Chase Checking Accounts: More Ways to Waive Monthly Service Fees & Debit Card Benefits Ending Nov 30

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  I really enjoyed the Virtual Chicago Seminars and the virtual networking events – I look forward to seeing everyone in person next year in Chicago.  In other news, I was reviewing my recent Chase Savings Account statement and saw this announcement.  A few things are strange and stand out to me.  First, these changes affect Chase Checking Accounts, not Chase Savings Accounts, so I am not sure why this appeared on my recent savings statement and not my recent checking statement.  Secondly, the changes went into effect on September 13 and this statement covers the time period of September 17 through October 16, so I would have expected this announcement on my previous statement.  But enough about those details, let’s cover the changes in the announcement.

Effective September 13, Chase will include additional electronic payments that post to your checking account to qualify for the monthly service fee waiver.  I will go into those changes in the next section.

Effective December 1, Chase debit card holders will no longer have access to benefits in the Visa Benefits Package.  I couldn’t find a link to what is included in the Visa Benefits Package, but I found a link for Chase Business Checking Accounts that mentions Purchase Security, Extended Protection, Auto Rental CDW, and Travel and Emergency Assistance.  I assume most / all of those benefits are included in the personal / consumer version of the Visa Benefits Package, so it is sad to see those benefits ending on November 30 for Chase debit card holders.

Since I couldn’t remember the exact details of the previous terms for what qualified for a monthly service fee waiver for Chase Total Checking accounts, I used Archive.org to find the Chase Total Checking account terms from before September 13.

Before September 13:

  • Direct deposit totalling $500 or more made to this account

Effective September 13 (current link):

  • Electronic deposits made into this account totaling $500 or more, such as payments from payroll providers or government benefit providers, by using (i) the ACH network, (ii) the Real Time Payment network, or (iii) third party services that facilitate payments to your debit card using the Visa or Mastercard network

All of the other terms remained the same, so the only part that changed was the $500 direct deposit requirement.  Based on the new wording, it looks like more electronic deposits will count toward the $500 direct deposit requirement.  If you receive a payment via the ACH network (transfers from 1 bank / financial institution to another), Real Time Payment Network (if you do instant cash out with Uber, Lyft, or PayPal), or third party services that facilitate payments to your debit card (like insurance claim payouts).  These changes are positive and should allow many more checking account customers to waive their monthly fee.

This announcement has some positive and negative aspects, so keep these changes in mind if you are considering opening or keeping a Chase checking account.  If you have any questions about this announcement, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

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