3 Tips To Avoid Chase’s Monthly Maintenance Fees

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JPMorgan Chase is one of the biggest banks in America, providing customers with a range of banking products. But a big bank still needs to pay the bills, and the banking fees associated with Chase’s checking and savings accounts help do that.

The good news is that these fees can often be waived by maintaining a qualifying account balance, setting up direct deposits or by qualifying for fee waivers in other ways. Here’s what you need to know about Chase’s fees monthly maintenance fees and how to avoid them.

Chase Checking Account Fees

Chase checking account monthly maintenance fees vary from $4.95 to $25 for the bank’s standard checking options, and from $25 to $35 for the bank’s premium checking options. Additionally, Chase offers three checking accounts designed for kids and students, which feature low service fees from $0 to $6.

Some Chase accounts also earn interest — up to 0.01% annual percentage yield. Here’s a quick look at the monthly service fees and interest potential for Chase personal checking accounts.

Chase Personal Checking Accounts
Account  Monthly Service Earns Interest
Chase Secure Banking $4.95 No
Chase Total Checking $12 or $0 No
Chase Premier Plus Checking $25 0.01% APY
Chase Sapphire Checking $25 or $0 0.01% APY

 

Chase High School Checking $0 No
Chase College Checking $6 No
Chase First Banking $0 No

Information is accurate as of Nov. 5, 2020

Checking accounts usually come with additional fees, such as when you use an out-of-network ATM. All Chase personal checking accounts include the following fees. Note that Chase will waive some of these fees, depending on account type.

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Chase Checking Account Fees
Fee Amount
ATM $2.50 for a non-Chase ATM in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; $5 for a  non-Chase ATM outside the U.S.
Cashier’s Check $8
Money Order $5
Overdraft Fee $34
Foreign Exchange Rate Adjustment Fee 3% of transaction
Wire Transfers $0 to $50, depending on where wire originated, whether it’s domestic or foreign and if it was initiated online.

Information is accurate as of Nov. 5, 2020

Chase also offers three business checking accounts for business owners. Chase offers multiple options to waive the monthly service fee.

Chase Business Checking Accounts
Account Monthly Maintenance Fee
Chase Business Complete Checking $15
Chase Performance Business Checking $30
Chase Platinum Business Checking $95

Information is accurate as of Nov. 5, 2020

Chase Savings Account Fees

Even though Chase charges monthly maintenance fees on its savings accounts, it will waive the charges if you complete certain qualifying activities, such as maintaining a minimum average daily balance, making automatic transfers or linking to another Chase account. Here’s a breakdown of Chase savings account fees.

Chase Savings Account Fees
Fee Type Chase Savings Chase Premier Savings
Monthly Maintenance $5 or $0 $25 or $0
Savings Withdrawal Fee $5 for withdrawals exceeding six $5 for withdrawals exceeding six (waived with a balance of $15,000 or more)

Information is accurate as of Nov. 5, 2020

Here are the interest rates available for each account:

  • Chase Savings has 0.01% APY for all balances.
  • Chase Premier Savings also only carries 0.01% APY for all balances. If you have Relationship Rates, an increase in balance results in a rate increase, equaling 0.02% to 0.05% APY.

How To Avoid Chase’s Monthly Maintenance Fees

Chase, along with most banks, will waive maintenance fees if the requirements are met. Here’s how to avoid your Chase bank fees.

1. Maintain a Minimum Balance

You can avoid paying a Chase checking account fee by maintaining a minimum required amount in your account. Here are the minimum balances you need to avoid Chase’s monthly fees:

Chase Checking Minimum Balance:

  • Chase Total Checking: Maintain a $1,500 average beginning day balance or maintain a $5,000 beginning daily average balance across all accounts.
  • Chase College Checking: Maintain an average beginning day balance of $5,000.
  • Chase Premier Plus Checking: Maintain a $15,000 average beginning day balance across all accounts.
  • Chase Sapphire Banking: Maintain a $75,000 average beginning day balance across all accounts.
  • Chase Private Client Checking: Maintain a $150,000 average daily balance across all accounts.
  • Chase Business Complete Checking: Maintain a minimum balance of $2,000 or more in the account each day of the statement period.
  • Chase Performance Business Checking: $35,000 average beginning day balance across all linked business accounts.
  • Chase Platinum Business Checking: Maintain an average beginning day balance of $100,000 ($50,000 when linked to Chase Private Client Checking) across all linked business accounts.

