Posted by William Charles on July 18, 2019
Bank Account Bonuses

Published on July 18th, 2019 | by William Charles


[CA only] Provident Credit Union $300 Checking Bonus – No Direct Deposit Required

Update 7/18/19: Deal is back and valid until July 31st, 2019.

Offer at a glance

  • Maximum bonus amount: $300
  • Availability: CA only
  • Direct deposit required: None
  • Additional requirements: Deposit $10,000 and maintain for three months
  • Hard/soft pull: Hard pull for membership
  • ChexSystems: UnknownChexSystems sensitive
  • Credit card funding: Up to $1,000
  • Monthly fees: None, but there is a $10 joining fee (waived online)
  • Early account termination fee: None
  • Household limit: One
  • Expiration date: May 17th, 2019 July 31st, 2019

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Provident Credit Union is offering a bonus of $300 when you open a new checking account and complete the following requirements:
    • Use promo code 1300
    • Deposit $10,000 into your new checking account
    • Maintain that balance for three consecutive months following the month your account is opened

The Fine Print

  • Open one of the following checking accounts: Super Reward Checking, Provident Checking, or Simply Free Checking.
  • You are not eligible if you are a current owner or signer on a Provident Credit Union personal checking account or business checking account or if you have been an owner or signer on a Provident Credit Union personal checking account or business checking account within the last six months.
  • One Checking Account Bonus per household/business.
  • Offer may expire anytime.
  • Deposit at least $10,000 in new money within 10 business days, and maintain an average daily balance of $10,000 for three consecutive months following the month that your account is opened.
  • After meeting these requirements, we generally pay the $300 Checking Account Bonus by crediting your Provident Credit Union checking account.
  • You will receive the stated bonus within 150 days of account opening.
  • We may report the value of the $300 Checking Account Bonus to the IRS and any applicable taxes are the responsibility of the member.
  • Your account must be active and in good standing for three consecutive months following the month that your account is opened. Your account is in good standing if you: (i) demonstrate responsible account management—such as making regular deposits to bring your account to a positive end of day balance at least once every 30 days (including the payment of all credit union fees and charges); (ii) avoid excessive overdrafts suggesting the use of Courtesy Pay as a continuing line of credit; (iii) there are no legal orders, levies or liens against your account. Membership required.
  • You must be a new member and open a Membership Savings account, be 18 or older, and reside in California.
  • The minimum balance for the Membership Savings account is $5.00.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

Monthly Fees

Your best option is to open the Super Reward Checking account which has no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements and also earns the 2.01% APY when requirements are met.

Membership Enrollment $10

If you enroll with provident then you must pay a $10 membership enrollment fee. Although apparently it’s possible to get this waived if you apply online.

Early Account Termination Fee

None of the provident checking accounts come with an early account termination fee

Our Verdict

We’ve seen a bonus of $200 for checking & $200 money market before. That required a direct deposit and deposits of $15,000 for the money market portion. For most people this new $300 bonus still isn’t worth considering due to the fact it’s a hard pull to open. The requirements to earn 2% APY are quite difficult:

  • Make purchases of $300 or more using a Provident debit and/or credit card per month
  • Have a monthly direct deposit or automatic debit/credit post to the account.
  • Maintain enrollment in e-Documents (electronic statements and notices).

Obviously that rate isn’t competitive (best rates here), but probably not worth even doing when you have to have the $10,000 in there. I don’t think this bonus is really worth it, so I won’t be adding it to the list of the best bank account bonuses.

Hat tip to reader Ethan

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Alys Holden
Alys Holden

I opened a Provident account years ago when I was living in California. Now I live in a different state and I updated my Provident account with an address out of state. Does anyone know whether they would let me open a new account? I’m thinking of opening a second account for credit card funding.

Chex Party Mix
Chex Party Mix

The offer is back, good through 7/31


Offer is live again until 7/31 (Same Link)


Important piece of fine print: ‘You must be a new member’

I have a credit card and savings account with them from a prior bonus and was considering this. Might do for the 1k spend though


Chatted with a representative. They claim it’s just a soft pull.


Soft pull on credit report? Can anyone confirm this?


$10 fee.
10k at 2% for 180 days / 365 = $98
10k at 2.5% for 180 days / 365 = $123

It’s not awful for a net $167-192.


Hard pull makes it awfuler

Student of Credit
Student of Credit

It looks like you’ll get 2.01% if you open Super Reward Checking with them.

* Open one of the following checking accounts: Super Reward Checking (paying 2.01% now) Provident Checking, or Simply Free Checking.


Applied today – it was a soft pull on my ChexSystems. I have a ton of new accounts in the last 3 months so I’m kind of surprised, but glad it was just a soft pull.


It says new members only. How strict are they about this?


Still pretty strict with Chex. Called my local branch and a marketing/PR phone number I find on Google.

Basically the look at some property Chex score, not the publicly available Chex consumer score, nor number of recent inquiries.

I decided to not risk a Chex pull for a denial.

Good news is they do the Chex and credit pull before proceeding with the app, so no $10 membership fee if denied right off the bat

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