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Military Star Card / Military Star Rewards MasterCard / AAFES Card- What You Need to Know First

The Military Star Card is a credit card that is marketed and promoted to military personnel. In the past it was known as the AAFES card as well.

This card is limited to use at military Exchange stores or through the Exchange website. Only people who are active duty military, military retirees, reservists, National Guard personnel, Department of Defense employees or Department of State Officials stationed outside the U.S., and dependents may take advantage of military exchange shopping.

The Military Star Card is heavy on promotions and inducements to apply but light on details or terms.

Military Star Card / Military Star Rewards MasterCard / AAFES Card  What You Need to Know First

Before people can learn what the Military Star Card terms are it appears they must first give up their social security number and date of birth online. Information may be supplied to web visitors by clicking the links shown below which results in the popup window shown which requests this information.

Military Star Card / Military Star Rewards MasterCard / AAFES Card  What You Need to Know First

The Exchange Credit Program page provides minimal information to allow people to make informed decisions about the card terms. All it says about terms is: – Source

  • Competitive interest rate
  • No annual fees
  • No late or overage fees on the MILITARY STAR private label card

At one point the Military Star Card application was as shown below. This application may be one from 2004.

Military Star Card / Military Star Rewards MasterCard / AAFES Card  What You Need to Know First

Military Star Card / Military Star Rewards MasterCard / AAFES Card  What You Need to Know First

It is very interesting to uncover the lack of transparency offered by this credit card that is marketed to military personnel worldwide. It appears there is almost no transparency offered regarding the card and credit terms, nor anyway for someone to make an educated or informed decision about applying for the card without giving up personal information first.

If this product existed outside of a military environment it would not be acceptable.

Military Star Rewards MasterCard

It appears Chase Bank has a relationship with the Exchange and offers a Military Star Rewards MasterCard. This card may be used at an exchange and it states that “Eligible installation purchases go to the MILITARY STAR private label line of credit. All other purchases go to the MILITARY STAR Rewards MasterCard line of credit.” – Source

But the Chase Bank website doesn’t even show the card terms, at least not easily. It just directs you back to the same site above where you have to give up your social security number and date of birth for information. – Source

It wasn’t until I did a bit more digging that I finally uncovered what appears to be the terms of use for the Military Star MasterCard,

According to this document (source) the terms on the MasterCard are not that bad when compared to other cards. The interest rate is variable and calculated by adding 6.99% to the current Prime Rate.

One of the items that I found which concerned me in the terms is that the grace period is only 21 days. users of this card may have less than that to get their payment in full in to avoid any finance charges. The 21 day clock starts on the closing of each billing cycle and stops once the payment is received and posted to the account.

On a positive note there is no annual fee for the use of this card and the penalty fees are lower than compared to other credit cards.

Military Star Card / Military Star Rewards MasterCard / AAFES Card  What You Need to Know First

I still have no idea what the terms are on the Military Star Card issued by the Exchange. There is no reason for them to be so obtuse in sharing the credit terms offered. In my opinion it leaves military members and eligible applicants at a disadvantaged in making good choices about applying.

It seems like an unnecessary way of potentially harming military service members through the lack of basic information. The military is concerned about making sure service members have access to financial counselors, how about access to the terms and conditions of the credit card directly marketed to members. Sure seems like a logical disconnect.

Military Star Card Terms Finally Reveled

After requesting the Military Star Card terms from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service I did get a copy from their public relations department and Judd Anstey. Thank you Judd.

Since these terms are not easily available I’m going to include them below and provide my feedback and observations about each part.

This Exchange Credit Program Agreement (‘Agreement’) governs the Military Star Private Label Revolving Credit Account and the TAKE IT HOME TODAY!SM Private Label Revolving Credit Account (each, an ‘Account’) available through the Exchange Credit Program and administered by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (‘AAFES’), P.O. Box 650410, Dallas, TX 75265-0410. Your Account application and other documents we provide to modify or supplement this Agreement are incorporated into and made a part of the Agreement by reference. Please read the entire Agreement carefully before you use or permit the use of the Account and keep it for your records.

1. Definitions and General Terms: In this Agreement, the terms ‘we,’ ‘us,’ and ‘our’ mean the Account creditor to which you applied for an Account or from which you obtain Account credit (AAFES, the Navy Exchange Service Command, the Marine Corps Exchange or the Coast Guard Exchange System), and any entity to which your Account or its unpaid balance may be assigned. The terms ‘you’ and ‘your’ refer to the individual Accountholder who applied for and accepted an Account and the terms of this Agreement (see Section 2). The term ‘Authorized User’ is defined below in Section 5. Any reference to a ‘Card’ means any card we issue to you or an Authorized User that is used to access your Account. Other capitalized terms used below are explained in the context of their first use.

Whenever this Agreement states that we may take certain actions, it means we are authorized to take those actions in our sole discretion. Whenever this Agreement requires or allows you to provide us with a written notice or request related to your Account, you must send that notice or request to Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Exchange Credit Program, P.O. Box 650410, Dallas, TX 75265-0410, unless we have instructed you otherwise in this Agreement, a periodic Account statement, or another document we might provide after this Agreement becomes effective.

