Active duty servicemembers can benefit greatly by applying for Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protections and provisions with the following financial companies. Possible benefits include reduction of interest rates, protection from repossession and foreclosure, no late fees, and no annual credit card fees. Often times credit card companies and lenders will go above and beyond SCRA requirements to deliver additional benefits to servicemembers such as reduced interest rates lower than 6% while on active duty.
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American Express has demonstrated their support of the U.S. military by offering to waive all their annual credit card membership fees for active duty servicemembers. American Express will also apply the standard SCRA provisions.
American Express – SCRA Benefits
Active duty military personnel can request SCRA benefits and have the annual membership fee waived on their American Express credit card accounts. This valuable offer includes The Platinum Card, which has a $550 annual fee. Please be aware that the active duty military service member must be a cardholder in order for the account to qualify for SCRA benefits with American Express.
Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the following account fees will also be waived by American Express, for the duration of the military members’ active duty service:
- Overlimit fees
- Late payment fees
- Returned payment fees
- Statement copy request fees
American Express – SCRA Eligibility
To qualify for SCRA benefits with American Express, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- A member of the U.S. Armed Forces (any military branch) serving on active duty.
- A member of a reserve component called to active duty.
- National Guard member under a call or order to active duty for more than 30 consecutive days.
- Commissioned Officer for the Public Health Service or NOAA.
- U.S. citizen serving with the forces of a nation with which U.S. is allied in war or military action.
- Spouse of active duty, where credit is extended to a Service member and spouse jointly.
American Express Platinum Card Benefits
- 5x points on Airfare and Hotels.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit each Calendar Year
- $200 in Uber Credits
- Free access to over 1,000 Airport Lounges including the Centurion Lounge
- Elite Status with Hilton and Marriott (Starwood)
- Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit
- Airport and In-Flight Internet
- American Express Concierge
Bank of America
Bank of America has promised to help protect their active duty military customers by offering SCRA benefits and protections on lines of credit, credit cards, installment loans, mortgage and home equity secured loans, and student loans. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act benefits extend to both consumer and business loan accounts with Bank of America.
Bank of America also extends certain benefits to the spouse or dependent of a covered active duty servicemember, even if the servicemember is not specifically named on the account.
Bank of America – SCRA Eligibility
To qualify for SCRA benefits with Bank of America, the military member must self identify as:
- Active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard.
- Reservist serving on active duty.
- National Guard serving on active duty for more than 30 consecutive days under federal orders issued by the President or Secretary of Defense.
- Commissioned officer of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
- Commissioned officer of the Public Health Service.
Bank of America – SCRA Benefits
- Reduction or limits on interest rates to 6% in effect for your entire active duty service. Eligible accounts include credit cards, installment contracts, mortgages, and student loans. If your interest rate is higher than 6% your payments will be reduced to reflect the lower interest rate.
- Protection from repossession and foreclosure.
Bank of America encourages active duty to know their rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. For more information, check out the Bank of America SCRA overview.
Discover has made the commitment to support active duty servicemembers by offering 6% or less annual percentage rate (APR) on Discover card purchases and cash advances, and no late fees. These SCRA benefits are even applied retroactively to the service member’s active duty start date.
Discover – SCRA Eligibility
To qualify for SCRA benefits with Discover, the servicemember must have been or currently be on active duty status in one of these U.S. military branches:
- Air Force
- Marine Corps
- Coast Guard
- Reservist or member of the National Guard (on active duty)
- Commissioned Officer of the Public Health Service or the NOAA
Active duty servicemembers and their spouses/domestic partners are eligible for SCRA benefits on joint accounts. Discover extends this benefit to separate accounts on which the servicemember is not obligated.
Discover – SCRA Benefits
- 6% or less APR on all Discover card purchases and cash advances.
- Coverage may extend to personal loans, home equity, home loans, and student loans.
- No late fees.
You can also apply for retroactive SCRA coverage with Discover, for up to 180 days after the end of your active duty service.
Capital One is committed to both the letter and spirit of the SCRA, including provision of benefits and protections above and beyond what is required under the SCRA in certain situations.
Capital One – SCRA Eligibility
Capital One offers SCRA benefits to those serving on active duty with one of the following branches:
- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard reserves
- Army or Air National Guard
- U.S. citizens who are members of an allied nation’s military service
- Commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Commissioned officers of the Public Health Service
- Spouses and dependents of active duty Servicemembers listed above
Capital One – SCRA Benefits
- Maximum interest rate of just 4% on accounts owned and serviced by Capital One.
- No fees assessed on accounts, except bona-fide insurance.
Learn more about Capital One SCRA benefits
Chase is dedicated to offering servicemembers convenience, savings, service and security. Active duty servicemembers can apply for SCRA benefits and receive interest rates 2% lower than what the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act even requires.
Chase – SCRA Eligibility
To qualify for SCRA benefits with Chase, the applicable military member must currently be on active duty in one of the following:
- Air Force
- Marine Corps
- Coast Guard
- Reservist or member of the National Guard
- Commissioned Officer of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic
and Atmosphere Foundation
Chase – SCRA Benefits
- Interest rates 2% lower than SCRA requires— You could lower your interest rate to 4%!
- Foreclosure protection: Chase will not foreclose on your home if you’re deployed on active duty or SCRA-protected–even if you’re behind on your mortgage payments. This protection applies regardless of when your mortgage began. And Chase will honor this protection for one year following active duty or until your SCRA-protected status ends.
Chase has a dedicated Military Services Team available to assist you with SCRA benefits.
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