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The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card: Good for Rebuilding Credit

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A secured credit card can be a good option if you're trying to build credit for the first time, or rebuild your credit and improve your scores. The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card offers two main benefits over some other secured cards—it doesn't require a credit check, and you don't need a bank account.

The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card

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on Capital Bank N.A.'s website

Recommended FICO® Score*
Poor, New to Credit, Rebuilding

APR

17.39% Variable

Intro APR: 0% APR on purchases for 3 months

Rewards

None

Annual Fee

$35

Card Details
  • 0% introductory APR on all purchases for the first three months
  • No credit check necessary to apply. OpenSky believes in giving an opportunity to everyone.
  • The refundable* deposit you provide becomes your credit line limit on your Visa card. Choose it yourself, from as low as $200.
  • Build credit quickly. OpenSky reports to all 3 major credit bureaus.
  • 99% of our customers who started without a credit score earned a credit score record with the credit bureaus in as little as 6 months
  • We have a Facebook community of people just like you; there is a forum for shared experiences, and insights from others on our Facebook Fan page (search “OpenSky Card” in Facebook).
  • OpenSky provides credit tips and a dedicated credit education page on our website to support you along the way
  • *View our Cardholder Agreement located at the bottom of the application page for details of the card

Rates and Fees

ProsCons
No credit checkAnnual fee
No bank account requiredNo upgrade option
Reports to all three consumer credit bureausFew cardholder benefits
Customer service contact info for OpenSky

OpenSky® Card Services
800-859-6412

P.O. Box 9224
Old Bethpage, NY 11804-9224

Experian Review

The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card can help you build credit by reporting your account to all three major consumer credit bureaus—Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. There's no credit check to apply, but the card has an annual fee and few ongoing benefits. Like other secured credit cards, it requires a security deposit (at least $200 in this case) that becomes your credit limit.

Build Credit With No Credit Check

Often, when you apply for a credit card, the credit card company will review your credit report, and a hard inquiry will be added to your credit history. Although the impact may dissipate within a few months, a hard inquiry can hurt your credit scores a little.

No credit check is required when you apply for The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card, meaning there won't be a hard inquiry. This also means you won't be denied if you have a poor credit history.

There are, however, a few minimum requirements you must meet. You need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be able to prove you have more income than expenses each month, and enough income to afford your monthly payment on the new credit card.
  • Not already have two or more credit cards with Capital Bank (the bank that offers The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card). You also can't have applied four or more times in the past 60 days, and all your current or previous accounts with Capital Bank must be in good standing.

Once you open your card, OpenSky will report your account to the credit bureaus. Building credit with the three bureaus is important because you don't know which credit report future creditors will want to check.

No Bank Account Required

Secured cards require a refundable security deposit—that's what "secures" the credit line. Often, the security deposit amount will determine your card's credit limit, and you can get the security deposit back if your account is in good standing and closed. But the card issuer can keep the money if you stop making payments and default on your card.

Some secured credit cards require you to send your security deposit by linking your bank account or using a debit card. However, this can be an issue for people who don't have bank accounts.

When you open The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card, you can choose to use a debit card, which is the fastest option. Or, if you don't have a checking account, you can wire money through Western Union or mail a check or money order.

At a minimum, you'll need to send a $200 security deposit. You may be able to send up to $3,000 if you want a higher credit limit and you're approved for one. OpenSky will mail your card after it receives and processes your security deposit, which may take two to three weeks.

A Reasonable Annual Fee

The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card's $35 annual fee is in line with what you'd expect from other secured cards. However, there are secured cards that don't have an annual fee, and a card with an annual fee won't help you build credit any better or faster than a card without one.

Even if you need to agree to a hard inquiry and have a bank account to fund your security deposit, you may want to save money by prioritizing secured cards that don't charge an annual fee.

If you open a card that does have an annual fee, set a calendar reminder for yourself a year from when you open your card. As your cardholder anniversary approaches, decide if it makes more sense to close the card or pay the fee to keep it for another year.

Few Cardholder Benefits

The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card's core offering is that it can help you build credit. You can use the card like an unsecured card to make purchases online or in stores. Your card is also eligible for offers and benefits from Visa, such as zero liability for fraudulent purchases and discounts at certain retailers—but there aren't many other perks.

For example, the card doesn't offer any rewards (something several other secured cards do), and there's no opportunity to upgrade to an unsecured card. If you want to switch later, you'll need to close this card and get an unsecured card from a different company.

You can set up a few basic alerts, such as email reminders about upcoming bill due dates. And there are iOS and Android apps, although users give them mixed reviews.

Additional Info

Purchase APR: 17.39% VariableGrace period: 25 days
Transfer APR: N/AAnnual fee: $35
Cash advance APR: 17.39% VariableBalance transfer fee: N/A
Minimum interest charge: $1.00Cash advance fee: 5% ($6 minimum)
Foreign transaction fee: 3%
Late payment fee: Up to $38
Returned payment fee: Up to $25

Authorized-User Policy

You can add an authorized user for free once your account is open. Once you do, you will be responsible for all of the authorized user's transactions, such as the purchases they make with their card. If you change your mind later, you will have to get their card back or OpenSky may the authorized user to continue using their card.

Is This Card Right for You?

The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card is a good option for building credit if you have poor credit, or you don't have a bank account for sending a security deposit. However, the annual fee and lack of cardholder benefits make it less appealing than some other secured cards.

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