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Under the Military Lending Act; active duty personnel or full time national guard / reserve, are not required to pay any yearly fees for credit card companies. These yearly fees are waived.

Cards include but not limited to:

1. American Express Platinum ($550)
2. Chase Sapphire Reserve ($450)
3. Hilton Aspire ($450)
4. Citi Prestige ($450)
5. Delta Reserve ($450)
6. Chase Sapphire Preferred ($95)
7. Southwest Rapids Rewards ($149)
8. IHG Rewards Premier Card ($89)

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Why even get these cards if you are military? Well, for one they come loaded with perks and benefits. For example, Chase Sapphire Reserve gives you 300.00 in travel credit a year for free. That is everything from hotels, uber, taxi, parking, rentals, etc.. The Citi Prestige gives you 200.00 for free. Amex Platinum gives 200.00 in airline incidental credits, monthly uber credit, and more. Hilton gives you free diamond status, weekly night stay.

No referral here. Just wanted to point it out to the military members out there, thank you for your service. More information below at The Points Guy website:

https://thepointsguy.com/guide/to...dit-cards/

More information on Military MLA waiver:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mili...dit-cards/
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Chase has been a stickler for me...per their policy only applies to cards you have before entering military service.
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Chase has been a stickler for me...per their policy only applies to cards you have before entering military service.
Have a bunch of friends that just got one while In the military. 👍
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One point of clarity.

AMEX uses SCRA to verify military status.

https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil/scra/

Whereas Chase uses MLA.

https://mla.dmdc.osd.mil/mla/
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I've applied twice to have my chase sapphire cards $450 waived and denied twice
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Chase has been a stickler for me...per their policy only applies to cards you have before entering military service.
My nephew got his Chase Sapphire Preferred after months of active duty. The only thing is that he went with that one first so he has to wait for the year anniversary to upgrade to the CSR. They didn't ask me first Smilie
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I was not aware of the waived fees! Thank you! We pay fees for some of the cards. I will have to make a few phone calls and see if we qualify.

Thank you so much!
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I'm sure I'll get hate mail, but I don't think the intention was to waive $450 fee on super premium travel cards that come with $1000 sign up bonuses and $500 in yearly benefits.
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I'm sure I'll get hate mail, but I don't think the intention was to waive $450 fee on super premium travel cards that come with $1000 sign up bonuses and $500 in yearly benefits.
not sure that it matter much, the intention. but you still have to qualify for these cards, right?
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Heard about this a few weeks ago. Good stuff!
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I'm sure I'll get hate mail, but I don't think the intention was to waive $450 fee on super premium travel cards that come with $1000 sign up bonuses and $500 in yearly benefits.
It's a fair point but SCRA is a congressional mandate to the industry to cap rates as a form of "relief" so any use of it hurts their bottom line. Add'l perks like free premium checking from Chase and a 0% APR from a citicard are totally each bank's prerogative, so this seems in line with them exceeding their relief mandate. Arguably military members' go-to nonprofits like USAA and PenFed don't offer credit products with comparable perks, not even close.
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Chase has been a stickler for me...per their policy only applies to cards you have before entering military service.
I have applied and been approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, IHG, and Hyatt cards all while on active duty. Chase applies MLA not SCRA if you're active duty already.
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any of these good for vets, (waived as a courtesy not SCRA/MLA requirement)?
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It's a fair point but SCRA is a congressional mandate to the industry to cap rates as a form of "relief" so any use of it hurts their bottom line. Add'l perks like free premium checking from Chase and a 0% APR from a citicard are totally each bank's prerogative, so this seems in line with them exceeding their relief mandate. Arguably military members' go-to nonprofits like USAA and PenFed don't offer credit products with comparable perks, not even close.
Good points! They are going above and beyond, and I applaud them for it. Whether they do it for altruism, image-building, or establishing loyalty, companies that do that are earning my business.
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