$100 Checking Account Bonus
$100 Checking Bonus Requirements
- Direct deposit of at least $500 must be initiated within 30 days of opening a Choice Checking, Perk Checking, or Checking Direct account.
- Checking account must remain open for 12 months with direct deposit.
- A coupon for $100 will be issued within 60 days of initial direct deposit being received.
- Available on individual accounts only.
- Limited to one bonus per account number.
- Members with existing ACU checking accounts are not eligible for this bonus.
Performance Saver Account
In March 2014, I wrote about ACU’s Performance Saver Account, an account tailored to help meet savings goals through required monthly deposits and a maturity term of 12 months. The Performance Saver Account is still available and earns 1.51% APY if the required monthly deposits (minimum $10 – maximum $2,500) are made. If the minimum monthly deposit is not made, the APY will revert to the Regular Share rate (currently 0.05% APY).
There are two sentences on the Performance Saver page that seem to contradict each other:
No withdrawals are allowed before maturity.
Penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal.
According to CSR, early withdrawals are permitted, but will incur a penalty of 90 days interest.
Competitive CD Rates
Over the past few years, America’s Credit Union has offered a variety of competitive CDs that have appeared in DepositAccounts.com’s Best CD Rates Summary. ACU’s 5-month Loyalty CD (1.00% APY) has been included in the now bi-weekly Summary for approximately a year.
Headquartered in Fort Lewis, Washington, membership in America’s Credit Union is open to all members of the United States Armed Forces, but also provides an easy way for anyone to join through the Association of the United States Army. As stated on America’s Credit Union’s online application:
Typically, membership in ACU includes all members of the Armed Forces (active, retired, and reservists), civilian personnel, and relatives of these members, as well as select employer groups. If you do not fall within these categories, you can join the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in order to become a member of ACU. When completing your online application select the first bulleted item to indicate you are eligible as a member of AUSA.
Other routes to membership in ACU are employment at 60+ SEGs, family relationship to current ACU members, and residency. Complete details are listed on the first page of the online application.
Joining America’s Credit Union and opening an account can be done online or in person at any of 12 Washington branches located in Dupont, Fort Lewis (3), Lacey, Lakewood (2), Spanaway (2), Tacoma (2) and University Place.
Credit Union Overview
America’s Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas ratio of 5.12% (excellent), based on December 31, 2014 data. In the past year, America’s Credit Union increased its total deposit by $28.37 Million, an excellent annual growth rate of 7.82%. Please refer to our financial overview of America’s Credit Union for more details.
America’s Credit Union (NCUA Certificate # 9373) was founded in 1954 as the Fort Lewis Federal Credit Union by a small group of civilian employees of the U.S. Government. Just like every other successful Credit Union, ACU started small as it met the needs of a select group, and gradually grew and expanded to today’s 41,000+ members and assets in excess of $452 Million.
The following quote from ACU’s website describes a rather amazing journey:
It’s amazing how times have changed for the credit union and our members. For instance, in 1964 the credit union accepted two Angus Cows valued at $150 each and two Hereford Cows valued at $200 each as collateral on a loan for a 1957 Plymouth. Now, our members conduct transactions and deposit checks through their mobile phone or tablet.
Other Bank Promotions and Bonuses
Not eligible for the America’s Credit Union $100 checking bonus? Check out my latest bank and credit union bonus blog posts to find other promotions. In addition, DepositAccounts.com readers and I also post often on bonuses in the Bank Promotions Forum.