Northwest First Card Visa Platinum Credit Card Review | CreditShout

Northwest First Card Visa Platinum Credit Card Review

By Christine Layton / November 18, 2011

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The Verdict: The Northwest First Card Platinum card is designed for young members of the credit union who wish to establish a good credit history. This credit card is offered only to members between the age of 15 and 22 and provides a card with no annual fee and a fixed interest rate of 9.99%. Overall, this card is a great choice because it costs nothing to carry and requires passing a 10-question credit quiz prior to applying, helping young people learn the basics of credit card use before opening an account.

Overview: Northwest Federal Credit Union offers young members a credit card that is designed to help them establish a good credit history early on. The First Card Visa Platinum is available to members aged 15 to 22 and provides a credit limit of $250 or $1,000 with a non-variable rate of 9.99% and no annual fee. This credit card is a great way for young people to learn responsible credit use with a card that costs nothing to carry.

How These Cards Work: The First Card Visa Platinum is accepted worldwide and may be used at ATMs for cash advances. The card has a 25-day grace period on all purchases, allowing the cardholder to avoid interest on purchases by paying the balance in full during this period. Applicants must be a member of the credit union to apply and they must also take a Credit Matters course online. This course is a 10-question course and results are automatically transmitted to the credit union. Applicants under the age of 18 may receive a $250 credit limit but a co-signer is required. For those over 18, a credit limit of $1,000 is available and a co-signer is only needed if the applicant does not have sufficient income.

Travel & Shopping Benefits: This credit card is designed as a basic credit card for young people to establish responsible credit use. The travel and shopping benefits are limited, but include automatic travel accident insurance up to $500,000 and auto rental insurance. There is no liability for fraudulent purchases and cardholders may enroll in the optional Verified by Visa program to set up a password to use online to verify identity.

Fees: There is no annual fee for this credit card. The variable APR is 9.99% and applies to purchases, balance transfers and cash advances. There is no fee for cash advances or balance transfers. A fee of 0.8% to 1% applies to foreign transactions. There is no over limit fee. A fee up to $35 may apply to late payments and returned payments. There is no penalty fee or minimum interest charge.

Pros:

  • No annual fee
  • No fee for balance transfers and cash advances
  • Helps young people establish credit history
  • Credit quiz prior to applying
  • Basic travel benefits
  • No hidden costs

Cons:

  • Must be a member of Northwest
  • Low credit limit
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