Update 1/4/11: The top yield has fallen to 2.27% APY. Refer to the bottom of the post for the rate history.
National 1st Credit Union is offering a reward checking account called E-Rewards Plus Checking that pays 2.27% APY on balances up to $50,000 (0.25% for above) and refunds ATM fees (up to $25/month) if the following monthly requirements are met: 1) 15 debit card transactions, 2) enroll for E-statements, and 3) at least one login to Online Banking. If these are not met, the rate falls to 0.06%. The minimum opening balance is $100. There are no monthly fees.
The debit card usage requirement of 15 purchases per month is more than the average 10, but at least there's no direct deposit or ACH requirement. I would rather have the ACH requirement in return for the lower debit card requirement.
Membership is open to those who live, work, worship or attend school in Santa Clara County and in the community surrounding our Arlington, Texas branch. Please refer to their Membership page for the full details. Membership requires a minimum deposit of $5 in the savings account.
Branches are located in Santa Clara and San Jose, California and in Arlington, Texas (with restricted access). The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 68540). It has $170.6 million in assets and 16,566 members.
Thanks to the reader Sree who mentioned this reward checking account in the comments.
Other High Yield Reward Checking Accounts
For other reward checking accounts and for more information on these accounts, please refer to the following posts:
- reward checking overview
- reward checking accounts available nationwide
- reward checking accounts around the nation
- 01/01/11: 2.27% up to $50K; 0.25% over $50K; 0.06% base
- 06/01/09: 2.51% up to $50K
- 04/01/09: 3.01% up to $50K
- 01/14/09: 3.51% up to $50K; 1.01% APY over $50K
- 12/31/08: 3.01% up to $50K; 1.01% APY over $50K
- 03/04/08: 5.01% up to $50K; 1.51% APY over $50K