Update 4/04/10: The top yield has fallen to 4.00% APY. Refer to the bottom of the post for the rate history.
United Financial Credit Union is offering a reward checking account that pays 4.00% APY on balances up to $25,000 (0.25% for over) and refunds ATM fees if the following monthly requirements are met: 1) 12 debit card transactions (must be signature based with a minimum $5 purchase), 2) one bill payment using Net Pay, 3) direct deposit and 4) Virtual Branch with E-statements.
Membership is open to those who reside, work or worship in Saginaw, Bay or Midland County, Michigan. Please see their membership page for details. This page also states retirees are eligible. Membership requires a minimum deposit of $25 into the Savings Plus account.
Branches are located in Saginaw, Chesaning and Freeland, MI. The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 61657). It has $93.2 million in assets and 13,397 members.
More Info on High Yield Reward Checking Accounts
For more information on reward checking accounts, please refer to one of these posts: reward checking overview, list of reward checking accounts around the nation, and the best checking account post.
04/01/10: 4.00% APY for up to $25K
11/08/09: Debit card purchases must be signature based and a minimum of $5
03/01/09: 5.00% APY for up to $25K; 0.25% for above
01/01/09: 5.00% APY for up to $25K; 0.50% for above
03/31/08: 5.00% APY for up to $25K;
12/20/07: 6.00% APY for up to $25K; 1.00% for above