Chase is offering $200 for new customers. You’ll have to visit a branch to open the new checking account and deposit at least $25 — and then have a direct deposit made within 60 days.
And if you close the account before six months, they’ll claw back your bonus.
If you deposit $1,500 into a new checking account with HSBC by June 29, you can score $200.
Have $100,000 lying around? HSBC will give you $750 for handing it over in a new checking account. You’ll have to maintain that balance for at least 90 days, but part of it can go into a savings or investment account.
SunTrust, an Atlanta-headquartered bank, will give you $500 if you open an online checking account with it by July 31. Though to qualify you have to have an address in one of these locations: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
And within 60 days, you’ll need to have deposited $2,000 (and $100 within two weeks). You’ll also have to put the account to use, making at least 10 debt purchases within 60 days.
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Don’t let the temptation of a one-time bonus cause you to leave too much of your money tied up in a low-yielding account for long though, warned McBride.
“It’s easier to dole out a couple of bucks to a new customer than it is to increase payouts across your entire existing portfolio,” he said. “You might be better off moving your money to an online account.”