2. When Agreement Is Effective: You understand and agree that this Agreement is effective as of the first date you or an Authorized User use a Card or the Account.

3. Your Promise to Us: You agree to the terms and conditions in this Agreement and promise to do everything this Agreement requires of you. You agree to pay us for all purchases charged to the Account by you and any Authorized User. You agree to pay the Interest Charges (see Section 10 below), Account Fees (see Section 11 below), and all other fees, charges, costs, and expenses as provided in this Agreement, including, without limitation, those described in Section 16 below (‘Default and Remedies’).

This is why cardholders should have access to the terms without needing to give up personal information. Only by reading the terms and conditions will people be able to review the terms and determine if they are acceptable since they will be bound by them.

4. Account Eligibility: Eligible Exchange patrons who satisfy our creditworthiness standards may open and maintain an Account with us. After you separate from active duty military status, you remain eligible to use the Account if you maintain Exchange privileges. You and your Authorized Users may not make purchases with the Account after your applicable ETS/EAOS date. You must immediately notify us: (a) about any changes to your ETS/EAOS date; and (b) when you are no longer eligible for military Exchange privileges.

You may not use this card, even if you are in good standing, if you are no longer eligible for Exchange privileges.

5. Authorized Users: You may authorize family members who are 18 years or older, with current Exchange privileges, to use the Account as an ‘Authorized User.’ To do so, you must identify the Authorized User in the Account application or in a written request you send to us after the Account is opened. Any request you make to remove an Authorized User must be sent to us in writing. No one other than you may add or remove the authority of any Authorized User to use a Card or the Account, even if that person has been designated to act for you through a Power of Attorney.

Any charges by the Authorized User will be the sole responsibility of the account holder. Allowing someone to use the card does not limit your responsibility.

7. Eligible Account Purchases: You and each Authorized User may use the Account to purchase qualifying goods and services from us, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Depending on the Account we maintain for you under this Agreement, you and each Authorized User may use the Account to purchase qualifying goods and services from us under our Retail Plan, Military Clothing Plan (if you qualify), and any Special Promotion plan we may offer from time to time. If your Account is a TAKE IT HOME TODAY! Account, then the Retail Plan and Special Promotion purchases you and Authorized Users may make with the Account are limited to items that a participating Exchange facility has identified as eligible for a TAKE IT HOME TODAY! purchase, and at least one of those eligible items must have a purchase price of $299 or more. We may permit you to combine your purchase of a qualifying TAKE IT HOME TODAY! item with the purchase of other complimentary items that you make on the same day and at the same Exchange facility. Any Account purchases returned to us will result in a credit to your Account, not a cash refund, and may be subject to a restocking fee. Account purchases are subject to the terms of our Retail Plan, unless we determine that those purchases qualify for different treatment under the Military Clothing Plan or a Special Promotion. Terms that apply to a Special Promotion are described in this Agreement, except to the extent those terms are changed by promotional disclosures that modify or supplement this Agreement. Account purchases that qualify for the Military Clothing Plan (formerly UCDPP) are limited to the following: Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) procured issue military clothing items and footwear; DSCP organizational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE) items; AAFES commercial uniform clothing, undergarments, insignia and footwear items to be worn with the uniform. Military clothing and equipment offered by other vendors are not eligible for the Military Clothing Plan.

No cash refunds are available for purchases made on this account and returned. You may also have to pay an additional restocking fee.

7. Credit Limits and Available Credit: The Credit Limit of your Account is the maximum amount you may owe us at any time. The Available Credit of your Account is the amount of credit that remains available to you, up to the amount of your applicable Credit Limit. We may restrict or delay the Available Credit of your Account for risk management purposes, to protect you and us against actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions, and for other legitimate reasons. We may establish separate Credit Limits for the Retail Plan and the Military Clothing Plan. When you do not have enough Available Credit to complete a purchase under the Military Clothing Plan, we may allow you to complete that purchase under the Retail Plan (subject to the Available Credit, Interest Charges, Account Fees and other terms and conditions that otherwise apply to Retail Plan purchases). Your Credit Limits will be shown on your monthly Account statements (‘Periodic Statements’). You must ensure that your Account balances do not exceed the Credit Limits we set for your Account from time to time, even if we electronically or manually authorize an Account purchase. If your Account balance is more than your applicable Credit Limit, we can still charge you for any and all Account purchases, Interest Charges and Account Fees, and require that you immediately pay any amount exceeding your Credit Limit, without giving up any of our rights under this Agreement. We may increase or decrease your Credit Limits at any time without advance notice to you, subject to any requirements or limitations of applicable law.

Your credit limit may be reduced or restricted if you are deemed to be a credit risk.

8. Purchase Authorizations: We may ask that you or any Authorized User provide identification documents to confirm eligibility for an Account purchase. We may decline to authorize any purchase requested on your Account. If the system we use to authorize Account purchases is not working, we may not authorize a purchase, even if your Available Credit is sufficient for that purchase. We will not be liable to you if this occurs. We may not authorize a purchase if you are in Default (see Section 16 below), if the Available Credit under the Account has been suspended or cancelled for any reason, if you have not followed our procedures for requesting a purchase, or for other reasons. You will be bound by any policy we disclose, such as ‘no returns,’ ‘no refund,’ ‘no return or credit without receipt,’ ‘as is,’ ‘store credit only,’ ‘all sales final,’ or similar statements.

