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How to prequalify for USAA credit cards

This organization allows members to view preselected offers.


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USAA exclusively offers prequalification to its members. This enables members to see what products they may be approved for based on their credit profile.

How do I get prequalified for a USAA credit card?

Before you can get prequalified and check for preselected offers, you must be a member of USAA. As a USAA member, log in to your account and click My offers. You’ll see a list of cards you’re preselected for.

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Although credit card providers rarely share the credit scores required for approval, they typically prefer consumers with a credit score of 670 and above for cards that offer rewards. USAA mostly offers rewards cards, so you’ll have a better chance of approval with a good to excellent credit score.

The bank offers a card with a purchase, balance transfer and cash advance APR as low as 6.9% variable. To receive that interest rate, you may need a credit score of 720 or higher.

Name Product Filter values Rewards Purchase APR Annual fee
USAA® Rate Advantage Visa Platinum® Card
6.9% to 23.9% variable
Enjoy USAA's lowest rate card. Pay no annual fee, no penalty APR and no foreign transaction fee.
USAA® Rewards™ Visa Signature® Card
2x points on gas and dining and 1x points on all other purchases
9.9% to 25.9% variable
Get 2,500 bonus points with your first purchase. Pay no annual fee, no penalty APR and no foreign transaction fee.
USAA® Preferred Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Card
1.5% cash back on all purchases
11.9% to 25.9% variable
Earn 1.5% cash back on every purchase with no limits or category restrictions. Pay no annual fee, no penalty APR and no foreign transaction fees.
USAA® Rewards™ American Express® Card
3x points on dining, 2x points on gas and groceries and 1x points for all other purchases
9.9% to 25.9% variable
Earn 3x points on dining, 2x points on gas and groceries and 1x points for all other purchases.
USAA® Cashback Rewards Plus American Express® Card
5% cash back on up to $3,000 in combined annual gas and military base purchases, 2% on up to $3,000 at supermarkets annually and 1% on all other purchases
11.9% to 25.9% variable
Earn 5% cash back on the first $3,000 in gas and military base purchases annually on these categories combined. Earn 2% on the first $3,000 on supermarket purchases per year. Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.

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What are the benefits of a USAA prequalification?

  • No impact on your credit score. Prequalification is a standard way to check if you might be a good candidate for certain cards.
  • Higher approval odds. You’re more likely to get approval for the products presented to you after prequalification.
  • You’re not locked in. Getting prequalified doesn’t mean you have to apply. You’re welcome to shop around with other providers.

What does prequalification mean?

Prequalification means a bank has checked your credit with a soft pull and believes you might be a fit. Though nothing is guaranteed, you have an 80% to 90% chance of approval after getting prequalified.

After submitting a card application, the bank will take a hard pull into your credit profile. It may deny you if it thinks you’re too risky of a borrower.

Understanding soft and hard credit pulls

When you apply for prequalification, the bank initiates a soft pull. This is a background check that won’t affect your credit.

After you apply, the bank checks your credit with a hard pull. This typically lowers your credit score. However, your score usually drops by just a few points, and it should recover as you keep making on-time payments.

Bottom line

While nonmembers can’t get prequalified for USAA products, members can look for preselected offers.

If prequalification is important to you but you don’t wish to become a USAA member, try another provider that offers prequalification, such as American Express, Citi, Discover and Capital One.

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