2013 Review: Green Bay Packers Visa Credit Card

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Green Bay Packers Visa cardI hear my sister’s mother-in-law has a framed 5×7 picture of Brett Favre in her house. Not that she’s met him or anything, but rather she just keeps a generic photo of him in a photo to show her Packer pride.

Given that she – and my sister – live in Wisconsin, I can understand why.

But should they – and you – apply for the Green Bay Packers credit card? Previously Bank of America was the company behind it, now it’s through Barclaycard. Let’s review the benefits…

  • No annual fee
  • 1 point per dollar on regular purchases
  • 2 points per dollar on NFL purchases
  • No expiration of points and no limit to how many you can earn
  • Convert points to cash back (1 point = 1 cent) for football rewards
  • $20 off for every $100 spent at NFLShop.com (that’s like getting a 20% discount)
  • Benefits of Visa Signature or World MasterCard, if you qualify (that includes things like phone concierge and various insurance benefits for travel)

If you get it, get it for this reason…

Earning 1% cash back with a credit card is certainly nothing special. But if you’re able to save up a lot of reward points, you can get some pretty sweet prizes for NFL games, some of which you can’t get anywhere else.

ways to spend points
Other examples include:

  • Team Adjustable Hat – 2,600 points
  • Kids Club Membership – 3,000 points
  • Player Name & Number T-Shirt – 3,700 points
  • Post-Game Press Conference Access – 10,000 points
  • Pre-Season Tickets – 15,000 points
  • Player-Autographed Mini Helmet – 20,000 points
  • Tour of NFL Films – 25,000 points
  • Golf with an NFL Player – 500,000 points

Okay so a Green Bay Packers hat or jersey isn’t exciting, but getting press conference access or a round of golf with an NFL player definitely is!

Unfortunately they don’t tell you which players participate. If you cash out 20,000 points for an autograph or 500,000 points for golf, I wouldn’t expect it to be for an A-list player. But still, these are pretty sweet prizes!

Verdict?

If you’re after cash back, you can get a lot more with a different credit card. But if it’s one-of-a-kind NFL prizes you’re after, then the Green Bay Packers Visa Signature card is one you want for your wallet.

Keep in mind that you will need a decent credit score to get approved for this. Doesn’t describe you? Well if you have bad/fair credit here are some other recommendations.

This review was written or last updated August 9, 2013

 
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I recently applied for the NFL Extra Points Credit Card. I was approved for a $1,300 credit limit with a 679 CK score. During the application process I chose my team (Green Bay Packers) and applied directly after that. I received the card in the mail today. Two problems: 1, the card is generic NFL, not Packers. 2, I was charged a $15 express mail charge and I did not click the box. I called customer service. They waived the $15 charge since I did not click for express mail (I didn’t care how long it took to get the card, I rarely use them). As for the Packers logo, I’m shit out of luck. Apparently the gal I spoke with said that the team wasn’t available. I went to their website and read multiple times that ALL 32 NFL TEAMS ARE AVAILBLE. I asked to speak with a manager. Manager gets on the phone and tells me there’s nothing they can do, since specific teams are subject to credit approval. She informed me that in order to get ANY NFC TEAM ON A CARD that I had to be approved for the Barclay Globe card. She said that excellent credit scores (over 750) are required, and that users on average have a decade of history with Barclay and that on average they spend upwards of $50,000 on their cards annually. I had a hard time believing this, as I read through about a hundred reviews of this card and I never once saw anyone complaining that they couldn’t get the team they wanted. After all, it says directly on the website that all 32 NFL teams are available, right? Wrong. She told me that I could write to the president but there is nothing that she can do. She told me that when you go to the NFL extra points .com, and click on Change Your Team, that all the teams on the left (AFC) are available, and that all the teams on the right (NFC) are unavailable. What the crack, jack? I could have gotten a better card, with a higher limit, and lower APR to try to work on building my credit. I ONLY chose this stupid card for the big pretty Green Bay Packers. I do not recommend this unless you’re a fan of the AFC.

I’m assuming the rewards are alike for the other visa team cards?