Best Checking Accounts in Alaska of May 2021

Katie Stiner

In-person and online banks offer a wide range of checking accounts. They allow you to track your finances and take advantage of available financial planning tools. The task is to find the right checking account to make the most of your money.

Alaska’s population is small, meaning that it attracts fewer banks. Even with fewer banks, there are still excellent checking account options. Online banks expand this selection more. 

When choosing a checking account, go for the option that best fits your needs. It should also fit your lifestyle and financial management preferences. Other features to consider are the fees, minimums, and convenience.

If you are in Alaska and need to open a new checking account, we are here to help. We have reviewed some of the best checking account options available to you. Compare the available choices and decide from an informed position.

Axos Bank Rewards Checking Account

axos bank logo
5

$0

Monthly Fee

$50

Min. To Open

1.25%

Est. APY

Overview

This checking account is great because you won't have to worry about paying monthly fees if your balance goes to $0. Not only that, Axos Bank reimburses fees charged by domestics ATMs.

When opening an account, you only need to deposit $50 to open it but it can be removed without any issues and fees.

To get the high APY, up to 1.25%, you need to deposit $1000+ monthly and make 15 debit card transactions a month.

What we like

  • No monthly fee or minimum deposit to avoid fee
  • No domestic ATM fees
  • Available in all states

What we don't

  • No physical branch
  • No sign up bonus
  • Balances above $150,000 earn no interest

APY ranges

Range APY
$1 - $150,000 1.25%
$150,001+ 0%

Account Fees & Information

  • Monthly Fee$0
  • Min. To Open$50
  • Min. Deposit For No Fee$0
  • Other Ways For No FeeN/A
  • Paper Statement Fee$5
  • Overdraft Fee$0
  • Negative Balance FeeUnknown
  • RewardsNone
  • State RestrictionsNone

ATM & Debit Card

  • In-Network Domestic ATM Fee$0
  • Out-Network Domestic ATM Fee$0
  • ATM Owner Surcharge RebateOffered
  • Foregin ATM Fee1%
  • Debit Card Foregin Fee1%
  • Debit CardVisa

CIT Bank eChecking

cit bank logo
4.5

$0

Monthly Fee

$100

Min. To Open

0.10%

Est. APY

Overview

This checking account pays a 0.10% APY on balances under $25,000 and offers $30 per month in reimbursements from out of network ATM fees and no fees for in network.

There is no monthly fees for the checking account, and you need to deposit $100 to open an account, which can be removed after with no monthly charges.

What we like

  • No monthly fees
  • $30 monthly owner surcharge rebate
  • No charges on incoming wire transfer

What we don't

  • No sign up bonuses
  • No physical branch locations
  • To earn higher APY, need $25,000+ balance

APY ranges

Range APY
$1 - $24,999.99 0.10%
$25,000+ 0.25%

Account Fees & Information

  • Monthly Fee$0
  • Min. To Open$100
  • Min. Deposit For No Fee$0
  • Other Ways For No FeeN/A
  • Paper Statement FeeNot Offered
  • Overdraft Fee$30
  • Negative Balance FeeUnknown
  • RewardsNone
  • State RestrictionsNone

ATM & Debit Card

  • In-Network Domestic ATM Fee$0
  • Out-Network Domestic ATM Fee$0
  • ATM Owner Surcharge Rebate$30 month
  • Foregin ATM Fee1%
  • Debit Card Foregin Fee1%
  • Debit CardMastercard

Empower Finance

empower finance logo
4.5

$8

Monthly Fee

$0

Min. To Open

0.05%

Est. APY

Overview

Empower is a personal finance app that helps you to take control of your money. It allows you to track your spending, find savings in your budget and provides a flexible interest checking account. It has been recommended by Forbes, Time Magazine, and Apple as ‘Best Tech Apps to help you Save, Invest and Manage Finances,’ and ‘New Apps We Love.’

Empower’s checking account does not have minimum balance requirements or minimum first deposit. It offers an estimated APY of 0.20%, which is fairly competitive and comes with a Visa debit card, 24/7 notifications, and unlimited transfers. Also, Empower will float a cash advance of up to $250 when you need it with no interest, late fees, or credit checks.

There are no overdraft fees, insufficient funds fees, and it will reimburse up to three ATM fees per month, up to $10 each time. There is an $8 monthly fee, but access to the budgeting tools and Autosave features might be worth it.

What we like

  • No minimum to open
  • User-friendly app
  • Track spending and auto save feature
  • Offers budgeting tools

What we don't

  • Limited ATM network
  • High monthly fees
  • No mobile check deposit

APY ranges

Range APY
$1+ 0.20%

Account Fees & Information

  • Monthly Fee$
  • Min. To Open$0
  • Min. Deposit For No Fee$0
  • Other Ways For No FeeN/A
  • Paper Statement FeeNone
  • Overdraft FeeNone
  • Negative Balance FeeNone
  • Rewards1% Cashback
  • State RestrictionsNone

ATM & Debit Card

  • In-Network Domestic ATM Fee$0
  • Out-Network Domestic ATM Fee$0
  • ATM Owner Surcharge RebateOne per month
  • Foregin ATM FeeN/A
  • Debit Card Foregin Fee1%
  • Debit CardVisa Debit Card