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Reflex Mastercard® Credit Card review

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Heavy fees make this a poor choice for building credit.

From $75

Annual fee

25.9% to 29.99%

Purchase APR (variable)

580

Recommended credit score

Details

Product NameReflex Mastercard® Credit Card
Card typeMastercard
Annual fee$75 to $99
Purchase APR25.9% to 29.99% variable
Balance transfer APRN/A
Cash advance rate25.9% to 29.99% variable
Cash advance fee$5 or 5% of the cash advance amount, whichever is greater
Foreign transaction fee3% of the transaction value
Interest free periodUp to 25 days
Late payment feeUp to $40
Returned payment feeUp to $40
Additional cardholder fee$30

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Expert review

The Reflex Mastercard® Credit Card comes with a host of fees, including a $75 to $99 annual fee, a monthly fee of $0 to $10 starting from the second year, and you’ll get a high APR between 25.9% to 29.99% variable with no grace period. And if you think to yourself “that sounds like a lot of fees for a card that helps you build credit,” you’d be right.

Ultimately, the high fees and the high APR make the Reflex Mastercard® Credit Card a poor choice for building credit. Consider applying for this card if you really want it, but you can find a better credit-building card elsewhere.

How do I apply for the Reflex Mastercard® Credit Card?

You can apply online for approval in minutes. But make sure to budget for setup, maintenance and annual fees. All this budgeting isn’t necessary with most other credit-building cards.

  1. Click Apply now.
  2. Enter your personal details, then click Continue your application.
  3. Enter the confirmation code sent to your smartphone.
  4. Enter your Social Security number and financial information, then click Continue.
  5. Complete other required information, then review and submit your application.

What credit score do I need?

Apply with a fair credit score of 580 or higher. The card is designed for those looking to build or rebuild their credit regardless of creditworthiness, and so approval rates are high.

What to watch out for

  • Low credit limit.
    The stated maximum credit limit for this card is up to $750. Which isn’t bad, but the card’s numerous fees cut directly into this limit, meaning you can expect a lower amount. Many secured cards base your credit limit on your security deposit, meaning you can set your own limit up to a stated maximum.
  • Numerous high fees.
    The Reflex Mastercard® Credit Card features an astounding number of fees for a card designed to build credit:
    • Annual fee. You’ll pay an annual fee of $75 to $99 to use the card. Note that you can find similar credit-building cards with no annual fee at all.
    • Monthly maintenance fee. Starting the second year, you’ll pay a monthly service fee of $0 to $10, adding up to $0 to $120 annually. Reflex waives these fees for your first year, but it’s not a normal fee by any credit card standard.
    • Additional card fee. You’ll pay an additional $30 if you want another card.
    • Late and returned payment fees. You’ll pay up to $40 for each payment that isn’t on time or bounces. Many cards average from $27 to $35 for such fees.
    • Cash advance fee. Advances attract a fee of either $5 or 5% of each cash advance, whichever is more.
    • Foreign transaction fees. Overseas payments will run you 3% of each transaction.
  • High APR.
    The card’s purchase APR is 25.9% to 29.99% variable. This is higher than you’ll find with many other secured and unsecured cards for building credit, which average a variable APR of 20%.
  • No grace period.
    This card lacks an interest grace period on your purchases. The only way to avoid interest is to pay your entire account balance in full by the payment due date each month, which is nearly impossible to do with a monthly maintenance and other fees.

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Bottom line

Given expensive fees, a high APR and a general lack of features, the Reflex Mastercard® Credit Card isn’t a helpful choice for building credit.

For a safer, more effective path to building credit, compare secured credit cards.

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18 Comments

  1. Avatarfinder Customer Care
    nikkiangco
    December 17, 2019

    Hi Jfs,

    Thanks for your comment and I hope you are doing well.

    As it says on the terms and conditions of the card, upon approval, you will be granted a credit limit of $500. In some cases, you may be required to provide a security deposit to qualify for a credit card. If this is so, If you’re approved and you fully fund any security deposit (if applicable), your credit card within (3) business days.

