- Certificates of deposit
Overall institution rating
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is widely accessible: It has 66 branches across Alaska, Arizona, Washington and California, plus thousands more across the country through the Co-op shared branching network. It also offers 55,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide. The credit union’s checking and savings accounts have low fees that are easily avoided, but those accounts also have low interest rates. Certificates of deposit offer some competitive rates. Live customer service is available 24/7 via phone. You can become a member of Alaska Federal Credit Union if you live, work or go to school in Alaska, Washington, California’s San Bernardino County or Arizona’s Maricopa County. You can also become a member if you have a relative who qualifies for membership.
Best for: Residents mostly in Alaska or Washington who value in-person customer service and low-cost checking and savings accounts.
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- No minimum opening deposits on checking and savings accounts.
- Large, free, nationwide ATM network.
- 24/7 customer service by phone.
- Participates in shared branching with other credit unions.
- Low rates on savings accounts.
- Monthly fees (though they are avoidable).
- Limited membership.
Certificates of deposit
Federally insured by NCUA
4.0/5 NerdWallet rating
Alaska USA’s certificates of deposit are available in a wide variety of term lengths and minimum deposit amounts, the lowest being $500. Its rates are competitive, including on its jumbo CDs, which come with minimums of either $100,000 or $250,000.
NerdWallet’s overall ratings for banks and credit unions are weighted averages of several categories: checking, savings, certificates of deposit or credit union share certificates, banking experience and overdraft fees. Factors we consider, depending on the category, include rates and fees, ATM and branch access, account features and limits, user-facing technology, customer service and innovation. The stars represent ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Ratings are rounded to the nearest half-star.