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17 Best Rewards Checking Accounts of 2021

How does your bank or credit union checking account stack up to the most generous rewards checking accounts on the market?

If you can’t find your account on this list, it might be time to shop around for one that makes it worthwhile to park your walking-around money in.

You have plenty of options, from checking accounts with impressive yields to accounts with eye-popping account opening bonuses to accounts with debit cards that earn rewards on every dollar spent.

Best Rewards Checking Accounts

These are among the best rewards checking accounts from U.S.-based financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and online brokerages.

Many of these accounts also appear on our roundups of the best free checking accounts and best checking accounts with monthly service fees (which you can generally avoid with minimum balances or transaction volumes).

Others appear on our list of the best new bank account promotions.

Because account opening promotions, yields, and rewards programs are all subject to change without notice, check back here frequently for the latest information and confirm specific details with the relevant banks or credit unions themselves.


1. Citi Elevate Checking

Earn Up to 0.25% APY, Depending on Balance

Citibank LogoCiti Elevate checking is an online checking account with a no-nonsense “reward”: an impressive yield on high balances (several times the national average for checking accounts).

Unlimited waived and reimbursed ATM fees, nonexistent minimums, mobile check deposits, and fast P2P payments further sweeten the deal.

Use the Spending Insights tool to drill down on your spending patterns and find opportunities to right-size your budget.

  • Account Opening Bonus: None.
  • Yield: 0.05% APY on balances up to $9,999.99, 0.10% APY on balances from $10,000 to $24,999.99, and 0.25% APY on balances above $25,000.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: To waive the $15 monthly maintenance fee, you need to maintain an average monthly balance of $5,000. There’s no minimum account opening deposit, however.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Enjoy unlimited ATM fee waivers and reimbursements worldwide.


2. Huntington Bank Asterisk-Free Checking®

Limited-Time Offer: $150 Account Opening Bonus With Qualifying Activities

Huntington Bank Asterisk-Free Checking® is a maintenance-fee-free checking account with no minimum deposit or balance requirements. It’s a perfect first checking account that includes all the benefits seasoned Huntington Bank customers expect: tracking tools for day-to-day spending and financial goals (The Hub), 24-Hour Grace® (extra time to deposit funds to avoid an overdraft fee), online bill pay, and more.

  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: Huntington Bank Asterisk-Free Checking® does not require a minimum opening deposit or ongoing balance.
  • Account Opening Bonus: Open a Huntington Asterisk-Free Checking® account between June 1, 2021, and Oct. 7, 2021, and earn $150 when you make cumulative new money deposits of at least $1,000 within 60 days of account opening and keep your account open for a minimum of 90 days. You should receive the bonus in your new account within 14 days of completing these qualifying activities.
  • Yield: None.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Huntington Bank waives fees and minimum balance requirements on Premier Savings accounts for customers who also have Huntington checking accounts. Otherwise, the Premier Savings account has a $4 monthly maintenance fee with an average daily balance of $300.

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oTo qualify for the $150 cash bonus, you are required to open a new, qualifying Asterisk Free Checking®, Huntington 5 Checking®, or Huntington 25 Checking® account during the promotional period between June 1, 2021 and October 7, 2021 and make cumulative new money deposits into the checking account of at least $1,000 or more within 60 days of account opening.
o”New money” is defined as money that is not currently on deposit in any Huntington account (except maturing CDs). Account must maintain an open status for at least 90 days before it is eligible for the bonus payment.
oYour $150 bonus will be deposited into your new personal checking account within 14 days of meeting the above requirements. Your checking account must remain in an open status to receive the bonus.
oThis offer is only available to new personal checking customers. All existing Huntington checking customers, including those with any relationship (including fiduciary) to any other Huntington checking account, or those who closed a checking account within the last six months, are not eligible.
oTransfers from another Huntington deposit account do not count as a deposit. This offer cannot be used in combination with any other checking offer. For tax purposes, you will receive a Form 1099-INT from us for the cash bonus. Huntington reserves the right to limit an individual to one account-related gift incentive per rolling 12-month period across all deposit account relationships.
oAsterisk-Free Checking® is a federally registered service mark of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.


3. Huntington Bank Huntington 5 Checking®

Limited-Time Offer: $200 Account Opening Bonus With Qualifying Activities

Huntington Bank Huntington 5 Checking® is an interest-bearing account with no minimum deposit to open. Huntington 5 account holders with connected consumer accounts enjoy relationship benefits based on balances in all shared accounts, whether owned individually or jointly with someone else.

