, lower variable 9.99% purchase APR*.

The lower purchase rate will be capped at 9.99% APR* on new purchases until June 30, 2014 and will apply to both existing rewards cardholders, as well as all new cardholders.

For all new cardholders, the 9.99% purchase APR became effective on January 15, 2012. For existing cardholders, the lower purchase rate will be “rolled out” by billing cycle, beginning with the January 15, 2012 effective date.

“PenFed is very proud of its diverse and dynamic credit card portfolio,” says Kevyn Myers,Executive Vice President, Collections and Card Services, PenFed. “Where other reward card programs have exorbitant APRs to fund their reward programs, PenFed’s do not. Our reward cards are packed with value, and the new, lower purchase rate is just one more reason why these cards should be a top of the wallet choice for our cardholders.”

PenFed was the first credit union in the U.S. to offer an American Express® Card to its membership. Since the Card’s launch in 2009, the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card has been recognized as one of the leading travel reward cards available today. Cardholders enjoy 5 points for every $1 spent on airfare, 1 point for every $1 spent on everything else*.

The PenFed Visa Platinum Cash Card has experienced continual, award-winning success as one of the best cash rewards cards available. Cardholders enjoy 5% cash back on all gas purchases made at the pump*, and since cash back rewards are automatically credited back to the statement each month; this card has become a “no-fuss” favorite for these cardholders.

Additional features such as no annual or foreign transaction fees, and no caps on the rewards cardholders can earn, make the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card and Visa Platinum Cash Card both highly competitive contenders when compared to other reward programs currently available in the industry.

For more information about PenFed membership, the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card and Visa Platinum Cash Card, or to apply for a credit card, visit or call 800-247-5626.

About Pentagon Federal Credit Union

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) is the third largest credit union in the United States with over a million members, and more than $15 billion in assets. The credit union provides worldwide service to Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security personnel, employees or volunteers of the American Red Cross and military associations, and many others in the defense community and their families.

  • *9.99% APR: Variable 9.99% introductory purchase and cash advance rate capped through June 30, 2014. During this time the rate can only decrease if the Prime Rate decreases. After June 30, 2014 the cap will be removed and the APR will increase or decrease with the Prime Rate. Balance Transfer Rate: 1.99% APR promotional rate for 24 months on transfers made between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2012. After that, the APR for the unpaid balance and any new transfers will be 9.99% and will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. This transaction is subject to credit approval. Fee is reduced to 1% (Min. $10 – Max. $250) per transaction for transfers made through March 31, 2012. The fee for balance transfers made after March 31, 2012 will return to 3% (Min. $10 – Max. $250) per transaction. How We Calculate Your Balance: We use a method called “average daily balance” (including new purchases). See PenFed’s account agreement for more details. Annual Percentage Rate (APR) on Purchases and Cash Advances: Your APR can change on January and July of each year. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. Additional details will be provided upon card issuance. Loss of Balance Transfer APR: We may end your promotional Balance Transfer APR and apply the Penalty APR if we do not receive your payment within 60 days of the due date. PenFed Visa Platinum Cash Card: Rewards are available only for new monthly purchases made with the card: cash advances, checks drawn from the account, and balance transfers are excluded and do not earn credit toward rewards. Certain limitations apply to the Visa Platinum Rewards Program. Certain restrictions may apply. Visa USA determines which transactions are classified as paid at the pump. Fuel purchases for airplanes and boats receive 1.00% cash back. Note: As of February 1, 2012, the cash back on fuel purchases for airplanes and boats will decrease to 0.25%. PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card: The PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Credit Card program is issued and administered by PenFed. American Express® is a federally registered Service mark of American Express® and is used by PenFed pursuant to a license. Rates: The information on this disclosure is current as of January 1, 2012, but is subject to change. To determine if any changes have occurred since this date, call 800-247-5626.

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