Posted by William Charles on April 21, 2017
Bank Account Bonuses

Published on April 21st, 2017 | by William Charles

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Regions Bank $200/$250 Checking Bonus [ AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN & TX]

Reposting because I forgot to update the direct link. If you tried before and it didn’t work, please try again.

Offer at a glance

  • Maximum bonus amount: $200/$250 with referral
  • Availability: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN & TX. Note that opening online doesn’t seem to work in some areas, according to some, you need to live within 50 miles of a branch. [Branch locator]
  • Direct deposit required: Yes, $500+ 
  • Additional requirements: See below
  • Hard/soft pull: Soft
  • ChexSystems: Unknown
  • Credit card funding: Up to $1,000 (and another $1,000 when you open a free savings account). American Express not accepted.
  • Monthly fees: $8-$18, waive-able
  • Early account termination fee: $25 if closed within 180 days
  • Household limit: None mentioned
  • Expiration date: June 30th, 2017

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Receive a bonus of $200 when you open a new Regions Bank checking account and complete the following requirements:
    • E-mail yourself a voucher if opening by phone/in branch otherwise use the promotional code 200D17Q2 online (probably a good idea to e-mail yourself a voucher due to some of the wording in the fine print)
    • Make 10 purchases with a Regions Visa Checkcard (must post within 60 days of account opening) [Read: How To Meet Minimum Debit & Credit Transaction Requirements]
    • Make $500 or more in qualifying direct deposits such as payroll or government benefits
    • Enroll in Online Statements through Online Banking (within 60 days of account opening)
  • You may be able to get another $50 by using a referral link (see below)

regions $200 bonus

The Fine Print

  • Our goal is to be your new bank. We think that once you bank with us, you will experience our award-winning customer service and become a long term customer. We reserve the right to terminate this offer without notice at any time in the event of any suspected or actual abuse or fraud.
  •  Offer valid in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Present a personalized voucher with applicant’s name and registered email address in order to open in branch. This offer is non-transferable, may not be combined with any other offer, does not apply if you have or had an ownership interest in a Regions checking account on or after April 1, 2016, only applies to personal LifeGreen checking accounts, and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. To earn this bonus, you must meet all requirements of the offer described above within 60 days of opening your new account. If earned, the bonus will be issued within 120 days of meeting these requirements and will be in the form of a credit to the new checking account which must be open at the time the credit is issued.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

Regions offers six LifeGreen checking accounts. One applies only to ages 62+, one applies only to students, and one has a $5 non-waive-able fee, leaving three. Of the three, the eAccess Account is the easiest to waive the fee on, given the requirements of this bonus, though the LifeGreen Checking account will also work.

LifeGreen eAccess Account, $8 Monthly Fee

The monthly fee goes from $8 to $10 if you opt for paper statements instead of online statements, but this bonus requires you to opt for online statements. The monthly fee is waived if you make 10 or more Regions CheckCard purchases per statement cycle.

LifeGreen Checking, $8 Monthly Fee

The monthly fee goes from $8 to $10 if you opt for paper statements instead of online statements, but this bonus requires you to opt for online statements. The monthly fee is waived if you do any of the following:

  • Receive a single ACH direct deposit, such as a recurring payroll or government benefit deposit, of at least $500, OR
  • Receive multiple ACH direct deposits, such as a recurring payroll or government benefit deposit, with a total combined amount of at least $1,000, OR
  • Have an average monthly balance of $1,500 or more (this is presumably calculated using a daily average and is not the same as a minimum monthly balance)

LifeGreen Preferred Checking, $18 Monthly Fee

The monthly fee of $18 is waived if you meet any of the following:

  • $5,000 average monthly balance, OR
  • Combined minimum deposit balances from all of your Regions checking, savings, money markets, CDs and IRAs of $25,000, OR
  • Combined $25,000 minimum outstanding loan balances from all of your Regions personal installment loans, lines of credit, equity lines of credit, equity loans, direct loans and credit cards in good standing, OR
  • Any first-lien home mortgage with Regions in any amount and in good standing (excluding home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, and construction, manufactured housing and business loans)

Regions notes that the balances for the middle two requirements are determined at the beginning of the last day of your checking account statement period. (They also note that “good standing” means you are not past due or in default under your credit agreement, but hopefully everyone already knows that!).

