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2.25% Reward Checking Account at a Florida Panhandle CU (Tyndall)

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Tyndall Federal Credit Union
Update 5/31/09: The top yield has fallen to 2.25% APY. Refer to the bottom of the post for the rate history.

Tyndall Federal Credit Union has started a reward checking account it calls e-Checking that pays 2.25% APY on balances up to $50K (0.25% above) and refunds up to $15/month of ATM fees if the following monthly requirements are met: 1) 15 check card transactions, 2) direct deposit or one automatic debit, and 3) enrollment in Internet Banking and in e-Statements. If these requirements are not met, the rate falls to 0.25%. The e-Checking has no minimum balance requirements.

On the plus side, this reward checking has an above average cap of $50K, but on the downside, it requires 5 more monthly debit card transactions over the average reward checking account.

Field of membership includes those who live, work, worship or attend school in one of the Florida Panhandle counties of Gulf, Walton, Jackson, Bay, Okaloosa, Franklin, Calhoun, Holmes, or Washington Counties. You also can be eligible via Select Employer Groups. See this FOM page for more details. Membership requires a $1 membership fee and a minimum deposit of $5 into the share savings account.

Branches are located Lynn Haven, Marianna, Mary Esther, Panama City and Port St. Joe. The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 10754). It has $781.5 million in assets and 98,167 members.

Other Reward Checking Accounts

For other reward checking accounts in other parts of the country, please see my reward checking account page and my best checking account post.

Rate History:
05/20/09: 2.25% APY up to $50K
03/29/09: 2.50% APY up to $50K
02/04/09: 3.00% APY up to $50K; 0.25% over $50K; 0.25% if requirements not met
12/28/08: 3.50% APY
06/12/08: 4.00% APY
05/10/08: 3.00% APY
08/19/07: 6.00% APY up to $50K; 0.35% over $50K; 0.35% if requirements not met
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9 comments.
Comment #1 by glxpass (anonymous) posted on
glxpass
Amazingly, the current rate is at 3.00% APY *with the same account requirements*.

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Comment #2 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Thanks. I think this is the biggest rate drop I've seen for a reward checking account.

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
The rate is now 4.0%... The drop from 6 to 3 was actaully gradual over several months as it fell in lock step with the prime rate. But it rose 1.0% to 4.0% in June.

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Comment #4 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Thanks for the update. Perhaps they realized their rate cuts were too severe.

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Top yield has fallen to 3.5% APY.

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Top rate has fallen to 3.00% APY and nothing (0%) over.

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Comment #7 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Please expand "15 check card (debit) transactions" within the requirements.

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Comment #8 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Top rate has fallen to 2.50%. Other rates same.

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Comment #9 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Please keep in mind, for this reward checking.. The 15 debit card transactions include all transactions made with the card unlike other banks which require all the transactions to be point of sale transactions. Deposits and withdrawls from an ATM count toward the 15 transactions. Pin based and signature based transactions of course count. Even a balance inquiry at an ATM counts as one of the 15 transactions.

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