Overall bank rating
The bottom line:
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is widely accessible: It has 87 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.
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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- Low fees on checking and savings that are easy to avoid.
- Broad ATM and branch access.
- Interest rates on checking and savings are higher elsewhere.
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.