The Best Checking and Savings Account Promotions and Deals

No bank wants your business as badly as the bank that doesn’t have it. In fact, they are often willing to pay you to become a customer. If you are looking for a new bank, check out these bank promotions.

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For any adult looking to take charge of their personal finances, owning both a savings and checking account is essential. Of course, there’s the basic reason that you need an account for depositing checks and paying bills. But, also, these accounts show banks how reliable you are when you fill out credit applications. The one question every single loan application has is “Do you own a savings account, checking account, or both?”

Unfortunately, over the last 10 years, owning these accounts has become more expensive. Banks have been kind enough to pass their additional fees along to you. If you’re not careful, you could be losing $100 to $300 a year simply for the privilege of owning a checking or savings account. Lucky for you, there are ways to avoid these fees. Perhaps even luckier for you, some banks are willing to pay up to $500 simply to get your business.

Below is a list of the best online savings and checking promos and bonuses we could find. They include a variety of big banks and one smaller bank, so nearly all of offers you see below are nationwide. All fifty states are eligible for each offer (sans Huntington Bank), and the more money you have to deposit, the more money you’re likely to earn in the form of a cash bonus.

Keep an eye out for the requirements to avoid the monthly maintenance fees, and feel free to contact us if you think you’ve found an offer as good as or better than the ones below.

Best Checking and Savings Account Bonuses

1. Chase Total Checking® – $200 Cash Bonus

You can earn a $200 bonus with a Chase Total Checking® account. To receive the $200 checking bonus:

  1. Open a new Chase Total Checking account, which is subject to approval.
  2. Deposit $25 or more at account opening, AND
  3. Have your direct deposit made to this account within 60 days of account opening. Minimums to avoid monthly service charges are much lower than average with this account.

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2. Chase Total Checking® + Chase SavingsSM – Up to a $350 Cash Bonus

If you are looking for both a checking and savings account, you can combine the above $200 cash bonus with a $150 deal on a Chase savings account. The terms of the $200 checking are the same as above. As for the savings account, you can earn a $150 bonus when you open a Chase SavingsSM account, deposit a total of $10,000 or more in new money within 20 business days, and maintain a $10,000 balance for 90 days.

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3. Chase SapphireSM Checking – 60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points Bonus

A new product from Chase, the Chase SapphireSM Checking Account offers the largest bonus on our list.  60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points can be worth up to $900 in Travel expenses.  To earn the bonus, you need to satisfy these three four things:

  1. Have an active Chase Freedom or Chase Sapphire credit card in good standing
  2. Open an account with the coupon code you are emailed by 01.17.2019
  3. Within 45 days, transfer at least $75,000 in new money (not previously in Chase checking or savings account) to your Chase SapphireSM Checking account
  4. Maintain your balance for 90 days

Some of the cool benefits of the Chase SapphireSM Checking account include no ATM fees and commission free trading when made You Invest by J.P. Morgan.  So long as you keep $75,000 or more in your account, there is no monthly service fee.  Otherwise the monthly fee is $25.

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4. HSBC Advance Checking – $350 Welcome Deposit

HSBC Advance is offering a welcome deposit of $350 for new account holders that meet a couple of simple criteria:

  • Get a $350 Welcome Deposit for eligible new customers who open an HSBC Advance checking account with qualifying activities.
  • Open your new HSBC Advance checking account online by December 28, 2018; and
  • Deposit a minimum Qualifying Balance of $10,000 or more in New Money in combined checking and savings accounts within 30 calendar days of account opening; and
  • Maintain at least the minimum Qualifying Balance for 90 calendar days from the date you deposited the minimum Qualifying Balance.
  • You will automatically receive the $350 Welcome Deposit in your new HSBC Advance checking account approximately eight weeks after completing all qualifying activities. It’s that simple.

There is a $25 monthly maintenance fee on the HSBC Advance Checking Account that is waived so long as you maintain the $10,000 minimum balance requirement.  You can also avoid this fee with a $5,000 minimum balance requirement with recurring direct deposits.

