Wings Financial Credit Union Review: Low Fees and Minimums for a Regional Institution

4.5
Our Take: Wings Financial Credit Union has a lot to offer customers, including fee-free accounts and high annual percentage yields. But its main appeal will be for residents who live in the credit union's limited geographical reach, which mainly encompasses metro areas in and around Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle-Tacoma, Orlando, Atlanta and Detroit.
  • Fees
    4.5
  • APYs
    4.5
  • Breadth of Products
    4.5
  • Account Minimums
    4.5
How did we calculate this?

Pros

  • No-fee checking, savings and money market accounts
  • Interest-bearing checking account
  • High-yielding CDs
  • High-Yield Savings account with robust APY

Cons

  • Limited geographic reach
  • Low APY for its Share Savings account

About Wings Financial Credit Union

Wings Financial Credit Union was founded in Minneapolis in 1938 by seven Northwest Airlines employees. In now ranks as the largest credit union in Minnesota, with more than $5 billion in assets and over 300,000 members. The credit union offers a variety of checking, savings, money market, IRA and CD accounts in addition to auto, home and personal loans. GOBankingRates has ranked it as one of the Best Credit Unions of 2021 in its annual rankings.

Wings Financial Credit Union Products

Wings Financial Credit Union is a regional institution, but it still offers a variety of basic banking products that most customers need. Here’s a quick look at its products:

Product Details
Savings Accounts
  • No monthly fees
  • High-yield savings option with qualifying activities
Money Market Accounts
  • No fees
CDs
  • Low $500 minimum to open an account
  • High APYs
Interest Checking
  • No fees or minimum balance requirements
  • Very high 1.76% APY available with qualifying activities for smaller balances
IRAs
  • No-fee Traditional and Roth IRAs
Loans
  • Auto, personal and home loans

Wings Financial Credit Union Savings Accounts

Wings Financial Credit Union offers two primary savings accounts: Share Savings and High-Yield Savings. It also offers an IRA Savings account, custodial accounts and a Holiday Club account.

Features

  • No monthly fees
  • $5 minimum to open a Share Savings account
  • No minimum to earn interest in High-Yield Savings
  • No minimums for Holiday Club or IRA Savings accounts
  • Digital banking and mobile app
  • The Share Savings account offers a 0.15% APY. The High-Yield Savings and IRA High-Yield Savings accounts have tiered interest rates based on balances, between 0.10% and 0.70% APY.

Pros

  • Small $5 minimum balance to open a Share Savings account
  • High-yield savings APYs are available in IRAs, reaching 0.70% for balances of $250,000 or more in any type of account.

Cons

  • For balances of less than $10,000, the APY on the Share Savings account actually exceeds that in the High-Yield Savings account. The 0.15% APY in the Share Savings account is low compared with online-only banks.

Wings Financial Credit Union Money Market Account

Wings Financial offers a single true money market account.

Features

  • No monthly fees
  • $5,000 minimum balance requirement
  • Online and mobile banking

Pros

  • No fees
  • Tiered interest rates ranging from 0.00% APY to 0.25% APY

Cons

  • High $5,000 minimum

Wings Financial Credit Union Checking Accounts

Wings Financial offers two types of checking accounts: First Class Checking and High-Yield Checking.

Features

  • High 1.76% APY on up to $25,000 deposited into High-Yield Checking
  • No monthly service fees
  • No minimum balance requirement to open a High-Yield Checking account; only $1 required for First Class Checking
  • Free first box of checks
  • 10 free out-of-network ATM transactions per month, then $2.50 each

Pros

  • Interest-bearing checking accounts with no monthly fees
  • No minimums
  • Free first box of checks
  • Access to a network of more than 80,000 surcharge-free ATMs

Cons

  • To earn the 1.76% APY on the High-Yield account, you must have $300 in direct deposits, be enrolled in eDocuments and make at least 15 debit card transactions each month.
  • Failure to qualify for the higher APY drops the rate to a much more modest 0.05% APY.

Wings Financial Credit Union CD Accounts

Wings Financial Credit Union offers CDs with maturities between three months and five years. It also offers a special Step-Up CD.

Features

  • Low $500 minimum to open
  • Good range of CD maturities
  • Step-Up CD lets you raise your rate once per CD term

Pros

  • Very competitive CD rates for a bricks-and-mortar institution
  • Low $500 minimum
  • Rates are tiered, with larger deposits earning higher APYs.
    • A 1-year CD term has an APY of 0.50%.

