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Chase Business Total Checking $300 Bonus – No Direct Deposit Required


Update 1/17/21: Deal is back and valid until 4/15/21. Looks like can be opened via phone.

  • Maximum bonus amount: $300
  • Availability: Nationwide (not truly nationwide as not all states have branches)
  • Direct deposit required: None
  • Additional requirements: Deposit $1,000 & maintain it for 60 days. Complete five qualifying transactions
  • Hard/soft pull: Soft
  • ChexSystems: No
  • Credit card funding: Not available when opening in branch
  • Monthly fees: $15, avoidable
  • Early account termination fee: Six months, bonus forfeit
  • Household limit: None
  • Expiration date: December 22nd, 2017 February 22nd, 2018 May 21st, 2018 June 28th, 2018 October 2nd, 2018 November 19th, 2018 February 21st, 2019 April 8th, 2019 June 3, 2019 August 8th, 2019 November 21, 2019 November 13, 2020

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Chase is offering a bonus of $300 when you open a new Chase Total Business checking account and complete the following requirements:
    • Deposit $2,000 in new money within 10 business days & maintain that balance for 60 days
    • Complete five qualifying transactions within 60 days of account opening. Qualifying transactions are:
      • Debit card purchases
      • Checks paid
      • Chase QuickDeposit
      • ACH (Credits)
      • Wires (Credits)

 

The Fine Print

  • To receive the business checking bonus:
    • 1) Open a new Chase Total Business Checking® account, Chase Performance Business Checking® (or Chase Performance Business Checking® with Interest) account or Chase Platinum Business CheckingSM account, which is subject to approval;
    • 2) Deposit $1,000 or more in new money into your new checking account within 10 business days of account opening; and
    • 3) Maintain at least $1,000 balance for 60 days from the date of deposit. The new money cannot be funds held by Chase or its affiliates.
    • 4) Complete 5 qualifying transactions within 60 days — debit card purchases, checks paid, Chase QuickDepositSM, ACH (Credits), wires (Credits). After you have completed all the above checking requirements, we’ll deposit the bonus in your new account within 10 business days.
  • You can receive only one new business checking account opening related bonus every two years from the last enrollment date and only one bonus per account
  • Checking offer is not available to existing Chase business checking clients, local, state or federal Government entities or agencies, Not for Profit organizations, Political Action Committees, or those with fiduciary accounts, campaign accounts, or whose accounts have been closed within 90 days or closed with a negative balance.
  • If the checking account is closed by the client or Chase within six months after opening, we will deduct the bonus amount for that account at closing.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

Chase Total Business Checking $15 Monthly Fee

Chase Total Business Checking has no monthly fee when you maintain a daily minimum balance of $1,500 or more. Otherwise a $15 Monthly Service Fee will apply ($12 Monthly Service Fee when enrolled in Paperless Statements). This is the easiest account to keep fee free.

Other ways to waive the fee: if you maintain a linked Chase Private Client Checking or Chase Premier Platinum Checking personal account or if you are military/veteran. Reports indicate that Chase usually waives the fee for the first couple months.

Early Account Termination Fee

Accounts need to be kept open for a minimum of six months; otherwise, the bonus will be forfeited.

