High-Yield Reward Checking Account at United Bank in Arkansas - Local Only


Update 7/14/10: The top rate has fallen from 5.01% to 3.56% APY.

United Bank is offering a reward checking account called Ultimate Checking with the following rates and features if certain monthly requirements are met:

  • 3.56% APY on balances up to $25,000
  • 0.51% APY on portion of balance over $25,000
  • 0.10% on all balances if requirements are not met
  • Refunds ATM fees nationwide

The monthly requirements include:

  • 10 debit card purchases (excludes ATM transactions)
  • 1 direct deposit or automatic ACH payment
  • Access online banking
  • Receive e-statements

Additional features of the account regardless of the monthly requirements include:

  • $100 minimum initial deposit
  • No minimum balance requirement
  • No monthly service charge

Refer to the bank's micro-website for the latest rate information and for additional details.

A branch visit is required to open an account. Branches are located in the Arkansas cities of Springdale, Fayetteville and Rogers.

The bank's ratings for safety and soundness are fair: 3 stars (performing) at Bankrate.com and 3 stars (adequate) at BauerFinancial. Both ratings are based on 3/31/09 financial data.

The bank has been FDIC insured since 1980 (FDIC Certificate # 32025).

Other Reward Checking Accounts

Arkansas has a respectable number of high-yield reward checking accounts, including two that are still available nationwide. Refer to the Arkansas section of my High Yield Checking website.

To find reward checking accounts in other areas of the nation or to learn more about these accounts, please refer to my High Yield Checking website.

Edit 9/07/09: Added link to bank's micro-website

Rate History:

  • 07/14/10: 3.56% APY up to $25K; 0.51% over
  • 08/14/09: 5.01% APY up to $25K; 1.01% over; 0.10% base
Related Pages: United Bank (AR), Ft. Smith, checking account, reward checking account

Rick   |     |   Comment #1
It looks like the link to their rate details is at https://www.ubultimate.com although I can't find where this is accessed via their main website.

It is interesting how many of these accounts at 5% or more keep appearing on the market though unfortunately few are national.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #2
Yeah, most banks hide their reward checking accounts.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #3
I'm United Bank of Arkanzas customer since November 2009, they accept customers from ALL states. Just mail your stuff! Very courteous and nice personnel. ATM fees are reimbursed if you fulfil 1o transactions deposit statements thing!

AND, btw, you can open TWO UULTIMATE CHECKING ACCOUNTS per person with all features.


51hh   |     |   Comment #4
3.5% by 7/1/10.
51hh   |     |   Comment #5
They say as of 15 July: 3.56% APY.