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Free iPod touch with KeyBank Checking Account Promotion - Certain States Only



KeyBank has a new checking account promotion with an iPod touch bonus. It's similar to what they were offering last year, but this one requires more work. It's an online-only offer, but the online application only accepts certain areas which appear to be in their market area (see below).

Here's the KeyBank promotions page. The offer is scheduled to last until June 24, 2011. The following are the requirements to qualify for the iPod touch:

  • open a qualifying KeyBank checking account online and enter offer code ONTT0311 by June 24, 2011
  • make at least 10 payments and/or purchases per month for 3 months after account opening
  • make 3 direct deposits each of $500 or more within 3 months of account opening

The comparison chart tab in the promotions page shows the qualifying checking accounts. All have potential monthly service charges. You can avoid monthly fees on the Key Express Checking by making at least $500 in deposits or initiating five transactions per statement cycle.

Below is some of the important small print:

Limit one gift per qualifying account. Limit one gift per individual. The value of your gift will be reported on Form 1099-INT. Your gift will be shipped within 90 days of meeting requirements. Qualifying purchase and payment transactions include checks, MasterCard signature, PayPass and PIN-based purchases, Key Bill Pay, debit card automated payments, PayPal transactions, and Automated Clearing House (ACH) direct payments. Direct deposit transactions are limited to payroll, Social Security, pension, and government benefits. Offer available to individuals without an existing checking account at KeyBank as of 3/25/11. Offer not available to individuals who have opened a KeyBank checking account in the last 12 months.

There are some additional details in the promotion's FAQs. One noteworthy Q&A covers the closure fee: "If you close your account within 180 days of account opening, you will be charged a $25.00 account early closure fee."

Credit for this find goes to FW member roblox who posted it on this FW thread. One of the FW members mentioned that the iPod touch is the 8GB 4th generation version with a $205 value that will appear on the 1099. It's currently selling on Amazon for $204.99.

KeyBank Locations

When you apply online, you have to enter your zip code. Not all zip codes are accepted. Like previous KeyBank promos, it appears to be only available in areas where they have branches. KeyBank branches are located in the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

KeyBank is a large bank with $88.6 billion in assets. It has an overall health score at of 4 stars (out of 5) with a Texas Ratio of 13.56% (above average) based on December 2010 data. Please refer to our financial overview of KeyBank for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1956 (FDIC Certificate # 17534).

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 and in the credit card deals forum.

Related Pages: KeyBank, New York, Indiana, Washington, Vermont, Utah, Alaska, Maine, checking account, Oregon, Michigan, Idaho, Kentucky, Colorado, Ohio

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Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on

The value of your gift will be reported on Form 1099-INT