1st United Credit Union $200 Checking Bonus [Select CA areas only]


Update 10/25/21: Deal is back with promo code Frosting.

Update 7/14/20: There is now a bonus for $200 with the same requirements as before. It looks like this bonus won’t stack with the referral bonus. Hat tip to reader Jim

Update 6/30/20: Deal is back and valid until September 30th, 2020. Direct deposit not required

Offer at a glance

  • Maximum bonus amount: $200
  • Availability: Must Work in / resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Kings, San Joaquin, Solano or Stanislaus Counties CA, or have family member with account there
  • Direct deposit required: No
  • Additional requirements: Use promo code and complete debit card transaction
  • Hard/soft pull: Soft
  • ChexSystems: Unknown
  • Credit card funding: $2,000
  • Monthly fees: None
  • Early account termination fee: $25, 6 months
  • Expiration date: Valid until December 31st, 2017 December 31st, 2018 December 31st, 2019 March 31st, 2020 September 30th, 2020
  • Household limit: None mentioned

The Offer

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  • 1st United Credit Union are offering a bonus of $200 when you open a new checking account with them when you complete the following requirements:
    • Use promo code  FROSTING
    • Activate and make 15  signature or PIN purchases with debit card within 60 days of account opening


The Fine Print

  • Offer not available to existing 1st United checking accounts.
  • Checking account and debit card establishment are subject to credit approval.
  • Members age 12-15 require an adult joint owner.
  • To receive $100 incentive: 1) open new checking account using promotional code CKG2019; 2) establish a qualifying direct deposit of $500 or more within 60 days of account opening; 3) activate and make a signature or PIN purchase with debit card within 60 days of account opening.
  • A qualifying direct deposit needs to be an electronic deposit of your paycheck, pension or government benefits (such as Social Security) from your employer or the government. Bonus is considered interest and will be reported on IRS Form 1099-INT.
  • Offer expires December 31, 2017 and is subject to change or withdrawal at any time.
  • Incentive will be credited after all requirements are fulfilled, beginning April 10, 2017.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

There is an early account termination fee of $25 if closed within 6 months of account opening. This account does not have any monthly fees

Our Verdict

Soft pull and a nice amount of credit card funding makes this a good deal. I’d like to see another report of it being a soft pull before adding it to our best checking & savings bonuses list.

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Post history:

  • Update 4/14/20: Deal has been extended until June 30th, 2020. Hat tip to reader EW
  • Update 1/5/2020: Deal has been extended until March 31st, 2020.
  • Update 11/16/19: Deal is abck and valid until December 31st, 2019. Hat tip to reader Adam
  • Update 8/10/19: Deal is back and valid until September 30th, 2019.
  • Update 01/27/18: Deal is back for 2018. Thanks to reader eric for sending this through.

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