Some purchases using the card may not be returned or refunded.

9. Periodic Statements; Billing Cycles: We will, as required by law, send a Periodic Statement to you or your designee after the end of each Billing Cycle. Each Periodic Statement will show the ending date of the most recent Billing Cycle (the ‘Closing Date’). A Billing Cycle refers to the number of days between Closing Dates. Each Periodic Statement will show the total amount you owed as of the Closing Date of your prior Periodic Statement (the ‘Previous Balance’), and the amounts added to and subtracted from the Previous Balance to determine the total amount you owe as of your most recent Closing Date (the ‘New Balance’).

The Periodic Statement will show the minimum amount you must pay (the ‘Total Minimum Payment Due’) and the date on which your payment is due (the ‘Payment Due Date,’ which will be at least 25 days after the Closing Date). See Section 12 below for more information about how your Total Minimum Payment Due is determined. Only one Periodic Statement will be sent each month to the address of record for your Account (see Section 15 below). Your Billing Cycle may be changed at any time and for our convenience, as permitted by law.

You should review each Periodic Statement carefully. Subject to any limitations or requirements of applicable law, you may be bound by what the Periodic Statement shows if there is a billing error on your Periodic Statement and you do not advise us of the error within 60 days after we mailed it to you. For more information about billing disputes and your rights, read the section below called ‘Your Billing Rights.’

You will note that the billing grace period using this card is 25 days as opposed to the Military Star Rewards MasterCard which is only 21 days.

10. Interest Charges:

A. Daily Periodic Rates; Index for Variable Rate Adjustments. The Daily Periodic Rate used to determine your periodic rate finance charges (‘Interest Charges’) is determined by dividing the corresponding Annual Percentage Rate by three hundred sixty five (365) or, in a leap year, by three hundred sixty six (366). The resulting Daily Periodic Rate is carried five places past the decimal point, and the last digit is rounded. The Daily Periodic Rates and Annual Percentage Rates applied to Retail Plan and Special Promotion balances may vary from monthly Billing Cycle to monthly Billing Cycle, based on published changes in the index rate that applies to your Account. If your Account balances become subject to the Penalty APR as described below in Section 10(G), the Daily Periodic Rates and Annual Percentage Rates we apply to all of your unpaid Retail Plan, Special Promotion, and Military Clothing Plan balances may vary from monthly Billing Cycle to monthly Billing Cycle, based on published changes in the index rate that applies to your Account. Each variable Daily Periodic Rate and corresponding Annual Percentage Rate is based on the value of a published index rate plus the Margins described below in Section 10(D), in Section 10(G), or in separate documents that modify or supplement this Agreement. The index rate used for variable rate adjustments will be the highest bank prime loan rate published in ‘Money Rates’ section of The Wall Street Journal on the Closing Date of your previous Billing Cycle or the business day immediately before that Closing Date (the ‘WSJ Prime Rate’). Changes in an index rate will be effective as of the first day of a monthly Billing Cycle. An increase in the index rate will result in increased Interest Charges and an increased Total Minimum Payment Due.

B. How We Calculate Balances Subject to Interest Rate. We figure the Interest Charges for your Account by applying the Daily Periodic Rate to the ‘Daily Balance’ of your Account (including new purchases) for each day in the Billing Cycle. We calculate a separate Daily Balance for each of the different categories of your Account (for purchases made under the Retail Plan, the Military Clothing Plan, and any Special Promotions). To get the ‘Daily Balance’ for each Account category, we take the beginning balance of your Account each day in each category, add any new purchases, and then subtract any unpaid Interest Charges, unpaid Account Fees, unpaid costs and charges of collection, payments and credits. This gives us the Daily Balance for each category of your Account.

C. Grace Period. The Periodic Statement for the Billing Cycle with the most recent Closing Date is your ‘Current Statement.’ New purchases shown for the first time on your Current Statement will begin to accrue Interest Charges from the date of the purchase, except as provided in this Agreement or as otherwise required by law. New purchases shown for the first time on your Current Statement will not begin to accrue Interest Charges until the first day of the following Billing Cycle if: (a) there is no Previous Balance or there is a credit balance for the Billing Cycle shown on your Current Statement; or (b) the sum of payments and credits we received during the Billing Cycle shown on your Current Statement was at least equal to the Previous Balance shown on that Current Statement. To avoid additional Interest Charges, you must pay the full New Balance shown on the Current Statement by the Payment Due Date shown on the same Periodic Statement. We will give you the benefit of a grace period for certain partial payments you make, in those limited circumstances and to the extent required by law.

D. Interest Charges for Retail Plan Purchases. The variable Annual Percentage Rate used to determine the Interest Charges for Retail Plan purchases will be based on the WSJ Prime Rate plus a Margin of 6.99%. The Account Opening Disclosures provided with this Agreement disclose the Annual Percentage Rate and Daily Periodic Rate in effect for Retail Plan purchases on or near the date your Account was opened.

