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FNBy Bank Account Review 2021

The FNBy Bank account is a bank account made for minors and those that are below the age of 25. To qualify for the FNBy account, you need to be 25 years old or younger, and your parents must be registered for FNB online banking. 

The FNBy Bank account comes with eBucks rewards when you spend using your FNBy card and you can get up to 40% back in eBucks points. Unlike every other FNB bank account, the FNBy Bank account is tailor-made specifically for the younger youth with its fees and rates being relatively low.

FNBy Bank Account Summary

The FNBy bank account is a cheque account for the younger youth in South Africa who are 25 years or younger. The card comes with a R0.00 monthly fee for children younger than 18 and a R12.00 monthly fee for those over the age of 18 but less than 25 years old. When opening the FNBy bank account you need to deposit a minimum of R100.00 to activate your account. As much as the FNBy account is a younger youth account, the account works like any other FNB account allowing users 24/7 access to the account. 

The FNBy Bank account gives you access to the FNB banking app which enables you to see and manage your buying vouchers, eBucks account, finding eBucks partners, transacting, transfers, perform your day to day banking, and buy prepaid. 

If you are under the age of 18 and you want to open an account, you will need your parent/guardian to accompany you. This is because your parent(s)/guardian needs to give consent to FNB to allow you to open a bank account as a minor. 

FNBy Islamic Transact account

FNBy Islamic Transactional account is a full transaction account that is opened and linked to a parent account. The card has R0.00 banking charges for all accounts. The account has the same requirements as with the normal FNBy bank account, the only difference is the monthly bank charges. FNBy Islamic transact account charges no monthly fee for all qualifying individuals whereas the FNBy Bank Account charges a R12.00 monthly fee to those aged between 18 to 25 years. 

FNBy Bank Account Benefits

#What the Under 18 getsWhat the 18 to 25 gets
1Free unlimited swipes with the FNBy debit cardFree unlimited swipes
2Have an option to redirect fees to parent’s or guardian’s accountHas a free e-wallet balance enquiry
3The account has free unlimited electronic transfers and paymentsFree electronic transfers and payments
4Access to the FNB App 24/7Comes with free subscriptions to all digital channels, zero data charges when using FNB App
5Free subscription to all digital channels, zero data charges when using the FNB AppAccess to the FNB App 24/7 at no extra cost
6Free balance enquiries when using the FNB App Free card delivery anywhere in South Africa
7InContact transactional messages will be sent to your parent or guardian You receive account activity alerts through SMS
8Access to 100% of your money with a day’s notice at no costOnce you turn 18, you get access to FNB’s full range of cash investment solutions.
9You receive interest on balances above R100.00You can get up to 1GB back in data on FNB Connect Airtime, voice, data or SMS purchases from your FNBy account
1040% off on selected local and international flights through eBucks travel
11If under the age of 2, you qualify for the main family member discounts
12Comes with 100% guarantees on deposits and quoted returns
13Have an option to reinvest your interest or redirect it to another bank account
14There are no monthly transactional fees
15You can get up to 1GB back in data on FNB Connect Airtime, voice, data or SMS purchases from your FNBy account
FNBy bank account benefits

FNBy Account Fees 2021

# Fee descriptionUnder 1818 to 25
Monthly account feeR0.00R12.00
FNB App, online banking and cellphone banking subscription feeFreeFree
InContactFreeFree
Cash withdrawals
Cash @tillFreeFree
FNB ATM R8.00 per R1000.00Free up to R1500.00, thereafter R2.00 per R100.00
Cardless cash withdrawal feeR8.00 per R1000.00Free up to R1500.00, thereafter R2.00 per R100.00
Other banks’ ATMs R12.00 R1000.00R10 + R2.00 per R100.00
International ATMs R80.00R80.00
International branchR80.00 + R2.50 per R100.00R80.00 + R2.50 per R100.00
General Fees
Cash deposit at FNB ATMs R1.10 per R100.00R3,000.00 free, thereafter R1.10 per R100.00
Cash deposit at FNB branchR80.00 + R2.50 per R100.00R80.00 + R2.50 per R100.00
Cheque deposit at FNB branch and ATMR60.00 + R11.00 per cheque (Max R150.00)R60.00 + R11.00 per cheque (Max R150.00)
Pay with your cardFreeFree
Commission and currency conversion fee2.75% of the transaction value2.75% of the transaction value
Internal and external debit ordersN/aFree
Prepaid purchases on eChannelsFreeFree
Buying prepaid at other  banks’ ATMsR15.00R15.00
FNBy Fees Table

Competitive Advantages of the FNBy Bank Account

  • The account comes with many free services such as free withdrawals at tills, prepaid purchases using echannels, etc.
  • Monthly account fee is low.
  • The older you get the more transactional benefits you receive with increased account spending limits.
  • You can get the same eBucks reward percentage like that of your parent or guardian without having to work up the eBucks rewards ladder.
  • The account comes with free data depending on how much you transact.
  • The FNBy debit cards come with Islamic banking option that doesn’t charge account fees.
  • Come with unlimited swipes.

Competitive Disadvantages of the FNBy Bank Account

  • Only encourages users to get cash at a till instead of an ATM.
  • The account has a high commission and currency conversion rate for a younger youth account.
  • You need to have a parent or guardian using the FNB App.
  • If younger than 18 years, you need to link your account to that of your guardian or parent.

How to apply

  • You must be a South African.
  • If younger than 18 years, you must go with a parent or guardian to open the FNBy Bank Account.
  • Your parent or guardian is required to be registered for online banking.
  • You must have a copy of your parent’s valid South African ID.
  • You must also have the child’s birth certificate or a valid South African ID.
  • Proof of residence not older than 3 months and signed a declaration of proof of residence per child.

Conclusion

FNB’s FNBy Bank Account is one of the best ways to get your child banking and getting exposure to banking and saving. Since FNB rewards account-holders based on the number of years that they bank with them, FNB will reward you generously by giving you access to loans immediately when you turn 18 or start to earn an income if you are an FNBy bank account holder..

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Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in reviews and financial tips.

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