Early Account Termination Fee

There is an early account closure fee of $25 if you close your account within 180 days of account opening.

Referral Bonus $50

There is also a referral bonus you can receive in addition to this $200 bonus (bringing the total to $250). This has worked in the past, but it is no guarantee to work this time around. Feel free to share yours in the comments below.

Our Verdict

They have offered recent bonuses of $300/$350 & 400/$450 so this bonus is significantly worse. Before that $200/$250 was fairly standard. We can only hope that the larger bonuses come back in the near future. Because those larger bonuses were so recently offered and the fact you usually need to wait a year+ before getting the bonus again I don’t consider this one of the best checking sign up bonuses currently available.

Big thanks to reader, Haywood J who let us know. Learn how to find bonuses and contribute to the site here.

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103 Responses to Regions Bank $200/$250 Checking Bonus [ AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN & TX]

  1. payyoutuesday says:

    The “Direct Deposit Required:” space is blank, but the offer says,

    “3. Make $500 or more of qualifying ACH direct deposits such as payroll or government payment (Within 60 days of account opening)”

  2. Kevin Ross says:

    http://bit.ly/2nkKiDz

    When I did the last one got the card about a month after completing requirements.

    • Kevin Rise says:

      I’ll follow the new rule.

      If you’re still looking to do a referal link

      https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/61B75D45B530/4/08900588EY8T3JV

      Now, I’m also going to add to this for when I did the $400. I also want to add the warning that a lot of people are waiting on the $300/$400 and I seem to be an outlier on getting the bonus quickly.

      1-20 Account opened in branch with $300 coupon.
      1-24 Regions email agrees to upgrade offer to $400.
      1-25 Regions $400 coupon comes in email.
      1-31 All 10 debit card transactions done.
      2-03 Payroll Deposit.
      2-13 $400 reward posted.
      Edit 1: Adding details:
      Direct Deposit was an actual payroll deposit.
      Debit Transactions: 3x JC Penny (<2.50 ea), 2x Target (<2.00ea), 1x Wal-Mart (2.50), 1x WaWa (<1.00), 1x Amazon (<1.00), 1x Publix (<2.00), 1x Godiva (<2.00)

    • JuicyJosh says:

      This looks like posting double referral links to me which is one of Docs listed complaints. Also, replying to early comments to jump all the other links with your own. Two strikes in one post. Good going Kev.

      Perhaps you should read the article again.
      http://www.doctorofcredit.com/problems-letting-readers-share-referral-links/

      • Kevin Rose says:

        My own comment with my own link.

        Updating the link to comply with the new rules and adding a data point is only contributing. I half exceptés Will to come back through and clear the bit.ly links from this thread even though it was active before the last post.

        I think a little critical thinking is due here.

      • I don’t think Kevin is trying to skirt the rules here. I’m way too lazy to go back through and retroactively change how referral links worked in previous posts.

  3. PJ says:

    I may do this. I know there is better offers with Regions but there is a certain opportunity cost with waiting and the sooner I do this the sooner I’ll be eligible next year I guess.

  4. tennismenace3 says:

    Here’s a referral link for you all:

    http://bit.ly/2nl0dBH

  5. JuicyJosh says:

    Here is another referral link also! Enjoy the bonus bonus!

    [10 max referral max reached]

  6. Bryan says:

    I still haven’t received my bonus from the $400/ $450 offer…I’ve completed all requirements, and I know it says 120 days, but on the other thread I saw reports of bonuses posting within a couple of days of meeting requirements. Anyone else in that boat?

    • Heather O says:

      I’m the same way. Annoying.

    • John says:

      This was the same for me. I contacted Regions and asked them to a) confirm that my account had the bonus, and b) that I have met the requirements. Because the bonus pays out so much later than the deadline, I wanted to make sure.

      They answered a) Yes, I signed up under the promo code for $400. But for b) they just restated that I should review the requirements and verify I have met them.

      The part that concerns me is the card purchases. I know I made more than 10, but I am not sure if some code as pinless debit or credit or if it matters. I guess I will see. I am not out any money, but I also don’t want to go through the hassle for nothing 🙂

    • bryce says:

      Same here :/

    • Mattlaw says:

      Still haven’t gotten mine either from the $400 promo.