  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: There’s no minimum deposit to open this account. To avoid the $5 monthly maintenance fee, maintain at least $5,000 in total relationship balances‡.
  • Account Opening Bonus: Open a Huntington 5 Checking® account between June 1, 2021, and Oct. 7, 2021, and earn $200 when you make cumulative new money deposits of at least $1,000 within 60 days of account opening and keep your account open for a minimum of 90 days. You should receive the bonus in your new account within 14 days of completing these qualifying activities.
  • Yield: See disclosures for current yield information.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Each statement period, Huntington Bank waives up to 5 non-Huntington ATM withdrawal fees and reimburses associated fees charged by another ATM owner.+ Plus, get 1.05% cash back on purchases made with your linked Voice Credit Card with Rewards.#

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oTo qualify for the $200 cash bonus, you are required to open a new, qualifying Huntington 5 Checking® or Huntington 25 Checking® account during the promotional period between June 1, 2021 and October 7, 2021 and make cumulative new money deposits into the checking account of at least $1,000 or more within 60 days of account opening.
o”New money” is defined as money that is not currently on deposit in any Huntington account (except maturing CDs). Account must maintain an open status for at least 90 days before it is eligible for the bonus payment.
oYour $200 bonus will be deposited into your new personal checking account within 14 days of meeting the above requirements. Your checking account must remain in an open status to receive the bonus.
oThis offer is only available to new personal checking customers. All existing Huntington checking customers, including those with any relationship (including fiduciary) to any other Huntington checking account, or those who closed a checking account within the last six months, are not eligible.
oTransfers from another Huntington deposit account do not count as a deposit. This offer cannot be used in combination with any other checking offer. For tax purposes, you will receive a Form 1099-INT from us for the cash bonus. Huntington reserves the right to limit an individual to one account-related gift incentive per rolling 12-month period across all deposit account relationships.
oHuntington 5 Checking® is a federally registered service mark of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.
‡You can avoid the monthly checking maintenance fee for any statement period for either Huntington 5 or Huntington 25 checking account when you keep a total relationship balance of at least $25,000 for Huntington 25 or $5,000 for Huntington 5 in eligible deposits held directly with us or investments made through our affiliate, The Huntington Investment Company. Eligible deposits are this account and any other checking, money market, savings, certificate of deposit (CD), and individual retirement accounts (IRA) owned by you or jointly with someone else. Eligible investments are those in your name which The Huntington Investment Company reports to our deposit system for inclusion in the total relationship balance, and generally include investments (both IRA and non-IRA) held in brokerage accounts and certain direct investments in mutual funds and annuities, as well as retail life insurance products. We figure the total relationship balance each month by adding the qualifying balances, as we determine them, for all of your eligible accounts to the average daily balance of this checking account for the monthly statement period.
+With Huntington 25 we’ll waive all & with Huntington 5 your first 5 non-Huntington ATM cash withdrawal fees per statement cycle at any ATM worldwide. We’ll also reimburse you for withdrawal fees on the same transactions charged by the owner of a non-Huntington ATM. You will be responsible for any additional fees charged by the owner of a non-Huntington ATM as well as any international transaction or other fees charged by the network.
#You may qualify for a Bonus on points earned on your Voice Credit Card when you have a linked consumer Huntington 25 or Huntington 5 Checking account. You must have chosen the Rewards option on your Voice Credit Card and maintain the consumer deposit account to qualify. If you choose the Rewards option and you also open a Huntington 25 Checking account, you will get a 25% bonus. If you open a Huntington 5 Checking account, you will get a 5% bonus. You must maintain your Huntington 25 or 5 Checking account and your Huntington Voice Credit Card to continue to qualify for the Rewards bonus. After your accounts are linked, the bonus is calculated on the single points earned for each transaction and is not calculated on any bonus points, including any bonus points earned in the 3X Rewards category. Please review your Rewards terms and conditions for more information.


4. Huntington Bank Huntington 25 Checking®

Limited-Time Offer: $500 Account Opening Bonus With Qualifying Activities

Huntington Bank Huntington 25 Checking® is a super-generous checking account with free checks, unlimited ATM fee waivers at non-Huntington ATMs, and special relationship discount opportunities for qualifying Huntington mortgage, home equity, and investment clients.

  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: To avoid the $25 monthly maintenance fee, maintain at least $25,000 in total relationship balances‡.
  • Account Opening Bonus: Open a Huntington 25 Checking® account between June 1, 2021, and Oct. 7, 2021, and earn $500 when you make cumulative new money deposits of at least $15,000 within 60 days of account opening and keep your account open for a minimum of 90 days. You should receive the bonus in your new account within 14 days of completing these qualifying activities.
  • Yield: See disclosures for current yield information.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Huntington 25 offers some great relationship benefits. The HELOC relationship discount delivers a 0.15% to 0.50% rate discount on a qualifying home equity line of credit plus an annual fee waiver.Ω The mortgage relationship discount shaves up to 0.375% off portfolio loans or pricing discounts on saleable loans≠. And the investments relationship discount includes 100 commission-free online equity and/or ETF trades per year ($6.95 commission thereafter) through Huntington Financial Advisors®Ⱡ.

