Posted by Chuck on March 3, 2020
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Published on March 3rd, 2020 | by Chuck

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Star Trek Credit Card Offering $300 Signup Bonus With $2,000 Spend

The Offer

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  • Receive a sign up bonus of $300 cash back after $2,000 in spend within 90 days on the Star Trek credit card issued by NASA Federal Credit Union.

 

Card Details

  • Cards earn at the following rates:
    • 3x points on purchases at Startrek.com
    • 2x points on gas purchases
    • 1x points on all other purchases
  • Annual fee of $39 (not waived first year)
  • Points can be redeemed for exclusive rewards and experiences
  • Four Star Trek card designs to choose from
  • Free Experian FICO Score

Each point is worth 1.5 cents when redeemed for cash, so essentially you’re earning 4.5% back on Startrek.com, 3% back on gas, and 1.5% back everywhere else.

Our Verdict

You also need to be a member of NASA FCU, that will result in a hard pull (in addition to the hard pull for applying to this card), so if you care about hard pulls this likely isn’t worth it.

After deducting the annual fee, you’ll land up with a $261 net (minus the opportunity cost which lies in the $2,000 spend requirement). Could be worth it for some. They used to offer 50,000 points on $5,000 spend, now they’ve switched over to a cash offer.

Hat tip to tom0963



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Lantean
Lantean

This is kinda OT but Star Trek Picard is not a good show at all.

Brian C 🐕

Disagree

Morgon
Morgon

It’s definitely missing something. One of TNG’s strengths is that it was made for syndication, so each show was more or less self-contained, allowing more diversity in show content.

But the real draw (at least for me) was the social commentary it provided, and how 24th century life still struggled with many of the same issues as we currently do, especially when visiting other worlds. Other than the main “fear/”racism” against artificial life” storyline, ST Picard doesn’t set out to do that.

I like watching, especially with the promise of seeing more TNG characters, but I do agree that they could be doing so much better. Oh, and while I certainly love a good f-bomb, the sharp uptick in casual profanity since Episode 2 just misses the mark for me.

Brian C 🐕

It seems more like they purposely diverted from the usual recipe. What I like is it has been completely unpredictable AND of course P Stewart is phenom.

Either way….definitely can’t wait for discovery to come back. To my surprise I was completely hooked on it.

Morgon
Morgon

Haven’t seen Discovery yet. It seemed like it was more aligned with “reboot trek” (e.g. Abrams movies), which I have not enjoyed.

Quite honestly, and I might be alone in this, but I really miss Enterprise. Establishing the origin of everything else — true, de-facto discovery — was an interesting concept, and even though they went too fast too quickly (they just barely got interstellar travel and were already having shootouts with alien races), they could have done some pretty cool things with it.

Brian C 🐕

Oh boy do I miss enterprise. Was very sad that it was cancelled early, and still (futilely) hold out hope it will somehow be resurrected…but we know it won’t.

TNG and VOY were my favs other than Enterprise.

Discovery is pretty awesome, it is a mix of a running storyline and self contained episodes, and it is NOT in line with the Abrams Universe. It is set in prime, and it even incorporates (without giving away spoilers) many items from the original series and ties in (it actually somewhat has a tie in to a storyline from TNG at one point).

Season 3 is gonna be incredible.

Give Discovery a shot, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

sybloc
sybloc

Agreed about Season 3. It has the potential to be one of the best seasons of any ST show ever. The show just keeps getting better…

sdsearch
sdsearch

I watched the first 3 episodes of Discovery for free on an airplane (that’s all the episodes they had). Fortunately that was a 3-episode story arc. When I was done watching, I decided it was too “meh” for me to want to invest in watching any more of the series.

I didn’t think it was either “awesome” or “awful”, just not worth any more of my time and money.

Kevbo Sampson
Kevbo Sampson

Oh god…discovery is awful

Morgon
Morgon

Out of curiosity, what specifically do you find ‘awful’ about it?

sybloc
sybloc

When the producers first approached Patrick Stewart he wasn’t interested because he didn’t want another season of TNG. They had to make it unique.

That said, I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Better than TNG, better than GoT, better than Seinfeld, better than everything. It starts slow but if you don’t stick with it you’re missing something truly epic.

Anon
Anon

What’s great about Picard is that it’s refreshing and unique. The people who are complaining don’t understand that it was never meant to follow the TNG vibe.

sybloc
sybloc

Maybe not “better” than TNG, but as good (in a different way). Regardless, it’s a fantastic show.

Alex
Alex

Enjoying this star trek discourse. Watched TNG somewhat growing up, but was too young to really appreciate it/get into it, but casually enjoyed it none the less. Didn’t know about these new series. May have to check them out.

Morgon
Morgon

If you can find the means to do so, I highly suggest rewatching through TNG. I was a teenager by the time it ended, but there were many things I missed or didn’t appreciate the weight of at the time.

While some of those episodes didn’t age well (or were trainwrecks to begin with), a good bit of that show still has relevance today.

sybloc
sybloc

Quite a few “callbacks” to TNG that you’ll miss if you don’t watch TNG beforehand. When I heard Picard was coming out I binged TNG (again). Took a couple months to get through all 7 seasons. Can you believe they used to do 26 episodes a season back then?

