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$100 Checking Account Bonus at Wachovia in NY/MD/DC/VA

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Wachovia is offering a $100 VISA gift card and a free Zagat guide for opening a checking account. It's not listed on Wachovia's website. A reader mentioned seeing it advertised in his local newspaper, and I called Wachovia for additional information. Here's a summary of this deal that I received from the Wachovia rep:

Deal Summary from BankDealsBlog.com
  • Free $100 VISA gift card and Zagat guide
  • $100 minimum deposit required
  • $100 minimum balance must be maintained for 6 months
  • Gift card will be awarded at the end of the 6 months
  • Wachovia's Free Checking qualifies
  • Account must be opened by July 16, 2007
  • Can be opened at a branch or by phone (800-922-4684)
  • Only available for those in New York, Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia
  • Only available to new customers

Wachovia's Free Checking Account has the basic components of free checking: no minimum balance requirements, no monthly fees, etc. A reader in a previous post mentioned that Wachovia does a hard credit pull (via Experian). According to the banking representative, checks are not free, however, they are optional. You can just use the free debit card and free online BillPay. Checks cost $18 and up based on style and your location. There is a $25 fee if the account is closed before 6 months. In addition to the hard pull, Wachovia also does a ChexSystem verification.

Those in California still have until June 24 for a $125 checking account bonus (see post).

Thanks to the reader who emailed me the info on this deal.

[Update: Added "new customer only" note.]

  Tags: New York, Virginia, Wachovia Bank, Maryland, checking account

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8 Comments.
Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
This offer is for New customers only, as per convesation this afternoon with bank rep @ 800.922.4684.

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Comment #2 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
Thanks. I forgot to mention that. I've updated the post with this new-customer-only restriction.

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I just signed up for this deal. It's all as described, except checks are cheaper. They offered me 50 duplicate checks (carbons) for $8, not $18.

If anything does not work out as promised, I'll be back to gripe about it.

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Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
I didn't have to wait 6 months for the $100 "gift card" -- they gave me a $100 debit card with $100 credit on it the day I opened the account, plus the Zagat guide!

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Comment #5 by Banking Guy (anonymous) posted on
Banking Guy
That was indeed a great deal. Thanks for the info. Hopefully, they'll have another one of these promos before too long.

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
ANYONE KNOW WHEN IS THE EXPIRE FOR THIS OFFER

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Comment #8 by CreditBlogger (anonymous) posted on
CreditBlogger
Man! Why in the world I live in Fl?!
I should've considered moving to NY with my uncle a year ago... That is really a very good deal. I wish I could get this card over here

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Comment #9 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Has anyone received a mailed gift card yet? They told me 6 weeks, which it's been. Wachovia doesn't know why I don't have mine yet. One CSR had no idea about the promotion and couldn't find any record of it. Eventually I got a CSR who was able to find it: the promo code was apparently RPR1.

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