Published on February 17th, 2017 | by sirtheta222
Santander $225 Checking Bonus — Nationwide [READ FIRST PARAGRAPH]
Update: I am re-publishing this because Santander has been processing applications & deposits. You may find that the $150 offer is linked in your account disclosures (see this post), but a representative confirmed to me that the $150 offer being linked is a system error and that anyone who used the correct promotion code (WINTER225) after February 1 at midnight (eastern time) is registered for the $225 bonus.
Santander has had $225 to $350 checking account bonuses available by targeted mailer for a while. Now, reader XC has brought a public $225 checking offer to our attention, which looks like it has replaced the now-expired $150 offers (for the short while that it is valid).
Offer at a glance
- Maximum bonus amount: $225
- Availability: Nationwide
- Direct deposit required: Yes, one or more totaling $500 (see what counts here)
- Additional requirements: Account must be open for a minimum of 90 days
- Hard/soft pull: Soft, see below
- Credit card funding: Up to $500
- Monthly fees: $10 – $35, waiveable
- Early account termination fee: $25 if closed within 90 days of opening
- Expiration date: March 31st, 2017
Direct link to offer. Other direct link (redirects you to first link). You can open the account online (and do up to $500 in credit card funding) or print out a coupon using the above link and bring it in-branch to open. Note that Santander has not yet fully rolled out this offer — so, while there is a link for the Simply Right Checking account, there isn’t yet a direct one for the Basic Checking & Premier Plus Checking accounts even though they are also eligible.
- Receive a $225 bonus by opening an eligible new checking account with the promo code WINTER225 and doing the following:
- Receive direct deposits totaling at least $500 within the first 90 days, AND
- Keep your account open for at least 90 days.
The Fine Print
- Offer is not available if any account owner is a current deposit customer of Santander or had a Santander deposit account in the last 12 months prior to account opening.
- Cannot be combined with other offers.
- Eligible new account must be opened between 02/1/2017 – 03/31/2017.
- In order to receive the bonus, the account must remain open and in the eligible product type at the time of bonus payout. In addition, the account must have a positive balance at the time of bonus payment.
- Bonus is considered interest and will be reported to IRS on Form 1099-INT.
- If multiple accounts are opened with the same signer, only one account will be eligible for the bonus.
- Direct deposits include deposits made by your employer or a federal or state government agency or retirement benefits administrator and generally payments made by corporations or other organizations. They do not include deposits to your account that are made by an individual using online banking or an Internet payment provider such as PayPal.
There is a non-waiveable $3 monthly service fee.
Simply Right Checking
There is a $10 monthly fee that is waived when you make any financial transaction that posts during a calendar month*. Includes deposits, withdrawals, transfers or payments. Excludes fees, rebates or adjustments posted by Santander.
*based on the footnote “per service fee period”, you should interpret this to refer to a transaction posting during each statement cycle (as you would expect) — if your statement cycle does not match up with the calendar month.
Not that I think anyone here is considering this account, but there is a $35 monthly fee that is waived by maintaining $75,000 in combined balances in deposits and investments held with Santander Investment Services, OR 6,000 in total monthly direct deposits.
Considering that $150 seems to be their new standard offer, and that offer easily made our best bank bonus page, this is fantastic. Do note that it has a very limited lifespan (59 days) and that the overdraft protection agreement is quite confusing. You are forced to agree to it when applying online, but you’ll want to select “Some overdrafts” instead of “All overdrafts” to avoid the hard pull (fingers crossed). I’ve already taken the plunge, and I think this offer is worth your while. If you set up an online banking login during the application process, you can check the status of your application by logging in at this link.
Though I will likely keep the account around a while longer than 4 months, I see little reason to deviate from Will’s plan, as laid out in his $150 post:
- Open a Simply Right Checking account (not Basic).
- Fund $500 with a non-Citi/Discover/American Express card, preferably with a cash advance limit as close to $0 as possible. You may have success with Citi now-a-days.
- Do a $500 direct deposit to meet the direct deposit requirement and waive the first monthly fee.
- Withdraw however much you wish.
- Do an automatic bill pay (to wherever) of at least $1, monthly, to keep the account fee-free.
- Wait 90 days from account opening, then wait another 30 days for bonus to post.
- Close account.
I imagine this will quickly be added to our bank bonus database. Please keep in mind that Santander has cracked down on what counts as a direct deposit, which is why you see PayPal specifically excluded. You can go here for Will’s excellent write-up on the subject and can view recent data points here.
Hat tip to reader XC.
Useful posts regarding bank bonuses:
- A Beginners Guide To Bank Account Bonuses
- PSA: Don’t Call The Bank
- Introduction To ChexSystems
- Banks & Credit Unions That Are ChexSystems Inquiry Sensitive
- What Banks & Credit Unions Do/Don’t Pull ChexSystems?
- How To Use Our Direct Deposit Page For Bank Bonuses Page
- Common Bank Bonus Misconceptions + Why You Should Give Them A Go
- How Many Bank Accounts Can I Safely Open Within A Year For Bank Bonus Purposes?
- Affiliate Links & Bank Bonuses – We Won’t Be Using Them
- Complete List Of Ways To Close Bank Accounts At Each Bank