E. Interest Charges for Military Clothing Plan. The non-variable Annual Percentage Rate for purchases qualifying for the Military Clothing Plan is 0.00% (a Daily Periodic Rate of 0.00000%).

No interest for military clothing plan purchases. Nice perk.

F. Interest Charges for Special Promotions. The Interest Charges and other terms and conditions for any Special Promotion will be described in separate promotional disclosures that modify or supplement this Agreement.

G. Penalty APR. A ‘Penalty APR Triggering Event’ will occur if you have not paid a Total Minimum Payment Due within 60 days of its applicable Payment Due Date (in other words, within 90 days after the Closing Date of the Billing Cycle for which we determined this minimum payment was due). If a Penalty APR Triggering Event occurs, we may apply an increased Annual Percentage Rate (a ‘Penalty APR’) on an indefinite basis to the unpaid Account balances for all of your Retail Plan, Special Promotion and Military Clothing Plan purchases and any new Account purchases we permit, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement or required by law. In addition to applying this Penalty APR, we may close your Account to future purchases and exercise other remedies related to this event of Default as provided in this Agreement (see Section 16 below). The Penalty APR is a variable Annual Percentage Rate determined as of the date we first apply it, based on the WSJ Prime Rate plus a Margin of 14.99%. The Account Opening Disclosures provided with this Agreement disclose the Penalty APR in effect on or near the date your Account was opened. If we receive six consecutive payments of your Total Minimum Payment Due by their Payment Due Dates, beginning with the first Total Minimum Payment Due that is due immediately after the Penalty APR takes effect, then we will stop applying the Penalty APR to the unpaid Account balances and any new Account purchases made on and after the date we provided you with notice about the APR increase. An increase to the Penalty APR will result in increased Interest Charges and an increased Total Minimum Payment Due

A penalty APR is not triggered if you make the full minimum payment due within 60 days of the applicable due date. That’s a better policy than many credit cards offer. The card also offers a formula for eliminating the penalty interest rate after six consecutive on-time monthly payments of at least the minimum amount. It’s a great benefit to know exactly what you need to do to eliminate the penalty interest rate.

H. Minimum Interest Charge. A minimum Interest Charge (a Finance Charge) of $0.50 will be assessed in any Billing Cycle in which an Interest Charge is due, but is less than $0.50.

I. Temporary Reductions in Interest Charges. Your Interest Charges may be temporarily reduced based on military activation or deployment. At the end of your activation or deployment, the Interest Charges will return to the rates then in effect under this Agreement.

If you are on active duty or deployed your interest rates will be reduced.

11. Account Fees.

A. Returned Payment Fee. If your check, payment instrument, or any form of electronic payment to us is dishonored by your depository institution or returned to us unpaid for any reason, we will assess and add a Returned Payment Fee of $25.00 to your Account.

B. Document Copy Fee. On non-disputed matters and matters unrelated to a Billing Error, and subject to any limitations or restrictions of applicable law, we may require that you pay us a fee of $5.00 each time you request photocopies or reprints of Account and transaction documents.

12. Payments; Total Minimum Payment Due; Pay-Ahead Feature. You may pay your New Balance in full any time without penalty or pay it in monthly installments. Paying your entire New Balance or paying more than your Total Minimum Payment Due will help you reduce or avoid Interest Charges. To pay the New Balance in installments, you must pay us at least the Total Minimum Payment Due for each Billing Cycle by the Payment Due Date shown on each Periodic Statement. Your Periodic Statement will disclose the Total Minimum Payment Due after each Billing Cycle.

Unless the Pay-Ahead Feature applies to your Account as described below, your Total Minimum Payment Due will be the sum of items 1 through 4 below:

1. The greater of:

a. $10.00 (or the entire New Balance if it is less than $10.00); or

b. 2.777% of the unpaid balance of your Retail Plan and Special Promotion purchases including accrued Interest Charges for such purchases (or any different percentage of Special Promotion purchases including accrued Interest Charges separately disclosed to you in documents that modify or supplement this Agreement), based on the unpaid balance of such purchases as of the Closing Date for the Billing Cycle during which you made your most recent Retail Plan and/or Special Promotion purchase; plus

2. 12.5% of the unpaid balance of any Military Clothing Plan purchases (if applicable), based on the unpaid balance of these purchases as of the Closing Date of the Billing Cycle during which you made your most recent Military Clothing Plan purchase; plus

