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But, getting started wasn’t exactly a cakewalk. So here are a few tips that’ll help you, should you decide to open this account for yourself.
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What’s an Aspiration Summit Account?
It’s kinda like a checking account, but kinda like a savings account. In that regard, it’s a hybrid.
The account is only worth a diddy damn if you plan on keeping over $2,500 in it.
That’s the threshold to earn 1% APY.
Anything below that, even a cent, gets you just .25% APY (which is still, sadly, more than most corporate banks’ savings accounts).
My APY on my Chase Plus Savings account is .01%. Yup. So Aspiration Summit is 100x more.
There are also no setup fees, no maintenance fees, no service fees. And no ATM fees.
This is great for frequent travelers!
Use any ATM worldwide.
Fees are reimbursed monthly.
The sign-up process is a little cumbersome, but I don’t think it’s possible for them to streamline it any more than they already have.
So after you sign up and get the debit card, then what?
Keep this stuff in mind
1. Radius Bank
At a certain point in the sign-up process, you realize that Aspiration has partnered with another organization, and it’s a little out-of-the-blue.
Aspiration Summit is totally, completely powered by Radius Bank.
For all purposes, you are signing up for an account with Radius Bank.
They have a really similar account called the Radius Hybrid account.
But for balances in that account under $2,500, you get 0% APY and over that amount, you get “up to” 1%.
Aspiration Summit is much more clear about its earning structure which I really appreciate.
You’ll be asked to create a login for Radius Bank. Remember it, because it’s what you’ll want to use moving forward.
2. Don’t sign in on the Aspiration website
Sign up for the account on the Aspiration webpage, and then forget it exists.
Because functionally, it’s a mess.
Yes, it looks all slick and pretty, but it doesn’t really do all that much.
Login on the Radius Bank webpage instead.
This is your key to access:
- Bill pay (which is very robust, with most payees already in their system)
- Account services
- Account preferences
- Updated transaction history
- The ability to export your transactions
You know, the things you actually want to have with a bank?
The Aspiration Summit page is spare and minimal, but it’s the Radius Bank page that shows you this is a real, actual bank account with normal banking features.
After your account is open with Aspiration, you have to “enroll” with Radius Bank. The enrollment page is here.
3. Mint.com, App, and Mobile Check Deposit
Then, I started to compare Aspiration Summit to my other accounts. I wanted to plug it into Mint.com to track my transactions.
It wasn’t there.
Same thing for app access.
If you search “Aspiration,” you won’t find anything. Search for Radius Bank, and you’ll find their app.
That’s the ticket to accessing your Aspiration Summit account on your mobile.
And, it’s how to deposit checks through your phone.
It’s pretty much a bare-bones version of the website with the option to deposit checks, which is more than enough for my purposes.
And those were honestly my biggest concerns.
Moving forward, I think I’ll use the account as an emergency fund. The debit card assures constant access to funds, and the interest rate is really high.
It took me a second to figure these things out, so hopefully this will save you some time!
It’s an online-only checking/savings account hybrid with free, unlimited ATM use worldwide. So it might encourage you to dump the brick-and-mortar bank once and for all, and it’s great for travelers.
There’s a wait list to get an account on the official page, but if you use my link, you can skip the line.
Things to note:
- The account is really only worth having if you plan to save at least $2,500 in it at all times to get the 1% APY
- It’s an account with Radius Bank. Forget Aspiration Summit. It’s Radius Bank
- Login with Radius Bank
- To access your account on your phone, and to deposit checks on the go, download Radius Bank’s app
- For Mint.com compatibility, use your Radius Bank login info
- ATM fees are reimbursed at the end of each billing cycle, not “as you go” like with Fidelity
Anyway, those were my biggest concerns. If you think of anything I missed, or if you’ve had an experience with any of this, feel free to comment below!
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