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$150 Checking Account Bonus at National City Bank in Some States

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Update 11/05/09: It has been reported that the promo code is good for only one use and the customer must have the physical coupon in order to qualify.

National City is offering a $150 Visa Gift Card in a checking account promotion. The offer doesn't seem to be listed at National City's website. They've been sending out flyers with this promotion, and it was mentioned in this SlickDeals thread. The offer code is DM1109657496, and the offer expires 11/27/2009. Here are the requirements to receive the $150 Gift Card:
  • Open a Free Checking Plus account by 11/27/2009
  • Set up direct deposit of your entire paycheck (of at least $400) into your account within the first 60 days
  • Get a National City Visa CheckCard and make at least 10 purchases within the first 60 days
You can apply by phone (1-877-526-3604) or at nationalcity.com/checking. At the National City website, I discussed this promo with a National City CSR via online chat. Here is what the CSR stated:
This promotion does exist. To be eligible, you will need to apply through this chat and with approval, make the opening deposit at your local National City branch.

You can also apply using the online application, but the CSR said you'll only be able to get an instant decision on the application via the secure online chat. I would assume it would be similar if you call.

Some important details related to the Free Checking Plus Account include:
  • $50 minimum opening balance
  • Requires monthly automatic activity (direct deposit, online bill payment or ACH payment)
  • Without automatic monthly activity, converted to Free Checking ($12 free for transfer)
  • No maintenance fees
  • Free checks
  • No charges for use of non-National City ATMs (other bank may charge)
When I checked with National City last year I was told there is no hard credit inquiry in the application. They just use ChexSystem.

This promo appears to only be available in areas where National City has branches that have not yet been converted to PNC branches. National City has branches in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, OH, PA and WI.

$100 PNC Bonus

For those who don't live in National City's market area, PNC still has a $100 bonus for opening its Virtual Wallet Account. Refer to my bonus review for more details.

National City Branch Conversions

PNC finished the closing of its acquisition of National City on December 31, 2008. Conversion of National City branches into PNC branches were scheduled to start the second half of 2009. According to this Indy Star article, conversion of Florida and Pennsylvania branches are scheduled for November. Indiana branches are scheduled for conversion next summer.

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Comments
6 Comments.
Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Interesting promo. Do any readers know:
1) Are Illinois National City branches considered to be already "converted" , or would they still be available for this promo?, & 2) is this promo available to those who already have some type of NatCity checking?

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Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Is this available to people who already have a checking account at PNC?

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
If you already have a checking account at PNC, this does not apply to you as per CSR.

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Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Is there a length of time that the acct. needs to be kept open?

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Please note the promo code is good for only one use and the customer must have the physical coupon in order to qualify. -- National City Employee

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
Anonymous
Looks like they won't honor this offer unless you happen to have the hard-copy coupon they mailed out to specific potential customers. That's the message I got from calling the phone# mentioned, as well as from an online chat at their website.

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