My parents were in the military, so I was able to get free checking and insurance through them. I've never had to make any insurance claims, but their prices were way cheaper than any other company I looked at. They are very flexible as far as due dates for my premium, and they've never charged me a late fee. I once went 6 months owing them around $30 and still no late fee.
The checking is fair. My credit won't qualify me for the thing where you can take a picture of a check and deposit it with you phone (Mobile Deposit is what they call it.) so I have a local bank where I deposit checks, and then just transfer it thirty seconds later. Always ask your local bank for a "no-holds account" so your checks are deposited immediately!!! I've only overdrawn once or twice, because transactions show up immediately, even pending transactions, so you know exactly how much money you have if you check. They didn't charge me an overdraft fee. I transferred the money the next day and all was good.
Their fraud services account called me on a Monday in December, saying I had suspicious activity on my account. The Saturday before (two days earlier) 5 $100 debits were posted in Tennessee and Alabama. I had been in Virginia the entire month. The next day they put the money back into my account, and let me know that it would stay when they finished their investigation and determined it to be fraud. The weird thing was I still had my debit card with me, so they sent me a new one. Problem solved.
Whenever I've had a question and called in, I've never waited on hold for more than 3 minutes. Literally. 3 minutes max. And their operators speak perfect English, are very polite, and know what they're talking about.
I called one Friday night at 1:30 am when I realized I didn't have my debit card. A girl answered right away, put a hold on the card, and told me to call back when I found it or considered it gone. Problem solved.
After being a member in good standing for over 20 years I have now lost all faith in this company. My ex-wife defaulted on a debt that we jointly opened while we were married while I was stationed overseas. Rather than contacting me about this USAA chose to lock my online and account access. After 10 phone calls where I have to wake up in the middle of the night and spend over an hr each time on the call they still are doing nothing to help me. All their services and contacts are based on you being able to login to your account, which is locked in my case.
They are a great company if you live in San Antonio. But as I have learned the hard way they no longer value military members or work to help those that are overseas. Avoid them at all costs. I am moving everything to another bank that at least will talk to me like a person and not put me on hold every time I call.
I recently received a couple emails from USAA regarding an account trying to access our checking account.
1.) was at first confused, but USAA confirmed that the emails were from them: I thought it was fraud because of obvious misspellings (shows their lack of detail)
2.) Found under "manage accounts", who was trying to access my account fraudulently. I called the fraud alert number from USAA. Spoke first to James.
a.) was disappointed to find out that there is no fraud department for overall accounts, only for debit and credit cards. This fraud was trying to take money from my checking, and USAA does not have a department to combat that!
b.) Further spoke to James, who said that on his end, could not see who was accessing my account, even though I could see it. I told him exactly where to find it under "manage my accounts", but he said he didn't have access to it. Can you believe this? The fraud dept does not have access to who is accessing my account - even though I saw the guy's name and his account number from my end!
c.) Asked James to speak to his manager. 10 minutes later, spoke to Valerie, his manager, who said that she did not have access to the screen I could see the fraudulent access-or of my account. Again, I can see clearly on my end who is trying to access my account, but the manager of the fraud department cannot see it or help me. She only said that she can transfer the info to the fraud alert dept to put my account on alert. I asked her what that entails and she said that she "doesn't know. really reassuring! She then tried to transfer me to the checking dept. and I was hung up on during the transfer. Nice!