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.
Reported a claim to USAA early January, six weeks later it was still not resolved. Impossible to get the same person on the telephone more than once. They do not return phone calls after repeated messages. Extremely disappointed with USAA. Will likely leave them for another company.
After an accident in the snow with our truck two months had gone by and the vehicle was supposedly repaired. The USAA insurance company paid nearly $11,000 in repairs and had given us a rental car for two months. Yet, the fair market value was only $10,000 on the truck. The truck want run at all and USAA want pay anymore to fix it. The truck should have been totaled by their policy standards. Now we are stuck with a broken truck we owe on with no rental. I was so glad at first to a United States Army Combat Veteran and to have USAA covering my back like they advertise. Now, I'm just another American who has sucker written all over him. These people made my family suffer and are not for Veterans at all. All my fellow Brothers in Arms seek insurance and banking elsewhere. Learn from my mistakes.