    • Don’t think anybody has gotten the $400 bonus unless they upgraded from $300. I wouldn’t worry too much until 120 days has past.

      • Mattlaw says:

        I upgraded from the $300 and still haven’t received it (my partner started with the $400 and hasn’t either); however, I had that confirmed before I completed the requirements for the $300 bonus. If that makes a difference.

      • YZ says:

        that is true, all the DPs i saw who got the $400 is a match from previous $300
        BTW, have not got mine either

  7. James says:

    They still never even paid out the last $400 bonus for most people lol

  8. Chris says:

    How often can we repeat these offers from Regions? I had it last year and closed the account Dec 2016.
    Also, just a data point, bonus posted quickly and I managed to get the $50 bonus in addition by registering for it after getting my $200 bonus.

  9. Benjamin Wang says:

    Here are my referral link:

    http://bit.ly/2nkXvfy

    Get the bonus + bonus

    Referral bonus requirement:

    For a personal LifeGreen checking account:
    Complete the entire ReferLive process, AGREE to the Terms and Conditions, AND
    Open a new Regions personal LifeGreen checking account with a Regions Visa CheckCard within 90 days of the initial email communication or the social media communication initiated by you through the official means of the program, AND
    Keep new account open and in good standing for at least 60 days, AND
    Complete all of the following within 60 days after account opening:
    Have at least (1) one $300 or more ACH direct deposit (such as a reoccurring payroll or government benefit deposit.), AND
    Complete at least 10 Visa CheckCard purchases that post to the account, AND
    Sign up for Online Banking with Online Statements. (A Social Security or Taxpayer Identification Number is needed for enrollment. Personal account holders may visit a branch to determine if they are eligible for alternative enrollment methods if they do not have a Social Security or Taxpayer Identification Number.)

  10. Fei says:

    Here is my referral link:
    http://bit.ly/2nl8oy1
    Thanks.

  11. Mike says:

    The following link stacks with the $200 bonus and gets you another $50 bonus (as a visa gift card).
    Last time they did this, I received the $200 bonus, and an additional $50 gift card a few weeks later.
    I filled out the form after opening the account.
    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/6E4X479F955D/14/0840084YTTSKEG5

  12. Sugan says:

    Here is my referal link

    http://bit.ly/2nD9WjU

  13. Joe says:

    Do you need to be a resident of these states? (For regions and in general for all of these state-specific bank offers) I will definitely be able to go in a Regions branch and hopefully a few other banks on my road trip coming up.

  14. PD says:

    My Regions referral link:

    http://bit.ly/2nm2BYP

    Thank you!

  15. TJ says:

    My SSN ends with 000 so the online app thinks it’s invalid. No other bank ever had this issue. If I change the last 0 to a 1 it will work which of course I’m not going to do. If I open it by phone can I do CC funding? I want to put the 2k on CSR. I’m so annoyed right now.

  16. justdoit says:

    My referral link for the $50 bonus

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/463151D8724E/4/1140133YE527WRJ

    Thanks in advance!

  17. Ash says:

    Much obliged. $50 visa gift card referral bonus which will be sent after you open your new regions checking account and satisfy the DD requirements as mentioned in this Doc’s thread. Please make sure you open the account first and then fill out my referral form.

    http://bit.ly/2noxcFk

  18. Sherman says:

    Thank you in advance, would appreciate if at least (1) person use my referral code.
    $50 visa gift card referral bonus which will be sent after you open your new regions checking account and satisfy the DD requirements as mentioned in this Doc’s thread. Please make sure you open the account first and then fill out my referral form.

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/?ProspectID=DE2EA3B84AEE49CB903DBB2940F3DA85

  19. Jon says:

    Any idea if they will match to this promo? I just opened check/savings to meet minimum spend and would love an added bonus.

  20. Kimberly says:

    Here’s my referral link. Thanks everyone! Thanks Doc!

    http://bit.ly/2neub9V

  21. Amy says:

    Has anyone received a 1099-INT from Regions regarding this bank bonus? I talked to my local branch and the toll free customer service. They cannot find any 1099-INT info for my $200 bank bonus. I thought bank bonuses are usually considered as interest and will be reported to IRS…???

