SALT Lending, a cryptocurrency-backed lending platform, has announced plans to release a new crypto-backed credit card. The new card will function differently from other crypto credit cards that have recently been introduced, by accepting crypto as security.

Key Takeaways

  • SALT Lending recently announced the new SALT Card, a credit card that allows users to leverage their crypto holdings to gain spending power.
  • The company hasn't provided a lot of details about the card and doesn't have an issuing bank partner yet.
  • Interested consumers can join the waitlist for the card to receive information about its development.

A New Twist on Crypto Credit Cards

In late 2020, BlockFi announced the Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card, the first card in the industry to offer rewards in the form of cryptocurrency instead of cash back, points, or miles. Then another crypto exchange platform, Gemini, rolled out a card of its own, and SoFi began allowing new and existing users of its flagship credit card to redeem their rewards for bitcoin and Ethereum

Now, SALT Lending has entered the fray, even if it's still in the early stages of developing its new credit card.

The SALT Card won't just offer crypto rewards, the company says. It will base your spending power on how much cryptocurrency you want to use to secure your card's line of credit, much the way a traditional secured credit card works. That also makes it similar crypto-backed loans, which allow you to use crypto holdings as collateral. 

Because the card is secured, SALT Lending will offer it to new applicants without requiring a credit check—a plus for consumers who generally manage their money well but still have a relatively low credit score. 

Users of the card will be able to get a line of credit of up to 60% of their bitcoin held with SALT Lending. 

As with crypto-backed loans, the SALT Card makes it possible for crypto enthusiasts to use the card for on everyday spending without needing to sell their cryptocurrency to pay for the purchases. They will also be able to earn rewards.

Join the Waitlist, But Be Ready for a Long Wait

It's currently unclear when the SALT Card will be officially launched. At this point, the lending platform still lacks an issuing bank partner, which is a necessary step in releasing the card. 

Until that happens, there won't be any firm details about the card's rewards rates or other benefits. 

That said, you can join the waitlist for the card by visiting SALT Lending's website.