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oTo qualify for the $500 cash bonus, you are required to open a new, qualifying Huntington 25 Checking® account during the promotional period between June 1, 2021 and October 7, 2021 and make cumulative new money deposits into the checking account of at least $15,000 or more within 60 days of account opening.
o”New money” is defined as money that is not currently on deposit in any Huntington account (except maturing CDs). Account must maintain an open status for at least 90 days before it is eligible for the bonus payment.
oYour $500 bonus will be deposited into your new personal checking account within 14 days of meeting the above requirements. Your checking account must remain in an open status to receive the bonus.
oThis offer is only available to new personal checking customers. All existing Huntington checking customers, including those with any relationship (including fiduciary) to any other Huntington checking account, or those who closed a checking account within the last six months, are not eligible.
oTransfers from another Huntington deposit account do not count as a deposit. This offer cannot be used in combination with any other checking offer. For tax purposes, you will receive a Form 1099-INT from us for the cash bonus. Huntington reserves the right to limit an individual to one account-related gift incentive per rolling 12-month period across all deposit account relationships.
oHuntington 25 Checking® is a federally registered service mark of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.
‡You can avoid the monthly checking maintenance fee for any statement period for either Huntington 5 or Huntington 25 checking account when you keep a total relationship balance of at least $25,000 for Huntington 25 or $5,000 for Huntington 5 in eligible deposits held directly with us or investments made through our affiliate, The Huntington Investment Company. Eligible deposits are this account and any other checking, money market, savings, certificate of deposit (CD), and individual retirement accounts (IRA) owned by you or jointly with someone else. Eligible investments are those in your name which The Huntington Investment Company reports to our deposit system for inclusion in the total relationship balance, and generally include investments (both IRA and non-IRA) held in brokerage accounts and certain direct investments in mutual funds and annuities, as well as retail life insurance products. We figure the total relationship balance each month by adding the qualifying balances, as we determine them, for all of your eligible accounts to the average daily balance of this checking account for the monthly statement period.
ΩThe Home Equity Line of Credit Relationship Discount (“Rate Discount”) consists of preferred Annual Percentage Rates and related preferred variable rate margins applied to your Home Equity Line of Credit (which is also referred to as a personal credit line or “PCL”). To be eligible for the Rate Discount, you must have or open a Huntington 25 Checking or Private Client Account (either account is a “qualifying checking account”) and have at least $25,000 in qualifying relationship balances (“qualifying balances”). Qualifying balances include your money that is on deposit in all of your Huntington consumer deposit accounts (checking, money market, savings, certificate of deposit (CDs), and individual retirement accounts (IRAs)), owned by you or jointly with someone else; and, all Huntington Consumer investments (IRA and non-IRA) held in brokerage, trust, or managed money accounts. Other eligible accounts include existing annuities with a cash value account balance opened by The Huntington Investment Company, but annuity accounts opened on or after the HELOC application date and retail life insurance products are excluded from the HELOC qualifying balances. Investment, trust and annuity account balances will be assessed based on their respective balances that are periodically reported to Huntington systems by a variety of third-party sources. Your specific Rate Discount will depend on the total amount of qualifying balances that correspond to our balance requirement discount rate tier grid. Ask a banker for details. If you do qualify for the Rate Discount, you will then also qualify for an Annual Fee Waiver ($60) during the first year your HELOC is open and during the subsequent years over the PCL Draw and Repayment Periods, as applicable, that you maintain your qualifying checking account. We will continue to waive your Annual Fee as long as you continue to maintain your qualifying checking account in good standing with us. If, at any point during the PCL Draw Period or Repayment Period (“Period(s)”), you close your checking account or the account is closed by us for any reason, your Annual Fee may be reinstated for the following year and for each subsequent year during those Periods, as applicable. Rate Discount eligibility is subject to account and balance validation when Huntington prepares your PCL agreement for your signature. Huntington HELOC is subject to credit application and approval. The Rate Discount and Annual Fee Waiver apply only to a new HELOC which is defined as one to a customer without an existing Huntington HELOC on the subject property within the last 180 days of closing on the new one. APRs range from 2.96% to 17.24%. Rates on the HELOC are variable based on Prime plus or minus a margin and can change monthly but will never be higher than 18.00% APR. The margin is based on your home’s loan-to-value ratio, lien position, owner occupancy status, applicant’s credit history, and the amount of the credit line. “Prime” and “Prime Rate” mean the “Bank Prime Loan” rate published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in its statistical release H.15 (510) entitled “Selected Interest Rates.” Use of the word “Prime” does not mean that the rate is the best or lowest rate offered by any lender. Current Prime Rate is 3.25% APR as of April 15, 2021. Rates may change at any time. Borrower-paid title insurance may be required on loan amounts greater than $750,000. Mail-away Fees, which also include a notary fee, range from $125 to $300 and will apply when closing is facilitated by a third party on Huntington’s behalf. In this instance, a $25 courier fee will also apply. Insurance must be carried on the real property securing the account, and flood insurance is required on buildings located in a special flood hazard area. There is a Draw Period for 10 years after the account is opened during which advances and purchases may be made, and during which reductions to principal are not required (unless credit limit has been exceeded), followed by a 20-year Repayment Period during which the minimum monthly payments amortize the outstanding balance on the line at the end of the Draw Period. Making only the minimum payment during the first 10 years will not reduce the principal balance on the account.
