First Chatham Bank has started a reward checking account that pays 3.01% APY on balances up to $50,000 (0.50% for over) and refunds ATM fees if the following monthly requirements are met: 1) 10 check card purchases, 2) one direct deposit or ACH debit, and 3) enroll and receive statements via E-mail. If these are not met, the rate falls to 0.25%. A minimum deposit to open the account is $100. There are no minimum balance requirements or monthly service charges.
The application is available online. The instructions state that "If you fax or mail your application, a customer service representative will contact you upon receipt of your application." So it might be available to out-of-state customers, but I recommend calling before you apply to verify this.
Branches are located in the Savannah area of Georgia. The bank has been a FDIC member since 2002 (FDIC Certificate # 57252).
Other High Yield Reward Checking Accounts
Please see my reward checking overview for general information and a history of these reward checking accounts. For other reward checking accounts please see my list of reward checking accounts around the nation and the best checking account post.
08/20/09: 3.01% APY up to $50K, 0.50% APY over
03/18/09: 3.01% APY up to $50K
01/21/09: 3.51% APY up to $50K
10/15/08: 4.01% APY up to $50K, 1.00% APY over
04/16/08: 5.00% APY up to $50K
01/13/08: 5.50% APY up to $50K, 1.50% APY over