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U.S. Bank launches new credit card with 50k-point welcome bonus, plus earn rewards on travel, gas, groceries and more

Select takes a look at the newest U.S. Bank Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card.

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U.S. Bank launched a new rewards credit card to help cardholders get more from their everyday spending — plus the chance to earn a generous sign-up bonus.

With the U.S. Bank Altitude® Connect Visa Signature® Card, you can earn a 50,000-point welcome bonus (worth $500) after spending $2,000 in eligible purchases in the first 120 days after account opening (at launch, the spending requirement was $3,000 but has since been reduced to $2,000).

While many credit cards require that you meet a certain spend threshold within the first three months to earn a welcome offer, the Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card gives you an extra month. Your points never expire as long as your account is open and in good standing, and you can redeem points for merchandise, gift cards, cash back, travel and more.

In addition to the welcome bonus valued at $500, here is a snapshot of what cardholders of the U.S. Bank Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card can expect.

Rewards program

U.S. Bank Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card cardholders can earn rewards for spending in the following categories:

  • 4X points on travel and at gas stations and EV charging stations through September 8, 2024, after that 4X on your first $1,000 each quarter (wholesale clubs and discount stores/supercenters excluded) 
  • 2X points at grocery stores, grocery delivery, dining and streaming services (discount stores/supercenters and wholesale clubs excluded effective September 9, 2024)
  • 1X point on all other eligible purchases

U.S. Bank provides a handy rewards calculator on its website where you can see how many points you can typically earn in a month using your estimated spend in the above categories.

Cardholder perks

The U.S. Bank Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card waives your annual fee for the first year, after that it's $95. But there are some perks that can help offset the cost of the annual fee.

  • $30 credit for annual streaming service purchases, including Netflix and Spotify®
  • Up to $100 in statement credits for reimbursement toward your TSA PreCheck® or Global Entry® application fee once every four years
  • No foreign transaction fees when making purchases outside the U.S. (this is a huge perk when traveling abroad)
  • Contactless credit card so you just tap your card to make payments safely and quickly
  • Up to $600 reimbursement for cell phone protection if your mobile phone gets stolen or damaged

On top of the welcome bonus, rewards and extra perks, U.S. Bank Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card users get access to Visa Signature benefits. These include identity theft protection, a 24/7 concierge, food and wine events, as well as travel luxuries like automatic room upgrades when available and a $25 daily food and beverage credit.

The U.S. Bank Altitude Connect Visa Signature Card is the third and newest addition to U.S. Bank's suite of Altitude® credit cards, which also includes the U.S. Bank Altitude® Go Visa Signature® Card and U.S. Bank Altitude® Reserve Visa Infinite® Card.

U.S. Bank Altitude® Connect Visa Signature® Card

Information about the U.S. Bank Altitude® Connect Visa Signature® Card has been collected independently by Select and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of the card prior to publication.
  • Rewards

    5X points on prepaid hotels and car rentals booked directly in the Altitude Rewards Center, 4X points on travel, gas stations, and EV charging stations through September 8, 2024, after that 4X on your first $1,000 each quarter (wholesale clubs and discount stores/supercenters excluded), 2X on dining, streaming services and at grocery stores (discount stores/supercenters and wholesale clubs excluded effective September 9, 2024), 1X point on all other eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 120 days of account opening. That's a $500 value redeemable towards travel and more.

  • Annual fee

    $0 intro annual fee for the first year, $95 thereafter

  • Intro APR

    None

  • Regular APR

    21.24% - 29.24% (Variable)

  • Balance transfer fee

    Either 3% of the amount of each transfer or $5 minimum, whichever is greater

  • Foreign transaction fee

    None

  • Credit needed

    Excellent/Good

See rates and fees, terms apply.

Information about the U.S. Bank Altitude® Reserve Visa Infinite® Card has been collected independently by Select and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of the card prior to publication.

Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the Select editorial staff’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any third party.
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