I am always looking for a new card that can lead to big rewards. Everyone is a fan a big sign on bonus, but as banks tighten up I have begun to look at everyday earnings. I think I may have found a keeper (now if only I could join this credit union!). The Truity signature reward credit card, is a credit union credit card with huge potential!
Small Bank Credit Card with Huge Potential
Now, at first glance it this card doesn’t special, but when you do a little searching that changes. I think this could actually be the best card for domestic coach tickets, don’t worry, I’ll explain soon :-).
This card come from Truity Credit Union and if you meet the eligibility criteria, this should be a card you think about. Especially, if you fly domestic coach.
This card being issued from a credit union, you need to meet certain criteria in order to become a member. You need to be a member to apply.
In order to become a member you need to fall into one of three different groups
- Family Eligibility
- This includes immediate family members such as: spouses, children, parents, sibilings, grandchildren, grandparents, stepchildren, stepparents, adoptive parents and persons living in the same residence maintaining a single economic unit.
- Community Partner:
- If you work for one of the employers listed (there are a lot), you are eligible to join the credit union
- Truity Education Foundation
- It seems you need to live in Bartlesville, OK, Lawrence, KS or Springdale, AR regions. If you are you are eligible to join. As long as you are part of the education foundation
If you meet any of these requirements, it could be worth your time to join this bank
There are 2 different earning tiers to this card:
- If you are a member, you will earn 2x points on all transactions.
Now the next option is where it gets interesting!
- If you open a Truity Advantage Checking Account. You will earn 3x points on all transactions!
Requirements to earn 3x:
After you become a member, you would need to open a Truity Advantage Checking account. It will require $5,000 minimum deposit, and you will need to keep an average daily balance to avoid fees.
If you can keep $5,000 in a separate account or decide to use Truity as your main bank this can really pay off!
The Truity Signature Rewards Credit Card is a Signature Visa. You’ll receive the same benefits you are use to with Visa Signature cards.
Other benefits include:
- No Annual Fee
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
- Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
- Travel Accident Benefit
- Baggage Delay Insurance
- Signature Concierge
- Signature Perks
- Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver
- Roadside Dispatch
Redeeming Your Points
When someone tells you, you’ll earn 2x or 3x, there always needs to be someway to value those points.
I found limited information regarding CU Rewards but what I was able to find, definitely left me intrigued.
The exception could be their airline award chart, which I was able to find the most information on. To me, there are a few places that stand out:
- Domestic flights- 25,000 points
- Europe- 79,000 points
- Hawaii- 40,500 from CA/NV
- Hawaii- 59,000 rest of the country
Now these are for coach tickets only, so if you prefer a seat toward the front of the plane this probably is a program you should pass on.
There are some requirements too. You need to book at least 21 days in advance,you are required to stay for a Saturday, and roundtrip ticket is required. You stay can’t be longer than 30 days, and there are no black out dates per a representative I spoke to (although there is mention of blackout dates).
Also, I was told you will earn miles for these flights. This is similar if you were to book travel through Chase, American Express, or Citi.
If you didn’t meet the criteria above you can use your points for an nonrestrictive airfare voucher, which I was told from a representative was:
- $325 for 25,000 points- 1.3 cents per point or 3.9% value on daily spending
- $525 for 40,000-48,000- The representative did mention it depends on which program you are enrolled in. But this value is 1.09 to 1.31 cents per point, or 3.2% to 3.9% value on daily spending
- $750 for 60,000 to 70,000 point. The value for this is 1.07 to 1.25 cents per point, or 3.2% to 3.75% value on daily spending
If you prefer a nonrestrictive ticket, the be best value seems to be $325 for 25,000 points. Although if you were to redeem $525 for 40,000 points it would be similar in value. Redeeming for the high $750 voucher would yield the least amount in value.
If you look beyond the cent per point valuation, you can see this is close to 4% back on daily spend. Which I think is a pretty solid value.
Considering there have been some sub-$400 fares, using a unrestricted voucher seems it could be better avenue than 79,000 points.
Beyond airfare, CU Rewards offer redemption on cruises, hotels, merchandise, and unrestricted airfare vouchers as well.
Looking Beyond Cent Per Point:
As I have mentioned many times before, I think outside of the bonus people should be finding value based on spending. It is more difficult since there are many variables, but I believe it gives a more accurate picture of value you are receiving.
Let’s look at a few examples. I’ll stick to one airline and same dates for these examples. These were selected at random and the lowest price ticket was used.
Example 1: Boston to Rome for 1 week
Now, this ticket was the lowest priced ticket at $720. If you look at the cent per point value, you will redeem 79,000 points for 0.9 cents per point, which is not a great cent per point value.
To earn 79,000 points, it will take $26,333 in spending. If you look at it based on spending, you will actually redeem at 2.7% of your spending. Not too bad for a roundtrip trans-Atlantic coach ticket.
Example 2: Boston to Honolulu for 1 week
The lowest price ticket on from Delta to Honolulu is $1160. Since Boston is outside California or Nevada, this ticket will cost 59,000 points.
Looking at the value from a cent per point, you’ll redeem around 2 cents per point. Definitely, not bad for a coach ticket. Now, you’d need to spend $19,666 in order to redeem for this ticket. Meaning you’ll redeem at 5.9% of your spend.
I think if most of us could be earning and redeeming at this rate, this could reduce the number of cards in wallets.
Example 3: Boston to Los Angeles for 1 week
Now, I think this is where CU Rewards is probably going to be the best value.
Flying from Boston to Los Angeles would cost $505, this was the cheapest ticket and also non-stop. At a cent per point value, you’ll redeem at 2 cents per point. A solid value for coach travel.
If you look at daily spending, since it will only require $8,333 in spending to earn this ticket. You are earning around 6% on your daily spend with for this ticket.
I completely understand that this will not always workout to be this great of a return. I think I would gladly give up the rotating of 6 or more cards for a single card where I can earn these types of earnings.
I don’t take part in this activity, but I am sure some of you do. This could make your returns even higher if you do, since you are buying points at a low rate.
I don’t know much about this credit union (it seems their customers really like them) and I am not sure of threshold for allowing MS on their cards. They seem to offer a really solid product, so in general proceed at your own risk.
There is no secret that big sign up credit card bonuses are the best way to earn lots of points and miles. As banks continue to restrict bonuses, making it harder for approvals, I think moving to cards with better daily earning potential is going to be something we see.
The Truity Signature Rewards Credit card isn’t perfect, but it does offer (which seems to me) a great value for daily spending. I think hurdles for this include becoming a member, and if you can keep $5,000 in their accounts to maintain the 3x earnings.
Overall, if you are someone who doesn’t mind flying coach, this seems like a very solid card. Depending on your travel goals, this could be a great way to reduce the number of cards in your wallet and earn “free” flights.