≠Mortgage Insurance may be required for loans that have a less than 20% down payment which will increase the APR and result in a higher loan payment. Interest rates and fees are subject to change without notice. Huntington’s mortgage division offers many different mortgage products; your APR may vary depending on the product for which you apply. All loans are subject to loan application and credit approval and receipt of a property appraisal demonstrating sufficient value. Mortgage Relationship Discounts vary based on the (1) type of mortgage product the customer has applied for, and (2) the customer’s Mortgage Relationship Balance held in any eligible account, which include all Huntington consumer deposit accounts (checking, money market, savings, certificates of deposit (CDs), and individual retirement accounts (IRAs) owned by you or jointly with someone else), and all Huntington consumer investments (IRA and non-IRA) held in brokerages, trusts, or managed money accounts. Eligible accounts also include existing annuities with a cash value account balance opened by The Huntington Investment Company, but annuity accounts opened on or after the mortgage loan application date and retail life insurance products are excluded from the Mortgage Relationship Balance. Investment, trust and annuity account balances will be assessed based on the account balances that are periodically reported to Huntington systems by a variety of third party sources. Other requirements include an open Huntington 25 or Private Client Account checking account and a signed agreement at the time of closing for Huntington to automatically draw monthly mortgage payments from any Huntington checking account. The Mortgage Relationship Balance amount(s) must be held by Huntington at least one (1) business day prior to the issuance of the final Mortgage Closing Disclosure prior to the loan closing in order to receive this benefit, and is assessed net of any funds needed for down payment on the mortgage transaction. Huntington’s Mortgage Relationship Discounts are subject to change without notice. Program eligibility is subject to account and balance validation.
ⱠHuntington Financial Advisors® is a service mark and trade name under which The Huntington Investment Company offers securities and insurance products and services. The Huntington Investment Company is a registered broker-dealer, member FINRA and SIPC, and a registered investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Huntington Investment Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. Huntington Financial Advisors® is a federally registered service mark of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.
Investment, Insurance and Trust products are: NOT A DEPOSIT• NOT FDIC INSURED • NOT GUARANTEED BY THE BANK • NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY • MAY LOSE VALUE
Registered investment representatives with Huntington Financial Advisors® can help provide planning insight for your finances.
Offer terms and conditions: All Huntington Financial Advisors® (“HFA”) customers with an open Huntington 25 Checking® account or Private Client Account (“PCA”) through our affiliate, The Huntington National Bank (“Bank”), with a signed E-Delivery Agreement for their brokerage accounts are eligible for 100 commission-free online equity and/or exchange-trade fund (ETF) trades per year, with $6.95 commission per online equity and/or ETF trades thereafter.
The commission-free online equity and ETF trades will be available approximately one week after you meet with a Huntington Financial Advisor to set up an online account. Consistent with the terms of your brokerage account agreement, brokerage accounts are subject to other regulatory, exchange, and account level fees as detailed in HFA’s Brokerage Fee and
Commission Schedule. Sales are subject to a regulatory transaction fee of between $0.02 and $0.03 per $1,000 of principal. This appears on your trade confirmations as the Activity Assessment Fee, when applicable.
Your Total Relationship Balance includes consumer deposits held directly with the Bank or investments made through us. Eligible consumer deposits include any checking, money market, savings, certificates of deposit (CD), and individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) owned by you. Eligible investments are those in your name that HFA reports to the Bank for inclusion in the Total Relationship Balance and generally include investment balances (both IRA and non-IRA) held in brokerage, advisory, or annuity accounts. Investment balances are reflective of the balances provided to Huntington by a variety of third-party sources including, but not limited to, National Financial Services, Fidelity Information Services, various annuity insurance carriers, and other investment providers.
This discounted commission offer applies only to eligible equities and ETFs available through the Wealthscape Investor online platform. The number of year-to-date commission-free online equity and/or ETF trades will be measured across all accounts where you have been identified as an owner. You will be eligible for an additional 100 commission-free online equity and/or
ETF trades each new calendar year effective January 1st as long as you maintain the enrollment requirements. Customers who close their Huntington 25 Checking or Private Client Account will lose any remaining commission-free online equity and/or ETF trades and will be migrated to HFA’s standard commission pricing schedule of $19.99 per online trade. No credits will be given for unexecuted trades.
HFA reserves the right to change the offer terms or terminate the offer at any time. This offer is limited to one per customer. You may only enroll for this offer one time per calendar year. This offer only applies to brokerage accounts. This offer is not transferable, saleable, or valid in conjunction with any other offer and is available to U.S. residents only. Market data and security price quotations may be represented on either a real-time or delayed basis (by at least 15 minutes) as indicated through the Wealthscape Investor online platform.
Restrictions apply: the discounted trade commissions do not apply to large block purchases exceeding 10,000 shares that require special handling, restricted stock transactions, or purchases exceeding $100,000. All advisor and Client Services-assisted trades are subject to full standard commission charges. You should review HFA’s Brokerage Fee and Commission
Schedule for full fee and commission details. If a trade order placed via the Wealthscape Investor online platform is executed over multiple days, each day’s executions for that order will be counted separately and applied against the remaining available commission-free online equity and/or ETF trades available that year.


