Wachovia is having a new-branch special at one of its Houston branches. Sign up for any checking account with a minimum deposit of $100 by 5/30/2008, and you'll receive a $75 gift check card in the mail after 45 days of account opening. There is no direct deposit requirement.
The new branch is the Highland Village Financial Center located at 3803 Westheimer Road (713-621-2065). This isn't listed at Wachovia's website. It was advertised in the Houston Chronicle. The ad is available online here.
These new-branch specials seem common at Wachovia. In April I reported on one in Washington DC. So if you see a new Wachovia branch in your area, you might want to check if they have a similar promotion.
Wachovia Checking Account Details
Wachovia's free checking account has the basic components of free checking: no minimum balance requirements, no monthly fees, etc. A reader in the previous post mentioned that Wachovia does a hard credit pull (both Experian and TransUnion have been mentioned). Unless you can get the "at work" checking account, checks are typically not free, but they are optional. Prices vary by state. A reader just mentioned that Wachovia offered 50 duplicate checks for $8. 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.
Other Wachovia Deals
I haven't seen any new online Wachovia checking account bonuses lately. They've often had online checking account bonuses for $50. Let me know if you see a new one. Wachovia still does have a $25 refer-a-friend bonus for opening a checking account.
Wachovia currently has a very good deal on its 60-month CD with a 4.75% APY. Please refer to this post for more details.
They have a decent deal with their new Way2Save program with a special 16% rate for 3 months. Unfortunately, it's not easy to get significant amount of money into this account (see post).