Three banks dropping, tweaking debit card fees

Three major banks have bowed to pressure and will drop their recently announced debit card fees.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Chase all announced that they would change or drop entirely their debit card fees, reports.

Bank of America announced on Oct.1 that it would begin charging a $5 monthly fee for debit card use beginning in 2012. Following negative reactions from consumers and politicians, the bank is now considering a new plan to allow consumers to avoid the fee. Under the original plan, customers with mortgages or high-end accounts with $20,000 on deposit would not be charged. With the proposed tweaks, customers who have direct deposit at the bank or open a credit card will not face the fees.

Wells Fargo and Chase announced this weekend that they would suspend their pilot program that charged similar fees, with Wells Fargo calling the move a "response to customer feedback the bank has received," reports.

“As we adjust to changes in our business, we will continue to stay attuned to what our customers want,” Ed Kadletz, the head of Wells Fargo’s debit and prepaid cards, said, according to “This means understanding their needs as we continue to deliver the world-class service, convenience, and value they have come to expect from Wells Fargo.”

One Response to Three banks dropping, tweaking debit card fees

  1. Eddie says:

    Yes, BOA, go ahead and drop the fee.
    I’ve got 90% of my business out of BOA in the past 3 weeks.
    New checks from my “new” bank arrived this week.
    Just the threat was enough for me to swap my checking, savings and car loan.
    My “new” bank does not have as many features as BOA.
    My “new” bank does not threaten to stick me for monthly fees while they borrow my monies that sit in the checking and savings account.
    Maybe Dave Ramsey was right about BOA.
    He thinks that they should be the last choice.