Ascend Checking

Enjoy checking simplified with checkless banking that helps you stay in control of your finances.

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Receive $25

When you open a new Priority, Flagship, Ascend or UChecking account and spend $25 with your debit card.

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This is a good choice if you don’t write checks and want to avoid the possibility of overdraft fees. Manage your finances easily with a debit card and convenient online services. Features include:

Ascend Checking Features

  • No monthly service fees with direct deposit of $250 or more each month*
  • Paperless – no paper checks
  • Stay in control – no overdraft protection
  • Mobile deposit access1
  • Explore what our Financial Wellness Program can do for you.

*See our Rate & Fee Schedule for more information.

Think about an Emergency Savings Fund account

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We also provide additional tools and resources to help you manage your finances and learn as you go.

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Ascend Checking Features

  • No monthly service fees with direct deposit of $250 or more each month*
  • Paperless – no paper checks
  • Stay in control – no overdraft protection
  • Mobile deposit access1
  • Explore what our Financial Wellness Program can do for you.

*See our Rate & Fee Schedule for more information.

Tools & Resources

We also provide additional tools and resources to help you manage your finances and learn as you go.

Checking Account Features

  • Mobile wallet payment options
  • Zero liability for unauthorized debit card transactions²
  • 24/7 debit card fraud monitoring
  • Fraud Text Alerts³
  • Unlimited access to American Airlines Credit Union and in-network ATM’s
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Monthly Service Fees
$0 with direct deposit of $250 or more*
$0 with $750 minimum daily balance*
$0
$0
Dividend Bearing
No
.50% APY*
.05% APY or 2.27% APY*
No
Overdraft Protection
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unique Product Benefits
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Foreign Transaction Fee Rebate (purchases only)
No
Yes
Yes*
No

APY = Annual Percentage Yield

*Qualifications required. See our Rate & Fee Schedule for more information.

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APY = Annual Percentage Yield

*Qualifications required. See our Rate & Fee Schedule for more information.

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² Zero Liability Policy does not apply to ATM transactions, to PIN transactions not processed by Visa, or if you were negligent or fraudulent in the handling of your card, including failure to report loss or theft in a timely manner.

³ Fraud Alerts Program Overview: Messaging frequency depends on account activity. For more information, text HELP to 23618. To cancel fraud text messaging services at any time reply STOP to any alert from your mobile device. For Fraud Alerts support, call (800) 533-0035. By giving us your mobile number, you agree that Fraud Alerts text messaging to notify you of suspected incidents of financial or identity fraud. HELP instructions: Text HELP to 23618 for help or call (800) 533-0035. STOP instructions: Text STOP to 23618 to cancel. Release of Liability: Alerts sent via SMS may not be delivered to you if your phone is not in the range of a transmission site, or if sufficient network capacity is not available at a particular time. Even within coverage, factors beyond the control of wireless carriers may interfere with messages delivery for which the carrier is not responsible. Carriers do not guarantee that alerts will be delivered.

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