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Marcus by Goldman Sachs is one of the most popular online banks. It often (but not always!) has one of the highest savings rates.

Right now, as we all know, Savings accounts aren’t paying much. For savers, this is a conundrum as any attempt to gain yield (like the stock market) also comes with more risk and less liquidity.

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If you are a Marcus saver like me, there’s one super easy hack to bump the yield on your savings account by 0.10%. So right now (January 7, 2021) the Marcus savings rate sits at 0.50%. I’m earning 0.6%.

The hack is simple. And it’s one that has long been used by the travel hacking community to save up to $400 off British Airways flights (now a max of $200) – AARP.

Who is eligible for AARP?

That’s the fun part. EVERYONE is eligible. You get¬†extra benefits at age 50, but anyone can have an AARP membership. A membership is $16 a year, but there’s a sale on now where you’ll pay just $12 the first year. I think Swagbucks also has a promo now if you have it.

AARP Benefits include a 0.1% Yield Bump at Marcus

There’s also a ton of AARP benefits.¬†For instance, I earn double gas points st Exxon Mobil with my AARP number.

But to the topic of this post, Marcus is a great AARP benefit. Once you have your AARP account, just head over to this page and enroll.


Once that’s done. you’ll earn 0.1% higher than the posted savings rate for 24 months.

Simple, isn’t it?

Other Options

You can also keep an eye on the Doctor of Credit page for best savings rates, though many are small local banks you may not feel as comfortable with as Marcus. As well, T-Mobile Money will give you 4% on your first $3,000 and 1% thereafter as long as you set an auto-deposit for $200 a month. I’m about to do this myself.

But the Marcus 0.1% yield bump deal remains worth knowing about, especially as you can set and forget it and no matter how much you have in Marcus and even if you move money around, that’s free money as just $1,000 in Marcus for two years would be the break even on a $12 AARP membership.

As well, if you are new to Marcus, using a referral link like mine will get both of us a 0.2% yield bump for 3 months. (Limit 5 per year).

Have you added the AARP discount to your Marcus account?

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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