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credit8502020
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Re: Best CU CCs?


@CL-Addiq wrote:

My new Alliant statement cut a few days ago. Cash out starts at $50 and is available on $1 increments. You can deposit to savings, checking, or a statement credit. Savings and checking require you to copy paste your account numbers into the cashback portal. (Just like with Affinity.)

 

The way cashback is calculated is deeply disappointing to me. I had read cashback is rounded to the nearest dollar, and I was hoping that meant the input, but it is indeed the output. My first statement I spent $25. At 2.5% cashback, that should be 62.5c and round up to $1 right? Wrong! Cashback is not calculated at 2.5% it is calculated as 1.5% and rounding to the nearest dollar and and then a second calculation at 1% that also rounds.

 

What does this mean for potential cash back rates?

.01-33.33 => 0% cashback!

33.34 => ~3% cashback

49.99 => ~2% cashback

50.00 => 4% cashback

99.99 => ~2% cashback

100.00 => 3% cashback

149.99 => ~2% cashback

150.00 => ~2.7% cashback

233.33 => ~2.1% cashback

233.34 => ~2.6% cashback

249.99 => ~2.4% cashback

250.00 => 2.8% cashback

 

These are for your total balance at the end of the month. There are cases when spending anything from 1c to $33.33 will net you $0. It's also theoretically possible to make a charge for 1c and get $1 meaning that transaction was worth 10,000% cashback, but that's just preposterous!

 

Given that I value TYP on my CDC at at least 1.08cpp, there are quite a few scenarios where I could come out behind. There are also cases where I could come out ahead, but I'm not much of a gambler. My plan is to use the card only for large transactions (>$250) and foreign transactions.


@CL-Addiq This is extremely interesting! Thank you so much for sharing these details. 

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Kforce
Valued Contributor

Re: Best CU CCs?


@CL-Addiq wrote:

 

The way cashback is calculated is deeply disappointing to me. I had read cashback is rounded to the nearest dollar, and I was hoping that meant the input, but it is indeed the output. My first statement I spent $25. At 2.5% cashback, that should be 62.5c and round up to $1 right? Wrong! Cashback is not calculated at 2.5% it is calculated as 1.5% and rounding to the nearest dollar and and then a second calculation at 1% that also rounds.

 

What does this mean for potential cash back rates?

.01-33.33 => 0% cashback!

33.34 => ~3% cashback

49.99 => ~2% cashback

50.00 => 4% cashback

99.99 => ~2% cashback

100.00 => 3% cashback

149.99 => ~2% cashback

150.00 => ~2.7% cashback

233.33 => ~2.1% cashback

233.34 => ~2.6% cashback

249.99 => ~2.4% cashback

250.00 => 2.8% cashback

 

These are for your total balance at the end of the month. There are cases when spending anything from 1c to $33.33 will net you $0. It's also theoretically possible to make a charge for 1c and get $1 meaning that transaction was worth 10,000% cashback, but that's just preposterous!

 

Given that I value TYP on my CDC at at least 1.08cpp, there are quite a few scenarios where I could come out behind. There are also cases where I could come out ahead, but I'm not much of a gambler. My plan is to use the card only for large transactions (>$250) and foreign transactions.


 

Looking at percentages is very misleading.

The money difference from the base line of 2.5% is what matters.

Maximum error is ~0.83, yes +/-  83 cents.

From you chart for the $50 with 4%

50*0.025 = 1.25

50*0.015 = 0.75  rounded  = 1

50*0.01   = 0.50  rounded  = 1

Yes $2 on $50 spend is 4%, it also is only 75c from the base line

 

2.00 rewards - real 2.5% of 1.25  = 75c error

Every month +/-  a few cents, just as likely a gain as a loss.

Only real threshold is to spend more than the $33, that is where you hit the 83c loss.

It is not a card for the sock drawer.

Just spend 50 every month and make 75c on them

Message 22 of 26
Kforce
Valued Contributor

Re: Best CU CCs?

