USAA Secured Card® American Express®


The USAA Secured Card® American Express® offers people with poor credit the chance to rebuild their credit. Like all secured cards, a deposit is required to establish the credit limit. For this card, the deposit can be from $250 to $5,000.

If you’re looking for similar cards, there is also a Visa version of the card that’s very similar called the USAA Secured Card® Platinum Visa®. Other than being on different card networks, the cards only have a few differences in benefits, which you can read about in our review of both cards.

Card Quick Facts

Card Quick Facts

  • Best for members rebuilding or establishing credit.
  • Determine your own credit limit ($250 to $5,000) with an interest-earning CD.
  • No foreign transaction fees when you travel outside the United States.
  • It’s not a debit or prepaid card.

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Card Details

Rewards

Rewards

This card does not offer rewards.
Card Stats

Card Stats

Annual Fee $35
Additional Cards Annual Fee -
Regular Purchase APR 11.90%–21.90% Variable
Intro Purchase APR -
Foreign Transaction Fee None
Chip Technology Chip-and-Signature & Chip-and-PIN
Minimum Credit Limit -
Maximum Credit Limit -
Free Credit Score Yes
Penalty APR None
Late Fee Up to $35
Returned Payment Fee Up to $35
Balance Transfers

Balance Transfers

Intro Balance Transfer APR -
Regular Balance Transfer APR 11.90%–21.90% Variable
Balance Transfer Fee 3%, $200 maximum
Cash Advances

Cash Advances

Cash Advance APR 11.90%–21.90% Variable
Cash Advance Fee 3%, $200 maximum

Card Benefits

Check your card’s Guide to Benefits to learn the specific benefits your card offers and how to access them.

  • Concierge Service

    Call to get personal help with all sorts of tasks, like travel planning, making restaurant reservations, finding hard-to-find items, and finding convenient services nearby, wherever you may happen to be.

  • Free FICO Credit Score

    Get a monthly Experian VantageScore and a yearly Experian credit report at no cost to you.

Military Benefits

You may or may not qualify for some of these benefits.

  • Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

    The SCRA provides help to active-duty service members, and includes benefits like protection for life insurance policies and reduced interest rates on debts incurred before beginning active duty. USAA will provide an interest rate of 4% for pre-existing USAA credit card debt and loans, and a rate of 6% for other debts like credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, and others.

  • Deployment Discount

    Members of the military who are deployed or deploying can have the interest rate on their USAA card reduced to 4% for current balances, new purchases, and cash advances.

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS)

    Active-duty members with permanent change of station can have the interest rate on their USAA card reduced to 4% for current balances, new purchases, and cash advances.

  • Qualifying Campaign Level

    Members who receive a qualifying campaign medal can receive a rebate for all of the interest incurred during their campaign. The qualifying campaign medals include the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

  • Identity Theft Resolution Services

    If you become a victim of identity theft, this service provides help with contacting the credit bureaus, getting a new credit card, and going through the proper legal proceedings.

  • Identity Fraud Expense Reimbursement

    You won’t be held liable for unauthorized charges as a result of identity fraud.

  • Price Protection

    If you find an item you bought being advertised for a lower price within 120 days of the purchase, you could be reimbursed for the price difference (up to $250 per claim, up to 4 claims per year).

  • Extended Warranty

    Doubles the manufacturer’s original warranty, up to a maximum of 2 years for most items.

  • Travel Assistance Services

    Available when traveling 100 miles or more from home, provides help like information on travel requirements, locating documents or lost items, or arranging emergency money transfers.

  • Worldwide Automatic Travel Accident, Baggage Delay and Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance

    Provides insurance in case of a tragic accident, funds to reimburse purchases if your bags are delayed, and reimbursement if your trip is interrupted for eligible reasons.

  • Rental Car Insurance

    Provides coverage against damage and theft of rental vehicles, as long as the rental company’s own insurance is declined.

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