3. All past due payments; plus

4. The amount by which your Account balance exceeds any applicable Credit Limit.

We may automatically apply a promotional Pay-Ahead Feature to your Account while your Account remains open and in good standing, if you pay more than the Total Minimum Payment Due by its Payment Due Date. When this promotional Pay-Ahead Feature applies, the amount by which your Account payment exceeds the Total Minimum Payment Due for a Billing Cycle will be treated as your advance payment of part or all of the Total Minimum Payment Due that would otherwise be due in a later Billing Cycle. Any promotional Pay-Ahead Feature we apply will remain in effect until the earlier of: (a) the Billing Cycle in which we determine that the Account payment that made you eligible for the Pay-Ahead Feature will not pay the full amount of the Total Minimum Payment Due otherwise due for that Billing Cycle; (b) the sixth Billing Cycle after we first apply the Pay-Ahead Feature to your Account; (c) the date your Account is closed to further purchases; or (d) the date we determine that your Account is no longer in good standing or otherwise in Default under this Agreement. We reserve the right to determine whether and when to offer this promotional Pay-Ahead Feature. We will not automatically extend, renew or restart any Pay-Ahead Feature that applies to your Account, based on the Account payments you make while the Pay-Ahead Feature is in effect. Account purchases that you make after the Pay-Ahead Feature is first applied affect how long the Pay-Ahead Feature applies to your Account. Interest Charges and Account Fees accrue on all purchases and Account balances as provided in this Agreement while the Pay-Ahead Feature applies to your Account. Paying more than the amount of your required payment while the Pay-Ahead Feature is in effect will help you reduce your Interest Charges. After the Pay-Ahead Feature no longer applies to your Account, you must immediately resume making payment of the Total Minimum Payment Due in the time and manner described in this Agreement and as shown on your Periodic Statements.

If you pay more than the Total Minimum Payment Due shown on a Periodic Statement and this promotional Pay-Ahead Feature does not apply, we may still require that you pay at least the Total Minimum Payment Due shown on each subsequent Periodic Statement.

It is important to note that if you pay more than the minimum payment it does not eliminate the need to make the minimum payment in future months. A minimum payment may still be due regardless of the amount of your last payment.

13. Method of Payment; Check Endorsements. You may make payments on your Account by sending personal checks, money orders or other negotiable instruments, payable in U.S. dollars, to the Payment Address shown on your Periodic Statement. Any payments received there will be promptly credited to your Account as specified on your Periodic Statement. Include your payment stub and do not send cash. Your Available Credit may not immediately show a payment has been applied to your Account if any payment you make is not received at the Payment Address shown on your Periodic Statement or is not accompanied by the payment coupon portion of your Periodic Statement. We may also permit you to make Account payments at your local Exchange or online at Exchange Credit Central on www.milexch.com.

You must not send us any check marked ‘payment in full,’ or with similar terms or other conditions, unless both you and one of our authorized representatives have agreed in writing to resolve a dispute in that manner. We can accept such checks or late or partial payments without losing our right to receive the full amount you owe for your Account under this Agreement.

Nice. Does address the trick some try by marking a payment in full and sending a partial payment hoping the balance will be eliminated. They make it clear that any such terms are not binding unless the creditor and cardholder agree.

When you provide a check as payment, you agree that we may use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from the deposit account at the financial institution identified on the check or process the payment as a check transaction. When we use information from your check to initiate an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your deposit account as soon as the same day we receive your payment. The electronic fund transfer will be the same as the amount shown on your check, without including any additional amounts. Electronically processed checks (and checks presented electronically) are not returned to you by your depository institution. We will retain an image of your electronically processed check as required by law. In the ordinary course of business, your check will not be provided to you with your deposit account statement, but you can retrieve a copy of your check by contacting your depository institution. Please notify us at the address provided above in Section 1 if you want to learn about other payment options and you prefer not to have your check used in this way.

14. Application of Payments. We have the right to apply payments to the Total Minimum Payment Due for your Account in the order and manner we determine in our sole discretion. We will apply payments that exceed your Total Minimum Payment Due in the manner required by law, which generally means that any such excess payment amounts will be applied to your Account balances in descending order, beginning with Account balances subject to higher APRs. Special rules may apply if we offer certain deferred interest or similar programs as a Special Promotion or if we agree to apply payments in a specific manner at your request.

They determine how your payment is applied. It’s interesting that they keep referencing the law that governs the transaction but I have seen which state they are claiming governs it.

15. Account Documents We Send to You; Change of Address. You agree that any Account notices, Periodic Statements, and correspondence (together, ‘Account Documents’) we send will be effective notice to you if sent to the most recent address we maintain for your Account in our records (your Account ‘address of record’). Initially, your address of record will be the address you provided on your Account application. If any address of record we maintain changes for any reason, you must give us written notice of any new address of record. To update your address of record, you must submit an Account update form to us through your local Exchange, online at www.milexch.com, or using the address provided above in Section 1. You understand and agree that we may update your address of record by using information we receive from national change of address service providers. Account Documents will be deemed given to you when they are hand delivered to you or deposited in the mail using your address of record. If you do not receive any Periodic Statement after you attempt to change the address of record, it is your responsibility to contact us again and verify that any such address of record has been updated.

16. Default and Remedies. Subject to any limitations or notice requirements under applicable law, we may declare your Account in default if any of the following occur (each, a ‘Default’): (a) you do not make any Total Minimum Payment Due by its applicable Payment Due Date; (b) you do not, upon our request, pay the full unpaid balance of your Account after the date your Exchange privileges are terminated or you voluntarily ask us to cancel your Available Credit and close your Account as provided in Section 19 below; (c) you do not do anything this Agreement requires of you; (d) you die, are adjudged incompetent or become the subject of a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding; (e) you have supplied us at any time with misleading, false, incomplete, or incorrect information; (f) you or an Authorized User attempt or make any fraudulent use of the Account, before or after it is suspended or closed; (g) a purchase in which we retain a security interest is transferred, stolen or significantly damaged; (h) we have suspended your check presentation privileges; (i) you default or become delinquent in satisfying other obligations you owe us; or (j) you attempt or authorize an Account payment knowing that the funds needed to pay are insufficient or unavailable for any reason.

