Schwab 2% Visa: The Final Countdown

Anecdotal reports are flowing in on FatWallet and other blogs that this is the Final Countdown to the end of the Charles Schwab Invest First 2% VISA Credit Card (with 0% foreign transaction fees).  I'm still hoping the rumors are false or only for select customers.  We should know soon since letters were supposed to be sent out shortly.  

If this is true and this is the beginning of the end, it's a very sad day for me.  I've loved this card for a long time.  It's served as my primary card for all puchases (except gas PenFed 5% and groceries AMEX 6%) since April 2009.


Here's the text of the letter I received from Bank of America dated August 22, 2011.  The only hopeful news is there is no clear end date posted.  *****New letter received 9/14 puts my drop dead date at October 31st.  SIGH****


I've reaped about $1,500 in rewards thanks to this card alone.  All of that money went into a Schwab brokerage account where I bought Schwab-branded ETF's commission-free.  It's been a great run, and I may just leave the money there to see how just how large my FREE nest egg can grow.

So, what do you do if this has been your primary card too or you're in the market for a 2% cashback card.  The reports suggest reps will try to get you to convert to a Bank of America card with the potential to get 1.5%.  I don't see myself taking that offer in my lifetime simply because it's B of A, let alone the drop in cash back.  The good news is that a roughly equivalent card exists.  Just head right over to Fidelity and pick up the Fidelity Retirement Rewards American Express Card.  It's very similar to the Schwab card, but it does charge foreign transaction fees unfortunately.  Read my review.

Another option is a VISA Signature card from Sallie Mae which also pays 2%.  You can read that review here.

Links from FatWallet showing the new HORRIBLE Bank of America offers to replace the Schwab card:

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  • Jonathan Levy

    BofA has a very poor track record with me. They used to be the vendor for the LLBean credit card. When those companies parted ways, BofA offered a replacement card that offered a $5.95 shipping credit for every month in which an internet purchase was made, regardless of whether a shipping fee was collected by the merchant. Sounds great, doesn't it? I gave up using it after about six months, when BofA started to consistently fail to credit the $5.95. Every month when I called to complain (in the early months many of their agents weren't even trained on the existence of this card), I would always be told that the merchant was using the wrong merchant code, and that the Bof A agent would send a request to the appropriate BofA desk to issue a credit (the agents weren't empowered to issue them.) Typically, these credits never got issued. 
    I expect this new card will operate in a similar way, where many of the bonus credits for gas and groceries won't get issued, with the bank claiming that the merchant is using the wrong code.

    • Thanks for sharing Jonathan! Another reason I will have nothing to do with BofA’s offering.