Update 3/17/21: Deal is back and valid until 4/23/21. Hat tip to readers Soobaerodude & wilsonhammer
Offer at a glance
- Maximum bonus amount: $600
- Availability: AZ, CA, CO, ID, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY. Also says ‘one individual residing at this address’, this was originally sent out via snail mail
- Direct deposit required: None
- Additional requirements: Deposit $25,000 and maintain for 3 months
- Hard/soft pull: Soft
- ChexSystems: Yes (inquiry sensitive)
- Credit card funding: $500 max, Visa/MC only. Recent data points show it coding as a cash advance
- Monthly fees: $25, avoidable
- Early account termination fee: $25, 91 days
- Household limit: One per mailing address
- Expiration date: October 16, 2020
- Bank of the West is offering a bonus of up to $600. Bonus is broken down as follows:
- Earn $500 when you open a Premier Checking account by 10/16/20 and deposit $15,000 and maintain a $15,000 average monthly balance for three full calendar months
- Earn $100 when you open a Choice Money Market Savings account by with a minimum of $10,000 in funds new to Bank of the West and maintain a $10,000 average monthly balance for three full calendar months
The Fine Print
- Offer end date and availability subject to approval and change without prior notice.
- All accounts are subject to the Bank’s standard terms and conditions and Schedule of Fees and Charges.
- Offer is not available to existing Bank customers with an open personal deposit account as of 08/16/20.
- Offer available only to one individual residing at this address.
- If the customer or other individuals residing at the same address received or may receive any other consumer checking bonus from the Bank between 02/01/19 and 02/25/21, then no one at that address is eligible.
- Bonus will be credited by 02/26/21 to the new, open Bank of the West Premier Checking account
- Account may be opened in a branch with a promo code provided in the mailer or opened online through bankofthewest.com/premier600
- All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them
This account has a $25 monthly fee. This is waived with a $25,000 minimum balance combined in all your Bank of the West deposit accounts.
Early Account Termination Fee
There is an early account termination fee of $25 if your account is closed within 91 days of account opening.
Seems to be similar to the $600 in branch offer that was offered in the past. Having the funds required for the bonus is also enough to keep the accounts fee free. You’ll basically need funds in there for a minimum of three months, but keep in mind the bonus doesn’t post until 02/26/21. Probably makes more sense to open the accounts as close to the end date of October 16 as possible. Because of the targeted terms in the fine print and the fact you need to tie up the funds for so long I don’t think this is worth doing. Bank of the West often has a $250 bonus that is much easier to meet the requirements for.
Hat tip to reader Nia
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