I have no problems banking with Chase. They have a functional mobile app, online banking, mobile deposits, and deposit-friendly ATMs. Most importantly, Chase is found in most parts of the US, so there's not a problem when I'm traveling and need a fee-free Chase ATM.
I have yet to understand why people provide low ratings/reviews because Chase charged them an overdraft fee. This is the norm for ALL banks in the US. This isn't anything new. Big national banks, small local banks, and credit unions all charge various fees like this. Yes these fees can seem unfair at times, but if you make the decision to use a financial institution to hold your money, then both parties (you and the bank) are expected to the follow the agreed upon terms and conditions.
Also, just a bit of advice for the ones that do not have direct deposit and/or can't financially maintain $1500 daily balance per month to avoid Chase's $12 monthly maintenance fee, I would suggest you find a local bank or credit union that typically has a free checking account with no minimum balance. You could also try an online bank if you do not regularly deposit cash. You may lose the convenience of having a Chase ATM or branch almost on every corner, but I'm sure will save more money in the long run by getting a totally free checking with a local bank or credit union.
Overall, I hate to see people bash Chase because they can't seem to have a handle on their finances to avoid the many fees that are disclosed in writing upon opening your account, as well as publicly posted on Chase's website. This actually goes for pretty much all banks and financial institutions. Ultimately, it's all business... And yes, I have been charged overdraft fees in the past, and I also incurred those fees due to not properly tracking my finances and spending. Not once did I blame the bank for my lack of monitoring/planning. I now am simply more responsible and monitor my finances to prevent the banks from making money off of me.
September 17, 2016