5. Varo Bank Account

Earn Up to 3.00% APY With Qualifying Activities, Depending on Balance

Varo Bank LogoThe Varo Bank Account‘s savings component has one of the highest bank account yields on the market.

To earn 3.00% APY* on balances up to $5,000 in a Varo savings account linked to the Varo checking account, you just need to meet Varo’s three easy requirements:

  • Complete at least five Varo Visa debit card purchases in each calendar month
  • Receive at least $1,000 in total direct deposits into your account in the same calendar month
  • Keep a savings account balance up to $5,000 (the maximum to earn 3.00% APY).

If you don’t meet these requirements, you earn 0.20% APY* on your Varo savings account balance.

Beyond the excellent yield, Varo has some notable benefits, including an early direct deposit option that could get you your paycheck up to two days early^ if your employer or government benefits provider files to the Federal Reserve to start the direct deposit process.

You can also count on no-fee overdrafts up to $50 when you qualify for and enroll in the no-fee overdraft program. Qualify by completing at least five Varo Visa debit card purchases in each calendar month and receiving at least $1,000 in total direct deposits into your account in the same calendar month.

  • Yield: Open a Varo Bank Account, then open a Varo savings account to earn up to 3.00% APY on your savings account balance. To earn 3.00% APY, you must meet all the following three requirements during a statement cycle: complete at least five Varo Visa debit card purchases in each calendar month, receive at least $1,000 in total direct deposits into your account in the same calendar month, and keep a savings account balance up to $5,000 (the maximum to earn 3.00% APY). Otherwise, you earn 0.20% APY* on your Varo savings account balance.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: There’s no minimum deposit or ongoing balance requirement.
  • Account Opening Bonus: There’s currently no account opening bonus. Check back for the latest offers.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Pay no overdraft fees or interest on overdrafts up to $50 when you qualify and enroll in the program. To qualify, complete at least five Varo Visa® debit card purchases in each calendar month and receive at least $1,000 in total direct deposits into your account in the same calendar month. Plus, enjoy direct deposited paychecks up to two days early^ when your employer files to the Federal Reserve to start the direct deposit process. Terms apply.

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* Varo APY is accurate as of March 23, 2021. This rate is variable and may change. No minimum balance required to open an account. Balance in the savings account must be at least $0.01 to earn interest.
**The qualifying period begins the first calendar day of the month and ends at close of business on the last business day of the month.
^ Early access to direct deposit funds depends on the timing of the payer’s submission of deposits. Varo generally posts such deposits on the day they’re received, which may be up to two days earlier than the payer’s scheduled payment date.
Bank Account Services provided by Varo Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Visa® Debit Card is issued by Varo Bank, N.A. pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.


6. Go2bank

Go2bank LogoEarn Up to 7% Cash Back When You Buy eGift Cards in the App1; 1% APY2 Paid Quarterly on Savings Up to $5,000

Go2bank boasts a customer-friendly online bank account with an impressive yield on savings (1% APY on savings up to $5,000) and up to 7% cash back on eligible electronic gift card purchases in the app.

Set up eligible direct deposit to avoid the $5 monthly fee with eligible direct deposit and get paid up to two days early with ASAP Direct DepositTM 3.

Plus, deposit cash at participating retail stores (fees and deposit limits may apply) and enjoy up to $200 in overdraft protection with opt-in and eligible direct deposit. Overdrafts paid at Go2bank’s discretion. Terms and conditions apply.

  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: None.
  • Yield: Earn 1% APY1 on savings up to $5,000.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Earn up to 7% cash back on eGift Card purchases made in the app (3% cash back on Amazon gift card purchases). Plus, get paid up to two days early with ASAP Direct DepositTM 3.
  • Possible Fees: You can avoid the $5 monthly fee with an eligible direct deposit. A $15 fee may apply to each overdraft transaction not repaid within 24 hours of authorization of the first transaction that overdrafts the account. See other simple fees at GO2bank.com.

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1Active GO2bank account required to receive an eGift Card. eGift Card merchants subject to change.
2GO2bank, Member FDIC. Interest paid quarterly on the average daily balance of savings during the quarter up to a $5,000 balance and if the account is in good standing. 1% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as of January 2021. APY may change before or after you open an account. Fees on your primary deposit account may reduce earnings on your savings account.
3Direct deposit early availability depends on the timing of the payor’s payment instructions and fraud prevention restrictions may apply. As such, the availability or timing of early direct deposit may vary from pay period to pay period. The name and Social Security number on file with your employer or benefits provider must match your GO2bank account exactly or we will decline your deposit.


7. SoFi Money

Virtually No Fees; FDIC Insurance on Balances Up to $1.5 Million

SoFi ReviewSoFi Money has virtually no fees and boasts an excellent account opening bonus that qualifies as one of the best new bank promotions around.

As a cash management account, SoFi Money has an unusually high FDIC insurance limit (covering balances up to $1.5 million).

And be sure to check out SoFi’s extensive credit product lineup if you’re in the market for a new loan. They offer student loan refinancingpersonal loans, home loans, and more.

  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: None.
  • Yield: See SoFi’s website for the latest yields.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Get $100 when you sign up for SoFi Money and complete qualifying activities. Moving forward, you’ll get rate discounts on SoFi loans and enjoy free P2P transfers, customized financial planning, and exclusive offers from SoFi partners. Refer friends (see referral program details) to earn up to $310 per successful referral.
  • Possible Fees: Virtually none. See SoFi Money’s account disclosures for more details.

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8. TD Bank Beyond Checking

$300 Account Opening Bonus With Qualifying Activities

td bankThe $300 account opening bonus for the TD Bank Beyond Checking account isn’t quite as generous as some other new bank account promotions. But it’s definitely worth the effort to obtain.

