The $125 bonus has become fairly common for opening a Chase checking account and adding direct deposit. In my old $125 Chase bonus review
I've updated the post with the new URL and expiration date for this $125 bonus.
There's also a $150 bonus that's intended for Chase Sapphire applicants but appears available to any new Chase checking account customers. Here's the promo link for that offer
. It has the same direct deposit requirement as the $125 bonus.Downsides
Beware of checking account fees which are increasing and becoming harder to avoid as I described in this Chase fees and bonus blog post
Also, this thread
has some reasons why you may not want to become a Chase customer.