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Emigrant Direct Raises Rates and Offers Rebate Credit Card

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For the latest information on the Emigrant Direct Rebate Credit Card, click here (January 2006).

Emigrant Direct raised interest rates on its savings account to a wonderful 4.0% APY today, possibly to coincide with the Federal Reserve Bank’s increase of 25 basis points.

I have updated the latest checking and savings rates table to include the new rates, so take a look (and update your links). The new update also includes HSBC, whose internet savings account offers 3.75% APY.

Update: After I finished posting this, I received an email from Emigrant Direct announcing the new rate as well as a new offering. Here’s the text:

Additionally, we are also pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a no-fee credit card from EmigrantDirect offering the highest cash back rebate in the country on all your purchases — from the first dollar spent on your card to the very last. This revolutionary credit card featuring platinum-level benefits will be offered only to EmigrantDirect customers and be available before yearend. Cash back amounts will be deposited into your American Dream Savings Account automatically not once, but twice a year for added convenience. If you would like to be sent a priority invitation to apply for the card once it becomes available, please send a quick email with your name and email address to emigrantdirect@emigrant.com. We hope that you will become a cardholder and discover yet another way that EmigrantDirect serves and rewards its customers with outstanding value.

I look forward to seeing the details of this no-fee rebate card when it is available.

Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published September 20, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Dusty

I’m going to wait a few days to see what the other banks do. I find it a little odd that Emigrant jumped half a percentage point on a quarter point increase from the Fed. Any ideas on that?

avatar Ravi


ING Direct is now 3.4 % APR. Thats too meagre !!

avatar Chris

I’ve read some old comments from Feb-June timeframe from people complaining about difficulties with Emigrant Direct’s site and their customer service. Did they make any noticeable changes to remedy these problems or have people just gotten used to them? I’m comparing internet savings accounts in preparation for my first try with one.

avatar Luke Landes


Emigrant Direct hasn’t changed their interface, so it may be an issue of getting used to it. It’s not all that bad, although it doesn’t look correct in Mozilla/FireFox/DeerPark. The navicgation could be improved, but it’s easy enough to get around.

I haven’t had to deal with their customer service lately, so I can’t speak on that part of it.

avatar Anonymous

Well, we are still waiting for follow-up from the bank about the credit-card offer. They promised more information in two weeks and “a card in your hand” by Thanksgiving. Repeated calls and emails have gotten no further information 60 days later. At the least an additional email explaining the delay should have been sent. Another big company run by a rich family that doesn’t care about what they promise customers.

avatar Joe

I recently contacted Emigrant Direct with a separate question but while I was on the line I asked the service operator about the forthcoming credit card. She informed me that it had “hit a couple of snags” but was in the final stages of preparation… whatever that means.

avatar TrueHeart

Well, as an account holder I sent an online message asking about availabilty of the rebate card. My messages of 11/23/05 and 12/02/05 have gone 30+ days unanswered. Not the kind of customer service I am looking for in a bank.

avatar AGirl

I am also a customer and have NEVER recieved a response to emails to Emigrant. I called, and now they are saying the card will be available end of this month. no details

avatar Luke Landes