My Review On Consumers Credit Union
I was looking through these reviews today wondering why the average rating was only 3 out of 5 stars. All I can say is, if you are going by these reviews in order to make your decision on opening an account with CU or not, please bear in mind the following observations of mine.
First, all credit unions have a share (savings) account with it's own account number. If you also have a checking account with them, it will have it's own account number. I have several credit unions I have accounts at and I have never had a problem with moving money (online transfers) in or out of my checking accounts with them. A quick example using Chase bank. It is nothing more than going into your Chase account, selecting transfers/external accounts and just simply being capable of entering the correct information (such as the correct account number of the account you want to be able to transfer money to and from), So, if you are setting up an external account with a credit union, it's simple, use the account number you are going to be transferring money in and out of. If it's checking, then use the checking account number. It's not fair to blame a banking institution for your failure in properly setting up your external accounts, they are only following your instructions.
As to the comment about teaser rates, everyone who uses the rewards checking accounts are fully aware of the rate changes and the cap amount. It has been like this since these accounts came into existence. Sure, it would be super great to open an account at 5% interest on up to $20,000.00 and never have to worry about it again except to do the required qualifications each month, but that's not the way it is. Just think about it, if it was that easy, everyone would be doing them. So, if you're not into keeping an eye on your account and knowing if the rate changes at the beginning of the cycle and become angry and feel cheated if it does, then this type account is not for you. I have never seen a rewards checking account have a GUARANTEED RATE before, so actually Consumers Credit Union is doing a very unique thing by guaranteeing these rates August 2015. That gives you plenty of notice to have another source set up to move your money to if the rates do change in August and they are unacceptable to you. Reminder, it's not a CD where you
are guaranteed a set rate for a set time, it is a checking account and like all checking accounts you can close at any given time.
As to the hold times on the telephone, I would say no different from anywhere else. I have found Monday mornings to be a bad time to call any bank, all banks are busier then. They will also ask you if you would prefer a call back, so you have that option. As for me, I select the option for accounts, usually hold time is less than a minute, more like 30 to 45 seconds.Every representative I have ever spoken to there has been extremely friendly and nice AND helpful. There was confusion on one of the 50/50 promotion referrals I did for someone and lady I spoke with was nice as she could be. I had minimum waiting time while she was checking on it and when she asked me if she could call me back while she did a little more research I said sure. Within minutes she called me back and said she had everything straightened out and we would see the money in our accounts in 2 days. In 2 days the money was deposited into our accounts. And how cool is that, I ask you.
As to the debit charges being swiped as credit, then processed as debit, I agree, this was offsetting to me, but not a game changing situation. As with any rewards checking account, it is always wise to get your requirements done early and not wait too close to the end of the monthly cycle. When this happened to me, it was early in the month. I saw where one of my debit charges had not counted towards the 12 required. I called and that is when I found out Walmart had changed their way of processing transactions (leave it to Walmart lol) Well, like I said, no game changer, it is easy enough to rectify that. For starters, don't make your debit transactions at Walmart (there's zillions of other places to make 12 transactions). Walmart has changed their credit/debit card readers so that they can send a debit card transaction (even if swiped as a credit and no pin used) through to the bank as a debit transaction. It is my understanding this can apply to charges under $50.00. So, easy to fix that, don't run your debit card through a Walmart card reader (even though you select credit) for an amount under $50.00 and expect it to show up on your bank account as credit charge. Simple as that. It IS not the bank's fault as to how it is processed, they process the transactions as how they are presented with them. CU has a status checking box in your account showing you where you stand with your requirements, so how much easier can it be? Do your requirements early in the month, look at your status box and when it says YES to all your requirements, you know you are good for the month on them. So, to sum it up, I've only had this happen once to me (debit run as a debit rather than a credit even though I did not enter my PIN). It was shortly after Walmart had changed out the card readers in my store and of course I wasn't aware they had changed their policies on how they processed the transactions. As I say, I do mine early in the month in order to avoid any problems, so I caught it early and it was no biggie. I immediately stopped using my debit card at Walmart
to qualify for the 12 debit transactions. Simple solution, right?
I do not attempt to make the requirements for the 5% and never have. I went into this with the intention of making the 4% because it is within my reach to do so and I am very happy with my 4% rate.
I know this is an extremely long review, but I think it is grossly unfair to give a bank a bad review based on your own shortcomings. It brings down the overall rating and makes a bad reflection and as I said, totally unfair since it has nothing to do with the performance of the bank, it is merely the ineptness of the reviewer to blame.
In conclusion, I personally find Consumers Credit Union a great credit union to do business with. I hope this review helps you out in making a decision about the credit union. I have been helped out by honest reviews before and happy people took the time and effort to make them, so I would like to return the favor.