    To ensure your security, new cards can only be activated over the phone. Call from the phone number that you provided on your application to the toll-free activation number printed on the sticker affixed to your new card within 30 days after you receive your card in the mail. You have 30 days to activate your credit card. If you do not activate your credit card in that timeframe your credit card will automatically be closed and you will be unable to use your new credit card for purchases or other transactions. No fees will be charged if the card is cancelled.

    Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

    Best,
    Nikki

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    JacksonT
    November 25, 2019

    Ive got a reflex card how do i get cash off it

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangco
      November 25, 2019

      Hi JacksonT,

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you are doing well.

      To get a cash advance from a Reflex MC, you can use an ATM to withdraw a cash advance from Reflex. There may be a pin involved so it would be best to contact Reflex for further instructions.

      As a friendly reminder, you may want to review the application of fees and terms and conditions in doing a cash advance. As per our page, it shows a CA fee of $5 or 5% of the cash advance amount, whichever is greater and a CA rate of 29.99%. This APR will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Sheila
    November 4, 2019

    I’ve been approved and wanted to know how long it would take to receive my card.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangco
      November 4, 2019

      Hi Sheila,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Great to know you were approved! Generally, a credit card takes 10 working days to be delivered to you. Ultimately, it would be best to contact Reflex directly to know the status of your card delivery.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    TexasChilln
    September 25, 2019

    Can you make online purchases with this card

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangco
      September 26, 2019

      Hi TexasChilln,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Yes you can make online purchases with the Reflex Mastercard. Note that the card’s purchase APR is 29.99% variable. This is higher than you’ll find with many other secured and unsecured cards for building credit, which average a variable APR of 20%.

      As a friendly reminder, check the eligibility requirements of the card before proceeding with your application. Also, read about its features and benefits and see how it fits your financial needs. Additionally, it’s helpful to review the PDS and Terms & Conditions of the card before fully committing to the card. You may also reach out to the bank if you have any clarifications.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Louise
    April 3, 2019

    I applied for the Reflex Card. How do I check the status?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Charisse
      April 4, 2019

      Hi Louise,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

      If you want to make a follow-up on the status of your Reflex Mastercard application, you need to contact the provider and inquire with them directly. Please note though, that in some cases additional information is needed as part of the application process, so it could take up to 30 days before they can give you a decision.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    Victoria
    March 30, 2019

    Can I use the card in Canada?

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      Ellie
      March 31, 2019

      Hi Victoria,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Upon checking, you can use the Reflex Mastercard® at locations everywhere that Mastercard® is accepted. I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Kind regards,
      Ellie

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    Tiff
    March 11, 2019

    Where can I get cash back at an ATM

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangco
      March 11, 2019

      Hi Tiff,

      Thanks for getting in touch! If you are referring to cash advances – it says on one of the comments on the page – If your credit card has a PIN, you can get cash advances directly from an ATM. Otherwise, you can take your card to a bank that offers advances through your card’s payment network, such as Mastercard or Visa and you’ll have to show ID.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Jennifer
    November 15, 2018

    I know this is for questions but wanted to say thank you for helping me rebuild my credit after a horrible divorce. It’s a great card that has given me the opportunity to now rebuild my credit. Thank you so much for having this available for people who are in my shoes!! Thanks again!!

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    Rosario
    July 22, 2018

    How do I set up my card for cash advances?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jhez
      July 23, 2018

      Hi Rosario,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If your credit card has a PIN, you can get cash advances directly from an ATM. Otherwise, you can take your card to a bank that offers advances through your card’s payment network, such as Mastercard or Visa and you’ll have to show ID. I hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    Edith
    June 14, 2018

    Will this card allow me to go over my available credit limit

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      joelmarcelo
      June 14, 2018

      Hi Edith,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Reflex could offer adjustable credit limits depending on your overall financial situation. Although spending within your credit limit is encouraged since Reflex will be able to increase your credit limit (typically after 12 months) if they see you responsible in your spending.

      Generally, spending beyond your limit is discouraged on credit cards as the issuer may charge overcharge fees, decrease your limit or even close your account if you go over your limit habitually. They may also increase your interest rate if your credit history shows that you regularly exceed your credit limit, and your credit score may be negatively affected.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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