Redneck's sister banks, AmericaNet Bank and Evantage Bank, both still seem to be accepting new applications as of 4/08/09. The "open-your-account" links at those sites take you to the online applications where you can apply for both the Rewards Checking and the Mega Money Market. But we may soon be seeing changes from those banks. A reader just reported being told by an Evantage Bank CSR that they're cutting the reward checking rate starting 4/16/09. I'm trying to get details from the CSR to find out the new rate. Please leave a comment, if you've received any info on this.
Update 4/10/09: I just received the following email from an AmericaNet bank CSR:
Our Rewards checking rate will not be changing from the 5.25, and we have not had any talk of our rate changing
All three banks lowered the balance caps last month. For the reward checking account, the balance that qualifies for the 5.25% APY fell from $25K to $10K. For the Mega Money Market account, the account changed so that only the first $35K qualifies for the 3.10% APY.
As I described in this post, RedneckBank.com, Evantage.com and AmericaNet.com are internet divisions of three Oklahoma banks which are all owned by the Huckabay family. The three banks have separate FDIC charters, but they've been keeping these accounts very similar. So we'll have to see if this continues.
For details about these banks and accounts, please refer to the following posts:
- Evantage Bank Reward Checking Review
- Redneck Bank Reward Checking Review
- AmericaNet Bank Reward Checking Review
- Review of the banks' Mega Money Market Account
- History of Redneck Bank
Other Reward Checking Accounts
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.