The information, including rates and fees, presented in the review is accurate as of the date of the review. Please refer to issuer website and application for the most current information.  Deposit products are offered in the U.S. by HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Member FDIC.

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5. Citi Account Package – $400 + $100 Cash Bonus

The very first checking account I opened after graduating college was with Citi. Partly because they had a great online bonus, and mostly because their branch was half a block from my apartment! Citi is currently offering a $400 bonus on their checking account package if you meet the following criteria:

  • Open a new Citibank Account Package by 12.31.2018.
  • Within 30 days of account opening, make a qualifying deposit of $15,000 or more of non-Citi funds into the new account, and maintain this deposit as your daily balance for a period of 60 days.
  • Make one qualifying direct deposit each month for the first two months after opening the account to receive the additional $100 bonus!

The $25 monthly service fee for this account is waived for average daily balances of $10,000 more more. Any non-Citi ATM fees you incur while owning this account are waived so long as you meet that average daily balance above.

6. Citi Priority Account Package – $600 Cash Bonus

For customers with a little bit more saved up, Citi offers a Priority Account Package bonus of $600. To receive the bonus, you must meet all conditions below:

  • Open an a Citi Priority Account Package before on or before 12.31.2018.
  • Within 30 days of opening the account, make a deposit of $50,000 or more. This amount must stay in your account for the first 60 days. And you must maintain the $50,000 minimum daily balance during that period.
  • Set up a direct deposit, and have it made in your new account at least once per month for the first two months.

There is a $30 monthly service fee associated with the Citi Priority Account Package, but it can be waived. To do that, you must maintain a $50,000 monthly balance (combined) in eligible linked Citi deposit, retirement, and investment accounts.

7. Bank of America Checking – $100 Cash Bonus

Bank of America is offering a $100 cash bonus to new customers who open an eligible online checking account. Both the Bank of America Core Checking and Bank of America Interest Checking qualify for the $100 bonus. Terms of the bonus are as follows:

  • Open a checking account through the link above before December 31st, 2018.
  • Set up at least two qualifying direct deposits of $250 or more within the first 90 days of opening your account.

The caveat here is that Bank of America will charge a $12 monthly fee on the Core Checking and $25 monthly fee on the Interest Checking. You can offset these fees through a variety of ways for the Core Checking product (see below). For the interest checking account, the only way to have the fee waived is to maintain a combined balance of $10,000 or more through a variety of BOA products. To have the Core Checking fee waived, you must meet one of these requirements:

  1. Be a student under the age of 24;
  2. Have a preferred rewards account;
  3. Maintain a minimum daily balance of $1,500 or more; or,
  4. Have at least one qualifying $250 recurring direct deposit.

8. Discover Online Savings – $150/$200 Cash Bonus

To get the bonus of $200, you must deposit at least $20,000 into your new Discover online savings account. There is now NO expiration date … offer is live with no set expiration. You can get a $150 bonus if you deposit $15,000.

  • Use Promo Code SAVE917E2

Discover Bank is currently offering a 2.00% APY on their online savings account product, and there is no minimum deposit to open one. You’ll pay no monthly fees and no account opening or closure fees. And Discover also has a wide variety of other account options if its savings accounts isn’t your thing. That said, you can only earn the bonus on their online savings account product.

9. Sun Trust Signature Advantage – $500 Cash Bonus

Sun Trust offers one of the best cash bonuses available to new account holders, and their requirements aren’t all that cumbersome.  Four simple rules must be followed in order to receive the $500 bonus, followed by a geographical restriction.

  1. Open a new account online with promo code Q418CHECKINGOL before December 31st, 2018
  2. Make at least a $100 opening deposit
  3. Complete at least $2,000 in direct deposits within 60 days of account opening
  4. Make at least 10 debit card purchases within 60 days of account opening

The checking account must be opened online with, and the client must have, an address in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The $500 bonus will be credited to your account within 8 weeks of these two requirements being met.  You cannot receive this bonus offer if you have a current checking account with SunTrust or have close one inside of the last six months.  This account does have a $25 monthly fee, however that can be waived by maintaining a total balance with SunTrust of $25,000.

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