Here’s what you need to know about it: First, open a new Beyond Checking account and set up direct deposit. Then, receive direct deposits of more than $2,500 into your new account within 60 days. That’s all you need to do to receive a $300 cash bonus.

To qualify for this offer, you must be a U.S. resident and apply for the offer online. The Beyond Checking account includes a $25 monthly maintenance fee.

But TD Bank waives it for customers with monthly direct deposits of $5,000 or more, a minimum daily balance of $2,500, or a combined balance of $25,000 across your eligible TD accounts.

This offer isn’t available everywhere. You only qualify if you live in one of the following states or districts: Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Vermont; Virginia; or Washington, D.C.

  • Account Opening Bonus: Earn a $300 cash bonus when you open a new account and receive direct deposits of more than $2,500 into the account within 60 days.
  • Yield: None.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: TD waives the $25 monthly maintenance fee with monthly direct deposits of $5,000 or more, a minimum daily balance of $2,500, or a combined balance of $25,000 across your eligible TD accounts.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Get overdraft fees automatically reimbursed twice per year. Plus, TD Bank waives its ATM fees and reimburses non-TD ATM fees when you keep at least a $2,500 daily balance in your account. TD Bank also boasts a nice lineup of low-fee credit card options.

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9. TD Bank Convenience Checking

$150 Account Opening Bonus With Qualifying Activities

td bankAs an alternative to the TD Bank Beyond Checking account, you can apply online for a new TD Bank Convenience checking account, which has a much lower minimum balance requirement. You get a $150 cash bonus once you receive direct deposits of more than $500 within 60 days.

To qualify for this offer, you must be a U.S. resident and apply for the offer online. The Convenience Checking account typically includes a $15 monthly maintenance fee, but TD Bank waives it if you keep a low minimum daily balance of at least $100.

Students and young adults ages 17 through 23 qualify for additional perks, such as no monthly maintenance fee and no minimum balance requirements.

This offer is available to residents of the following states: Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Maine, Maryland; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Vermont; Virginia; and Washington, D.C.

  • Account Opening Bonus: Receive direct deposits of more than $500 within 60 days to qualify for a $150 account opening bonus.
  • Yield: See disclosures for current yield information.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: There’s no minimum opening deposit. To waive the $15 monthly maintenance fee, you need to maintain an average monthly balance of $100.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Enjoy unlimited ATM fee waivers at TD ATMs, plus the opportunity to apply for a low-cost TD credit card.

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10. Level

Earn 0.50% APY and Up to 1.5% Cash Back

Level Bank LogoLevel offers a checking account with a return of up to 1.5% on debit card spending, plus the opportunity to earn up to 10% cash back with select Level partners.

All balances held with Level earn 0.50% APY too, though that yield is subject to change with prevailing rates.

Additional perks include up to five monthly ATM fee reimbursements and direct deposit up to two days early for those whose employers qualify.

  • Yield: Currently 0.50% APY on all balances.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: Level Plus members pay $5 per month; Level Premium members pay $15 per month. There’s no minimum deposit or ongoing balance requirement.
  • Account Opening Bonus: None.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Level Plus members earn 1% cash back on online and signature-based debit card purchases. Level Premium members earn 1.5% cash back on online and signature-based debit card purchases. Customers in both tiers enjoy opportunities to earn up to 10% cash back. Those whose employers qualify can get paid up to two days early after setting up direct deposit (ACH).

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11. Radius Bank Rewards Checking

Earn Up to 0.15% APY, Depending on Balance, and 1% Cash Back (1.5% Cash Back With Select Merchants)

Radius Bank Rewards CheckingThe Radius Bank Rewards Checking account has a nice perk for debit card users: an unlimited 1% cash-back reward on online and signature-based debit card transactions, plus 1.5% cash back with select merchants in categories such as health and food delivery.

Plus, all balances above $2,500 earn at least 0.10% APY. The yield rises to 0.15% APY for high-balance accounts, making this a true interest checking account.

On both fronts, there’s a bit of a catch. To earn cash back and 0.10% APY on balances, you must maintain a minimum account balance of $2,500 or receive at least $2,500 in qualifying direct deposits each month.

On the bright side, Rewards Checking offers the opportunity to receive direct deposits up to two days early.

  • Yield: Earn 0.10% APY on balances between $2,500 and $99,999. Earn 0.15% APY on balances above $100,000.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: The minimum opening deposit is $100, but there’s no minimum daily balance requirement.
  • Account Opening Bonus: This account doesn’t currently have a sign-up bonus.
  • Rewards and Incentives: You can earn unlimited 1% cash back on online and signature-based debit card transactions (transactions for which you select “credit” at the point of sale) and 1.5% cash back with select merchants in categories such as food delivery and health. You earn rewards in statement cycles when you do at least one of the following: receive total monthly direct deposits into your account from a qualifying source of income (generally, an employer or government benefits provider) of $2,500 or more or maintain an average balance of $2,500 or more in your Rewards Checking account.

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12. Axos Bank Rewards Checking

Earn Up to 1.25% APY With Qualifying Activities

Axos Bank LogoThe Axos Bank Rewards Checking account has one of the best yields around for account holders able to meet its qualifying activity requirements: up to 1.25% on balances up to $150,000 with all three qualifying activities.

