at PenFed Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

Pros

Checking account earns interest.
Members have access to 68,000 free ATMs.
2.00% APY on its online savings account.

Cons

0.05% APY on its basic savings account.
$1,000 minimum on share certificates is high.
Doesn't participate in shared branching.

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Overall

4.0

Pentagon Federal Credit Union, or PenFed, offers a modest product selection for military-affiliated members and others. But it makes up for that with good interest rates for checking, online savings and money market certificates. PenFed offers a handy mobile app, plus it’s relatively easy to join for a credit union. Its $30 nonsufficient funds fee, however, isn’t as consumer friendly, especially since there’s no cap on how many times PenFed can charge it in one day.

 

Ratings methodology | Reviewed Dec. 19, 2018

Checking

4.5

Access America, PenFed’s lone checking option, has tiered interest rates that are better than the national average, though you can find higher rates elsewhere, particularly at top online banks. With daily balances under $20,000, you can earn an annual percentage yield of 0.20%; deposits of $20,000 to $50,000 earn 0.50%. Its network of ATMs is larger than that of many financial institutions.

Regular Savings Account
APY
0.05%
Min. balance for APY
$5

at PenFed Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

Money Market Certificate
APY
2.75%
Min. balance for APY
$1,000
Length of term
18 months

at PenFed Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

Money Market Certificate
APY
3.15%
Min. balance for APY
$1,000
Length of term
5 years

at PenFed Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

Access America Checking
APY
0.20%
Monthly fee
$10
Balance to waive monthly fee
$500

at PenFed Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

How does PenFed Credit Union compare?

PenFed Credit Union

Regular Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at PenFed Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

APY

0.05%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Credit Union

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

American Express National Bank

High Yield Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at American Express National Bank,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.10%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

Competitive APY

Live help 24/7

No Monthly Fee

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Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Poor
Fees
Fair
Never a problem
The rates they charge are very fair and service has been a good experience. I've not used a atm or had drive up experience.
Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Poor
Fees
High
first central bought out by penfed
This place is a joke, you can't talk to anyone i've spent the last 15 min. trying to get their fax #
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