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Upgrade launches unique rewards checking account

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Upgrade, Inc., a neobank that offers affordable and  responsible credit to mainstream consumers, unveiled today a new mobile checking account designed to deliver exceptional value to mainstream consumers. Upgrade charges no fees and lets customers earn 2% cash back on common everyday expenses and recurring payments, and 1% cash back on all  other debit charges. Qualifying customers also enjoy up to 20% lower rates on Upgrade loans.

“We asked our customers what would cause them to switch their primary checking account,” said Renaud Laplanche, Upgrade co-founder and CEO. “The overwhelming answer was attractive rewards on  debit card purchases. While credit cards often provide decent rewards, it has been nearly impossible for  consumers to earn a broad 2% cash back on debit charges.”

The unveiling of Upgrade’s no-fee Rewards Checking account comes just over a year after the launch of  Upgrade Card, the company’s flagship product that offers broad access to installment lending at millions  of points of sale in store and online through the Visa network. Upgrade Card has been rapidly gaining  mainstream adoption with an annual rate of $1 billion in new credit lines already being made available  to consumers. Over 1 million consumers now apply for an Upgrade Card or loan each month.

“Upgrade’s no-fee Rewards Checking account combines everything mainstream consumers expect from  a modern checking account with no fees, generous rewards and access to affordable credit. Cross River  is proud to enable such a consumer-friendly product,” said Gilles Gade, founder, CEO and chairman of Cross River. Cross River Bank, a New Jersey State Chartered Commercial Bank, Member FDIC, provides  all banking services associated with Upgrade’s Rewards Checking account.

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