With unlimited ATM fee reimbursements, free checks on request, and reasonable minimums, this account has a lot going for it.

  • Yield: The base yield on the Rewards Checking account is 0%. To earn above this interest rate in any given month, you can do any or all the following during that month: receive a $1,000 direct deposit or use your card between 10 and 14 times in a given month to earn 0.4166% on all balances, use your card 15 times or more to earn 0.8333% on all balances, receive a $1,000 deposit and use your card at least 10 times to earn 0.8333%, or receive a $1,000 deposit and use your card at least 15 times to earn 1.25%. All qualifying debit transactions must be $3 or greater. Balances above $150,000 don’t earn interest.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: The minimum account opening deposit is $50, but there’s no minimum daily balance requirement.
  • Account Opening Bonus: There’s currently no account sign-up bonus available here.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Enjoy unlimited reimbursements for all U.S. ATM fees and get 50 checks free at account opening (upon request).

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13. Axos Bank CashBack Checking

Earn Up to 1% Cash Back, Depending on Balance

Axos Bank LogoAxos Bank has another checking account offering a different sort of reward: up to 1% cash back on all eligible signature-based debit card purchases. Aptly known as Axos Bank CashBack Checking, account holders earn cash back on eligible purchases as follows:

  • 0.50% cash back in months when the account’s average daily collected balance is less than $1,500
  • 1% cash back in months when the account’s average daily collected balance is $1,500 or greater

Cash back earnings are capped at $2,000 per month. Other account benefits include rapid P2P payments, unlimited ATM fee reimbursements, and unlimited check-writing privileges.

  • Yield: This account does not have an interest rate. However, eligible signature-based debit card transactions earn up to 1% cash back.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: There’s no minimum daily balance requirement to keep your account open and in good standing.
  • Account Opening Bonus: None.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Earn up to 1% cash back on eligible signature-based debit card transactions. Plus, enjoy unlimited reimbursements for all U.S. ATM fees and unlimited check-writing privileges.

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14. Nationwide Advantage Checking

Earn Up to 0.90% APY With Qualifying Activities

nationwide bankNationwide Advantage Checking is a high-yield checking account that looks a lot like Axos Bank Rewards Checking, complete with tiered yields and low minimums.

Meet all tier requirements to earn up to 0.90% APY (variable with prevailing rates) and enjoy access to more than 80,000 in-network ATMs no matter how you manage your account.

  • Yield: The base yield on the Nationwide Advantage Checking account is 0%. To earn interest in any given month, do one or both of the following: receive direct deposits (not including intra-bank transfers from another account) totaling $1,000 or more each to earn 0.45% interest and/or complete at least 10 point-of-sale transactions using your debit card (minimum $3 per transaction) to earn 0.45% interest. Do both in the same month to earn 0.90% interest.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: The minimum account opening deposit is $50. There’s no minimum daily balance requirement.
  • Account Opening Bonus: None.
  • Rewards and Incentives: This account has no monthly maintenance fees or NSF transaction fees.

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15. Stash Online Banking

Earn Up to 5% Stock-Back Rewards

Stash4799 957609 is best known as a low-cost investing platform for hands-off investors, but its online banking account3 deserves mention too. That’s due in large part to Stock-Back rewards1 program, which earns fractional shares of stock when you make purchases at more than 11 million participating locations.

Though most Stock-Back transactions earn 0.125% Stock-Back rewards ($0.125 in stock per $100 spent), purchases with select merchants earn up to 5% Stock-Back rewards ($5 in stock per $100 spent).

Because Stock-Back isn’t a cash-back program, it’s best for those who already invest with Stash and those looking for an all-in-one financial app.

  • Rewards and Incentives: Earn 0.125% Stock-Back rewards on all everyday purchases. With Stock-Back bonuses, you can earn up to 5% Stock-Back rewards at certain merchants. Nonqualifying purchases include ATM withdrawals, gift or prepaid cards, and money orders.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: There’s no ongoing minimum balance requirement.2
  • Yield: None.
  • Account Opening Bonus: Get a $5 bonus when you open your account and deposit at least $5 to begin investing.

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This material is not intended as investment advice and is not meant to suggest that any securities are suitable investments for any particular investor. Investment advice is only provided to Stash customers. All investments are subject to risk and may lose value.
1 Stash Stock-BackⓇ is not sponsored or endorsed by Green Dot Bank, Green Dot Corporation, Visa U.S.A., or any of their respective affiliates, and none of the foregoing has any responsibility to fulfill any stock rewards earned through this program.
2 Other fees apply to the bank account. Please see Deposit Account Agreement for details. If applicable, your Stash banking account is a funding account for purposes of the Advisory Agreement. Your Stash subscription fee may be deducted from your Stash banking account balance.
3 BankDebit Account Services provided by and Stash Visa Debit Card issued by Green Dot Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.  Investment products and services provided by Stash Investments LLC, not Green Dot Bank, and are Not FDIC Insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, and May Lose Value.  In order for a user to be eligible for a Stash banking debit account, they must also have opened a taxable brokerage account on Stash. Account opening of the debit account is subject to Green Dot Bank approval.
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16. FNBO Direct Online Checking

Earn Up to 0.15% APY, Depending on Balance

fnbo direct logoThe FNBO Direct Online Checking account yields 0.15% APY on all balances between $0.01 and $1 million and has a negligible minimum opening deposit (just $1).