You may be asked to pay your account in full if you become ineligible for Exchange privileges. Your account may also be terminated if it is found you provided a “repaired” credit report which contained misleading or missing information. If you buy an item and sell it or it is stolen before the account is paid in full, it may be closed.

Our remedies under applicable law include, without limitation, those available to us under the federal Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-134), the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-369), the Debt Collection Act of 1982 (Pub. L. 97-365), and the Federal Claims Collection Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89-508), each as codified in the United States Code and as amended from time to time, and as implemented by the federal Claims Collection Standards, 31 C.F.R. Parts 900 through 904 and other implementing regulations promulgated by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, each as amended from time to time. Regardless of anything in this Agreement to the contrary, you understand and agree that we may pursue any one or more of the following remedies after a Default, subject to any notice requirements and other limitations of applicable law. In doing so, we may: (i) close your Account to future purchases and require immediate payment of your entire Account balance; (ii) arrange for garnishment or deduction from your military, retired, or civilian pay of the maximum amount allowed by applicable law to pay amounts you owe under the Account; (iii) arrange for an offset or deduction of the maximum amount allowed against any federal payment due to you (including a federal income tax refund or a federal salary); (iv) refuse to honor any further attempts by you to purchase from us using a Card, the Account, checks, or any other form of payment; (v) reduce your Credit Limit and cancel or suspend all Available Credit connected with your Account; (vi) terminate any Special Promotion and transfer all related Account balances to the Retail Plan for your Account; (vii) bring an action to collect all amounts owed; (viii) repossess purchases in which we retain a security interest and otherwise seek self-help or judicial remedies available to us as a secured creditor; (ix) notify your unit commander about our Account collection efforts; (x) close and transfer your Account for collection by the AAFES Collections department, a commercial collection agency, or a law firm, in accordance with applicable law; and/or (xi) take any other action allowed by law. Our rights and remedies under this Agreement are cumulative and we may pursue them in any order or combination we consider appropriate. If we refer your Account for collection by a commercial collection agency or law firm, submit your Account for offset through the U.S. Department of the Treasury, or arrange for garnishment or deduction from your military, retired, or civilian pay through your current or former employer, you shall be liable and responsible for paying any and all costs, fees and expenses that these parties charge and that you or we incur in connection with the collection of your Account after Default, except as limited by applicable law. We will tell you in advance and/or give you an opportunity to cure your default only if applicable law requires us to do so.

If you default on this account you can have your military pay garnished, your tax refund intercepted, repossess items purchased under the card, Notify your unit commander about your default, and/or sue you.

17. Lost or Stolen Card; Unauthorized Use. Each Card we issue remains our property and you must surrender it to us upon our demand. You must sign your Card before its first use. If you notice the loss or theft of your Card or a possible unauthorized use of your Card, you should write to us immediately at Exchange Credit Program, P.O. Box 650410, Dallas, TX 75265-0410 or call us at the customer service numbers listed at the end of this Agreement. You will not be liable for any unauthorized use that occurs after you notify us. You may, however, be liable for unauthorized use that occurs before your notice to us. In any case, your liability will not exceed $50. You agree to cooperate with us while we investigate any unauthorized use. You must identify for us the unauthorized charges from which you received no benefit. We may require that you provide us information in writing to help us find out what happened. We may also require that you comply with certain procedures in connection with our investigation. If you orally give us notice about any loss or theft, you agree to confirm it in writing. You agree that unauthorized use does not include use by a person whom you have given authority to use a Card or the Account and that you will be liable for all use by any such person.

If you call the creditor about unauthorized use of the card, you must notify them in writing as well.

18. Separation. Clearing the Exchange during the base or post clearing process does not result in a forgiveness of your Account balance. Even after any separation from service, you remain responsible for all purchases made with the Account and all related Interest Charges, Account Fees and other fees and charges, as provided in this Agreement. If you are an AAFES employee who separates voluntarily or involuntarily, we may offset your final AAFES pay in an amount up to the full amount needed to satisfy the entire balance owed for the Account.

Discharge from the military does not eliminate your balance.

19. How You May Close Your Account. You may ask us to cancel your Available Credit and close the Account at any time and for any reason (including when you lose your Exchange privileges).We may ask that you send a cancellation request to us in writing, to the extent permitted by law. We may also ask that you collect and destroy all Cards held by you, an Authorized User, or any other person to prevent any further use of the Account. No one other than you may instruct us to cancel your Available Credit and close the Account, even if they are designated to act for you through a Power of Attorney. You must still pay us the full amount you owe us for the Account under this Agreement, including amounts due for Interest Charges, Account Fees, other authorized fees and charges, and any purchases you or an Authorized User make after the date of your request to close the Account or cancel a Card, except to extent expressly prohibited by applicable law. If you ask to cancel your Available Credit and close the Account, we may require that you pay the full unpaid balance of the Account no later than 30 calendar days from the date of your cancellation request, except as prohibited by law. If you elect to cancel your Account when exercising rights you may have to reject certain changes we propose to make to the terms of your Account or this Agreement, we will not require that you cancel your Account in writing or immediately pay the full unpaid balance of the Account solely because you are exercising these rights (see Section 27 below).

