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The Indigo® Platinum Mastercard® is designed for people with bad credit. If your FICO scores are below 600 and you’re having trouble getting approved for other cards, this card may be one way for you to build credit. However, we do not recommend this card, since we’ve received many complaints about it.
This card doesn’t offer any rewards, like points or cash back, but it does report activity to credit bureaus so you can use it to establish a record of on-time payments on your credit reports. After you spend some time using it responsibly, you’ll likely be able to use your good credit history to qualify for more rewarding credit cards with better benefits.
You can check to see if you’re pre-approved for this card without impacting your credit scores. This can give you a better idea of the likelihood you’ll be approved if you decide to actually apply.
We gave this card 1 out of 5 Stars because we’ve received a number of complaints about the customer service on this card and the turnaround time on payments being posted to accounts after they’re sent. See visitor reviews or leave your own here.
There aren’t any rewards on this card. This card’s only real purpose is to help people with bad credit build credit.
Read on to learn more.
There are no rewards for using this card, like points or cash back. Instead, it’s designed to give you a way to build good credit history, which can give you the opportunity to get better cards in the future.
There are only a few benefits that come with this card, and Celtic Bank (the issuer) doesn’t provide many details about them.
Will double an eligible manufacturer’s warranty, up to a certain time period.
Decline the car rental company’s own insurance to get coverage against collision damage and theft for eligible rental vehicles.
Call for help finding emergency services when driving, like tire changes, tow trucks, and fuel delivery.
Provides pre-trip planning information, assistance with medical and legal referrals, and more.
Provides help recovering if you become a victim of identity theft.
You won’t be held liable for unauthorized activity on your credit card (contact customer service immediately).
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Take note that you’ll probably end up with an annual fee with this card. It will show up as part of your statement balance.
This card will probably cost you some money and your credit limit likely won’t be very high, but that’s because it’s designed for riskier borrowers. You should use it primarily to help you build up your credit, rather than to finance a purchase and pay it off over time.
The credit limit of the Indigo Platinum Mastercard is $300.
This card has one purpose only: to help you improve your credit by showing a record of responsible behavior. You’ll have to pay an annual fee, but if you can’t get approved for any other cards it’s a pretty small price to pay for the opportunity to build credit.
You can’t use this card for balance transfers.
Just be sure to pay your bill on time and in full every month to avoid late payments and build good history as a borrower. If you can keep up that positive activity you’ll eventually be able to be approved for a better rewards card with more useful benefits.
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The Indigo Platinum Mastercard has many bad reviews. Although it could provide a way into the world of credit for some, we recommend trying to qualify for other credit cards designed for bad or limited credit first, like the ones below.
The Deserve Classic Mastercard (Review) is designed for people with limited or no credit history, who need a way to start establishing credit. If you have bad credit, with a record of late payments and other negative activity, you may not be approved for this card.
This is an unsecured card, like the Indigo Platinum.
Deserve, the card issuer, will check more than the typical factors when making its decision. In addition to the normal criteria like credit history and income, Deserve will also consider your education, future employability, and future earning potential. This gives people without an established credit history a better shot at approval.
There are no rewards for using this card.
Deserve provides a surprising number of benefits, although the rebates aren’t very useful unless you’ll happen to use those services. The Deserve Classic includes several shopping and travel protections that you’ll also get with the Indigo Platinum, although you’ll likely get more from the Deserve card.
The Deserve Classic Mastercard has no annual fee, which is a good find for an unsecured card designed for limited credit. The Indigo card will likely charge a $99 annual fee for most qualified applicants, because people with poor credit scores will get the higher end of the fee range, although it could be as low as $0.
Balance transfers and cash advances are not allowed with the Deserve Classic. There’s no fee on foreign transactions, compared to a possible foreign transaction fee with the Indigo Platinum Mastercard.
The Indigo card comes with a low credit limit of just $300, but the maximum possible credit limit of the Deserve Classic is $1,500. That gives you much more spending power before you need to pay off the card, and it makes it easier to keep your credit utilization low.
Read more in our Review of the Deserve Classic Mastercard
The Discover it Secured will require a refundable security deposit of $200 to $2,500 after being approved. The credit line you get will be equal to the deposit you make.
Discover will review your account activity every eight months. If it finds that you’ve been managing your credit responsibly, not just with this card but in general, it may refund your security deposit while letting you continue to use the account. There is no program to graduate to an unsecured card.
