Current Banking App Review: $50+ Bonus, 4.00% APY on $2k/$6k

Current is part of the new wave of fintech apps that partner with a traditional bank. In this case, banking services are provided by Choice Financial Group, member FDIC. Current reminds me a lot of the Chime app, with its quick sign-up process, modern smartphone app, and user-friendly feature set targeting the young and underbanked (average customer age for both is 27 years old).

Basic Tier features (no monthly fee):

  • No minimum balance. No minimum opening deposit.
  • No credit check. No Chexsystems check.
  • No overdraft fees.
  • Fee-free ATM withdrawals within the 40,000+ Allpoint ATM network.

Premium Tier features ($4.99/month). You get the above, plus:

  • Access to paycheck up to 2 days early.
  • Gas station authorization holds immediately released.
  • On top of no overdraft fees, also get up to $100 in fee-free overdraft coverage.
  • 3 Savings Pods (earn 4% APY on up to $6,000 total).

4% APY details. Current just announced a new feature: 4% APY on their “Savings Pods”, which is definitely a differentiator if they keep it up. A “savings pod” is like a sub-account where you can set aside money for a specific goal like “rainy day”, “travel”, etc. Interest is paid out daily. There are no restrictions on transferring money in and out of a “savings pod”.

Basic members can create 1 savings pod, earning interest on up to $2,000. Premium members can create 3 savings pods with up to $2,000 earning interest per pod, for a total of up to $6,000 earning 4% APY. Note that you will have to accept some new terms and conditions before earning interest on a savings pod. Make sure you see a green banner that says “Earning Interest”.

If you held $2,000 at 4% APY for an entire year, that would be $80 of interest annually ($6.67/month). If you upgraded to Premium, that would cost an additional $60 a year in fees, but if you maxed out the extra $4,000 available at 4% APY, that would be $160 of additional (taxable) interest.

Note that the 4% APY does not come with a spending requirement or a direct deposit requirement. Current says that this is not meant as a temporary rate (via Techcrunch):

“We’re not approaching this as a promotional rate,” explains Current VP of Product, Josh Stephens. “We’re approaching it as something that’s available for all for the foreseeable future…I think, certainly, you see promotional rates from other folks out there with a lot of bells and whistles attached to it. But this is something that’s available for anyone, with no balance minimum, no fees,” he says.

(Mark the date, 1/13/22 and let’s see how long it lasts.)

New user bonuses. There are a few different sign-up bonuses available.

  • If you sign up using the promo code WELCOME50 and make a single direct deposit of $200+ within the first 45 days after opening, they will credit you $50. You will also need to be on the Premium tier at the time of entering the code and to get the bonus. You can downgrade later, after receiving the bonus. The terms says that this bonus can’t be combined with other enrollment bonuses. CURRENT50 may also work.
  • If you join Swagbucks (or are already a member), search for “Current” in the top search box. You will see an offer for 12,000 Swagbucks (10,000 Swagbucks points = $100 Amazon gift card) if you complete similar requirements of opening a Premium Banking Account and completing a payroll direct deposit of $200 or more.
  • If you join MyPoints (or are already a member), search for “Current” in the Deals sections. You will see an offer for 20,000 MyPoints (15,500 MyPoints points = $100 Amazon gift card) if you complete similar requirements of opening a Premium Banking Account and completing a payroll direct deposit of $200 or more.
  • There is a referral offer available, but it is literally for just $1. Yes, 100 pennies. The only plus is that you get it without a premium account. Don’t worry, I’d pass too!

The Swagbucks/Mypoints portals are honest sites but not 100% reliable in tracking so one possibility is to try and click through them, but enter the WELCOME50 code directly at sign-up or in the app, and be happy if you get the $50 and pleasantly surprised if the other bonus stacks on top.

Existing user bonuses.

  • If you are an existing customer (or after signing up for the bigger bonuses above), go into your profile and enter the following Current Codes: Beast, BeastBank, and BeastHunt. Youtuber MrBeast should send you $1 for each code ($3 total) and some report also winning “Premium membership for life”. He’s figured out how to become rich by giving away money. Genius, really!
  • Let me know if you find any other similar codes floating around.

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