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UBank USave High Interest Savings Account

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You'll earn bonus interest for making regular monthly deposits, so you can reach your savings goals sooner.

The UBank USave is a flexible online high interest savings account that allows you to transfer your money to any Australian bank account. Earn up to 1.6% on your balance by linking the account to a UBank USpend and transferring at least $200 per month into either account, ensuring your combined balance across both accounts does not exceed $250,000.

1.6% p.a.

Maximum variable rate

0.54% p.a.

Base interest rate

1.06% p.a.

Bonus interest rate

$200

Minimum deposit

Details

Product NameUBank USave
Maximum Variable Rate1.6% p.a.
Standard Variable Rate0.54%
Bonus Variable Rate1.06%
Monthly Account Fee$0
Minimum Opening Deposit$0
Minimum Age18

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Alison Banney is the banking and investments editor at Finder. She has written about finance for over six years with her work featured on sites including Yahoo Finance, Money Magazine and Dynamic Business.

Expert review

This account offers an ongoing bonus rate of 1.6% when you link it to a UBank USpend transaction account and deposit $200 a month into either account.

The maximum bonus rate with this account is slightly lower than what’s offered by a few other accounts in the market. However you’ll likely need to meet a much larger deposit requirement with savings accounts that offer a higher rate, and you could also be limited from making withdrawals. The UBank USave has no withdrawal restrictions and there’s no monthly spending conditions to meet either, so it’s quite easy to earn the bonus interest.

If you like the idea of having your savings automated for you, UBank’s sweep tool moves your money back and forth between your savings and transaction account to make sure you always have enough for bills while still helping you save. The linked transaction account charges no account keeping fees, no overdrawn fees, no ATM withdrawal fees and no foreign transaction fees.

Key features

Backed by NAB

UBank is an online bank that has been backed by NAB, meaning you get the small bank customer service with the backing of a big bank.

No account keeping fees

You will not be charged any monthly fees with this account.


How to apply

You can apply by starting an online application. There are certain eligibility requirements that you will have to meet and documents you'll need to provide before UBank can approve your application.

Eligibility

  • Minimum age. You have to be over the age of 18 in order to qualify for opening this account.
  • Residency requirements. Australian residents for tax purposes are welcome to apply provided that you have a verifiable Australian residential address. If you are a United States Citizen or taxpayer you will be asked to provide additional information such as your tax identification number (TIN).

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60 Comments

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    Jake
    January 28, 2020

    If I have $150k in my USaver account and $100k in my USaver transaction account how is the bonus interest calculated? Is it on the $150k first and then $50k on the transaction account?

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      Nikki
      January 29, 2020

      Hi Jake,

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you are doing well.

      As the maximum balance in linking two accounts (Usaver + Ultra Transaction Account) is $200k, the bonus interest of 2.10% p.a. is only applied on the $200k and not on the $50k excess.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki
      *June 2020 UPDATE: The maximum balance to be eligible for bonus interest is now $250k, up from $200k. The bonus interest rate has also changed, as reflected in our page above.

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    Slow
    November 28, 2019

    How is interest earned if you deposit $200 in the month and had $500,000 in the account following a mortgage settlement ?
    I know if the balance is less than $200,000, I will get 1.04% +1.06% = 2.10% on the balance calculated daily and credited at beginning of next month.
    Is interest earned at 1.04% for the $500,000 or no interest is earned at all ?

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      Nikki
      November 29, 2019

      Hi Slow,

      Thanks for your comment. How are you doing today?

      As it says above, “there are no minimum balance requirements and this account allows you to invest up to $5,000,000. However, you must deposit at least $200 per month to be eligible for the bonus interest, and ensure your combined balance across both accounts does not exceed $200,000.”

      This means you are able to earn the bonus interest if you deposit $200 however the account will only apply the 2.10% interest only where your total account balances do not exceed $200,000. This means only 200,000 of the 500,000 will only earn interest.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Arjan
    November 6, 2019

    How to open a USaver Account linked to Transactional Account in which I am required to deposit $200 each month to qualify for the rate of 2.10%?

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      Ash
      November 7, 2019

      Hi Arjan,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      To open a USaver Account, you must visit UBank’s website then go to Banking> Savings> Apply. Once the USaver Account is approved and opened, you will need to apply separately for the USaver Ultra Transaction account by going to Banking> Savings + Transaction> Apply. After opening both accounts, you will be provided with your log-in details wherein you need to access your online account to be able to link the transaction account to your Savings account.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    Annika
    October 14, 2019

    Hi! Is the combined interest rate an ongoing thing month to month or one off?