I got interested in the CU rounding the rewards.

Never had a rewards system do this.

Wondered if some how it benefited them except with the even reward earnings.

It swings an even amount both positive and negative and has a cycle.

Other than the sock drawer issue it has no major advantage or disadvantage.

 

{Edit}

Calculating every value between 0 and $10,000 it gives a very small advantage to the customer.

A  0.75%  (0.0075 as decimal) superior chance of coming out ahead of the base 2.5%

 

High / Low spend points

--------------------------------------------

Spend    Gain/Loss
33           -0.825
167          0.825
233        -0.825
367         0.825
433        -0.825
567         0.825
633        -0.825
767         0.825
833        -0.825
967         0.825
1033      -0.825
1167      0.825
1233     -0.825
1367      0.825
   "              "

You can always win an extra 25c to 83c by:

Even 100 ending between 50-70 or 90-99

{ 460 or 494 }

Odd 100 ending between 0-10 or  67-90

{ 305, 370 }

** If one want's to play for a few extra cents. **

 

Message 23 of 26
Catbird_Seat
Established Member

Re: Best CU CCs?


@CL-Addiq wrote:

This wasn't really my intention when creating this thread, but I went ahead and went on an App Spree for all five cards mentioned. I figured I'd share my experience for others. For each, my intention was to directly apply for the credit card, not apply for the credit union and then apply for the credit card at a later date.

 

Alliant - Incredibly simple, fully automated, single form process. Transperian pull. They paid the $5 deposit.

Langley - Initial application relatively simple. Equifax pull. Received a call a couple days later and needed to provide paystub via email and do docusign. Paid $5 deposit via ACH.

Affinity - Application pretty straight forward. Paid $5 deposit via ACH. Experian pull. Followed up the next day to get a second paystub which was noted as optional on app. Systems were confusing whether the credit card application was received. I've been told it's in, but haven't gotten a response yet. (Maybe a bad sign!)

Nusenda - More challenging application. Experian pull. Required a few calls and emails. Everyone I've spoken to have been extremely helpful, but there have been a couple delays. $5 deposit via ACH, but had to work directly with an agent to provide proof of $10 donation and do docusign.

Abound - Originally seemed simple with quick docusign the next day. However, no credit pull after a week. I called and found out the credit card application wasn't received. Refiled that. Transperian pull. Need to snail mail a check for $5 deposit and $10 donation.

 

All of them require a little extra patience in the application process. If they all get approved, I'll report back on ease of use of the cards themselves.


Were the pulls for membership, only for the credit card apps, or a mixture of both? 

Thanks! 

Message 24 of 26
CL-Addiq
New Contributor

Re: Best CU CCs?


@Catbird_Seat wrote:


Were the pulls for membership, only for the credit card apps, or a mixture of both? 

Thanks! 


My intention was to apply for the card at the same time as membership. I vaguely recall at least one stating they did a soft pull when applying to the CU. I can report that none did a double pull. I suspect that none did a hard pull just for membership, but I could be wrong.

Goals: Wishes:
Message 25 of 26
MLJ_The_Shield
New Contributor

Re: Best CU CCs?

Not sure if this was mentioned in this thread or not, but:

USAlliance has a pretty neat credit card right now.

3% on everything until the end of 2022.  Starting 01/01/23, I believe this reverts to a 2% everything card.

6% on grocery stores until the end of 2023.

No Annual fee.

The signup process is a bit cumbersome but if a blind dolt like myself can figure it out you can, too.

 

Also now that I'm a member - they have a 3% savings account with no minimums, and....drumroll....

An 11 month "No penalty" CD at 4%.  I've had several chats with their support staff.  It is exactly what it sounds like it is.

Bonus:  The staff is very friendly the 3 times I called.  2 of these 3 were because I didn't read something carefully.

 

Negatives:  Their website appears to be going after the "1995 NASA" look.  No Zelle.  Only do cashback in $25 increments.

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