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PNC Increases Checking Account Bonus to $150, But Beware of Fees

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Update 6/11/13: The promotion has regularly been extended. The latest expiration date is 7/27/2013.

PNC Bank has increased its checking account bonus from $100 to $150. It has also made a change to the requirements. As before, customers will have to be careful to avoid fees. One of the qualifying checking accounts is Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend which is an "upgraded" version of Virtual Wallet, and it has potential monthly fees.

Here's the link to PNC's promotion page. The offer is scheduled to end on 7/27/2013 9/30/2012. You can open the account online or choose to have them email you a coupon to take to a branch. Here's a summary of the requirements to qualify for the bonus:

  • New Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend or Performance Checking account must be opened online or in a branch with a coupon by 7/27/13 9/30/12.
  • Establish a qualifying Direct Deposit totaling at least $2,000
  • 1 payment must be completed via PNC Online Bill Pay within 60 days of account opening

The small print at the bottom of the page states the following:

Offer only available to residents of AL, DC, DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, VA and WI.

The small print also includes what they consider as a qualifying direct deposit:

A qualifying Direct Deposit is defined as a recurring Direct Deposit of a paycheck, pension, Social Security or other regular monthly income electronically deposited by an employer or an outside agency into a Performance or Performance Select Checking Account, or the Spend Account of a Virtual Wallet® with Performance Spend. The total amount of all qualifying Direct Deposits credited to your checking account must be at least $2,000. Credit card cash advance transfers, transfers from one account to another or deposits made at a branch or ATM do not qualify as Qualifying Direct Deposits.

Also in the small print it describes that existing customers won't qualify:

Offer only available to new PNC Bank checking account customers who open the Eligible Account using the online application. New account will not be eligible for offer if any signer has signing authority on an existing PNC Bank consumer checking account or has closed an account within the past 90 days, or has been paid a promotional premium in the past 12 months.

For those who live near a PNC branch, you may want to check to see if your local branch is offering a better offer. In the past there have been reports of local PNC bonuses of $200.

Monthly Fees & Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend

It's important to note that the bonus requires opening the Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend or Performance Checking account. This is stated in the coupon that is emailed. In the online application, you can only select the Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend. The plain Virtual Wallet doesn't qualify. As you might expect, the Performance Spend version has a monthly fee. There's a $10 service charge each month unless you have either:

  • Minimum balance of $1,500 in your Spend and Reserve accounts, OR
  • $2,000 monthly direct deposit, OR
  • Minimum balance of $10,000 in all accounts

The above also applies to the Performance Checking account. You can see the full details of the fees in this Virtual Wallet feature table. Please see my PNC Virtual Wallet review for more details.

It doesn't qualify for the bonus, but PNC still offers a free checking account with no monthly fees and no minimum balance requirement. Free checking has become rare at the large banks.

PNC Bank Overview

PNC is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. It had grown to over 49,000 employees and over 2,600 locations. Most of PNC branches are in the Northeast. It also has hundreds of branches in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

The bank has an overall health score at DepositAccounts.com of 4 stars (out of 5) and a Texas Ratio of 16.24% (average) based on March 2012 data. Please refer to our financial overview of PNC Bank for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 6384).

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.

You can view my latest bank bonus blog posts in this bank bonus page. I and DepositAccounts.com readers often post on bonuses in the checking account deals forum.


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6 Comments.
Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
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No thanks PNC... Had PNC in past & they ripped me off!

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Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
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This looks good, but do you know if it's possible to set up bill pay between your own accounts? Thanks!

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Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
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I opened up a new account online through this $150 promotion link, met all the requirements and guess what...they stiffed me the $150. I went into a branch to have them look into it and they told me the promotion was never added to my account. Talk about false advertising. So after closing my long term account elsewhere and expecting a better online banking experience, this is what I got. A website that constantly gives me error messages and no bonus. BEWARE!

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Comment #4 by Anonymous posted on
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I opened this promotional account at a New Jersey branch and met the Direct Deposit and bill pay requirements and now PNC is also telling me the $150 promotion was not added to my account.  I am pursuing the matter with the branch that opened my account and told them is outrageous and unacceptable.   The branch would only reply that they will elevate my complaint, and they were not at all apologetic.  If PNC reneges on the $150 bonus, does anyone have any experience in dealing with PNC, such as filing a complaint to a banking or other regulatory agencies?  Very annoyed and disappointed with PNC.

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Comment #5 by Anonymous posted on
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Update to my previous post on June 26, 2013.  After complaining to PNC headquarters, PNC did finally pay the $150 bonus on July 5, 2013.  They explained that the branch representative did not code my account properly.  The branch never apologized for their ****up. 

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Comment #6 by Anonymous posted on
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Don't go with PNC.  I was also not credited the $150.  After a ton of back and forth, they basically are telling me "too bad".  I'm so glad that I only started this as a trial and have not transferred all of my accounts there.  Terrible service!

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