It’s also surprisingly mobile-friendly and boasts an excellent P2P money transfer tool.

An expansive ATM network ensures you’re rarely far from a fee-free ATM when traveling within the continental United States.

  • Yield: This account yields 0.15% APY on all balances above $0.01, up to $1 million.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: The minimum opening deposit is $1, and to earn APY, you must have a minimum balance of $0.01.
  • Account Opening Bonus: None.
  • Rewards and Incentives: FNBO Direct doesn’t charge its own ATM withdrawal fees (at more than 55,000 ATMs in North America). However, it never reimburses ATM withdrawal fees charged by other banks. Separately, FNBO Direct has a nice high-yield savings account.

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17. M1 Spend

Earn 1% APY and 1% Cash Back With M1 Plus

M1 SpendM1 Finance Logo is a free cash management account that blends the higher yields of a savings account with the flexibility of a checking account.

Upgrade to M1 Plus for $125 per year to earn 1% APY on all M1 Spend balances, 1% cash back on debit card purchases, and up to four ATM fee reimbursements each month.

  • Yield: Upgrade to M1 Plus to earn 1% APY on all account balances and 1% cash back on all debit card purchases.
  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: There’s no minimum opening deposit and no minimum daily balance requirement.
  • Account Opening Bonus: None at the moment, but check back for the latest offers.
  • Rewards and Incentives: M1 Plus members get four ATM fee reimbursements per month — three more than standard M1 members.

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18. Empower

Access Cash Advance (up to $250^); Get Paid up to 2 Days Faster*; Earn up to 10% cashback** 

Empower Black Transparent@12xEmpower is a user-friendly mobile banking app designed for today’s generation. With it, you can qualify for a cash advance of up to $250^ with no interest, no late fees and no credit checks through Empower Cash Advance.

And Empower users rest easy with no overdraft fees, no insufficient funds fees, and no account minimums.

Beyond Cash Advance, Empower offers a comprehensive lineup of useful personal finance features, including:

  • Get paid up to two days faster*
  • Get up to 10% cash back** when you activate and use your Empower Card at qualifying merchants — restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations — that refresh every week
  • Get free unlimited access to over 37,000 ATMs across the U.S.
  • Automatic Savings
  • Budgeting and spend tracking tools
  • Savings recommendations

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^ Eligibility requirements apply. Free instant delivery is available for eligible Empower Checking Account customers with an activated debit card.
* Banking services provided by nbkc bank, Member FDIC. 0.05% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) may change at any time. APY as of April 19, 2021. Empower charges an auto-recurring monthly subscription fee of $8 for access to the full suite of money management features offered on the platform. The subscription fee will apply (a) after the 14-day free trial concludes for first-time customers, and (b) immediately for customers returning for a second or subsequent subscription. Early access to paycheck deposit funds depends on the timing of the employer’s submission of deposits. We generally post such deposits on the day they are received which may be up to 2 days earlier than the employer’s scheduled payment date.
** Cashback deals on Empower Card purchases, including categories, merchants, and percentages, will vary and must be selected in the app. Cashback will be applied automatically when the final transaction posts, which may be up to a week after the qualifying purchase.


19. Discover Bank Cashback Debit Account

1% Cash Back on the First $3,000 in Monthly Debit Card Purchases  

discover logoThe Discover Bank Cashback Debit account has an excellent cash-back rate for a service-fee-free checking account: 1% cash back on up to $3,000 in eligible purchases (basically, the first $3,000 spent) each month.

The Discover Bank Cashback Debit account also has a handy card freeze feature that you can toggle on and off when your card is lost or stolen (and found or replaced).

And it has very few fees, including no non-sufficient funds fee and no fees for bank checks or replacement debit cards.

Plus, there’s no minimum balance or transaction count required to qualify for the service fee waiver.

  • Minimum Deposit and Balance Requirements: There’s no initial or ongoing balance requirement.
  • Account Opening Bonus: None.
  • Yield: Eligible purchases earn 1% cash back, up to $3,000 in purchases each month. There’s no traditional yield, however.
  • Rewards and Incentives: The Discover Bank ATM network includes 60,000 machines. Plus, easily freeze a lost or stolen debit card and pay no fees for insufficient funds.
  • Possible Fees: See terms for a complete list of possible fees.

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Final Word

Individual bank account bonuses and rewards programs come and go. But it’s basically a given that dozens of online banks (and brick-and-mortar banks and credit unions) offer enticements to new and longtime account holders at any given time.

The same is true for opportunities to earn high yields (high-interest payouts) and generous rewards on other account types: high-yield savings accounts, money market accounts, and CDs.

If you’re in the market for a new bank account or expect to be soon, this is all good news. The most vexing part of your search for yield or rewards (or both) is likely to come when you’re finally ready to narrow down your choices and pick a winner.

Brian Martucci
Brian Martucci writes about credit cards, banking, insurance, travel, and more. When he's not investigating time- and money-saving strategies for Money Crashers readers, you can find him exploring his favorite trails or sampling a new cuisine. Reach him on Twitter @Brian_Martucci.

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