at Bank of America,

Member, FDIC

Pros

About 4,300 branches and 16,300 free ATMs.
Monthly fee on basic checking account is easy to avoid.
Strong savings tools and mobile app.

Cons

Up to 0.06% APY on savings account; better rates available elsewhere.
Rates on certificates of deposit are low.
$35 overdraft fee can be charged up to four times daily.

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Overall

3.5

Bank of America, like many national banks, offers access to a wide network of free ATMs and branch offices. Well-designed online and mobile banking tools complete the banking experience.

 

But easy access and a solid digital experience come at the price of hefty fees and weak savings rates.

 

Ratings methodology | Updated January 17, 2019

Checking

3.5

Of its three checking account options, Bank of America’s Advantage Plus option is the standard choice to get a full suite of services — including check writing and overdraft programs — with fairly easy ways to avoid the $12 monthly fee. You can receive monthly direct deposits of at least $250 or maintain a minimum daily account balance of at least $1,500, among other options.

 

Bank of America also offers the Advantage SafeBalance account, which can help frequent overdrafters. In lieu of charging overdraft fees, the bank simply declines transactions if the account holder doesn’t have enough funds in checking. But the account comes with downsides, such as the inability to write checks and a $4.95 monthly fee that’s hard to waive for nonstudents. The only interest-bearing checking, Advantage Relationship Banking, requires at least $10,000 at the bank to avoid a $25 monthly fee. Being enrolled in the Preferred Rewards program also helps you dodge the fee. Interest is minimal.

 

The bank charges all checking customers a $2.50 fee for using non-Bank of America ATMs in the U.S., and a $5 fee when doing so abroad.

Rewards Savings Account
APY
0.03%
Min. balance for APY
$1

at Bank of America,

Member, FDIC

Standard CD
APY
0.75%
Min. balance for APY
$10,000
Length of term
5 years

at Bank of America,

Member, FDIC

Core Checking
APY
Monthly fee
$12
Balance to waive monthly fee
$1

at Bank of America,

Member, FDIC

How does Bank of America compare?

Bank of America

Rewards Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at Bank of America,

Member, FDIC

APY

0.03%

Monthly Fees

$8

Bonus features

2,000+ branches

Mobile-friendly

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Online Savings

NerdWallet Rating

at Goldman Sachs Bank USA,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.25%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

Citizens Access

Online Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at Citizens Access,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.35%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

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