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Easy Annual $240 Bonus with Santander Bank Checking


Santander Bank is offering a good checking account deal. Santander Bank used to be Sovereign Bank. The name was changed last year. The checking account is called extra20 checking. Full details are listed this Santander Bank’s extra20 page. Thanks to DA member marcal who first mentioned this deal in the DA forum last year. The extra20 checking rewards customers with up to $20 a month when the customer does the following activities:

  • $10 for direct deposit of at least $1,500 per month
  • $10 for paying at least 2 bills through the BillPay tab of online banking

If the above activities are done, a $20 credit is made to your extra20 savings account each month. One important thing to note is that these bonuses will be reported as interest so it’ll be taxed just like interest. Also, there’s a limit of one extra20 checking account per person.

One important downside with the extra20 checking is the potential monthly fee. There’s a $10 monthly fee, but this can be waived with $1,500 or more in total direct deposits to the checking account during the statement period.

It appears that a $1,500 ACH transfer into your extra20 checking account that you initiate from another bank will count as a direct deposit. Several FW members have reported that their ACH transfers have counted. Typically, banks don’t carefully verify that a direct deposit is really an ACH deposit from an employer rather than a bank-to-bank transfer. However, this isn’t always the case, and bank policies can change. So be aware that there might be some risk.

Earning $240 per year isn’t a lot but it would take a $12,000 balance in an account that pays 2% to earn that much in interest. So from that point of view, it’s a good deal. The extra20 checking doesn’t earn interest so you won’t want to keep a large balance in this account. This can easily be done by using ACH transfers to withdraw money.


I was told by a customer service rep that people in any state are eligible to open accounts. This can be done online or by phone.

Bank Overview

You can also open at a branch. Santander Bank branches are located in the Northeast in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Santander Bank is headquartered in Boston and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish Santander Group. It’s one of the top 25 retail banks in the U.S. with over 700 branches in the Northeast.

The bank has an overall health grade at DepositAccounts.com of a B+ with a Texas ratio of 8.10% (excellent) based on September 2013 data. Please refer to our financial overview of Santander Bank for more details. The bank has been a FDIC member since 1938 (FDIC Certificate # 29950).

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gli (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #1
Not having to swipe a debit card 10-12 times a month or carry a minimum $1,500 balance etc... means that for a minor hassle of ACH transferring in $1,500 per month & paying two bills each month from this account = $20... Then re-allocate the $1,500 accordingly. That's not a whole lot of work/effort for $20 each month in my book.

Assuming that it works as states of course. I applied 1/8 and was accepted/account opened 1/9. (Make sure to upload your DL and say a utility bill right away with the application to avoid delays). Now we'll see how soon the welcome packet and account numbers arrive so that I can actually setup and use this account...
gli (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #2
I should add... and if Santander does retain this program for 5 years etc... as their marketing/graphics detail - I'll switch my DD to them - if they are on the up and up and make it a hassle-free process - I'll reward them for it. I do not know what their long term plan is at Santander but this is the kind of program that could keep customers around vs. open and close bonuses.
gli (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #5
Update - first bonus posted just as stated - so far so good!
pinkterror   |     |   Comment #3
FWIW, i recommend opening the account in-branch, because stuff can and usually do go wrong. (in my case, my checks were misprinted, but it's a minor thing)

if opened online, CC funding is available, but please remember to follow the steps to include scan/copy of ID or something...Also, online access will come in 3 envelopes (if I remember correctly, 1 regualr letter, 1 with online login, saying it's SSN(?)) and the last one mentioning the passcode to login))

a statement period is close to a month and a day or two from when your opened the account.  (i opened in nov, and the bonus posts immeidately after the first cycle(?) of 31 days(?)

no mobile deposit function, but if a person uses the account as a main account, it's not bad.  $20 a month for as long as the $1500 direct deposit and 2 bill pays/month is definitely not bad at all...decent for those wil many branches nearby...and those who only use 1 bank.  
Q (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #4
You have to have both a savings and a checking with them to get the bonus, fyi
theshield44   |     |   Comment #6
I love great deals like this one, but setting up the account, which required registering online, I have decided to close the account.  I transferred the money and after three weeks & counting, the available balance is still $0, while the balance in the account shows the money I put in.  The bank I transferred the money from cleared the check over a week ago.  I went to two branches, but nothing changed.  I'm thrilled for those of you who were successful with this deal, but for me the aggravation just wasn't worth it.
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #7
I'm a Santander customer. This has been around for awhile...new customers only. My monthly deposits/transfers have always exceeded their limits and my balance has approached 100K at times. Still, I was not eligible! 
cumulus   |     |   Comment #8
Santander has clarified what officially counts as a direct deposit and Paypal is specifically mentioned as not counting; detail:
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #9
The Extra20 checking account is no longer available to new customers (as I have checked on Nov 21, 2015). It will be a matter of time that Santander makes changes to current customers...
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #10
No longer availabe