Offer at a glance
- Maximum bonus amount: $100
- Availability: Nationwide
- Direct deposit required: No
- Additional requirements: Must add $10,000 in funds
- Hard/soft pull: Hard, Equifa
- Credit card funding: Unknown
- Monthly fees: None
- Early account termination fee: Bonus clawed back if account closed within one year or dips below $10,000 account balance
- Expiration date: None listed
- Charles Schwab is offering you a $100 sign up deposit when you’re referred by an existing member (apparently the existing member does not receive anything, but I’ve been unable to confirm this) and deposit $10,000 in funds.
The Fine Print
- Make qualifying net deposits of at least $10,000 within 45 days of account opening
- Open to new clients who do not have a Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. brokerage account and who open a retail brokerage account and enroll in the offer
- Bonus will be awarded after approximately one week after the net deposits of $10,000 are received
- You must maintain the net deposits for a period of one year, otherwise the bonus may be clawed back
- All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them
Charles Schwab does not charge any monthly fees and as such do not have a direct deposit requirement or account balance requirement to keep the account fee free. You’ll need to keep $10,000 invested with Charles Schwab, otherwise the bonus might be clawed back.
They also refund all ATM fees (including international withdrawals) and do not charge any forex fees on international ATM withdrawals either. This makes it one of the most attractive options for international travelers wanting to withdraw cash.
When considering that you need to hold $10,000 with Charles Schwab, remember that this can include investment accounts as well. The $100 bonus will basically cover the interest you’d lose out on not having the money with another bank with a higher interest rate (even though it’s called a high yield checking account, it only comes with an 0.10% APR).
The main downfall to this bank/bonus is that it requires a hard pull on your credit report. I wouldn’t really recommend this account unless you do a lot of international travel and even then you might be better off just forgetting about the bonus and keeping your money in an account that actually has a high interest rate. You can find a complete list of bank account bonuses by clicking here.
Hat tip to frequent flyer university, where you can find a referral link for this offer if it interests you