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SunTrust Bank Checking $100 Bonus


SunTrust Bank

SunTrust Bank is offering a bonus of $100 for opening its Everyday Checking and for making a direct deposit of at least $500. As is typical for large banks, the checking account has potential monthly fees, but these can be easily avoided. The account must be opened online. It’s only available for those who live in SunTrust’s market areas (see below for list of states). Here’s the link to SunTrust’s promotions page. There’s no expiration date listed, but the promo page does warn that the "offer ends soon".

Below is a copy of the offer’s small print. Note, SunTrust customers who already have a checking account are not eligible for this promotion.

To qualify for the $100 promotional incentive, a new Everyday Checking account must be opened via the above "Open Now" link and a qualifying Direct Deposit of $500 or more must be deposited into the Everyday Checking account within 60 days of account opening. A qualifying Direct Deposit is a Direct Deposit of your salary, pension, Social Security, or other regular monthly income electronically deposited into your account by your employer or an outside agency. Your Everyday Checking account must remain open when the reward is processed in order for you to receive the $100 reward, which will be credited to the Everyday Checking account within 8 weeks after the qualifying direct deposit is made. SunTrust clients who already have a checking account with SunTrust (as a primary or secondary account holder) are not eligible for this promotion. SunTrust clients who closed a personal checking account within 30 days of the promotion start date will not be eligible for the $100 promotional incentive. The offer is only available online and by clicking on the above "Open Now" link. The offer is non-transferable and may not be combined with any other offers. Offer subject to change and may be discontinued at any time. Limit to one per household.

Credit for this find goes to FW member doctorofcredit who mentioned it in this FW forum. According to this thread, accounts can be funded with a credit card for up to $1,000.

Everyday Checking Overview

To waive a $7 monthly maintenance fee requires either maintain a $500 daily collected balance or direct deposit of at least $100 each month. If the account is closed within 6 months, there’s a $25 fee. On the positive side, your first 30-pack of SunTrust checks is included.


According to my online chat with a SunTrust CSR, this promotion is only available to those who live in SunTrust’s footprint. SunTrust branches are located in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

SunTrust Overview

SunTrust is one of the large regional banks with $171 billion in assets, $133 billion in deposits and over 1,500 branches. It has an overall health grade at of an A with a Texas ratio of 5.55% (excellent) based on December 2013 data. Please refer to our financial overview page for SunTrust Bank for more details. It has been an FDIC member since 1934 (FDIC Certificate # 867).

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You can view my recent bank bonus blog posts in this bank bonus page. I and readers often post on bonuses in the bank deals forum.

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Comment #1 by Anonymous posted on
They do hard credit pulls.

Comment #2 by Anonymous posted on
BEWARE, DO NOT open this account with a credit card.  It is an option online, but IT WILL DO A CASH ADVANCE and NOT a Credit charge to your account.  SUNTRUST is coded by all credit card companies as a merchant that only does cash advances...... BEWARE

Comment #3 by Anonymous posted on
Is it the bank or the credit card that determines if it is a purchase or a cash advance?  Is it the amount of the funding that determines it?  i.e. if you fund with the minimum or if you go over the amount the bank requires?  They have to tell you in advance if it is a cash advance.  It has to be footnoted somewhere.  If not, I would contest it.