I travel a lot internationally. My nomadic lifestyle means I’m outside the United States for the majority of the year, withdrawing cash from ATMs pretty regularly. If I didn’t use a debit card that reimburses all ATM fees (international and domestic), I would be losing a lot of money.
Thankfully I have one that does just that with the Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking Account. You can read all about how much money it saves me in this post about how I pay zero ATM fees worldwide. It charges no maintenance fees, no ATM withdrawal fees, and has no minimum balance.
Right now Charles Schwab is running a promotion. You can sign up for the same account I have and get a $100 for doing it.
How to Get a Charles Schwab Checking Account with No ATM Fees Worldwide and $100 Sign Up Bonus
Step 1: Click this link, and then click Open an Account.
Step 2: You will be given the following options. If you want the High Yield Investor Checking Account (what I have) with no maintenance fees, no withdrawal fees, and no minimum balance/minimum deposit requirement, then click Schwab Bank Checking Account.
Step 3: Click continue.
Step 4: You will ultimately be taken to this screen.
You are required to open a brokerage account in conjunction with the High Yield Investor Checking Account, but don’t worry, the brokerage account also has no fees nor a minimum deposit/balance requirement.
Step 5: Either log in to Schwab if you already have an account or create a new one if you don’t, and follow the rest of the prompts for registration.
Terms and Conditions
Notice that the first line of the terms and conditions states: “A minimum deposit of $1000 is required to open most Schwab brokerage accounts…”, but don’t let that confuse you. If you open a High Yield Investor Checking Account in conjunction with a brokerage account via the steps outlined above, you will not be required to make a minimum deposit of $1,000 (nor keep any minimum balance in the brokerage account– I do not even use mine). However, if you choose Brokerage account in Step 2, then the $1,000 minimum deposit/balance requirement will probably apply.
I chatted with a Charles Schwab representative online that confirmed this.
Applying for this debit card will trigger a hard credit inquiry, so I wouldn’t really consider signing up unless you travel often and will truly benefit from this account aside from the $100 bonus. The $100 bonus should just be icing on the cake to a card that will otherwise save you money with all the reimbursed ATM fees.
Application link (I don’t receive any compensation if you sign up, but you do have to apply via that link if you want the $100 bonus).