Posted by William Charles on February 1, 2017
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Published on February 1st, 2017 | by William Charles


KaiPerm Credit Union 6% APY Account On Balances Up To $1,000 [Restricted Membership]

Offer at a glance

  • Interest Rate: 6%
  • Maximum Balance: $1,000
  • Availability: Pennsylvania, in-branch only. Also must meet these qualifications.
  • Direct deposit required: Yes, no minimum mentioned
  • Additional requirements: None
  • Hard/soft pull: Unknown
  • Credit card funding: Unknown 
  • Monthly fees: None
  • Insured: NCUA

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • DA checking account from KaiPerm Northwest Federal Credit Union offers a 6% APY rate on the first $1,000 in your account (then 0.11%). Looks like you need to complete a direct deposit to get this rate.


The Fine Print

  • None

Avoiding Fees

This account has no monthly fees, I’m unsure if there is any early account termination fee or not as I was unable to find the fee schedule.

Joining The Credit Union

To join the credit union you need to fall into one of the following categories:

  • employed by Kaiser Permanente or Northwest Permanente, PC
  • Be a Kaiser Permanente Health Plan Member yourself

Our Verdict

These 6% rates seem to be all the rage at the moment with credit unions. The problem is the ridiculously low caps. If you have the account maxed out, that’s an annual return of $60. Not bad for $1,000 – but in reality most people would be better off simply doing a checking account bonus instead and then parking more of their money in another high interest savings account with bigger maximums.

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It looks like this offer requires direct deposit. Right at the top it says: “Just say “Yes” to Direct Deposit (100%) of your paycheck or Social Security check— and everything below is yours!” Was there something else in the offer that suggests that direct deposit is not required?


“Availability: Pennsylvania, in-branch only”

I’m confused. Kaiser Permanente doesn’t even operate in PA.


Emailed and got the following response:
In order to be eligible for our credit union, one of the following must be applicable:
1. A current or retired Kaiser employee in Oregon or Washington.
2. Have current active Kaiser Medical Insurance issued in Oregon or Washington.
3. Be an immediate family member of a current member of our credit union.


Do I have any long lost cousins who are already members? 😮

Wesley Groth
Wesley Groth

If you have the free or paid membership with family tree we can see.


Confused–This article hasn’t been updated to fix the “Availability”, but it seems that being a Kaiser member in OR or WA qualifies. What’s going on?

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