BankAmericard® Secured Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski. Last updated 17 August 2017. 0 comments

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The BankAmericard® Secured Credit Card is designed to help consumers who have no credit established, are in the process of rebuilding, their current credit rating. (See also: Best Secured Credit Cards)

How This Card Works

When you are approved for the card, a security deposit of at least $300 is required to open the account. You can deposit as much as $4,900. Your credit limit is determined by your income, ability to pay, and the amount of your security deposit. Your account activity is reported to the three major credit bureaus. If you manage your account responsibly, after 12 months, you may qualify to have your security deposit returned while you continue using your card.

Pros

Security deposit return. Upon review, there is a possibility that your deposit will be returned to you after 12 months, allowing you to continue to use the card as an unsecured credit card. There are very few secured cards which are able to offer graduation to an unsecured card once you have established a positive credit rating with the secured version. This allows you to keep your account open even after you have improved your credit and provides the benefit of an aged account to your credit rating.

Cons

Annual fee. An annual fee is actually quite common with secured credit cards. There are some secured credit cards though, with no annual fees. (See also: Best Secured Cards with No Annual Fees)

High APR. As is common with many secured cards, it has a high APR. This is not a problem if you are diligent in paying your balance in full each month, but if you typically carry a balance from month to month, a card with a lower APR will cost you less money. (See also: Best Secured Cards with Low APRs)

Foreign transaction fee. If you travel outside of the United States often, this fee can add up. Although it's rare for a secured credit card to not carry a foreign transaction fee, there are some options that offer zero foreign transaction fees. (See also: Best Secured Cards with No Foreign Transaction Fees)

Who This Card Is Best For

The BankAmericard® Secured Mastercard is best for those who are working on repairing or building a good credit score and can typically pay their balance in full each month. 

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