Update 1/18/2010: BB&T has extended this offer to 3/31/2010. The promotion code is now AFJAP.
BB&T is offering a $100 cash bonus for opening its free checking account and for either setting up direct deposit OR making 3 online bill payments. The promotion page is at www.bbt.com/cashoffer. Offer expires on 10/31/2009. Some important small print of the promotion includes:
- Must be a new client (no BB&T checking in last 6 months)
- Direct Deposit or 3 online bill payments must be completed within 60 days of account opening
- $100 bonus will be deposited directly into your account within 4 weeks of meeting requirements
- Bonus reported to IRS
You are required to either apply online or by phone. The promotion code is AFAAP. The online application allows ACH funding up to $1,500. You can also mail in a check or make a deposit at a branch. There's no credit card option.
The free checking account has a minimum opening deposit of $50. There are no minimum balance requirements or monthly fees. Online Bill Payment is free. I used the bank's online chat system to ask if they do a hard credit inquiry in the application. According to the CSR, they do not (CSRs are often wrong about this).
I was also told that this promotion is only for states with BB&T branches (not including Colonial Bank branches). BB&T branches are located in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.
BB&T is a member FDIC (FDIC Certificate # 9846).
Thanks to reader Atlanta Wolf who mentioned this promo in the blog hub post.
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