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Christina Majaski
Christina Majaski has written for online and print publications since 2003 on topics related to personal finance, legal matters, parenting, and careers. She lives in the Minnesota tundra, where in her free time she enjoys reading, writing, interacting via social media, and hanging out with her daughter.

USAA Cash Rewards American Express Card Review – 2.25% Cash Back on Gas & Groceries

By Christina Majaski

usaa cash rewards amexBoth the USAA Rewards American Express Card and the USAA Cash Rewards American Express Card feature programs that award points for gasoline and grocery purchases. The primary difference between them is the rewards themselves. When you make purchases with the Rewards American Express card you earn points, and with the Cash Rewards card, you receive cash back.

If you are a servicemember of the U.S. armed forces – or are related to one – the many benefits offered by the USAA Cash Rewards American Express may be right for you.

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USAA Cash Rewards World MasterCard Review – 1.25% Cash Back on All Purchases

By Christina Majaski

usaa cash rewards mastercardSimilar to the USAA World MasterCard, the USAA Cash Rewards World MasterCard rewards all purchases at a flat rate. This frees you from specific spending categories and allows you to earn rewards on everything you buy. However, instead of earning points, you earn a cash back percentage of what you spend. This card and program are also available through Visa with the USAA Cash Rewards Visa Card.

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Key Features

  • Fees. There is no annual fee. Balance transfers are 3% of the amount transferred up to a maximum fee of $200. Foreign transactions are 1%.

USAA Rate Advantage MasterCard Review – Low APR Credit Card for Military Members

By Christina Majaski

usaa rate advantage mastercardThe USAA was established in 1922 by Army officers who wanted to self-insure one another, as they were perceived as a high-risk group and couldn’t secure standard auto insurance. Since then, the USAA has developed into a diversified group of financial services companies. The USAA Rate Advantage MasterCard, its plain vanilla credit card, is a great option because of its low rates and fees.

If you are affiliated with the military or a family member of a qualifying member, this just may be the right credit card for your wallet.

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USAA American Express Rewards Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

usaa american express rewards cardUSAA provides many financial products to service members, their families, and those affiliated with the military – and credit cards are among the most popular of them. The USAA American Express Rewards Card features a low-interest opportunity and a rewards program for earning significant points on gasoline and grocery purchases. If you qualify, you may want to give serious thought to the USAA Rewards American Express card.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. When you make your first purchase you receive a bonus of 2,500 points, which is worth $25 if redeemed for airfare.

USAA Military Affiliate Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

usaa military affiliate cardsUSAA provides a number of USAA Military Affiliate Cards that feature logos and emblems, allowing you to showcase your pride in hundreds of organizations. These organizations fall within all military branches: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and veteran’s groups such as The American Legion and Jewish War Veterans of the United States. Many of these cards are available through both American Express and World MasterCard – which one you choose depends mainly on how you intend to use it.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. When you make your first purchase, you earn a bonus of 2,500 points which can be redeemed for $25 in airfare.

USAA World MasterCard Rewards Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

usaa world mastercardThe USAA World MasterCard offers similar benefits to the USAA Rewards American Express Card. The differences, other than one being a MasterCard (making it more widely accepted than the American Express), lie in the rewards program. Rather than rewarding gasoline and grocery purchases, the USAA World MasterCard rewards all purchases with a flat rate for cash back, which could be beneficial to service members who don’t have use for rewards in certain categories. You need to be a servicemember or family member of a qualifying servicemember to qualify for a USAA credit card.

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USAA Platinum Visa Rewards Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

usaa platinum visa rewardsThe United Services Automobile Association (USAA) was established by servicemembers who wanted to provide an auto insurance option for other members of the armed forces. These days, it has evolved into one of the largest providers of financial products, including credit cards, for millions of military personnel and their families.

The USAA Platinum® Visa® offers you a choice between the USAA Rewards program and a Cash Rewards program. With USAA Rewards, the USAA Platinum Visa offers a sign-up bonus and flat-rate rewards program which awards one point per dollar spent on all purchases, as well as access to MemberShop and additional military benefits.

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Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN – Review

By Christina Majaski

american express business platinum cardLike many of the American Express cards, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN (a Money Crashers partner) provides prestigious amenities and benefits designed to focus on comfort, in addition to providing monetary value. The Business Platinum card carries one of the highest annual fees of any credit card or charge card, but if you value the perks of carrying an American Express card, you may find it to be worth the annual fee.

It is important to understand that the Business Platinum card is a charge card, rather than a credit card. Charge cards typically require payment in full each month with no option to carry a balance and no preset spending limit.

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JetBlue Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

jetblue american express cardJetBlue Airways is a popular airline known for providing inexpensive flights to 84 destinations throughout the United States. Its reach also extends to 12 countries in the Caribbean, South America, and Latin America, including the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. The JetBlue Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) is a simple airline credit card that offers an opportunity for fans of JetBlue to earn TrueBlue points on purchases that can be redeemed for free flights.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You can earn a bonus of 10,000 TrueBlue points if you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. These points can be redeemed for two one-way flights, or for one round-trip flight.

Blue from American Express® Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

blue american expressBlue from American Express® (a Money Crashers partner) is Amex’s general travel rewards credit card. It’s standard and straightforward, and it may not necessarily offer the extra travel perks and benefits of many airline-specific credit cards.

However, it could still be a useful option for your wallet, especially if you’re looking for a no-annual-fee card that awards points on general travel purchases.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You earn a bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points if you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months of opening your account. These points can be redeemed for $100 in gift cards.

Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

hilton hhonors surpass card from american expressThe Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) is similar to its standard version, the Hilton HHonors Card, but provides more rewards and hotel perks in exchange for an annual fee. These perks include Priority Pass membership in airport lounges and complimentary HHonors Gold status.

If you frequently stay at hotels in the Hilton portfolio – including Waldorf Astoria and Embassy Suites – you can earn more free nights with the Hilton HHonors Surpass card than you can with any of the other Hilton HHonors credit cards.

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Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

hilton hhonorsHilton is one of the most recognizable hotel chains in the world. It has in its portfolio more than 4,000 hotels in 91 countries, and additional brands such as Waldorf Astoria, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, and Hampton Inn.

The Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) – the standard version, as compared to the Hilton HHonors Surpass – offers the opportunity to earn points on purchases that can be redeemed via the HHonors program for award nights at Hilton Hotels and affiliate properties.

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Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

delta skymiles platinum card american expressDelta Airlines is one of the most popular airlines in the United States and has been ranked the largest airline in the world, with flights serving more than 300 destinations in 64 countries. American Express offers various credit cards that award Delta SkyMiles and provide flight benefits and perks, convenient for various levels of use.

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) falls in between the Gold Delta SkyMiles and Delta Reserve cards, providing an option for Delta fans who fly more frequently than Gold Delta SkyMiles cardholders, yet not quite as much as Delta Reserve cardholders.

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

american express gold delta skymiles business cardThe business version of the Gold Delta SkyMiles card, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner), is almost identical to the consumer version. The sign-up bonus, rewards program, and Delta flight benefits are the same except that the business version includes access to the OPEN Savings network.

But when the Gold Delta SkyMiles Business card is compared to other business credit cards, does it stack up?

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

delta skymiles gold american expressThe Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) provides an opportunity to earn and redeem miles on Delta Airlines. Of the three Delta credit cards available, the Gold Delta SkyMiles charges the lowest annual fee – and it’s waived the first year. That, plus the sign-up bonus and a few attractive flight benefits, make it a great option if you’re a regular Delta customer and want to earn SkyMiles for use on future flights.

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