Offer at a glance
- Interest Rate: 2.25%
- Minimum Balance: $100 to open
- Maximum Balance: $25,000
- Availability: Nationwide
- Direct deposit required: None
- Additional requirements: Yes, see below
- Hard/soft pull: Soft
- Credit card funding: Unknown
- Monthly fees: None
- Insured: FDIC
Receive a 2.25% interest on balances up to $25,000 when you complete the following requirements:
- Have at least 12 debit card purchases post and settle
- Be enrolled and receive eStatement notice
- Have at least 1 direct deposit, 1 automatic payment (ACH), or have 1 bill pay post and settle
We should be able to automate a bill pay or ACH transfer or direct deposit, which means that after the initial setup, you just need to make 12 debit card purchases per month to get the 2.25% rate.
- When meeting the qualifications, you’ll also get unlimited ATM refunds nationwide (details in the fine print here).
- When meeting the qualifications, you’ll be eligible to get a 1% APY rate in a Savings account on up to $50k. If you are doing their checking deal, it could make sense to open the Savings account at the same time.
- Make sure to select the Kasasa Cash checking account and not the Kasasa Cash Back account – you don’t want that one.
The Fine Print
- This account is intended to be the account holder’s primary checking account in which payroll transactions and day-to-day spending activities occur. This includes, but is not limited to: grocery, gasoline, apparel, shopping, dining, and entertainment transactions. Commensurate with the spending activities identified above, we expect the accounts debit card to be used frequently throughout each month and for transaction amounts to reflect a wide dollar range. Small debit card transactions conducted on the same day at a single merchant and/or multiple transactions made during a condensed time period particularly near the end of a Monthly Qualification Cycle are not considered normal day-to-day spending behavior. These type of transactions appear to be conducted with the sole purpose of qualifying for the accounts rewards and thus will be deemed inappropriate and transactions and will not count toward earning the account’s rewards. Main Street Bank reserves the right to determine if the account is being maintained for a purpose other than day-to-day, primary use. Account holders who persist in making debit card transactions in a calculated and limited fashion in order to meet their monthly qualifications may have their account converted to a different account or closed.
- Account transactions and activities may take one or more days to post and settle to the account and all must do so during the Monthly Qualification Cycle in order to qualify for the account’s rewards.
- “Monthly Qualification Cycle” means a period beginning one (1) business day prior to the first day of the current statement cycle through one (1) business day prior to the close of the current statement cycle.
Even if the qualifications are not met, there are no fees on this account.
This account is offered by Main Street Bank of Michigan, but the account can be opened online by anyone in the USA.
On the surface, 2.25% doesn’t sound impressive since there are some options with up to 5% APY. However, since they allow the 2.25% rate on up to $25,000, it’s well worth taking a look.
Let’s dive into the math: getting 2.25% APY on $25k will yield you around $556 by year’s end (.02225 x 25,000). If we’ll deduct $250 which you could have gotten using an ordinary 1% saving account, the gain is still a healthy ~$306. That tops out almost all of the options which we calculated in the post High-Yield Savings Accounts: Profit per Account (aside from Consumer’s Credit Union), and it could make sense for someone who keeps large cash reserves on hand.
I was initially excited about this account until I read the fine print indicating that they don’t want people to get the account just for the 2.25% rate, and they’ll ostensibly close down or convert such accounts. It’s not clear whether this is enforced and how much activity will keep them happy. In any case, this could still be a solid option for someone to make this their main checking account or at least a used checking account for bill payments, etc. It works out pretty well since they also have that 1% Savings account options so it might be something to consider.
The big unknown here is whether they do a hard pull for opening the account. Be sure to opt out of overdraft to increase the chance that it will be a soft pull, and please let us know if you have a data point on this.
Check out our introduction to rewards checking in this post and a roundup of other high-yield checking and savings options in this post.
Hat tip to reader Dirk