6.16.2025

50 Ways Banks Are Earning From You Through Bank Fees

By Nora

Here are 50 ways banks are earning from you through bank fees, penalties or charges. 



This list is not to condemn banks. We need banks.

This is just to make you aware there are a lot of bank fees and what these fees are, so you can be smart about them.

These bank fees are not only charged in the Philippines -- most of these fees are also charged by banks in other countries.

Here are 50 Ways You're Making the Banks Richer with Bank Fees:


ACCOUNT MAINTENANCE FEES

1. Below-maintaining-balance fee
    This is among the most common fees charged by banks, based on complaints online. One OFW wrote to this blog, saying she was charged 300 pesos for 15 months for a total of 4,500. She did not know that the minimum Monthly Average Daily Balance (MADB) or maintaining balance was increased.

2. Dormancy fee
    This is common among OFWs who are too busy with their work abroad they forget to remit to their accounts. A savings account becomes dormant if there's no deposit or withdrawal within 2 years. The time frame for a checking account is only one year.

3.  Interregional-branch over-the-counter deposit fee
     It's great to say that BPI, BPI Family, Union Bank, EastWest Bank, Sterling Bank of Asia and some big RCBC branches do not impose this fee.  This is one of the reasons why many online sellers use BPI accounts for collecting payments from their customers. Their customers will not have to pay deposit fees.

4.  Fee for exceeding maximum number of monthly withdrawals for special accounts
      This is usually imposed on higher-interest accounts.

5.  Lost passbook replacement fee

6.  Dollar withdrawal fee (withdrawing more than maximum amount)

7.  Dollar deposit fee (depositing more than maximum amount)

8.  Early account closure fee
    Fee for closing your account within one month from opening date

9.  Bank statement or certification fee  


ATM or ATM CARD OR DEBIT CARD FEES

10.  Another-bank's ATM withdrawal fee
     This is perhaps the most common fees charged by banks, and the most ignored by cardholders ("15 pesos lang naman...").



11.  Another-bank's ATM balance-inquiry fee

12.  Same-bank ATM withdrawal fee for special accounts

13.  Over-the-counter withdrawal fee for ATM accounts
       Banks say your ATM account is ATM-based, so you should use only the ATM for withdrawals.
       Your withdrawal should be free if the machine is out of order, or if you need more than the daily maximum ATM withdrawal amount.

14.  ATM card or debit card replacement fee

15.  Overseas ATM  withdrawal fee
       This usually costs US$3.50 per ATM withdrawal. Some ATMs abroad also charge their own fees.

16.  Overseas ATM balance inquiry fee
       This usually costs US$1.00.

17.  Overseas ATM withdrawal rejection fee
      These fees for overseas withdrawals are in addition to fees charged by some ATMs abroad for foreign-issued ATMs.

18.  Fee for exceeding maximum number of ATM withdrawals (for special debit cards)
       Usually, you are limited to 2 to 4 free ATM withdrawals a month.

19.  Funds transfer to another local bank

20.  Foreign-issued ATM card fee
        

CASH CARD or PREPAID CARD FEES

21.  Cash card or prepaid card over-the-counter deposit fee

22.  Cash card inactivity fee
       Fee for not doing any transaction for more than 12 months

23.  Same-bank cash card ATM withdrawal fee

24.  Another-bank cash card ATM withdrawal fee

25.  Cash card replacement fee

26.  Visa or Mastercard prepaid card annual fee
        This is charged for Visa or Mastercard prepaid cards not linked to a savings account.


REMITTANCE or FUNDS TRANSFER FEES

27.  Fee for inward remittance from overseas
        Nagbayad ka na sa remittance company sa abroad, may bayad pa sa bangko? Yes!
        In some cases, banks get their remittance fee through their foreign exchange conversion rate.

28.  Fee for outward remittance to overseas

29.  Correspondent bank fee for outward remittance to overseas
     
30.  Intermediary bank fee for inward remittance to another local bank

31.  Fee for outward funds transfer to another local bank

32.  Fee for incoming funds transfer from another local bank

33.  Fee for funds transfer using debit/credit memo over-the-counter


CHECKING ACCOUNT FEES

34.  Returned check fee
       This could range from 2,000 to 2,500 pesos

35.  Stop payment order (SPO) fee
        SPO application fee is usually 200 pesos per check.
        Plus 2,000 pesos for the process of stopping to fund the check
        (this is charged whether funds are sufficient or not)

36.  Fee for depositing a dollar check that was later returned
 
37.  Check retrieval fee

38.  Over-the-counter check encashment
       (Isn't this free? It has always been, but now some banks want you to deposit the check, not encash over the counter.)

39.  New checkbook fee



CREDIT CARD FEES

40.  Late payment fee
       If your due date is a holiday, Saturday or Sunday, pay before your due date.  
       If you're paying by check, pay several days before to allow for the 3-day to 7-day check clearing period.

41.  Over credit-limit fee
      You spent more than your available credit limit.
      (Why don't the banks decline the card usage? Well, you might sue them for embarrassment or for loss of business opportunity, so they might as well allow you to go over your limit, and just charge you a fee. Isn't that clever?)

42.  Annual fee

43.  Fee for making multiple payments per month
       Fee for making more than 2 or 3 payments to your credit card within a month
       Pinapagod mo raw kasi yong teller nila or yong system nila :)
       Bakit daw hindi ka minsanan lang magbayad? Huh!

44.  ATM cash advance service fee

45.  Over-the-counter cash advance fee

46.  Foreign transaction service fee

47.  Returned check fee (if you used an unfunded check to pay )

48.  Sales slip retrieval fee

49.  Credit card replacement fee

50.  Installment pretermination fee

Notes:
. Foreign banks usually do not impose maintaining balance requirements for each account. What they use is Total Relationship Balance (TRB), the overall total of the balances of all your bank and investment accounts with them.

. The 50 bank fees above are not the only bank fees charged. There are other bank fees.

Related Posts:
What is Maintaining Balance or Monthly Average Daily Balance (MADB)?
Tips for New Checking Account Owners
Below-Maintaining-Balance Penalties for BDO Kabayan Accounts

8 comments:

  1. Hi Fredderick, yes, please, please share it. Thank you very much! I hope to see your FB.
    http://www.banksphilippines.com/2015/06/50-ways-banks-earn-from-bank-fees.html

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  2. There are so many ways for a bank to earn money then why are so many of them getting bankrupt.

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    1. Hi Bigwas, that's true. In the Philippines, most of the banks that failed were rural banks, and the major reason was either loan mismanagement or owners/managers' fund diversion. The last 2 commercial banks that failed, Urban Bank in 2000 and Export & Industry Bank (EIB) in 2012, were mainly due to bad investments. EIB acquired failed Urban Bank in 2001.

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  3. Hi,

    Hope you can update the list of remittance companies accepting remittances from Indonesia to Phils..a new Landbank partner, PT Prima Expres Remit.

    Thank you.

    gmsausa@yahoo.com

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  4. Hi gmsausa@yahoo.com, thanks a lot for your tip. I've researched the address and added PT Prima: Send Money from Indonesia to the Philippines

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  5. This is very informative Ms. Nora. I've read all your post and it makes me wonder why I haven't seen this before. I'll share this to my friends so that it'll gain more attention.

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