Bank of America, like many of its jumbo-bank competitors, 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, both of which are a drain on your finances.
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Bank of America has a basic checking account and one that bears a minimal amount of interest. There’s nothing especially wrong with either one — in fact, it’s fairly easy to avoid the monthly fees for both, which isn't true for every big bank's checking accounts. Receiving monthly direct deposits of at least $250 or maintaining a minimum daily account balance of at least $1,500 will allow you to avoid the $12 fee on the basic account. But you’d think that one of the country’s largest financial institutions would throw more resources toward creating more attractive checking products.
Along with those two general accounts, Bank of America offers the SafeBalance Banking account, which is tailor-made for frequent overdrafters. In lieu of charging overdraft fees, Bank of America will simply decline transactions if the account holder doesn’t have sufficient funds in his or her account. But the account comes with significant downsides. It has a $4.95 monthly fee that can’t be waived, and there’s no provision for the use of paper checks.
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.