Fifth Third Bank Again Offers $200 Checking Bonus

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UPDATE 10/6/2016: Extended through December 31, 2016.

Availability: Market area includes FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, OH, PA, TN, and WV. Eligibility is determined by Zip Code.

Over the past few years, Fifth Third Bank has regularly offered a $200 checking bonus promotion and the latest version of the promotion is available now through December 31, 2016.

While similar to earlier promotions, this version of the $200 checking bonus can be applied for online, in-branch, or by phone. Some earlier promotions have not been available online.

To Qualify for the $200 Bonus:

  • Open a new Fifth Third Essential Checking® account.
  • Enroll in direct deposit within 90 days of account opening.
  • Make three online payments within 90 days of account opening.
  • Coupon code must be referenced when opening the checking account in-branch or by phone.

Limitations:

  • Available only for new checking account customers, defined as those who have not closed a Fifth Third checking or Express Banking account in the past 12 months.
  • Checking account must be opened between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016, October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 with a minimum $50 deposit.
  • All requirements and qualifying activity must be met within 90 days of account opening to receive the $200 bonus.
  • Bonus will be deposited in new checking account within six weeks of fulfilling the requirements.
  • There is a limit of one bonus offer per account per household, and cannot be combined with other bonuses.
  • Each Fifth Third customer is limited to one new account-related gift incentive per calendar year.
  • In the past, a checking account had to remain open for 9 months to avoid a late termination fee, but there is none listed with this promotion.
  • There is a monthly fee ($8 or $11) on the Essential Checking® accounts, but it can be waived.

Availability

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Fifth Third Bank is currently the 3rd largest bank in Ohio. Established in 1865, Fifth Third Bank is also the 17th largest bank in the nation, with assets in excess of $141 billion.

This $200 bonus is available to residents of Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia, with eligibility determined by Zip Code.

Applying for the Fifth Third $200 checking account bonus can be done online, by phone (877.579.5353), or in person at any of over 1,200 full-service branches, located in Florida (155), Georgia (32), Illinois (142), Indiana (126), Kentucky (93), Michigan (208), Missouri (17), North Carolina (56), Ohio (333), Pennsylvania (13), Tennessee (36), and West Virginia (7).

A coupon code is necessary when applying, whether online, in-branch, or by phone, and will be emailed to the address you provide.

Banks Overview

Fifth Third Bank (FDIC Certificate # 6672) has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas ratio of 4.62% (excellent) based on June 30, 2016 data. Fifth Third Bank has an excellent capitalization level (13.50%), a result of holding $141.11 billion in assets with $19.05 billion in equity. Please refer to our financial overview of Fifth Third Bank for more details.

Other Bank Promotions and Bonuses

Not eligible for the Fifth Third Bank $200 checking bonus? Check out my latest bank and credit union bonus blog posts to find other promotions. In addition, DepositAccounts.com readers and I also post often on bonuses in the Bank Deals Forum.

Comments
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #1
The offer is not available to existing checking customers, a limitation I didn't find clear from this post. In other words, an existing checking customer can't open up an additional checking account at Fifth Third Bank and take advantage of this attractive offer (especially good for those with a military connection)l.
Carpline
Carpline   |     |   Comment #2
Which is probably why the text reads, "Available only for new checking account customers."
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #3
Carpline and others voting for Carpline's comment: Look again. Re existing customers, the post comment has the following statement purporting to define existing customers (emphasis supplied): '...DEFINED as those who have not closed a Fifth Third checking account in the past 12 months." Reading Fifth Third's website clarified this statement, the post comment requires clarification and Carpline's comment misses the point.
obi
obi   |     |   Comment #4
I opened my account with a modest deposit. Now there is no way to add a large amount of additional funds.
They currently have no way to take deposits, other than the $30K a month limit through their ACH service.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #5
A couple of years ago 53 paid to have the CFO leave and now the GC was fired!
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #6
This is my take:
The online short cut takes you to cash edge not 53.com, that is not disclosed by anyone, you think you are dealing with a real bank. After entering all the personal info, you still think you are at 53.com and I created user ID and password and you get a thank you e-mail addressed as is coming from 53.com with only the last 4 digit of your new account number. Furthermore, you want to deposit $100 as opening amount and enter your local bank ABA and account number. You get note to come back and verify the 2 small deposits.
Four days later I try to log at 53.com thinking the online banking can be accessed with the user and password created during opening the account, no such luck. I called a CSR at 53.com and she asked me for the account number I said, I only have the last for digits, she said, give me you SS# and the reply was, we do not have any record of such account nor you exist in our system.
I called cash edge, a CSR said you have to log in our server with the user and password you created thinking is for online banking for 53.com.
I logged in at a web site I never heard off and was asking me for the 2 small deposits at my local bank, there were no small deposits in the first 4 days, on the fifth day a 53.com shows up in my bank, I hurried to give that info to cash edge to initiate, this time the $100 withdrawal.
The money were taken out in another 3 business days.
Thinking the account is now opened at 53.com, I called and ask for online registration. A CSR said we can not do that, you need a debit card for that account to arrive and to activated first.
Ten business days past and the card arrived, somehow you have to create user ID with the 16 digit debit card and as password to use the self created pin, after that (..are you still with me?..." you have to created a new user ID and password to officially log in.
I logged in and the balance is $0.00 and the account number is the last 4 digits only, thinking when the balance shows up as available, they will include the full account number.
One more week passes and the balance is $100 now but the account# is only partial.
I called again, 40 minutes on call, a CSR answers and she said: " You have to drive to our branch (50 miles away) or wait for the monthly statement to arrive in about 30 days.
It has been over 2 months now and I have not been able to set the direct deposits to qualify for the bonus, I still do not know my account number and no ACH can be set from outside.
Coincidence or done on purpose, guess for yourself, I called them today to close the account they want early closing fees, I told them to do it.
P.S. this is not 53.com web site, please be careful.
https://pages.offers.53.com/semcblp/
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