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Voyager Debit Mastercard [Earn 9% Interest on Deposits & up to 3% Back on Spend]

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It is not often that you come across a debit card that offers a lucrative rewards structure. In fact, most debit cards offered by legacy financial institutions offer no rewards at all. Voyager Digital is looking to drastically change the status quo by offering you 9% interest on USD Coin (USDC) deposits and up to 3% back on purchases made with its debit card.

If your head is spinning already, don’t worry! In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about Voyager Digital, its upcoming debit card, and its loyalty program to help you see how it might fit into your overall rewards strategy.

What Is Voyager Digital?

Voyager is a cryptocurrency exchange that offers commission-free trading on over 80 digital assets. The platform also offers an Earn program, allowing users to deposit their crypto with Voyager and earn interest for doing so, along with a loyalty program, and a soon-to-be-launched debit card.

As of November 2021, Voyager surpassed 1 million funded accounts, increasing funded accounts by 2,225% in just over 10 months, and announced registered users at 2.7 million, up from 1 million announced in April 2021.

Voyager Debit Mastercard Details

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Voyager’s latest product is a debit card that allows users to spend the USD Coin in their account and earn rewards for doing so.

Hot Tip: If you’re not already familiar, USD Coin, or USDC, is what is known as a stablecoin. Stablecoins are crypto-assets designed to peg themselves to a fiat currency, in this case, the U.S. dollar. Every unit of USDC is backed by $1 that is held in reserve, in a mix of cash and short-term U.S. Treasury bonds, so that it can preserve its 1:1 basis.

When you deposit USDC into your Voyager account and opt-in to the Earn program, you’ll earn a whopping 9% APY on your balance, so long as you maintain at least 100 USDC.

The downside is, at least previously, that in order to spend any of your USDC you’d need to convert it back into U.S. dollars, then transfer them to your bank in order to have the balance to complete any purchases with your debit card.

However, keeping your funds in a checking account with a legacy bank usually earns a paltry return of something like 0.03%, if you earn any interest at all. This is where the benefits of the Voyager Debit card come in.

With your Voyager Debit card, you can spend your USDC balance (without needing to perform any conversions) immediately and with no additional fee anywhere in the world that Mastercard is accepted.

This allows you to continue earning the 9% APY on your USDC balance while giving you access to spend those funds any time you’d like.

Better yet, those with status in the Voyager Loyalty Program will also earn up to 3% crypto-back rewards on their purchases.

Here is a glance at the full list of benefits the Voyager Debit card offers to cardholders:

  • Instantly spend your USDC anywhere Mastercard is accepted
  • No annual fee
  • Earn 9% APY on USDC deposits, with no lockup required to earn rewards
  • Earn 1% to 3% crypto-back on purchases based on your level in the Voyager Loyalty Program
  • Anytime access to assets via ATMs
  • Integration of debit card balances and transactions within the Voyager app
  • A personal routing and account number for direct deposit and bill pay for each card

Hot Tip: Would a debit or credit card make more sense for your financial goals? For a look at alternatives to a crypto debit card, check out our guide to the best credit cards that earn crypto rewards.

Voyager Loyalty Program

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Voyager Loyalty Program tiers. Image Credit: Voyager

Those who gain status in the Voyager Loyalty Program can boost their rewards in the Earn program and earn crypto-back rewards on their trades and debit card purchases.

To gain status in the Voyager Loyalty Program, you need to hold a certain number of VGX tokens, which is the native token of the brokerage and used to reward users within its ecosystem.

Voyager Loyalty Program Tiers:

  • Adventurer: requires 500+ VGX tokens (currently valued at ∼$1,000)
  • Explorer: requires 5,000+ VGX tokens (currently valued at ∼$10,000)
  • Navigator: requires 20,000+ VGX tokens (currently valued at ∼$40,000)

Now, let’s have a look at the benefits you’ll receive at each loyalty tier.

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Adventurer

Explorer

Navigator

Debit Card Rewards

1%

2%

3%

Earn Program Boost

+0.5%

+1%

+1.5%

Refer-a-friend

$30 (paid in Bitcoin)

$35 (paid in Bitcoin)

$40 (paid in Bitcoin)

VGX Staking Rewards

7%

7%

7%

Trading Rewards

1x

2x

3x

Adventurers will not only be able to boost their USDC holdings up 0.5%, for a total of 9.5%, but they will also get 1% back on all of their purchases with the Voyager Debit card. These rewards are paid out monthly in the form of VGX, but you’ll have the option to sell your VGX rewards and purchase another crypto if you so choose.

