Patelco Mastercard® credit cards are uniquely designed to fit your lifestyle. With an everyday low rate, $0 balance transfer fee and no annual fee, they work for you on your financial journey.
You won’t find a teaser rate here. Get a competitive low rate on purchases and balance transfers.
Earn Rewards Points on purchases, plus 2X points on gas and grocery. Enjoy flexible redemption options.
Build your Rewards Points balance with every purchase and 2X points on student expenses.
Establish or rebuild your credit while having the flexibility to use a credit card.
Manage your account, check your balance and set-up account alerts.
Tap and pay wherever you see the contactless symbol at checkout.
Making paying a breeze, from your mobile device.
The convenient way to manage your Rewards.
No-cost personal information protection with your Mastercard debit or credit card.
Additional protection should someone make unauthorized purchases with your card.
On credit cards, the interest rate and APR are the same thing.
Some financial products have a different interest rate and APR (annual percentage rate). That’s because the interest rate is the rate to borrow the money itself; it’s based on market rates and your individual credit score. The APR, on the other hand, includes other fees and costs that are also part of the loan; it’s decided by the lender. You can think of the interest rate as a way of determining your monthly costs, and the APR as a way to determine the entire cost of the loan. Federal law requires that lenders like us tell you the APR in every consumer loan agreement.
The interest rate on your credit card, also known as the Annual Percentage Rate (APR), is used to calculate charges for borrowing money (i.e. using your card) each monthly statement period. If you pay off your card in full every month, you won’t be charged interest. The interest rate will vary from card to card and person to person, depending on things like your credit history and credit score. The interest rate you are charged is also affected by the interest rates in the economy.
We calculate your monthly charges based on your balance and your annual percentage rate (APR). If you do pay your card off in full each month, you won’t be charged for interest.
If you don’t pay your card off in full each month, you will be charged for interest. Even though your APR is a percentage expressed in terms of a year, it is also used to calculate charges for a single month. Think about miles per hour – if you’re traveling 40 miles per hour, you will travel 40 miles in an hour. But you can still travel 40 miles per hour even if you only drive for thirty minutes.
When you carry a balance and don’t pay off your card in full, you’ll be charged for interest based on the annual rate, but calculated in terms of how long you’ve carried that balance.
A primary advantage of debit cards is that they can help you stay on budget – because the purchase is debited out immediately from money you already have. It’s more difficult to overspend with a debit card.
Another advantage of a debit card is that it usually comes with no fees and an easy application. You don’t need a high credit score to qualify for a debit card. All of Patelco’s checking accounts come with a no-fee debit card.
A primary advantage of credit cards is that they allow you to make larger purchases that you may not have the cash for right now – such as an appliance or an unexpected car repair.
Another advantage of credit cards is that they are an easy way to build your credit history and (when used properly) increase your credit score. Having an established credit history and a good credit score can help you get a better loan later for buying a car or a house.
Whether you need a debit card or a credit card, Patelco has options – and we’re always ready to talk to you if you need help deciding whether to use a credit card or which credit card to apply for. Visit one of our branches or call us today. Or, if you’re ready, apply online.
There are three main types of fees for credit cards: transaction fees, late fees, and annual fees. Fees are different from interest, which is charged when you don’t pay off your card in full each month.
Many banks charge transaction fees for things like going over your limit or making balance transfers. At Patelco, our cards do have fees for taking a cash advance or making a foreign purchase. Most of our cards have zero balance transfer fees or overlimit fees. Check out the benefits of individual cards to see if any fees apply. We think you’ll be delighted how many fewer fees we charge as compared with banks and even other credit unions.
If you pay your card late, we may charge up to $15 as a late fee. This is lower than the fee charged by many banks.
When credit cards have an annual fee, that’s usually because the card has excellent perks and rewards. The fee is used to help cover the cost of those benefits. Patelco’s cards have no fee, even the ones with great additional benefits.
Saving money on credit card fees
Our fee schedule lists all the fees for our cards. When you apply for and receive one of our cards, we’ll list any potential fees in a disclosure that you’ll get after opening the account. Most credit card fees can be avoided.
You have the flexibility to redeem your points for what you want and when you want. Points can be redeemed for cash back to your Patelco Checking or Savings account or apply it to your balance, gift cards, travel and more.
Your points do not expire and can be redeemed as long as your account is open.