Bank of the West has just started a new checking account promotion with a bonus of up to $100. In addition, the bank will donate $25 to local schools. You can also earn another $25 by opening a credit card with the checking account. I didn't include this in the total bonus since there are many credit card bonuses that are over $25.
Bonus Details are listed in this Bank of the West promotions page. The checking account must be opened by 4/27/2012.
If you decide to give this promotion a try, don't forget Bank of the West recently ended its free checking account (see review). The Easy Checking has a $8 monthly ($10 with paper statements) unless you meet one of three requirements.
To qualify for the full $125 requires the following:
- $50 for establishing a direct deposit of at least $250 (two or more direct deposits that add up to $250 do not qualify). Direct deposit must be payroll, Social Security, pension or other government benefits. The first direct deposit must be posted to the account by 6/29/12.
- $25 for using a new Bank of the West Debit Card for at least 10 point of sale purchases posted by 6/29/12.
- $25 for enrolling in paperless statements through Online Banking, and still be enrolled, as of 6/29/12.
- $25 for opening a new Bank of the West Credit Card account by 4/27/12 and making at least $25 in net purchases (purchases minus returns) posted by 6/29/12.
According to the small print, customers who received any bonus from the Bank between 9/1/10 through 3/16/12 are not eligible.
Many readers participated in Bank of the West's iPod touch promotion in 2010. Most reported receiving the iPod.
Regarding a hard credit pull, I was told in 2010 that they don't do a hard credit inquiry in the application (only a soft pull). So you shouldn't have to worry about a ding to your credit score (unless you apply for the credit card). However, ChexSystems could cause an issue. One reader reported in 2010 that it's their policy to deny applications when ChexSystems report more than 6 inquiries in the previous 6 months.
There's an online application, however, the small print states that Bank of the West products are offered to the residents of the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Bank of the West Overview
Bank of the West is a large bank with $62 billion in assets. It has an overall health score at DepositAccounts.com of 5 stars (out of 5) with a Texas Ratio of 8.86% (above average) based on December 2011 data. Please refer to our financial overview of Bank of the West for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 3514).
Other Bank Bonuses
We have a bank promotions page with a table of all of the active bank and credit union promotions. You can filter the table based on the type of promotion and based on your state. I have more details about how to use this page in this blog post.