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Cash back rewards on a secured card are a rare find, usually coming in at just 1% back for all purchases. But this card provides 2% cash back at restaurants and gas stations, and during your first year Discover will double all the rewards you earn.
So you’ll be getting a cash back equivalent of 4% at restaurants and gas stations, which is relatively high even compared to typical reward credit cards. Other purchases will get an equivalent of 2% cash back, which is a great flat rate for non-category expenses (as good as the Citi® Double Cash Card - 18 month BT offer (Review)).
The additional cash back will be added to your account at the end of your first year with the card. After the first year the rewards drop to half their value, but you’ll still be getting an excellent deal when it comes to secured cards.
Discover cards aren’t known for their luxurious benefits. You’ll only get a few with the Discover it Secured, which don’t include any of the shopping and travel protections that come with the Indigo card. But you will have a few useful perks, especially the ability to keep tabs on one of your FICO scores. This is particularly valuable for anyone trying to build or rebuild their credit.
The Discover it Secured has no annual fee, and there are no foreign transaction fees.
The Indigo Platinum Mastercard doesn’t allow balance transfers, but you will get that feature with the Discover card. Not only that, balance transfers will get an intro APR of 10.99% for 6 months, which is unusual to see on a secured card.
This isn’t as good as the 0% rate you can get with some unsecured balance transfer cards, but those cards are also harder to qualify for. If you’re carrying a balance on a different card with a higher interest rate, you could transfer it to the Discover it Secured and get some time to pay it off at a lower APR.
After that intro period ends, the regular rate for balance transfers will be 24.74% Variable.
Read more in our Review of the Discover it Secured Card
This card’s refundable security deposit works a bit differently than most secured cards. Instead of simply making a deposit and getting a credit line equal to that deposit, cardholders will first be asked to pay one of three amounts: $49, $99, or $200. No matter which amount is required and paid, the starting credit limit will be $200.
People with better credit will be asked to pay less, while people with worse credit will need to pay the full $200. So, depending on your creditworthiness, you may need to pay just $49 to get a credit line of $200.
You can also choose to deposit more if you want a higher credit limit. Up to $1,000 can be deposited, to get a $1,000 credit line. Deposit payments can be made in partial installments, but the full deposit must be made within 80 days of approval.
This card does not offer any rewards.
The Capital One Secured Mastercard includes most or all of the same Platinum Mastercard benefits you’ll get with the Indigo card, like Extended Warranties and MasterRental Coverage.
There are also a few valuable extras, like an easy path to a higher, unsecured credit line, a credit monitoring service, and a price matching perk.
The Capital One Secured Mastercard is very inexpensive, with no annual fee, no foreign transaction fee, and no balance transfer fee.
You could potentially get a $200 credit limit with this card just by paying $49, depending on your creditworthiness. But most people will want a higher credit line so a larger deposit will be required. The Indigo Platinum’s maximum credit limit is quite small at just $300, although it’s an unsecured credit line that you don’t have to fund yourself.
Read more in our Review of the Capital One Secured Mastercard
The Citi Secured Mastercard has a fairly high potential credit limit, and requires a refundable security deposit of $200 to $2,500 when approved. Your credit limit will be equal to the amount you deposit.
You must decide how much you’d like to deposit when you’re approved for the card, in increments of $100. Some secured cards allow you to deposit more later on to get a higher limit, but the Citi card does not allow this.
After showing responsible behavior with this card, and with credit in general, Citi may offer you an upgrade to a different unsecured card. In the past we’ve heard that people have been upgraded to the Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card (Review).
There are no rewards for using this card.
Cardholders will get some standard shopping and travel protections with the Citi Secured Mastercard, along with access to one of their FICO credit scores. This is important for anyone trying to build up their credit, because it lets you track your progress and provides helpful tips to improve your scores. You’ll probably get more protections with this card than you will with the Indigo Platinum Mastercard.
The Citi Secured Mastercard has no annual fee, so unlike the Indigo card there isn’t a chance that you’ll have to pay to improve your credit (as long as you avoid interest and other fees, of course). Foreign transactions will be charged a fee of 3%.
Neither of these cards are very good for traveling outside the U.S.; if that’s what you’re planning to do, check out some credit cards without foreign transaction fees instead.
Read more in our Review of the Citi Secured Mastercard
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