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$150 Gift Card Could Be Yours At Hancock/Whitney Bank

UPDATE 3/11/07: Offer available through March 31, 2017.

Deal Summary: $150 VISA® Gift Card when opening a new checking account through March 31, 2017.

Availability: Market area includes Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Gulf Coast based Hancock Whitney Bank is currently offering a $150 VISA® Gift Card when opening a new checking account now through March 31, 2017.

$150 Gift Card Requirements

As stated on the promotion page, the following conditions must be fulfilled by April 30, 2017:

  • Enroll in online banking
  • Sign up for e-Statements
  • Make five debit card purchases...
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    PNC Bank Extends $300 Checking Bonus Through March 31, 2017

    UPDATE 3/10/2017: Extended through March 31, 2017.

    Deal Summary: $50, $200, or $300 Virtual Wallet Bonus

    Availability: AL, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI, WV, and the District of Columbia.

    PNC Bank is again offering a variety of bonuses in connection with its Virtual Wallet product line. New checking accounts, opened between now through March 31, 2017, can earn $50, $200, or $300, depending on which Virtual Wallet account is opened.

    As stated on PNC Bank's Application...

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    Wells Fargo Offers Easy $250 Checking Bonus

    UPDATE 3/18/2017: Offer extended through April 1, 2017. The fine print on the promotion page now reads, "This is an exclusive, nontransferable offer. This is only available to Wells Fargo retail store private label credit card customers who received our direct mail for this offer."

    UPDATE 3/7/2017: Offer extended through March 24, 2017. The target language noted in the 2/1/2017 Update has been removed. I have added some new information, which is italicized.

    UPDATE 2/20/2017: Offer extended through March 3, 2017.

    UPDATE 2/1/2017: The fine print on promotion...

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    Liberty Bank (CT) Has 21-Month CD Special and $100 Checking Bonus

    Deal Summary: 21-month CD Special, 1.75% APY, $500 min/$250k max, new customers only.

    Availability: Available only in-branch at all Connecticut branch locations.

    Liberty Bank is currently featuring a 21-month CD Special (1.75% APY). The minimum opening deposit is $500 of new money, with a balance cap of $250k “per household.”

    Unlike other Liberty Bank CD Specials offered in the past, the 21-month CD Special is only available to new Bank customers.

    Rate is not available for current customers of Liberty Bank,
    Trusts, IRA CDs, or for...
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    Bank of the West Offers $150 And $300 Checking Bonuses

    UPDATE 1/24/2017: Extended through April 14, 2017.

    Deal Summary: $150 or $300 checking bonus; opening deposit must be new money.

    Availability: Market area includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

    Now through March 3 April 14, 2017, Bank of the West (BotW) is offering two checking bonuses: $150 Easy Checking bonus and $300 Premier Checking bonus.

    $150 Easy Checking Bonus Requirements

    • Open an Easy Checking account with a minimum deposit of $100 of...
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    M&T Bank $150 Checking Bonus Extended

    UPDATE 3/2/2017: Offer extended through June 30, 2017.

    Deal Summary: $150 bonus when opening a new checking account.

    Availability: Market area includes CT, DE, FL, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and the District of Columbia. Bonus eligibility is based on Zip Code.

    M&T Bank has been offering new checking account bonuses on a regular basis for the past several years, with the latest promotion being a $150 cash bonus, available now through February 28 June 30, 2017. Eligibility can be determined by entering your...

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    Earn $200 Checking Bonus At BMO Harris Bank

    UPDATE 3/2/2017: Offer now extended through April 28, 2017.

    Deal Summary: $200 bonus for opening a new checking account.

    Availability: Market area includes Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington, and Wisconsin.

    You can earn $200 when opening a new BMO Harris Bank Everyday Checking, Select Checking, or Portfolio Checking account. This promotional offer is valid now through February 28 April 28, 2017.


    • Use or mention the promotion code when opening the new checking account.
    • Have at least two qualifying direct deposits of $300 or more within 90 days...
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    Earn $100 With A New Gesa Credit Union (WA) Checking Account

    Deal Summary: $100 Bonus when opening a new checking account.

    Availability: Residents of Washington State

    Although 2017 is about two months old, Gesa Credit Union (Gesa CU) is still offering a $100 checking bonus to “help you kick off 2017 the right way.” Checking account bonuses rarely have so few requirements and are rarely awarded so quickly. The details of the promotion are listed in this credit union page and are summarized below:


    • Open a new Classic Checking or Colossal Checking account.
    • Minimum $500 opening deposit required.
    • May not have had a Gesa...
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    Santander Bank Offers Nationwide $225 Checking Bonus

    Deal Summary: $225 checking bonus, available through March 31, 2017; 5-year CD, 2.00% APY.

    Availability: Nationwide

    Santander Bank, N.A. (Santander Bank) "Simply Right Checking" $150 promotion expired on January 31. Rather than extending the promotion, Santander Bank has replaced it with a $225 checking bonus, which has the same requirements and limitations as the previous $150 bonus.

    Three different Santander Bank checking accounts (Simply Right Checking, Basic Checking, and Premier Plus Checking) qualify for the new $225 bonus.

    Bonus Qualifying Requirements

    • Open a new eligible checking account by March 31, 2017.
    • If...
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    Earn Up To $300 In Bonuses At OceanFirst Bank (NJ)

    Deal Summary: Simply Great checking bonuses, up to $300

    Availability: Market area includes Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties, New Jersey.

    For a limited time, OceanFirst Bank is offering up to $300 in bonuses when opening a new Simply Great checking account.

    As described in OceanFirst Bank's promotion page, there are three different bonuses, each predicated on different activities.

    • $50 - Paid when opening a new Simply Great checking with an OceanFirst Visa® CheckCard.
    • $50 – Set up a recurring Direct Deposit (DD); 75 days after the DD has...
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