PenFed Pathfinder Rewards Card: Premium Credits, With a Few Caveats

This card offers rich rewards and valuable travel perks for a $95 annual fee, which is avoidable if you meet certain requirements. Credit union membership is mandatory, though, and redemption options are limited.
Apr 1, 2022

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Our Take

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
The bottom line:

If you don't mind joining a credit union first, this card packs a big punch, even when compared with more expensive competitors. But point values vary, and you can't redeem for cash back.

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PenFed Pathfinder® Card
PenFed Pathfinder® Rewards Visa Signature® Card
Annual fee
$95
Regular APR
14.99%-17.99% Variable APR
Intro APR
0% promotional rate for 12 months on balance transfers made between now and September 30, 2022
Rec. credit score
690-850 (Good - Excellent)

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