Explorer is where things really start to get interesting, as the 1% boost gives you a total of 10% APY on your USDC holdings, and you’ll earn 2% back anytime you spend some of your USDC balance. This is quite impressive as 2% back on all purchases with a no-fee debit is essentially unheard of, and rivals even the best cash-back credit cards.

Finally, those who reach Navigator will rake in some serious rewards. Of course, this tier does require you to have a sizeable balance of VGX with Voyager, but those who can meet that requirement stand to benefit greatly. After all, not only will you earn 10.5% on your USDC holdings, but also an uncapped 3% back on all purchases made.

To be clear, that rewards rate isn’t just fantastic, it is unprecedented, as there are virtually no cards on the market that offer an uncapped 3% back on all purchases.

How To Use the Voyager Debit Card

If you’re interested in adding the Voyager Debit card to your wallet, here is a quick run-through on how to get set up:

  • Step 1: First, you’ll need to create a Voyager account.
  • Step 2: Link a bank account to your Voyager account, and fund your account with U.S. dollars.
  • Step 3:  Use the U.S. dollars in your account to purchase USDC at a 1:1 rate, allowing you to start earning a 9% APY on this balance.
  • Step 4: Preregister for the Voyager Debit card in the app. The card hasn’t fully rolled out to all account holders yet but is expected to soon. To do this, open the Voyager app, tap Debit on the navigation bar, then click Get Early Access to reserve your card.
  • Step 5: Once you receive your debit card, you can begin using it for any and all purchases where Mastercard is accepted, provided that you have the USDC balance to cover the purchase.
  • Step 6: Depending on your tier in the Voyager Loyalty Program, you can earn 1% to 3% back on these purchases, paid out at the beginning of each month.

Final Thoughts

Like it or not, crypto has the potential to bring a tidal wave of changes to legacy financial institutions, and companies like Voyager have the capacity to both promote and accelerate these changes.

Of course, like most innovations, taking full advantage of Voyager and its services comes with a bit of a learning curve. However, given that the current checking account likely offers you next to nothing for your deposits and zero rewards on debit card purchases, there is a clear financial incentive to pay attention to this space.

Make no mistake, the waters of the financial world run deep, and by that comparison, the world of crypto is like the deep end of the pool. While that may seem scary at first, many are jumping in to find out that they like the water just fine — and that it is a decision that more and more consumers are making each day.

The information regarding Voyager Debit Mastercard was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Voyager?

Voyager is a crypto broker that allows you to buy and sell over 80 crypto assets on its platform. Voyager also offers an Earn program that allows users to deposit their crypto assets with Voyager and earn interest. Soon, Voyager will also offer crypto-back rewards debit card that allows you to immediately and seamlessly spend your USDC balance anywhere Mastercard is accepted with no fees.

How does the Voyager debit card work?

The Voyager Debit Mastercard is a USD Coin-backed debit card that allows you to easily spend the balance of any USDC in your account anywhere in the world that Mastercard is accepted, and earn crypto-back rewards when doing so.

With many other companies, in order to spend the balance of your USDC, you would first need to convert them back to dollars, then transfer them to the checking account linked to your debit card in order to complete the purchase.

But with Voyager, you can take advantage of the 9% APY on your USDC deposits, then spend any part of this balance whenever and wherever you’d like, and even earn crypto-back rewards when doing so.

When will the Voyager Debit card be available?

There is not a current set launch date for the Voyager Debit card. However, all account holders can currently preregister for the card. Once you preregister, you will receive email notifications and updates regarding the official launch date and when you can expect to receive your card.

What is the Voyager Loyalty Program and how does it relate to the debit card?

The Voyager Loyalty Program provides additional benefits to Voyager account members that have a certain level of holdings of the VGX token, Voyager’s native token.

One of these additional benefits includes the ability to earn crypto-back rewards on your debit card purchases. This allows first-tier Adventurer members to earn 1% back on purchases, middle-tier Explorer members to earn 2% back on purchases, and top-tier Navigator members to earn 3% back on all purchases.

These crypto back rewards are then paid out at the beginning of each month in the form of VGX tokens.

How do I sign up for the Voyager Debit card?

To preregister for the card, open the Voyager app, tap Debit on the navigation bar, and then click Get Early Access to reserve your card.

After you preregister, or if you’ve done so already, you will see a confirmation message indicating that you have preregistered for the card.

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About Jarrod West

Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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