What makes Rewards Checking so "rewarding"?
Simply put, it gives you everything you want in a checking account:
- 3.04% APY on your balance
- No Minimum Balance
- Free Online Banking and Bill Pay
- Free Debit Card
- Free e-Statements
- No Monthly Account Maintenance Fees
Is this just a teaser rate? How soon will my rate change?
We currently have no plans to change the rates.
What if I put in more than $25,000?
The portion of your balance up to $25,000 earns the highest yield, while the portion greater than $25,000 earns a somewhat lesser amount*; upon meeting "reward requirements" of course.
REWARDS AND REQUIREMENTS
How do I qualify?
It's easy... just use the services that come free with your Checking Account! Specifically:
- Use your debit card at least fifteen times per month. Sorry, ATM transactions do not count toward debit card usage qualifications.
- Be enrolled in E-Statements
- Have a direct deposit, payroll deduction, or online bill pay.
How will I know that I have qualified for my rewards?
We'll email you and let you know at the end of each cycle.
If I meet the requirements, when will I receive my rewards?
You'll receive your rewards on the first business day of the next qualifying cycle.
What if I don't qualify in any given month?
If you don't qualify in a particular cycle, you still get great benefits: interest on your balance, free e-statements, free debit card, etc. Each new cycle is a chance to earn rewards.
DEBIT CARD USAGE
What if my new debit card doesn't arrive until late in my first cycle and I don't have time to earn my rewards. Or what if my automatic debit or direct deposit does not occur during my first cycle: will I still get rewards?
You will automatically receive all your rewards for the first cycle in which the account is open.
Does a debit card reversal count AGAINST my requirements?
Yes it will affect the total number of transactions.
What if I use my debit card 20 times one month and only ten times the next? May I roll over debit card transactions to the next cycle?
Sorry, no. Each qualifying cycle starts new.
Upon opening my Checking Account, will the transactions from my old account count towards the required transactions?
They don't need to since you will get your rewards for your first cycle whether you qualify or not.
E-STATEMENTS AND ELECTRONIC ACCESS
Do I have to access my e-Statement online in order to qualify for the rewards?
No, but you must accept electronic delivery exclusively each statement cycle.
Do I receive images of checks back with my Checking Account?
Yes, they are available through your Online Banking account.
Can I open an account even if I don't own a computer?
Yes, of course! You may utilize free computers at libraries, etc. to access your account monthly.
ACCOUNT LIMITS AND FEES
Is there a limit on the amount of money I can keep in my Checking Account?
There is no limit to the amount you may put into your account. Feel free to consolidate savings, CDs, and accounts from other institutions.
Is there an annual fee or a per-usage fee for the debit card, online banking or online bill pay?
No. These services are free to you, year round, regardless of how often you use them.
How much do I need to deposit in order to open my Checking Account?
There is a $25.00 minimum opening balance.
Can I open an account on-line?
The account opening process may begin online and then a representative will contact you to come in and present your identification.
Do I get Overdraft Protection with my account?
Overdraft Protection is available. Fees may apply.
I'm already a customer. Can I use my existing debit card, checks, and account number and just start earning rewards?
Sorry, no. This is considered a new account with a new account number.
Can I open multiple Checking Accounts for the same address?
Yes. You can open as many accounts as you need. Each account must meet the "reward requirements" independently.
Can multiple people use the same Checking Account?
Can a DBA use this account or can it be used as a business account?
Is there a limit on the number or kind of transactions you can do on the account?
There are no limits.
How many checks do I get when I open an account?
As this is a paperless account complete with a free debit card and free Online Bill Pay, there is no need for an abundance of paper checks. As with any new account, you will receive a sample pack of checks upon account opening and you will be provided the opportunity to order additional checks if needed.
How long is a statement or qualifying cycle?
The period of time from the beginning of one statement to the beginning of another; basically a calendar month minus the last business day, which is used for processing the "reward requirements".
The interest earned: is it taxable?
Yes. You will receive a 1099 showing your total interest earned for one year at the beginning of the next year.
What if I need a printed copy of my statement and/or a check image?
You can call us and request it (fees may apply). Or simply print the e-Statement, or the check contained within it, directly from your Online account.
What is an automatic debit?
Often referred to as an ACH transaction, an automatic debit is an electronic transfer of funds that is initiated by the payees' financial institution. For example, if you give your mortgage or insurance company (payee) permission to withdraw your monthly payment automatically from your (payor) account, that is an automatic debit. Online Bill Pay does not count towards the automatic debit requirement.
Do regularly scheduled transfers from one account to another count as automatic debits?
Account transfers (such as savings-to-checking), even made on a regular basis DO NOT count as automatic debits for the purpose of earning account rewards.
What is APY?
APY stands for Annual Percentage Yield. It is the actual amount of interest an account will earn, or yield, for you over the course of a year. With Rewards Checking, interest is compounded monthly and paid monthly on your daily ledger balance.
What are the specifics of this APY?
The Checking Account's Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 12/31/18. The interest rate is variable and may change after the account is open. 3.04% APY paid on daily balances up to $10,000, and 0.15% APY paid on daily balances above $10,000 each qualifying cycle (Cycle) that all reward requirements are met. Account daily balances will earn 0.15% APY when reward requirements are not met per Cycle. Offer good on personal accounts only.
If you have additional questions, contact BRECO Federal Credit Union for assistance.
*$25.00 minimum to open account. On daily collected balances up to $10,000.00 the interest rate paid will be 3.04% APY. On daily collected balances in excess of $10,000.00, interest will be paid based on a split rate system. Balances up to $10,000.00 will be credited with an interest rate of 3.04% APY. Balances in excess of $10,000.00 will be credited with an interest rate of 0.15% APY. If the qualifiers are not met for the current statement cycle, the account will be paid an interest rate of 0.15% APY on the entire balance. APY refers to Annual Percentage Yield which is accurate as of 12/31/2018. The interest rate is variable and may change after the account is opened. The interest rate is subject to change without notice.