On Oct. 1, Petal launched a second no-annual-fee credit card designed for those with no or less-than-stellar credit. If you’re struggling to qualify for a credit card, there’s now another option that could make it easier.
With the newly launched Petal 1 “No Annual Fee” Visa® Credit Card, credit card newbies and those with damaged credit have a better chance of being approved. Applicants are evaluated on their credit score (if they have one), and/or a “Cash Score” based on banking history.
Credit limits for fair, poor or no credit applicants start at $500 and can go up to $5,000, with no deposit required. This is a big deal considering credit cards for beginners, like secured cards, usually require a security deposit upfront that acts as the cardholder’s credit limit (typically only $200).
Below, CNBC Select takes a close look at the new, WebBank-backed Petal 1 Credit Card (one of two cards in the Petal family). We break down the rewards, additional perks and fees, so you can decide if this card is right for you.
Petal 1 “No Annual Fee” Visa Credit Card review
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Up to 10% cash back from select merchants
19.99% to 29.49% variable
Balance transfer fee
Foreign transaction fee
Petal 1 “No Annual Fee” Visa Credit Card rewards
The biggest draw of the new Petal 1 Credit Card is that it reports to all three major credit bureaus, allowing you to build credit from scratch.
Establishing a credit history is important in your overall financial health because it enables you to more easily access loans and get approved for life milestones, like a new apartment or mortgage, in the future. The first step in building credit is having credit, and Petal 1 makes it easy to get started.
Petal’s mobile app allows cardholders to manage their money, track their spending and automate their bill payments so that they never fall behind.
Like its name says, the Petal 1 “No Annual Fee” Visa Credit Card charges no yearly fees, as well as no foreign transaction fees. Late payment fees on this card can cost you up to $29 the first time and $40 for the second late payment. Besides the fact that paying your bills on time keeps your credit score high, you’ll want to make sure you avoid this fee.
The new Petal 1 Credit Card has a standard variable APR of 19.99% to 29.49% variable, based on creditworthiness. You cannot transfer existing balances onto this card as the card is primarily for credit newcomers.
If you have less-than-stellar credit and hope to do a balance transfer so you have time to pay off your debt without accruing more interest, consider the Aspire Platinum Mastercard® instead. This card gives applicants with fair credit a chance to tackle their debt faster by paying no interest for the first six months (after, 8.15% to 18.00% variable APR). That introductory, 6-month 0% APR period applies to new purchases as well.
Designed for people with damaged or no credit at all, WebBank’s newly launched Petal 1 “No Annual Fee” Visa® Credit Card is the perfect fit if you want to establish credit history or start building yours back up.
Because it doesn’t charge an annual fee nor require a security deposit upfront, Petal 1 is a much less expensive alternative to a secured credit card.
For those looking to earn more rewards on their everyday spending, consider the Petal 2 “Cash Back, No Fees” Visa® Credit Card. This other card in the Petal family offers 1% cash back on eligible purchases right away and up to 1.5% cash back after making 12 on-time monthly payments. While the Petal 2 also accepts applicants with no credit history, if you do have credit already you’ll need at least a good score to qualify.
To determine which credit cards offer the best value, CNBC Select analyzed popular credit cards available in the U.S. We compared each card on a range of features, including rewards, welcome bonus, introductory and standard APR, balance transfer fee and foreign transaction fees, as well as factors such as required credit and customer reviews when available. We also considered additional perks, the application process and how easy it is for the consumer to redeem points.
CNBC Select teamed up with location intelligence firm Esri. The company’s data development team provided the most up-to-date and comprehensive consumer spending data based on the 2019 Consumer Expenditure Surveys from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can read more about their methodology here.
Esri’s data team created a sample annual budget of approximately $22,126 in retail spending. The budget includes six main categories: groceries ($5,174), gas ($2,218), dining out ($3,675), travel ($2,244), utilities ($4,862) and general purchases ($3,953). General purchases include items such as housekeeping supplies, clothing, personal care products, prescription drugs and vitamins, and other vehicle expenses.
CNBC Select used this budget to estimate how much the average consumer would save over the course of a year, two years and five years, assuming they would attempt to maximize their rewards potential by earning all welcome bonuses offered and using the card for all applicable purchases. All rewards total estimations are net the annual fee.
While the five-year estimates we’ve included are derived from a budget similar to the average American’s spending, you may earn a higher or lower return depending on your shopping habits.
Information about the Petal 1 “No Annual Fee” Visa® Credit Card has been collected independently by CNBC and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer prior to publication.
Petal cards are issued by WebBank, Member FDIC.
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