How To Avoid Fifth Third Bank Monthly Maintenance Fees

Maintenance fees are never fun to pay, but many banks offer ways around them. Fifth Third Bank’s monthly maintenance fees can be avoided in several ways, such as by maintaining certain account balances or even linking up your checking account with other Fifth Third accounts.

What Are Fifth Third Bank Checking Account Fees?

The Fifth Third Bank monthly checking account fee, which is a service charge, can run you up to $25. But Fifth Third waives this fee for specialized accounts.

Account Monthly Service Fee Earns Interest
Momentum Checking $0 No
Preferred Checking $25 Yes
Student Banking $0 No
Military Checking $0 or $5 Yes
Express Banking $0 No
ABLE Checking $2 Yes

Fifth Third’s specialized checking accounts are made for a specific cohort of people. For example, the ABLE Checking is designed for people with disabilities.

Here are other common fees Fifth Third can charge you:

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Fee Cost
Out-of-Network ATM In U.S.: $3
Outside the U.S.: 3% plus currency conversion fee; additional $5 fee may apply
Overdraft $37
Foreign Exchange Rate 0.20% of transaction as of March 24
Incoming Wire Transfers $15 as of March 24
Outgoing Wire Transfers $30-85 as of March 24
Stop Payment $33/item
Debit Card Replacement $0 for regular shipping, $30 for rush delivery; Fee waived for Preferred and Private customers

Wire transfer charges depend on whether the wire is incoming or outgoing and whether it’s foreign or domestic.

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What Are Fifth Third Bank Savings Account Fees?

Savings account maintenance fees, which range from $0 to $5 depending on the account, are generally much cheaper than their checking account counterparts. Here are Fifth Third’s savings accounts and corresponding fees:

Account Monthly Service Fee
Momentum Savings $5
Relationship Money Market $5
Minor Savings $5

You won’t pay more than $5, and both checking and savings accounts have ways to eliminate the monthly fee.

Also See: Best Savings Accounts

How To Avoid Fifth Third Bank Monthly Maintenance Fees

Fifth Third lets customers avoid paying a service fee for its accounts if they meet certain requirements:

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Preferred Checking

  • Reach a combined total of $100,000 in your deposit and investment accounts once per month.

Military Checking

  • Open a Fifth Third Preferred Checking account to get a $5 discount on the monthly service charge.

ABLE Checking

  • Have a monthly balance of $250 or more.
  • Sign up for paperless statements.

Savings account fee waivers work much in the same way as checking account fee waivers, usually relying on account balances or concurrent enrollments. You can get your savings account service fees waived in the following ways:

Momentum Savings

  • Have a Fifth Third checking account, not including Express Banking.
    • Have all owners of your savings account listed as owners of your Fifth Third checking account.
  • Maintain a monthly balance of $500 or more.
  • Have someone under 18 listed as owner of the account.
  • Enroll in Fifth Third military banking, if applicable.

Relationship Money Market

  • Have a Fifth Third checking account, not including Express Banking.
    • Have all owners of your savings account listed as owners of your Fifth Third checking account.
  • Maintain a monthly balance of $500 or more.
  • Have someone under 18 listed as owner of the account.
  • Enroll in Fifth Third military banking, if applicable.
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Minor Savings

  • Have someone under 18 listed as owner of the account.

The easiest way to avoid a savings account service fee is to open a checking account.

How To Avoid Fifth Third Bank Overdraft Fees

Overdraft fees are supposed to act as deterrents for withdrawing on an account with insufficient funds. But Fifth Third charges a hefty $37 fee for overdrawing your account. In addition to not spending the money and paying close attention to your account balance, you can avoid this Fifth Third bank fee by taking advantage of overdraft protection.

Fifth Third will link your bank savings account, credit card or line of credit with your checking account to cover insufficient funds. You will still pay a fee every time overdraft protection funds are used in a transaction, but it’s $12 instead of $37.

Fifth Third also offers MyAdvance, a cash advance from your direct deposit, to help avoid overdrafts. Extra Time allows you to make a deposit to bring you account balance up to at least $0 before the end of the day to avoid an overdraft fee.

Fifth Third’s ABLE checking account does not have overdraft fees.

Read More: How To Avoid Overdraft Fees

How To Avoid Fifth Third Bank ATM Fees

Fifth Third has a network of 50,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide. Use its ATM locator to find one so you can avoid paying the $3 out-of-network fee. Student and military checking accounts get a set number of free out-of-network ATM transactions each month.

Related: Guide to Daily ATM Withdrawal Limits and Debit Purchase Limits

Getting the Most Out of Your Fifth Third Bank Account

Military members might get the most out of signing up for Fifth Third accounts, as the monthly maintenance fees are waived or discounted for military members. You can also take advantage of Fifth Third’s slightly higher Relationship Savings rate by getting your significant other in on the action. But above all else, you can get the most out of your Fifth Third account by being mindful of your account balance.

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This content is not provided by Fifth Third Bank. Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author alone and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by Fifth Third Bank. Information is accurate as of June 9, 2022.

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Sean joined the GOBankingRates team in 2018, bringing with him several years of experience with both military and collegiate writing and editing experience. Sean’s first foray into writing happened when he enlisted in the Marines, with the occupational specialty of combat correspondent. He covered military affairs both in garrison and internationally when he deployed to Afghanistan. After finishing his enlistment, he completed his BA in English at UC Berkeley, eventually moving to Southern California.
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