I see BBVA Compass is making the most out of its new alliance with SmartyPig. I just noticed Compass is advertising this $150 checking account bonus on SmartyPig's home page. Here's the direct link to the promo, and here are the requirements for the $150:
- Open a new Build to Order Checking account online
- Set up payroll Direct Deposit and earn $75
- Sign up for Online Bill Pay and earn $25 per month by paying at least 5 bills per month for 3 months
Unlike SmartyPig which is available nationwide, Compass bank products are only available where they have branches which includes AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM & TX. The offer is scheduled to last until 8/31/2010, and is only available to new consumer checking households.
Here is the small print which includes some details of the requirements:
To get $75 for a recurring payroll direct deposit, you must establish the recurring payroll direct deposit of at least $300 within 30 days following the date you open a new BBVA Compass consumer checking account. $75 bonus will be deposited, within 120 days of first recurring payroll direct deposit, into the new checking account that receives the direct deposit. Account must be open at time this bonus is paid in order for you to qualify for bonus. Bonuses are paid on the last business day of the month.
To get up to $75 for using Online Bill Pay, you must pay at least 5 eligible bills via Online Bill Pay every 30 days for the first 90 days after you open a new BBVA Compass checking account. To be eligible, each online payment must be for at least $25 and must be made to an unrelated third party. You'll receive $25 for each 30-day period in which you make the required online payments, up to $75. Each $25 bonus will be deposited into the new checking account from which online payments were made, within 60 days of the fifth eligible online payment for each 30-day period.
BBVA Compass Build-to-Order Free Checking
I completed a Compass checking promotion in 2006 and received the promised $50 gift card without any problems. One downside is that I did received two hard credit inquiries by Transunion.
The Build-to-Order Free Checking comes with some basic features. Two additional premium features are allowed without cost. The notable basic feature is no minimum balance or direct deposit requirement. Also, bill pay is free. The notable premium feature for those who want to make extra money is a $25 anniversary cash bonus. One feature that is lacking is free checks. A reader in a previous Compass post mentioned that the first order of checks is free.
The disclosure has some of the details of $25 anniversary cash bonus feature. I switched my Compass checking account to this Build-to-Order Free Checking in December 2007 and chose the $25 anniversary cash bonus as one of my premium features. Then I set up small monthly ACH debits from my online bank account to keep the checking active. I received the $25 bonus for both 2008 and 2009.
BBVA Compass Bank is a member FDIC (FDIC Certificate # 19048).
Other Bank Bonuses
To find other bonus deals at other banks, please refer to the bank bonus page which has all of my recent bank bonus blog posts. There are also additional bonuses listed in the checking account deals forum.