AAA Member Rewards Visa Review

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For a credit card with no annual fee, the AAA Member Rewards Visa from Bank of America offers an impressive rewards rate on travel purchases. And despite the name, you don’t even have to be a member of AAA to apply.

AAA Member Rewards Visa®

overall rating
3.8
AAA Member Rewards Visa®
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 13.99% - 23.99% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate 3x points per dollar on eligible travel purchases. 2x points on purchases made at grocery stores, gas stations, wholesale clubs and drugstores. 1x point for every dollar you spend on purchases anywhere else.
Foreign transaction fee (%) 0%
Ratings Breakdown
for Interest
2.1
for Fees
3.5
for Rewards
3.7
for Credit
2.2
Current Offer

Receive a $200 statement credit after you make at least $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening.

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If you have good credit, the AAA Member Rewards Visa Card is a solid rewards card option for frequent travelers. You’ll earn rewards at a rate on par with (and sometimes better than) travel cards that charge annual fees, which is saying something, considering this card doesn’t charge one. If you like flexibility in how you can use your rewards, this card also fits that bill. Plus, in contrast to some popular travel credit cards, points earned with this card are worth 1 cent each when redeemed for cash.

Pros
  • Good rewards rate on travel

  • Wholesale club purchases earn extra points

  • Rewards are worth more when used for AAA vouchers

Cons
  • Rewards expire after five years

  • No introductory purchase APR

Pros Explained 

  • Good rewards rate on travel: The earning rate on travel purchases is quite competitive compared to other no-annual-fee travel cards. 
  • Wholesale club purchases earn extra points: Many rewards cards offer bonus points on grocery store purchases, but not if the groceries are purchased from wholesale clubs. This card offers extra rewards on both, which we love. If your go-to grocery store is a place like Sam’s Club or Costco, this card won’t penalize you.
  • Rewards are worth more when used for AAA vouchers: Points earned with this card are typically worth 1 cent each, but their value increases by up to 40% if you redeem them for AAA vouchers, which can be used to pay for things like AAA travel or auto repair services. If you’re an AAA club member and frequently use its services, this is a great way to maximize your earnings and membership benefits. 

Cons Explained

  • Rewards expire after five years: While five years may seem like a long time to use your points, the fact that they expire at all is a bummer. Many cards offer rewards that never expire as long as the card is open. 
  • No introductory purchase APR: Interest-free offers can be a great way to pay off a large purchase over several months, but unlike some competing cards, there is no break on finance charges with this card. 

Accessing the application page for this card may require entering a ZIP code, but the credit card offer will be the same regardless of which local AAA club you are directed to, according to a Bank of America spokesperson.

Bonus for New Cardholders

If you spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of opening an account, you’ll get a $200 statement credit. For a travel card without an annual fee, this is a pretty typical bonus offer. It’s nice that the bonus is in the form of a statement credit, though—no extra steps required to redeem points for cash back. 

If you’re looking for a big bonus to save money on your next big trip, you may want to consider a card with an annual fee. Check out our best travel cards for additional options. 

Earning Points & Rewards

You’ll earn the highest rate of rewards—3 points per $1 spent—on eligible travel and AAA purchases. That’s a generous top-tier earning category compared to similar no-annual-fee travel card offers, and it holds its own against many of the best travel rewards cards. (Lots of travel bookings earn these extra points, too, including airline tickets, hotel stays, rental car purchases, and cruise reservations booked directly or through a travel agency.) 

Certain insurance purchases purchased through a AAA Club won’t earn extra points. If you are hoping to rack up rewards on AAA purchases in particular, make sure to read the rewards program fine print first.

You’ll also earn 2 points per $1 spent on gas, at grocery stores and wholesale clubs, and on drugstore purchases. (Superstores and convenience stores that sell groceries are excluded.) This is a decent rate for these categories, though not particularly compelling. Then again, cards co-branded with Expedia and Priceline don’t award extra points on any everyday spending categories. All other purchases earn 1 point per $1 spent. 

While there’s no limit to how many points you can earn, points will expire five years after the month they were earned, or if you close your card account. That’s something to keep in mind if you are slowly saving up points for a big trip or other purchase.

Redeeming Rewards

Like many rewards cards, how you use points earned with this card affects how much they are worth. You have several options: 

  • Cash back: Points are worth 1 cent each when redeemed for cash back (you can get a check or deposit into a Bank of America account) or as a statement credit. That’s a pretty typical return for cash-back rewards, and means 100 points gets you $1. Cash-back redemptions must be at least 5,000 points, or $50. 
  • Travel: If you want to use rewards for travel (flights, hotel reservations, or rental car bookings through Bank of America), your points will also be worth 1 cent each. You must redeem at least 2,500 points at a time. 
  • Gift cards: Gift cards are the worst use of your points. Redemption values vary, but start at 3,500 points for a $25 gift card, which makes your points worth only 0.70 cent each. 
  • AAA vouchers: These are by far the best use of points earned with this card. Use them to book travel through AAA or pay for approved auto repair, among other things. And you’ll actually get more value from your points the more you redeem in a voucher. For instance, 5,000 points (the minimum redemption threshold for this option) will get you a $60 AAA voucher (the equivalent of 1.2 cents each), while 50,000 points will get you a $700 AAA voucher (the equivalent of 1.4 cents each.)

To learn more about what credit card points are worth, check out our in-depth analysis of travel rewards programs.

How to Get the Most Out of This Card

Start by making sure you earn the bonus, which means you’ll need to spend an average $334 each month for the first three months after opening your account. Then make sure to pay for any eligible travel with the card. If you’re a AAA member, redeem rewards for AAA vouchers to not only maximize point value, but save money on AAA services you were going to use (and pay for) anyway. 

Also make sure you use this card where you already get AAA member benefits to stack savings. For example, AAA members already get 5 cents back per gallon at Shell gas stations, and this card offers 2 points back per $1 spent. 

You may want to consider pairing this card with a general rewards card that pays on more everyday spending categories, or at higher rates. 

Other Features 

  • Insurance for damaged or stolen purchases
  • Extended warranties 

Customer Experience

Bank of America has a mediocre customer service reputation. In the 2019 J.D. Power U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study, it scored “about average” among 11 major card issuers.

Bank of America offers AAA Member Rewards Visa cardholders free access to their FICO score, 24/7 customer service, and assistance via online chat. Not that unusual, but nice to have.

Security Features  

This card has industry-standard security features, like the option to sign up for text or email fraud alerts. Bank of America also offers fast and free card replacement for lost or stolen cards, and the option to quickly lock your card via the mobile app. 

Fees 

The AAA Member Rewards Visa has fees typical of what you’ll find on other rewards cards. Like most travel cards, this one doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee when you travel outside of the U.S.

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CURRENT CARD
AAA Member Rewards Visa®
overall rating
3.8
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 13.99% - 23.99% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate 3x points per dollar on eligible travel purchases. 2x points on purchases made at grocery stores, gas stations, wholesale clubs and drugstores. 1x point for every dollar you spend on purchases anywhere else.
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