Times sure have changed…

NoLuck

That’s just your opinion. In my opinion, the show is very entertaining and it’s great to see some old faces like 7 of 9.

It’s easy to express one’s opinions without insulting every person who may like a thing you dislike. As opposed to saying something sucks, one could simply say I do not like this show or whatever. That leaves room for other people to have their own opinions.

Lantean
Lantean

That’s just your opinion…

If you feel insulted by my statement, I can’t help you.

Save Us Worf
Save Us Worf

I couldn’t agree more. I actually stopped watching after five episodes. I love Stewart but it still just wasn’t worth it. Everything that they think is cool (incestuous siblings, vaping officers, Vulcan CIA wearing drugstore sunglasses) is anything but. Discovery is awful, too.

As strange as this may sound, The Orville is closer to classic Trek than either of these shows.

sybloc
sybloc

The Orville definitely feels a lot like TNG (with a goofy twist) because it’s produced by Brannon Braga. He produced TNG as well. Another great show. Can’t wait for Season 3…

However, I totally disagree about Picard and Discovery. They’re fantastic. The only “bad” Star Trek shows are JJ Abrams cinematic abominations. Thank goodness the last one failed. Hopefully the Kelvin timeline is finished. Just horrible.

The next one is supposedly going to be written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. That has the potential to be the greatest thing ever (if it’s in the Prime timeline).

Jeremy
Jeremy

1 hard pull and I MIGHT do it…2 and it’s a no!

The Rational Consumer
The Rational Consumer

“There are four … hard pulls.”
Of course no, not actually four hard pulls.

tribesman55
tribesman55

I got this lol, bravo

sybloc
sybloc

Still get the chills thinking about that scene. Sir Patrick Stewart is the man!!

sybloc
sybloc

“There are four … pips.”

Brian Grincius
Brian Grincius

Anyone know how strict they are on approvals?

Matt
Matt

It’s been a while, it was fairly easy to join the credit union, but they rejected me numerous times for the Platinum Advantage CC due to “too much available credit”. They’re one of those.

YoniPDX

Meh, I liked the old MBNA Star Trek card better. I never left our Galaxy without it (or with it).

Matt
Matt

The Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy card crushes your puny MBNA Star Trek card. Seriously, everybody loves that card. I get more comments about it than the old Shatner Priceline card or the green Citi Forward card with the sign wave.

Cjrmets
Cjrmets

I’ll need a larger bonus to combat the shame I would feel pulling this out of my wallet. If ever there was a better case for using mobile wallets, this is it.

Celia
Celia

Yeah, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I ordered Captain Marvel checks. Seemed like a fun idea until I started having to put them in wedding cards.

rick b
rick b

In the Star Trek universe money is obsolete, this is deeply ironic.

Spock
Spock

Thank you, rick b. If no one else was gonna mention it, I was, but since you did: thank you for your service. Live long and prosper!

Jason
Jason

Only within the Federation (and potentially only on Earth, we’re not really given enough information to be sure about which).

sybloc
sybloc

Actually, in ST:Picard, currency is a thing again. The rogue captain keeps talking about how expensive he is.

Dubya
Dubya

No it is not. In the Federation money is obsolete. But ST has shown dozens of cultures and alluded to hundreds more that still use money.

Cyan
Cyan

Looks like points are worth 1.5c each when redeemed for cash https://startrekrewards.nasafcu.com/product.php?seq=13&product=39231&brand=00430&model=1001-0050&gift=true
Also from the fine print “*Once $2,000 is spent within the first 90 days of account opening, 20,000 bonus points will be awarded, which is equivalent to $300 redeemed for cash back.”
So it would appear that this is actually a 3% gas/1.5% everywhere card.

Dave P
Dave P

Looks like the points are worth 1.5 cents each, when redeemed for cashback. Clicking into the rewards catalog, 3,333 points can be redeemed for $50, or 20,000 points for $200.

So effectively, this card earns 1.5% everywhere, 3.0% on gas, and 4.5% at Startrek.com (you know, for those everyday purchases we all make there!).

john m
john m

Sometimes hard pulls are nice. I had this girlfriend…hmmm nevermind.

Peek
Peek

heh.

WhiteBMW
WhiteBMW

giggity

CK9
CK9

Cash back as Statement credit (or deposit to bank accounts)? I am not much interested in Gift card since 2 hard pulls are involved.

It says” Once $2,000 is spent within the first 90 days of account opening, 20,000 bonus points will be awarded, which is equivalent to $300 redeemed for cash back.”

Jun
Jun

Do you have to open a NASA FCU savings/checking or membership before applying for this CC?

Dubya
Dubya

These card designs are terrible. CBS should make them make new designs. On a similar note the Marvel card designs have not changed in 5 years. I am surprised Marvel has not pushed Synchrony to use newer designs. The DC UMB cards look fantastic.

gene
gene

anybody else able to say how difficult it is to get approved if you have other credit cards…but good scores?

Frogger
Frogger

I was not approved when I applied last year. Said I had too many new accounts.

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