    • Robert says:

      I have same problem and sent secure message. They said if I had any tax documents they would be under the documents section. I am just going to report it and cover my bases without the 1099.

  22. Haoran says:

    Thx William! You said it may need to be within 50 miles of a branch. I just happen to live at 48 miles away from a branch. Is it necessary to open the account at this branch or I can go any other ones?

  23. Steve says:

    Chase Sapphire Preferred wife’s card, set cash advance limit to $20. Card declined for this and PNC. Called my wife the next day to ask about fraud. So, not sure whether it was coding as cash advance or being flagged as fraud. Would I gain anything by sending a secure message to Chase to clarify? Or is that not going to help me and shine a light on the bank account funding? Thanks for any tips. Found this site last month and now visit daily.

  24. John K says:

    Opened and funded with CSR for $1,000. Did not code as a cash advance fee. I have not lowered my cash advance line with my CSR.

  25. John K says:

    My $50 for you, $50 for me referral link:

    http://bit.ly/2ngBhdP

    Cheers! Good luck out there.

    As always, thanks DoC.

  26. Mike Brooks says:

    $50 regions bank visa gift card if you open life green checking account within 90 days of this posting (so would expire 6/21/17). I also get a $50 kick back.

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/44DD9179D6C3/0/0840084BZX6YBK6/3887470/ET

    Thanks for the referral!

  27. Eric says:

    Used a referral link above, thanks everyone! Here’s my referral link in case anyone hasn’t signed up yet:

    http://bit.ly/2nAS23g

  28. brandonr1985 says:

    I have not seen any comments on this, so figured I would share. I was able to fund $3000 CC on Chase Reserve card by opening checking account and 2 different savings accounts (Regions LifeGreen Savings account & Regions Savings account). THey also have 4 different checking accounts, although each has monthly fees that are avoidable. Max $1000 CC funding per account means you could easily fund 6k if you opened all of those accounts. For me all coded as purchase, so that accounted for 3k of the 4k spend requirement to get the 100k UR points. Did the same thing for my wife as well 😉

    • BubbleHead-Bee says:

      Thanks for your input. Did you open the account in branch, over the phone, or online? How soon were/are you able to transfer your CC funding out of the accounts?

      • brandonr1985 says:

        Opened account online. I think the cc funding posted to account within 2-3 days. I did 3 separate $1000 fundings, and then transferred $500 to the checking account that required $1500 balance to avoid monthly fees, and left $300 in the savings account that had that as a minimum balance to avoid fees, and then withdrew the rest (except I left $100 in the other savings account that didn’t have a minimum balance).

        This was such an easy deal that once I get my bonus I plan to cancel these accounts so I can do the same thing again in the future when I need to meet a spend requirement for a CC bonus.

  29. Terry says:

    This offer has expired unless you already have a printout showing you are registered for it.

  30. debbiq T says:

    Thank you for using my Referral link

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/86B56A3994D2/0/08800615UFED8AX/4044833/ET

    One more thing you need to be careful, last time I signed up for 400 and it did not come that fast and easily, so the bonus may come for a quite long time.

  31. YZ says:

    my referal link:
    http://bit.ly/2pLx1lD

    Make ten (10) Visa® Check Card purchases, AND
    Have at least (1) one $300 or more ACH direct deposit (such as a reoccurring payroll or government benefit deposit.), AND
    Sign up for Online Banking with Online Statements which requires you to either: have a Social Security or Taxpayer Identification number, or use alternative enrollment procedures available by visiting a branch.

  32. Daniel says:

    Just applied using one of the above links. Please use mine if applying for this deal:

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/AA96BF81E0AD/0/0890058QRFEDPFA/4044932/ET

    Thanks!

  33. Andy says:

    I opened regions account at the end of last year and got $200 bonus.

    Here is my referral link:
    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/FEE99XE1DF56/0/0840084TPAKVDDK/4044945/ET

    Additional referral requirement:
    1. Have at least (1) one $300 or more ACH direct deposit (such as a reoccurring payroll or government benefit deposit.), AND
    2. Complete at least 10 Visa CheckCard purchases that post to the account, AND
    3. Sign up for Online Banking with Online Statements.