Your account may be closed at any time and for any reason at your request. Remaning balances will still be due.

20. We Have the Right to Close or Suspend your Account. We may close your Account and cancel or suspend your Available Credit and use of the Account and Cards at any time, with or without cause, and for any reason, subject to any requirements or limitations of applicable law. You and any Authorized Users must not use or attempt to use a Card or the Account after we cancel or suspend your Available Credit or close your Account. We will send written notice to the address of record for your Account (see Section 15 above) notifying you if we have cancelled or suspended your Account and Cards. You must collect Cards held by you, an Authorized User, or any other person, and cut those Cards in half to prevent their further use. Our reasons, among others, for closing your Account and cancelling or suspending your use of the Account or Cards may relate to your loss of Exchange privileges, the length of time in which the Account has been inactive, your failure to notify us of an address change, or any event of Default under the Agreement. You must still pay the full amount you owe us under this Agreement if your Account is closed and your Available Credit is cancelled or suspended, including accrued Interest Charges, accrued Account Fees, other fees and charges provided for in this Agreement, and amounts due for any purchases you or an Authorized User make after the date we attempt to cancel or suspend use of the Account or a Card. You agree to pay us the outstanding balance, Interest Charges, Account Fees and all other fees, charges, costs, and expenses due on your Account under the terms of this Agreement, even if we have closed your Account and cancelled or suspended your use of the Account and Cards. If you are not in Default under this Agreement, we may allow you to pay the amount you owe as otherwise provided under the terms of this Agreement. After an Account is closed and its balance paid in full, you must submit an application to us for a new Account at an Exchange where the Card is accepted or online at www.milexch.com.

The creditor may close your account at anytime and for any reason as well.

21. Credit Investigation and Credit Reports. You authorize us to investigate your credit record and verify your income, employment, and other related information with third parties. You understand and agree that your credit report may be requested in connection with processing your initial credit application. You also understand and agree that your credit report may be requested in connection with any subsequent extension of Account credit, request to increase your Credit Limit, renewal or update of your Account, Account collection action, or an investigation of an Account dispute.

You also understand and agree that we may furnish information about the status and payment history of your Account to credit reporting agencies and other creditors as permitted or required by applicable law. We may report information about your Account to credit reporting agencies and others who may properly receive that information. Late payments, missed payments, or other defaults on your Account may be reflected in your credit report.

If you believe that we have reported inaccurate information about you to a credit reporting agency, notify us in writing at: Exchange Credit Program, P.O. Box 650410, Dallas, TX 75265-0410. In doing so, identify yourself, your Account, the information you believe is inaccurate, and tell us why you believe the information is incorrect. If you have supporting documents or information, such as a copy of a credit report that includes information you believe is inaccurate, send us the supporting documents and information as well.

Here is the process for disputing and any incorrect information on your credit report that is reported on this account.

22. Telephone Calls. You agree that you and we have an established business relationship and authorize us to contact you by telephone about your Account. You agree that we may place such telephone calls using an automatic dialing-announcing device and that such calls will not be unsolicited calls for purposes of applicable law. You agree that we may, from time to time, monitor and/or record telephone calls between you and us to assure the quality of our customer service and for other legitimate business reasons. If you provide a mobile or cellular phone number to us, or if you call us using a mobile or cellular phone, you agree that we and our agents and representatives may make Account collection and servicing calls to your mobile or cellular phone.

23. Governing Law. This Agreement and your and our rights and responsibilities related to the Account are governed solely by applicable federal law.

Ah, OK. Federal law, not state law.

24. No Waiver by Us. You agree that we may, without notice to you, waive or refrain from enforcing our rights under this Agreement without losing any of those rights. You agree that we may waive one or more of our rights under the Agreement without affecting any of our other rights. If we waive any right at a particular time, you agree that we are not also waiving the same right in other circumstances or at another time.

25. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is finally determined to be void or unenforceable under any law, rule, or regulation, you agree that all other provisions of this Agreement will still be valid and enforceable.

26. Assignment of Account. We may sell, assign or transfer your Account or any interest we hold in your Account at any time, without notice, and without your consent. You may not sell, assign or transfer any of your rights or obligations under this Agreement or the Account, except with our express written consent.

27. Change in Terms. Subject to any required notices and other requirements and limitations of applicable law, we may, at any time, change any term of this Agreement, including the Interest Charges and Account Fees that apply to your Account. Unless we explain otherwise in any change in terms notice you receive, the changes we make to this Agreement and your Account will take effect automatically on the date we specify in the notice, even if you do not make any further Account purchases or otherwise agree with the changes. If required by law, our change in terms notice will explain whether there are changes you may reject and, if so, how you may do so and what may result from any decision you make to reject these changes. Except as limited by applicable law or as otherwise provided in our change in terms notice, any change in terms will apply to: (a) all Account purchases made after the effective date of the change; and (b) all unpaid Account balances. No one has the authority to change this Agreement without our express written consent.

These terms may be changed at will by the creditor.