Bonus History

  • Update 11/13/20: Deal has been extended until 1/21/2021 . Probably still worth waiting for the $500 bonus to return.
  • Update 10/7/20: Deal has been extended until 11/13/2020 . Probably still worth waiting for the $500 bonus to return.
  • Update 7/18/20: Deal has been extended until 10/09/2020. Probably still worth waiting for the $500 bonus to return.
  • Update 6/28/20: Available again until October 9th, 2020. I’d still recommend waiting for the $500 bonus to return. Hat tip to intervested99
  • Update 4/7/20: Deal is back and valid until July 16th, 2020. Better to wait for the $500 bonus to return. Hat tip to reader Yo
  • Update 10/3/19: Deal is back and valid until November 21, 2019. Hat tip to reader @gokeeper (Update #2: added the direct link below)
  • Update 8/2/19: Deal is back and valid until October 10th, 2019. Hat tip to intervested99
  • Update 7/14/19: Deal is back and valid until August 8th, 2019. Hat tip to  intervested99
  • Update 6/20/19: Deal is back and valid until July 1st, 2019.
  • Update 5/18/19: It looks like you can do this bonus online, email yourself the code and then add it to your account. datapoints of this working. I’d still go into a branch if you can, but might be worth trying this method if necessary.
  • Update 4/18/19: Deal is back and valid until June 3, 2019. Hat tip to reader Snowbird
  • Update 2/22/19: Deal is back and valid until 4/8/19.
  • Update 1/19/18: Deal is back and valid until February 21st, 2019. Hat tip to reader Abey.
  • Update 10/01/18: Bonus is back, but it contains the new two year language. Hat tip to reader Kaung. 
  • Update 08/27/18: $300 Bonus is back. Thanks to reader Alec
  • Update 04/05/18: $300 Bonus is back. Thanks to reader razierklinge
  • Update: 03/01/18: There is now a $200 bonus available. I’d personally just wait for the $300 bonus to come along again. Hat tip to reader Steven
  • Update 01/12/18:  $300Bonus is back and valid until February 22nd, 2018. Thanks to blueeyes_austin. Keep in mind some people are being targeted for a 30,000 UR offer as well.

Our Verdict

Chase has offered bonuses of up to $500 on business checking accounts in the past. You can get one business checking bonus every two years now (used to be once per calendar). Keep in mind you also need to have keep your account open for six months. Because the $500 bonus is coming around frequently I won’t add this one to the list of the best business checking bonuses. Hurrying is less of an issue now with the two year language. But remember to decide for yourself if it makes sense to wait or not.

If you go in branch to open this account, it’s also worth asking if you have any pre-approved credit card offers, as these by pass the Chase 5/24 rule (more on these offers here).

Hat tip to rct12345

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Apply for a new Target REDcard Debit/Credit and Get $50 off $100 Shopping Trip (1/17-2/21)


Update 1/17/21: Deal is back for 1/17/21 – 12/21/21. Hat tip to reader ieatdogfood

The Offer

Direct Link to offer

  • Get a coupon for $50 off a $100 qualifying purchase when you are approved for a debit or credit REDcard in-stores and at Target.com, valid from August 2 – August 15

Our Verdict

Previous offers can be viewed here. We recently saw $40 off $40. This is a bigger savings but also much bigger minimum spend requirement. This is obviously a bigger savings but minimum spend requirement is also much higher. Go through Swagbucks for an additional $4 back. There’s no hard pull for the debit card.





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Merrill Edge Brokerage: Up To $1,000 Cash Bonus Signup Bonus for Moving Over your Investments


Update 1/17/21: Deal is back

The Offer

Direct Link to offer

  • Open a new Merrill Edge account with promo code 1000ME and transfer between $20,00 and $200,000 in assets to get the following bonus tiers:
    • Transfer $200,000 or more and get a $1,000 bonus (standard is $600)
    • Transfer $100,000 or more and get a $500 bonus (standard is $250)
    • Transfer $50,000 or more and get a $250 bonus (standard is $150)
    • Transfer $20,000 or more and get a $100 bonus (this is the standard)