    Thanks in advance for using my link.

  34. Emily says:

    I used Ferris link. Here is my link:

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/1BDB4E79F73B/0/0840084VSP8N7S6/4044963/ET

    Register in the above link first to score $50 bonus.

  35. NIl says:

    William- Is the offer available again? If I click the link, it directs me to another page.

  36. Daniel says:

    Here is my referral link for $50 when you complete this bonus.

    Remember, you must sign up at this link with THE SAME name, address, and email as you use when creating your regions account.

    http://bit.ly/2pMl3YY

  37. Joe says:

    I’m an MN resident but I will be down south for business. If I print off an offer and open in branch am I eligible? Anyone done this before?

  38. Ryan says:

    Is it gone?

    The direct link just goes to the generic Regions page….

  39. Mimi says:

    I already received my $400 bonus but DH has not received his yet and we were upgraded to the $400 offer on the same day. Maybe it’ll post before end of 120 days.

    Here’s my referral link to get $50 for you and for me as well:

    http://bit.ly/2pO9BPA

    Thanks in advance : )

    • Terry says:

      I had the same experience as Mimi. Received my $400 bonus soon after completing requirements but my DW has not received hers yet even though we upgraded within a day of each other. I sent an email to Regions and was told that I had met the requirements and would receive the bonus within 120 days. Hopefully it will show up. My referral link is:

      http://bit.ly/2pMOryh

      Thanks.

  40. Phillip says:

    Tried the link today for S&G’s. Appears that this promo is dead. When putting in the code it said it was expired. Anyone else having issues?

  41. Meloney S says:

    use chuck’s updated new link to apply for 200 bonus: Open any LifeGreen® checking account by June 30, 2017 (Open online using promo code 200D17Q2 OR present personalized voucher in branch), also you can use my refer link below for EXTRA $50 if you like.
    I confirmed with banker, yes, you can get 200 and 50 if you can fulfill the terms.

    http://bit.ly/2pNQn9B

  42. Debra says:

    The promo code in the description needs to be updated, as per comment above, it is now 200D17Q2.

    I tried going for this but they strictly require the credit card for your funding to have the same billing address you use to open the account so heads up. This was a problem because my billing address is PO box, not allowed and out of area for opening the account, so I couldn’t do any MS, rats. Even changing the billing address on my card for this one transaction didn’t work, maybe it didn’t update instantly, in any case Regions couldn’t “verify” the card.

  43. Chris says:

    If I open in branch, will funding using a CC count as a cash advance?

  44. bill says:

    Here is your referral link to get extra $50 if you plan to open an account and get additional 200 bonus.

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/7X1F2323BC46/4/0840084SYGH5FBK

  45. Brandon Ruiz says:

    Woohoo! Opened my account January 16th, and met the requirements for the bonus within about 30 days. Just got my bonus deposited into my account today!

  46. Christian says:

    Here is another referral link for an additional $50. Thank you in advance!

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/E175C564AD4C/14/0840084J4UK2AGE

  47. Jacqueline says:

    Thank you for using my referral link. This one is also $50 for you and $50 for me ontop of that $200 when you sign up

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/7D3B88967294/14/0840084ATEDRU47

  48. DC says:

    I signed up with a referral link in the comments and here is my $50 referral link – https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/47A58573F657/14/08400843SPF4UTX

  49. Pat says:

    Hi! This is the referral link that you can get $50 on top of that $200 when you sign up. Thanks!

    https://www.regions.referlive.com/newcustform/21C533261871/26/0840084ZXK82YVA

  50. Gadget says:

    Looks to me that the requirement to “Enroll in Online Statements through Online Banking (within 60 days of account opening)” has been removed. However, the referral program stills lists it as a requirement.

  51. Terry says:

    Rejoined after 18 months away today. Website won’t allow previous customers to join online. Called and after a long hold got one person who put me on hold again to speak with a person to open an account over the phone. I was assured that I could fund with a credit card this way as well as you can online. Rep said that these is no place to enter a voucher code for the promo, but my email address should suffice to activate it.

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