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

How does PenFed Credit Union compare?

PenFed Credit Union

Regular Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

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

2.15%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

No Monthly Fee

Competitive APY

HSBC

Online Savings Account

NerdWallet Rating

at HSBC,

Member, FDIC

APY

2.30%

Monthly Fees

$0

Bonus features

Competitive APY

No Monthly Fee

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Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Fair
Fees
Fair
Awful!
I have been a Texas Partners customer since the 80s. When they became Pen Fed they went down hill very quickly. I can not even begin to describe the mistakes they have made with our account. The branch manager is not even concerned but just hides in her office. I have never reported a business to better business bureau. But I am concerned about their complete incompetence. Other financial institutions in the area seem to be aware of the huge mistakes they are making. We have even had employees of Pen Fed admit that the issues are a nightmare. Somebody help!
Overall
Customer service
Excellent
Website / app
Excellent
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
Love it
Been banking with them about 7 years and have a car loan, credit card and savings. I can say they are great in all three categories. Good customer service and low fees.
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