What to Consider in a Business Credit Card

A business credit card is a powerful tool for your day-to-day operations. Having the right one for your needs can help you create a favorable credit profile for your business—which can help you secure future loans for expansion or access credit lines with vendors. Without one, you run the risk of commingling personal and business finances, which could jeopardize your personal finances. With that in mind, what should you consider in a card? Check out the suggestions below.

  • Rate

    If you pay off your balance every month, other card considerations—such as rewards and fees—may be more important than securing the lowest rate. But for those who maintain a balance, a low rate can lead to cost savings.

  • Fees

    Look out for annual, over-the-limit, late payment and additional card fees. These fees vary from card to card and may be negotiable. It can pay to select a card with as few fees as possible or ask if the advertised fees can be lowered.

  • Reward

    Cards may offer cash back or points toward airline or other travel, merchandise and more. Utilize your rewards to get discounts and even pay for some business expenses. Consider the type of rewards offered, as well. A card that gives you a choice of rewards may be a better bet for your business. Both of Navy Federal’s business card options offer 1 point per dollar spent, with no cap on earnings.1

  • Fraud Protection

    Take into consideration cards that offer Zero Liability protection, which means you aren’t held liable for unauthorized purchases. All Navy Federal cards offer this protection for transactions made in-store, over the telephone or online. Confirm that the card you're looking at offers this, too.

  • Digital Access

    Will you be able to cancel a card, pay the bill or request new cards online? Navy Federal offers many mobile and online tools to make managing your accounts quick and easy, saving you time and potential headaches. You can easily track your account, make payments and even freeze/unfreeze your card online if you misplace it.

  • Travel Features

    If card users often travel abroad, pay close attention to the foreign transaction fee. Card issuers generally charge up to 3 percent, so choosing a card without foreign transaction fees, like Navy Federal’s, can make a big difference.2 For those who travel closer to home, consider a card that offers features such as auto rental insurance coverage, concierge services, flight insurance and baggage delay coverage.

Business Solutions Membership

Membership with Navy Federal Business Solutions is exclusive to Navy Federal Credit Union members. As a Business Solutions member, you have access to small business professionals, competitive business credit offerings and more.

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Disclosures

1 Points expire four years from the month in which they were earned, as long as the account is open.

2 ATM cash advance fees: None if performed at a Navy Federal branch or ATM. Otherwise, $0.50 per domestic transaction or $1.00 per foreign transaction.

This article is intended to provide general information and shouldn't be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a legal, tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.