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      Nikki
      October 15, 2019

      Hi Annika,

      Thanks for your comment! The UBank USaver High-Interest Savings account is an ongoing monthly rate provided you meet the account conditions. These include:

      1. You need to link the account to a UBank USaver Ultra Transaction Account
      2. Transfer at least $200 per month into either account, ensuring your combined balance across both accounts does not exceed $200,000.

      The interest is calculated daily against your balance and paid into the account once a month.
      To earn this bonus rate you need to link the account to a UBank USaver Ultra Transaction Account and transfer at least $200 per month into either account, ensuring your combined balance across both accounts does not exceed $200,000.

      As a friendly reminder, review the eligibility criteria, fees, interest rates, and terms & conditions of this account before applying. You may also contact the bank should you have any questions about their product.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    susan
    October 8, 2019

    Can I withdraw cash at any atm and do thee transactions attract a fee

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      Nikki
      October 11, 2019

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for getting in touch! There is no ATM withdrawal fee in Australia or overseas. However, a fee may be charged by the 3rd party bank you withdraw money from.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    KEN
    October 8, 2019

    What is the interest rate on UBank Ultra Transaction a/c when linked with U Saver on the 12 month term

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      Nikki
      October 9, 2019

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for getting in touch! The interest rates offered by this account are the Standard Variable Rate 1.35% p.a. and the Bonus Variable Rate 1.06% p.a.. When you link the UBank USaver to a UBank Ultra transaction account and transfer at least $200 per month into either account, ensuring your combined balance across both accounts does not exceed $200,000, you earn the Maximum Variable Rate 2.41% p.a.

      Note that your interest is calculated daily against your balance and paid into the account once a month.
      As a friendly reminder, review the eligibility criteria, fees, interest rates, and terms & conditions of this account before applying. You may also contact the bank should you have any questions about their product.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Carole
    October 4, 2019

    Does this type of account have a debit card attached?

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      Ash
      October 4, 2019

      Hi Carole,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      No, there is debit card attached to the UBank USaver account as it is a Savings Account. If you want to have debit card for an easy access of your money, you may open a UBank USaver Ultra Transaction Account as it comes with a Visa Debit Card then if you will link to the UBank USaver account, you may be able to earn the maximum interest rate of 2.41% p.a., given that you will have a $200 deposit every month on either account.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    Judy
    October 4, 2019

    I already have a current USaver account. Do I just open and link it to the additional account? It doesn’t matter which one the required deposit is made to? Urgently this is set up with the existing account anyway.

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      Nikki
      October 6, 2019

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks for getting in touch! It’s great to know that you already have a UBank USaver account. You can link the UBank USaver to any Australian transaction account to move money in and out of the account. However, in order to earn the bonus interest, you need to link to a UBank USaver Ultra Transaction Account. You would also need to transfer at least $200 per month into either account from an external source, ensuring your combined balance across both accounts does not exceed $200,000. You can open an Ultra Transaction Account via Internet banking or within the mobile banking app.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Steven
    September 12, 2019

    Good evening,

    From what I understand, I still earn the ‘bonus’ interest if there is a withdrawal in any given month, but how about the ‘standard’ variable component? Is the whole 2.41% interest paid (1.06% bonus interest + 1.35% standard interest)on the balance for the month if there is a withdrawal, or just the ‘bonus’ interest for that month? I understand the $200 minimum monthly deposits are still to be paid into my account as per usual.

    Kind regards,
    Steven

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      Jeni
      September 13, 2019

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      You are still eligible for the bonus interest rate even if you make withdrawals from this account. Please note that condition to be eligible for the bonus interest are:

      – you link the account to a UBank USaver Ultra Transaction Account
      – transfer at least $200 per month into either account
      – combined balance across both accounts does not exceed $200,000.

      Yes, it is the whole 2.41% p.a. interest will be paid on the account even if you make withdrawals. Please note that the maximum variable interest rate is calculated on your remaining balance.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    xxxnicole
    September 12, 2019

    What’s the condition of UBank USaver Online Savings Account to have the maximum interest rate?

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      Ash
      September 13, 2019

      Hi Nicole,

      Thank you for contacting Finder.

      To receive the maximum interest rate of 2.41% p.a. for the UBank USaver account, you need to link it to a Ultra transaction account then make a $200 deposit per month (into either account). Kindly take note that the combined balance for both the Savings and Transaction Account should not exceed $200,000.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have additional questions.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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