28. Security Interest. You grant us and we retain a security interest in each Retail Plan and Special Promotion purchase you or an Authorized User make with the Account. To the extent permitted by applicable law, you grant to us and we shall retain a purchase money security interest under the Uniform Commercial Code in each Retail Plan and Special Promotion Plan purchase you make with your Account, as shown on sales slips or other evidence of the sales transaction, until the unpaid balance of that purchase and any related Interest Charges and Account Fees are paid in full. For purposes of determining at any time which Retail Plan and Special Promotion Plan purchases remain subject to our security interest, payments on your Account will be applied in accordance with any mandatory provisions of applicable law and, absent such provisions, shall be applied as follows: first, to Interest Charges, then to any Account Fees, then to pay that portion of the Total Minimum Payment Due for purchases made under the Military Clothing Plan, then to each Retail Plan and Special Promotion purchase in the order that each such purchase was charged to your Account, beginning with the oldest purchase. Retail Plan and Special Promotion purchases made on the same day will be paid off by allocating your payments to the lowest price purchase(s) first. You understand and agree that we may, at our option, record financing or security documents as permitted by applicable law that evidence our security interest in Retail Plan and Special Promotion purchases made with the Account. It is expressly agreed that no security interest is or will be retained or acquired by us in any consumer’s principal dwelling or household goods other than those you or an Authorized User purchased with the Account. This does not apply to a lien created by a court judgment. In the event of default, we shall have all the rights of a secured party under applicable law, including, to the extent permitted by applicable law, the right to repossess items that remain subject to our security interest.

Your Billing Rights: Keep This Document For Future Use.

This notice tells you about your rights and our responsibilities under the Fair Credit Billing Act.
What To Do If You Find A Mistake On Your Statement

If you think there is an error on your statement, write to us at:
Exchange Credit Program
P.O. Box 650410
Dallas, TX 75265-0410

In your letter, give us the following information:

Account information: Your name and account number.

Dollar amount: The dollar amount of the suspected error.

Description of problem: If you think there is an error on your bill, describe what you believe is wrong and why you believe it is a mistake.

You must contact us:

Within 60 days after the error appeared on your statement.

At least 3 business days before an automated payment is scheduled, if you want to stop payment on the amount you think is wrong.

You must notify us of any potential errors in writing. You may call us, but if you do we are not required to investigate any potential errors and you may have to pay the amount in question.

What Will Happen After We Receive Your Letter

When we receive your letter, we must do two things:

1. Within 30 days of receiving your letter, we must tell you that we received your letter. We will also tell you if we have already corrected the error.

2. Within 90 days of receiving your letter, we must either correct the error or explain why we believe the bill was correct.

While we investigate whether or not there has been an error:

We cannot try to collect the amount in question, or report you as delinquent on that amount.

The charge in question may remain on your statement, and we may continue to charge you interest on that amount.

While you do not have to pay the amount in question, you are responsible for the remainder of your balance.

We can apply any unpaid amount against your credit limit.

After we finish our investigation, one of two things will happen:

If we made a mistake: You will not have to pay the amount in question or any interest or other fees related to that amount.

If we do not believe there was a mistake: You will have to pay the amount in question, along with applicable interest and fees. We will send you a statement of the amount you owe and the date payment is due. We may then report you as delinquent if you do not pay the amount we think you owe.

If you receive our explanation but still believe your bill is wrong, you must write to us within 10 days telling us that you still refuse to pay. If you do so, we cannot report you as delinquent without also reporting that you are questioning your bill. We must tell you the name of anyone to whom we reported you as delinquent, and we must let those organizations know when the matter has been settled between us.
If we do not follow all of the rules above, you do not have to pay the first $50 of the amount you question even if your bill is correct.

Your Rights If You Are Dissatisfied With Your Credit Card Purchases

If you are dissatisfied with the goods or services that you have purchased with your credit card, and you have tried in good faith to correct the problem with the merchant, you may have the right not to pay the remaining amount due on the purchase.

To use this right, all of the following must be true:

1. The purchase must have been made in your home State or within 100 miles of your current mailing address, and the purchase price must have been more than $50. (Note: Neither of these is necessary if your purchase was based on an advertisement we mailed to you, or if we own the company that sold you the goods or services.)

2. You must have used your credit card for the purchase.

3. You must not yet have fully paid for the purchase.

If all of the criteria above are met and you are still dissatisfied with the purchase, contact us in writing at:
Exchange Credit Program
P.O. Box 650410
Dallas, TX 75265-0410

While we investigate, the same rules apply to the disputed amount as discussed above. After we finish our investigation, we will tell you our decision. At that point, if we think you owe an amount and you do not pay, we may report you as delinquent.

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  • Chuck

    This sounds like someone that was discharged from the military for not paying his military star card. So he created this because he wants to trash the military and the military star card and AAFES anyway he can. He probably ran up to much debt just like a bunch of other Airman I see do all the time, then we have to kick them out when they cannot pay their bills.

  • Jr

    I was considering this card, but after reading all the terms, NO WAY!!!  You become an Endentured Servent to Chase Bank.  What a scam to rip off Military Personel.

  • Guest

    Thanks a lot! Really helped us!

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