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$100 Checking / Savings Account Bonus at Compass Bank


Compass Bank is offering a $100 bonus for opening a checking account, a savings account and then setting up automatic transfers into the savings account of at least $25/month. The $100 cash bonus will be credited after your first year anniversary. Here's the Compass Bank promo page. The checking account must be opened before February 28, 2007. It can't be an existing checking account.

I did a different checking account promotion last year at Compass Bank. That one rewarded a $50 Best Buy gift card for opening a checking account with a minimum $50 deposit. I did receive the gift card without any problems. One negative is that I did received two hard credit inquiries at Transunion.

Compass Bank's Free Checking Account has several nice perks including free checks, refunds of ATM charges by other banks, no minimum balance requirements and no direct deposit requirements. Note, the ATM refunds are not automatic. You have to mail in your receipts. Also note, they have a high $38 overdraft fee.

Compass Bank's savings accounts don't have much to offer in my opinion. The interest rates are very low and they have minimum balance requirements to avoid fees. The Basic Savings Account requires $500 minimum balance to avoid a $9 quarterly fee.

So if you keep $500 in the savings account to avoid the fees over one year, you'll lose out about $25 of interest that could have been earned if the money had been in another savings account earning 5%.

Another thing to note is that you must visit a local Compass bank to set up the automatic transfers. Compass Bank has branches in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.

So this promo is not a great deal, but if you're looking for a free checking account with free checks, this is a decent deal.

Credit for finding this deal goes this Slick Deals thread.

Another checking account promo that's still available is a $200 bonus at Citibank. Please see this post for more info.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #1
Banking guy, I opened the account this weekend and found the following details: (perhaps differs geographically or when the account has been openend?)

- Savings account is free with no minimum balance, but limited to four withdrawals per quarter. $3 for subsequent withdrawals. (Ouch!)

- Gone are the "free checks for life"! (They gave me 50 free starter checks.)
Banking Guy
Banking Guy   |     |   Comment #2
Thanks for the info.

The end of free checks does seem like a new policy that just came out. Sorry to see that go.

Is that the basic savings account? For Texas and Arizona, the Compass page is still showing a $500 minimum balance to avoid a $3/mo fee.

This savings account is definitely not something that's worth keeping.

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