With many financial institutions experiencing a decrease in profits, banks are vying for your business. This is good news for you, because instead of just offering standard perks like no fees, free checking, or a free pen when you sign up for an account, some banks are raising the stakes with cold hard cash, giveaways, and great interest-bearing products.
December is a good month for bank promotions from both big and small banks. Banks are giving away a lot of free cash to attract new customers and get them to open up accounts. The banks listed below have some pretty sweet deals that you should take advantage of if you are in the market for a new bank.
Don’t want to miss out? Here are the best bank promotions for the month of December.
Top Bank Account Promotions (December 2014)
1. Citibank – Up to $100 Bonus
Open a new Citibank checking account by December 31, 2014 and earn up to a $100 cash bonus. Choose a Basic Banking Package, make at least $1,500 worth of deposits within the first two months and a qualifying bill payment for two months, and a $50 cash bonus will be deposited into your account within 90 days of meeting the requirements. Alternatively, choose a Citibank Account Package and make a minimum of $15,000 in deposits within 60 days (with the same bill payment requirement) and you’ll get a $100 bonus.
2. U.S. Bank – $100 Bonus
If you enroll in U.S. Bank’s S.T.A.R.T. savings program, you could earn up to $100 in bonuses. You would need to open both a Package Checking account ($50 minimum opening deposit) and a Package Money Market Savings account ($25 minimum opening deposit). Set up recurring transfers from the checking to the money market account, and when you reach $1,000, you’ll get a $50 Rewards Visa card. Keep your balance at $1,000 or more for one year, and you’ll receive another $50 card.
3. BBVA Compass Bank – Up to $200 Bonus
Open a new NBA checking account at BBVA Compass Bank and you can receive as much as $200 in bonuses. Just opening the account with a $25 minimum deposit gets you as much as a $75 cash bonus (and at least $25), depending upon the state you live in. Then make at least three qualifying online bill payments (at least $50) within the first 90 days of opening the account and you’ll get a $100 e-gift card good at NBAStore.com. Activate Direct Deposit Dash, make at least two direct deposits of at least $300 within 90 days, and you’ll get a $15 Amazon e-gift card. Finally, activate Swipe for Songs, then make at least 40 debit card transactions in the following 30 days, and you’ll receive a $10 iTunes e-gift card. You can apply online or in person if there’s a branch near you.
4. SunTrust – Up to $200 Bonus
When you open a new checking account at SunTrust using the promo code FALL14CHECKING ($100 minimum opening deposit required), you can earn as much as a $200 cash bonus. To receive $100, make a qualifying direct deposit of at least $1,000 and one online bill payment of at least $50 within the first 60 days of opening the account. To receive the full $200, the direct deposit must be $2,000 or more and you must make two online bill payments of $50 or more within the same time frame. Once the requirements are met, your bonus will be deposited into your account within 8 weeks.
5. Salem Five Bank – $100 Visa Gift Card
Open up a checking account with Salem Five Bank and you can receive a $100 Visa reward card by completing any one of the following three requirements: set up direct deposit and complete two deposits of more than $250, make six online bill payments of more than $25, or make 20 debit card transactions of more than $5. The requirement you choose must be met within 60 days of account opening. Once the requirement is met, you’ll receive your reward card with 4-6 weeks.
6. BankDirect – AAdvantage Miles
Open a BankDirect Mileage Checking Account and earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles. You’ll receive 1,000 miles just for opening an account, 5,000 miles for initiating direct deposit, 2,000 miles for using BankDirect’s bill pay service for one year, and 1,000 miles for referring a friend. There are other ways to earn miles as well, and some restrictions apply. Be sure to investigate the offer thoroughly for full program details.
7. PNC Bank – $300 Bonus
This offer is good for residents of the following states: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI, and District of Columbia. Open a new Virtual Wallet account online or click on the link to have a coupon emailed to you in order to open an account at a branch and get up to a $300 cash bonus depending upon the type of account you choose. Have at least $5,000 transferred into your account via direct deposit within the first 60 days and make at least one payment via online bill pay. Your bonus will be deposited into your account within the following 60 days. This offer is valid until December 31, 2014.
8. Santander Bank – $240 Bonus
Open up a new extra20 checking account with Santander Bank and set up direct deposit. For every month you have at least $1,500 in direct deposits credited to your account, you receive a $10 bonus. For each month you make at least two online bill payments, you receive another $10. That’s as much as a $240 bonus each year. You need to open an extra20 savings account as well – your bonuses are applied there. Fees apply if you don’t have $1,500 in direct deposits in a month ($10).
9. Citizens Bank – $1,000 Bonus for College Savings
Citizens Bank is currently offering a $1,000 bonus for those who sign up for a CollegeSaver savings account, an easy, manageable savings plan that will help your meet your college savings needs. It is an interest bearing account, and if you open it before your child’s twelfth birthday and save the monthly minimum amount every year, you’ll receive a $1,000 bonus when your child turns 18. Opening an account earlier than when your child turns twelve will only increase the savings.
10. Nationwide Bank – $200 Bonus
Open a new E-checking account at Nationwide Bank using the promo code 03110473 by December 31, 2014. You’ll need at least a $50 minimum opening deposit. Then set up direct deposit within the first two months, with $200 being the minimum monthly deposit. Once those conditions are met and the account is open for 90 days, you’ll receive your bonus within the following two weeks.
11. Discover Bank – $50 Bonus
If you own a Discover Card or are already a deposit customer, you can earn a $50 bonus by opening a new Discover Bank Cashback Checking account. Just open the account with a minimum of $25 by December 15, 2014 and you’ll receive your bonus by January 19, 2015. You will also earn 10 cents in cash back for each of your monthly transactions (including online bill payments, debit card transactions, and cleared checks), capped at the first 100.
When choosing a bank, it’s important to find one that suits your needs – whether that’s favorable interest-bearing accounts, no fees, or free checking. It’s also a big bonus when you can get great perks along with good banking. Be on the lookout for and take advantage of freebies like cash and giveaways, and your banking experience will be all the more pleasurable.
Which bank promotions will you be taking advantage of this month?