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Swipe Your Way to 3.00% APY*

with Inspired Checking1 OPEN AN ACCOUNT

San Diego’s Leader in High-Yield Checking

Earn up to 3.00% APY* on your everyday Inspired Checking1 account balance by just making 20 Debit Card purchase transactions per month. Qualifying transactions can be made online, in-person, and more – an easy way to put your money to work with no extra effort.
Plus, Wheelhouse debit cards earn Debit Rewards5 on every signature-based transaction! Redeem your reward points for CASH BACK, gift cards, travel, etc. Now that’s what we call extra money in your pocket.

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Inspired & Inspired Plus Checking Account


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Rates effective as of 05/17/2024

*APY = Annual Percentage Yield. Inspired Checking is a variable rate account and rate and yield are subject to change without notice. Inspired Checking requires monthly direct deposit of $450 or more, an active online banking registration and eStatements within 90 days of account opening. If requirements are not met and maintained, account will be converted to a Basic Checking Account. Other restrictions, terms and conditions may apply. Membership is required.

1To receive the rate of 3.00% APY, 20 (twenty) purchase transactions using the Wheelhouse Visa® Debit Card(s) associated with the Inspired Checking account per calendar month required.

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20+ Debit Card Purchase Transactions1

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<$9,999.99 Average Daily Balance

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$10,000 - $74,999.99 Average Daily Balance

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$75,000+ Average Daily Balance

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Inspired Checking Account Benefits

  • Earn high-yield dividends on on your balances
  • No monthly service fee**
  • Earn reward points5 on your Visa® Debit Card
  • Free eStatements

About Wheelhouse

  • We have been around since 1934
  • Protect your card(s) with our Card App
  • Access over 30,000 surcharge-free CO-OP ATMs
    and over 5,000 shared branches
  • Add your card(s) to any digital wallet
  • Manage your accounts through our Mobile App and Digital Banking


Get $9.99 – $25 back

on your next purchase at select Sam’s Clubs, Dropbox, Grubhub, Kansas City Steak and more in-store and online retailers.

Earn Double Reward1For every qualifying signature-based transaction made, you’ll earn 1 point for every three dollars ($3) spent.
See qualifying categories

Get 5x points per $1 at

some Blaze Pizza locations, Luna Grill and See’s Candies; as well as at R&B Tea, Marc Jacobs, U.S. Polo Assn & more retail stores.

See offer details and more bonus reward opportunities here. Click on VIEW SAMPLE REWARDS. Go to EARN MORE > AMPRE. Search for rewards by Category, Key Words or Zip Code.
Please note: Participating merchants can change, so search often.


Bill Pay

Easily pay your bills and schedule recurring payments from your Inspired Checking Account
through Digital Banking

Remote Deposit

Quickly deposit checks through our Mobile App

Combine Rewards

Combine your Debit Card and Credit Card Reward Points for greater redemption value

Enhanced Security

Use multi-factor authentication and integrated device security such as fingerprint and facial recognition to access your accounts

Quickly Transfer Money

Use Zelle® to transfer money to anyone you know, quickly and efficiently

Enroll in EStatements

Let’s face it – eStatements are safer, greener, and more convenient than receiving paper statements by mail. Switch today for free and experience the benefits:

  • Get eStatements quicker than mailed statements
  • Have access to the past three years of statements—view, print or save to your computer for offline access
  • Receive alerts when new statements are available
  • Added security—access them securely online, without risk of lost or stolen mail
  • Save trees and paper, and reduce clutter

Log in to Digital Banking to enroll in eStatements

Overdraft Service

Our overdraft service options help give you peace of mind and confidence your transactions will be paid. We offer two kinds of protection:

  • Overdraft by transfer: automatically transfers funds from your designated account(s) if you don’t have sufficient funds in your Inspired Checking Account.
  • Bounce Guard Courtesy Pay: For qualified members, we will, at our discretion, cover payment for checks, automatic withdrawals and recurring debit transactions that may overdraw your account. Fees apply.3


Visa Debit Card

Debit_Card_SmallEnjoy the benefits of a Visa Debit Card with your Wheelhouse Inspired Checking account:

  • Easy, safe and convenient—can be used anywhere Visa is accepted
  • No annual fee
  • Compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay (consult your device manufacturer for a full list of compatible devices)
  • Provides 100% protection against unauthorized purchases4
  • Get a new/replacement card and change your PIN at any Wheelhouse branch (fees may apply)
  • Earn 1 point for every $3 spent

Debit Rewards

With our rewards program5, you can earn points each time you use your Wheelhouse Debit Card. Earn 1 point for every $3 spent on signature-based transactions. Redeem your points online for hundreds of amazing different rewards, including:

  • Merchandise (e.g. appliances, electronics and jewelry)
  • Travel and experiences
  • Live concerts, theme parks and sports events
  • Gift cards
  • Cash back
  • Charitable donations

Explore our Rewards site
Log into Online Banking to view and redeem rewards

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*APY = Annual Percentage Yield

¹Debit Rewards Points are earned each time you use your Wheelhouse Credit Union Visa® Debit Card on qualifying Non-PIN based point-of-sale (POS) transactions. Qualifying Non-PIN based POS transactions include: debit transactions, contactless payments, card swipes, and signature based transactions. Cash advances and ATM transactions are not considered qualifying transactions. All reward points will post to your account upon verification of qualifying transactions. For every qualified three dollars ($3.00) charged to the cardholder’s enrolled debit card, you will earn one (1) reward point. Log in to Digital Banking to view and redeem points. For a complete list of qualifying categories, visit Contact the Cards & Operations Department at (619) 297-4835 with disputes regarding qualifying transactions.
2Presented by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions in cooperation with SNL and Datatrac. Rates based upon a survey of 283,924 financial institution locations in 19,663 markets across the United States as of 03/09/2023.

Rates and terms are subject to change without notice. All loans are subject to credit approval. The APR will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. Contact Cards & Operations at (619) 297-4835 with disputes regarding qualifying transactions. Membership is required.

3The Bounce Guard fee is a flat fee of $15.00 regardless of the amount the account is overdrawn and will be charged for each overdraft item presented and paid. See additional disclosure below.

Bounce Guard Courtesy Pay Additional Disclosure:
We will send you a notice for each item covered by the Bounce Guard Courtesy Pay Service. Whether your overdrafts will be paid is discretionary and we reserve the right not to pay items. For example, we may not pay overdrafts if your account is not in good standing, you are not making regular deposits, you have had too many overdrafts, or your account has been overdrawn for an extended period of time. Any negative balance resulting from the use of Bounce Guard Courtesy Pay must be satisfied within 30 days. We encourage you to properly maintain your accounts with us. You agree that we will not be held liable for either paying or refusing to pay any overdraft item.

The Bounce Guard Courtesy Pay service is a discretionary privilege offered to members and not a right of membership. Bounce Guard Courtesy Pay is not available for Access Checking Accounts. We reserve the right to discontinue this service at any time without any notice.

** If there is unauthorized use of your Visa Debit Card or an unauthorized Interlink transaction, and the transaction takes place on the Visa network, then your liability will be zero ($0.00).

Visa’s Zero Liability policy does not apply to ATM transactions or other PIN/POS transactions not processed by Visa. Your liability with respect to unauthorized transactions may be greater than zero ($0.00) if we can determine that you were grossly negligent or fraudulent in the handling of your account or Card.

You will have no liability for unauthorized use of your Visa Debit Card that results from its loss or theft if you report the loss or theft to us at 619-297-4835 within two (2) business days. If your statement shows unauthorized use, your liability will be no more than $50.00 if you tell us within 60 days of statement mailing date.

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