Better CD Rates for Repeat Customers

The more accounts you have at a bank, the better interest rates you may get.

When it’s time to roll over a certificate of deposit, fishing for a higher interest rate is always smart. But before you yank savings out of your current bank, see whether it will offer you a higher rate for being a repeat customer. For instance, Ally Bank (opens in new tab) recently offered an interest-rate bonus to a customer who renewed a $15,000 six-month CD for 11 months.

Some banks offer higher CD rates to customers who maintain multiple accounts. Connexus Credit Union (opens in new tab) ($5 to join the Connexus Association and $5 to open a savings account) offers members a 1% rate for six months on balances of $10,000 or more (0.5% on balances below $10,000). To earn that rate, you must have a checking account with direct deposit, make ten monthly withdrawals and sign up for e-statements. Digital Federal Credit Union (opens in new tab) ($10 minimum to become a member of an affiliated service organization) offers an extra 0.25 percentage point on CDs if you have a checking account with direct deposit and have an active loan or credit card account. With a minimum $25,000 deposit, Digital’s 27-month Jumbo Jump-Up Certificate with Relationship Checking pays 1.23%.

Keep an eye out for CDs with promotional terms and rates, too. State Farm Bank (opens in new tab) recently offered a nine-month CD that paid 0.8% with a $500 minimum -- a higher rate than it was offering on its standard CDs with maturities of three years or less. NerdWallet (opens in new tab) compiles a weekly index of bonus rates on CDs. For more on earning top rates on CDs and other safe places to park cash, see Where to Stash Your Cash Now.

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Lisa Gerstner
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Lisa has spent 15 years with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and heads up the magazine’s annual rankings of the best banks, best rewards credit cards, and financial-services firms with the best customer service. She reports on a variety of other topics, too, from retirement to health care to money concerns for millennials. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cheddar and many other media outlets around the nation. Lisa graduated from Ball State University and received the school’s “Graduate of the Last Decade” award in 2014. A military spouse, she has moved around the U.S. and currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.