at USAA Federal Savings Bank,

Member, FDIC

Pros

Access to more than 65,000 ATMs
No monthly fees or balance requirements for basic accounts
Money Manager tool tracks spending

Cons

Top APY on basic savings account is 0.15%; better rates are available elsewhere
Only four locations in the U.S.
Membership limited to people with military ties

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Overall

4.0

Military families at home or on the move need a bank that stays with them. Through online banking options, mobile tools and a broad ATM network, USAA Bank ensures that members can access their money from anywhere.

 

If you’re eligible for membership, the bank’s no-fee checking account and Money Manager tool deserve a closer look.

 

Ratings methodology | Updated July 3, 2018

Checking

4.5

USAA’s Classic Checking account has no monthly fee and access to more than 65,000 USAA Preferred ATM machines nationwide. In addition, the account gives a $15 monthly reimbursement for non-network ATM fees. The interest rate of APY is barely better than zero, but similar checking accounts at some other banks don’t earn any interest.

 

USAA also has a Cashback Checking account that earns rewards on debit purchases, but it’s currently available in only a few states (Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Washington).

USAA Savings
APY
0.09%
Min. balance for APY
$1

at USAA Federal Savings Bank,

Member, FDIC

Certificate of Deposit
APY
2.68%
Min. balance for APY
$1,000
Length of term
5 years

at USAA Federal Savings Bank,

Member, FDIC

Free USAA Classic Checking
APY
Monthly fee
$0
Balance to waive monthly fee
$0

at USAA Federal Savings Bank,

Member, FDIC

How does USAA Federal Savings Bank compare?

USAA Federal Savings Bank

USAA Savings

NerdWallet Rating

at USAA Federal Savings Bank,

Member, FDIC

APY

0.09%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Online Savings

NerdWallet Rating

at Goldman Sachs Bank USA,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.05%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

American Express National Bank

High Yield Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at American Express National Bank,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.00%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

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Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Good
Fees
High
Good luck cashing a check over you limit!
They set your daily check cashing limit to $10,000. Cool, normally no biggie. But I have a check for over that amount that I need cashed ASAP and there is not 1 location in all of Oregon that I can go and cash this check. They would not increase my limit (even temporarily) to allow me to cash this check. The only option is to mail it. They wouldn't even send me a label to safely overnight it to them. Horrible customer service!! We will be finding a bank where you can actually cash checks. Or at least offer to email you a UPS label so you don't have to pay for that yourself. That would have shown proper customer service. Very disappointed.
Overall
Customer service
Fair
Website / app
Good
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
Not terrible
For the insurance portions, they have cheap insurance with ample coverage. Good customer service when it comes to insurance, otherwise it's a bit spotty. The app experience has improved significantly compared to what it was before. Fees are fairly low!
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