2. Sign Up for Qualifying Direct Deposits

Another way to avoid paying fees on your checking account at Chase is to meet the minimum requirement for direct deposits. The following two Chase accounts allow this exemption:

  • Chase Total Checking: $500 per statement cycle
  • Chase College Checking: Any direct deposit

Note that this option is not available for the other Chase checking accounts.

3. Link a Chase Account

A third way to avoid checking account fees at Chase Bank is to link your account to another Chase account. The Premier Plus, Business Complete Banking and Private Client checking accounts offer this option:

  • Chase Premier Plus Checking: Link a Chase first mortgage enrolled in automatic payments.
  • Chase Business Complete Banking: Link a Chase Private Client Checking account.
  • Chase Private Client Checking: Link a Chase Platinum Business Checking account.

How To Avoid Chase Bank Overdraft Fees

Linked accounts have more limited use to customers when it comes to waiving fees.

To avoid an overdraft fee at Chase, the best thing to do is to make sure you don’t overdraw your account in the first place. If your account is overdrawn by more than $5, it’s subject to overdraft fees.

Chase charges a $34 fee per overdraft –up to a maximum of three fees per day. You can avoid the overdraft fee by signing up for overdraft protection. Then, the bank will cover your overdrawn checking account with money from your savings account without an added fee.

How To Avoid Chase ATM Fees

Chase Total Checking and Chase Secure Checking charge $2.50 if you use a non-Chase ATM in the United States. You can avoid these fees by searching Chase’s website for a Chase ATM near you.

Good To Know

Overseas, the ATM fee jumps up to $5 per withdrawal. You might also face charges imposed by the ATM operator. Whether in the U.S. or abroad, you can avoid ATM fees by using a Chase ATM.

Alternatively, you can sign up for Chase Premier Plus Checking, which offers the first four non-Chase ATM transactions for free during each statement period,  or Chase Sapphire Checking, which waives all non-Chase ATM fees and even reimburses you for all third-party ATM fees.

Getting the Most out of Your Chase Banking Account

Opening both a savings and checking account with Chase will not only earn you free money, but there are plenty of other advantages too. Once you’ve opened a Chase Premier Savings Account, you can unlock Premier Relationship Rates if you link it with one of the following:

  • Chase Premier Plus Checking
  • Chase Sapphire Checking

From there, you’ll immediately be treated to a rate of 0.02% to 0.05% APY, which increases the higher your balance is. Otherwise, your rate is only 0.01% APY, the same as a standard savings account.

Also, if you are active-duty military, your service fee for the Chase Premier Checking account is $0, plus you’ll pay no ATM fees, wire transfers or foreign exchange rates.

Are Chase Products and Services Good for You?

Chase provides a solid selection of banking accounts that offer basic services for those seeking to build either checking or savings accounts. Its fees are evenly priced compared to other banks, and some of their checking accounts offer interest rates. For higher returns or smaller fees on a savings account, you may want to consider online banks, which do not have to factor in overhead costs and may even be a bit cheaper to maintain.

This article has been updated with additional reporting since its original publication. John Csiszar contributed to the reporting of this article.

Rates are subject to change; unless otherwise noted, rates are updated periodically. All other information on accounts is accurate as of Nov. 5, 2020.

Editorial Note: This content is not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the bank advertiser, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. This site may be compensated through the bank advertiser Affiliate Program.

About the Author

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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