Cons

  • The longest available CD maturity is five years
  • The Step-Up CD is only offered in a 5-year package.
  • Early withdrawal penalties of two years worth of dividends apply to CDs with maturities of 24 months or greater.

Banking Experience

Although Wings Financial Credit Union is only a regional financial institution, customers can still conduct their banking across the U.S. thanks to its extended reach of fee-free ATMs and mobile technology.

Physical Branch Locations

Wings Financial Credit Union has 25 branch locations in Minnesota along with two in Detroit, one in Orlando, one in Atlanta and one in SeaTac, Washington. It also has more than 80,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide.

Mobile and Digital Experience

The Wings Financial Credit Union mobile app gets good reviews by users, scoring 4.8 stars from more than 27,000 reviewers on the App Store. The app has a secure user interface and offers a full-feature experience, allowing users to check account balances, view transaction histories, make deposits, transfer funds, pay bills and apply for loans. The online experience offers all of these features and more via the CU Online web portal.

How To Open an Account

You can open a Wings Financial Credit Union account either online or at a branch. However, to open any type of account, you must first become a member of the credit union. Eligibility requirements can be found on the credit union’s website.

Customer Service

You can reach Wings Financial Credit Union Customer service at 800-692-2274. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Key Information

Customer Service: 800-692-2274

Routing Number: 296076152

Fees

Wings Financial Credit Union charges no fees on its basic banking accounts, including checking, savings, money market and CD accounts. Customers have 10 free out-of-network ATM transactions per month. Refer to the table below for a closer look at other individual fees.

Type Amount
Overdraft Fees $30 per item, up to six per day
Excessive withdrawal fees from money market account $20 per withdrawal
Outbound wire transfers $30 for domestic; $50 for international
Reversals of remote deposits $20 per occurrence
Stop payment of fees $30 per check
Additional out-of-network ATM usage $2.50

Final Take

Wings Financial Credit Union has a limited geographical reach, and that’s a shame because the credit union has features that many customers would enjoy, ranging from no-fee accounts to high overall APYs. Those in need of more complex banking transactions, such as home loans or IRAs, will also find those available at the credit union, which elevates it over online banks with limited offerings.

Although Wings Financial has been around since the 1930s, it hasn’t significantly expanded its service area or membership qualifications. Providing access to more customers would improve its overall ranking. However, the credit union’s broad reach of surcharge-free ATMs and powerful mobile technology help close the distance between customers and branches.

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    Two of Wings Financial Credit Union’s main strengths are the robust APY available on its High-Yield Savings account and the lack of fees on basic banking accounts.

    Wings Financial Credit Union FAQ

    Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about Wings Financial Credit Union.
    • How do I become a member?
      • You can join Wings Financial Credit Union by opening a Share Savings account with a $5 deposit. Here are some ways to qualify for membership:
        • - If you live or work in the Seattle-Tacoma, Detroit, Orlando or Atlanta metro areas, or an eligible Minnesota or Wisconsin county
        • - If you or an immediate family member are employees of airlines, government agencies working with the aviation industry, or work at an airport directly with air freight, air courier or air transportation
        • - If your immediate family members are current Wings members or members of the Wings Financial Foundation
    • Is Wings Financial FDIC insured?
      • No. However, depositors are still protected up to $250,000 via the National Credit Union Administration. The only difference is that FDIC insurance applies to banks, and NCUA insurance applies to credit unions.
    • Are there dollar amount limits for mobile deposit?
      • New customers are limited to mobile deposit limits of $1,000 per day, or $3,000 per 30 days. The credit union may increase those limits over time.
    • Does Wings Financial Credit Union offer free money for signing up for an account?
      • Currently, Wings Financial Credit Union does not offer any new account promotions.

    Rates are subject to change; unless otherwise noted, rates are updated periodically. All other information on accounts is accurate as of Dec. 3, 2020.

    This content is not provided by Wings Financial Credit Union. 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 Wings Financial Credit Union.

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    About the Author

    After earning a B.A. in English with a Specialization in Business from UCLA, John Csiszar worked in the financial services industry as a registered representative for 18 years. Along the way, Csiszar earned both Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Adviser designations, in addition to being licensed as a life agent, while working for both a major Wall Street wirehouse and for his own investment advisory firm. During his time as an advisor, Csiszar managed over $100 million in client assets while providing individualized investment plans for hundreds of clients.

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