The Fine Print

  • Offer valid for new individual Merrill IRAs or Cash Management Accounts (CMAs).
  • Offer is limited to one CMA and one IRA, with no more than two enrolled accounts per accountholder.
  • Cash bonus offers, in the aggregate, are limited to one CMA and one IRA per accountholder.
  • Eligible Merrill Edge IRAs limited to Rollover, Traditional, Roth and Sole-Proprietor SEP only. The Merrill IRA or CMA may be a Merrill Edge Self-Directed account, Merrill Edge Advisory Account or Merrill Guided Investing account.
  • You may be eligible for a different or better offer. Please contact us for more information.
  • This offer does not apply to business/corporate accounts, investment club accounts, partnership accounts and certain fiduciary accounts held with Merrill, or to any types of accounts (including IRAs or CMAs) held with other business units of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S).
  • Merrill reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time, without notice. This offer may not be used as an inducement to sell any kind of insurance, including annuities.
  • You must have the qualifying balance 180 days after funding.
  • Must fund your account within 45 days with funds originating outside Bank of America and MLPF&S. Funds cannot originate from 401(k) accounts administered by MLPF&S.
  • For purposes of this offer, qualifying net new assets are calculated by adding total incoming assets or transfers (including cash, securities and/or margin debit balance transfers) from external accounts, and subtracting assets withdrawn or transferred out of the account within the preceding 52 weeks.
  • Your one-time cash reward will be deposited into your IRA or CMA within two weeks following the end of the 180 day period. If your account is enrolled in an investment advisory program, such as Merrill Edge Advisory Account, Merrill Guided Investing or Merrill Guided Investing with an Advisor, any cash reward deposited into your account will be subject to the program fee and other terms of the investment advisory program.
  •  The value of this reward you receive may constitute taxable income. In addition, Merrill may issue an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 (or other appropriate form) to you that reflects the value of this reward. Please consult your tax advisor, as Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates and associates do not provide tax advice.

Our Verdict

The standard Merrill Edge offer is to get between $100-$600; with this offer it’s $100-$1,000. It’s been a really long time since we’ve seen this offer publicly (I believe it was end of 2016); since then we’ve seen similar offers targeted to those who attended a specific expo or a slightly worse $900 offer. This one looks like an ordinary public offer with a public landing page which anyone can do by entering the promo code.

Truth be told, Merrill agents might always be able to apply this $1,000 offer manually, but it’s easier to do when it’s a public online offer and you don’t have to make requests. Note that the standard $600 bonus offer only requires holding the funds there for 90 days while this $1k offer requires 180 days. Another note: if my memory serves me right, when I did a Merrill bonus a number of years ago, I did not get a 1099 form for the bonus (despite the terms).

There are lots of brokerage bonuses, but an additional reason a lot of us are interested in using Merrill Edge is due to their Preferred Rewards structure which can give you a regular 2.62% earnings on all spend and other nice earning opportunities. The 2.62% rate works both on the Premium Rewards card and on the Travel Rewards card.  Keep in mind, you do need also a Bank of America checking account to qualify for Preferred Rewards.

Please do you own research or ask your financial advisers before making a change in your investment plans. It won’t be right for everyone, plus there are tax implications if not done properly (you need to ‘transfer in kind’ to avoid taxation event). We’ll add this to our List of Best Brokerage Bonuses.

Hat tip to reader Patient of Credit (see what he did there?)





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Chase Offers/BofA: 10% Back On DoorDash ($5 Maximum)


Update 1/16/21: Deal available again through 2/28/21.

Update 8/17/20: Deal available again, unknown end date.

The Offer

  • Earn 10% back on you DoorDash purchases ($5 back maximum)
  • A number of banks use the same back end for these offers. This includes: Chase, Bank of America, Regions Bank, Suntrust Bank, BBVA, BB&T, PNC, Columbia Bank, Beneficial Bank, and Christian Community CU. You can read this post for more information. Now includes Chase as well.

 

The Fine Print

  • Offer valid one time only
  • Offer expires 09/05/19
  • Offer not valid on third party purchases

Our Verdict

Could be useful for people ordering through DoorDash to take advantage of the frequent discounts.





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Elan Max Cash Preferred – 5% On Two Categories


There is a new credit card being offered by a number of credit unions called ‘Elan Max Cash Preferred’. This card is basically identical to the U.S. Bank Cash+ card, although the sign up bonus is usually $150 instead of the common $200 offer on the Cash+ card. Card basics:

  • No annual fee
  • You can choose two categories to earn 5% in (limit $2,000 in spend per quarter), one category to earn 2% in one and 1% on all other purchases

The advantage to the Elan card is that it seems to be easier to approved than the Cash+ card. It’s available from the following credit unions (via MyFICO):





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