Posted by William Charles on April 8, 2018
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Published on April 8th, 2018 | by William Charles

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[Expired] [GA, NC, SC] South State Bank $100 Checking Bonus – Direct Deposit Not Required

Bonus is no longer showing on the website. Marked as expired, view the best current checking bonuses here.

Bonus is back and valid until May 31st, 2018

Offer at a glance

The Offer

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  • South State Bank is offering a $100 checking bonus when you meet the following requirements within 60 days of account opening:
    • Have total qualifying direct deposits of $250 OR monthly automatic draft of $25
    • Make a minimum of 15 debit card purchases or payments

The Fine Print

  • Eligibility & Qualifications for the Promotional Rebate Offer: To receive the $100, you must meet each of the following criteria:
    • At account opening, you cannot be: an owner, or joint owner, on a South State Bank personal checking account or a South State Bank employee. You must open the account with a minimum opening deposit of $25.00 (excluding the Promotional Rebate amount).
    • Within 60 days of opening the checking account have either: monthly cumulative direct deposits of at least $250 which includes salary, pension, Social Security, or other regular recurring monthly income. (Note, however, that internal account transfers, deposits made at banking locations, by mobile deposits and ATM deposits do not qualify as a direct deposit.) OR one or more automatic draft of at least $25 to a non-South State Bank account.
    • Have 15 or more posted and cleared debit card purchases/payments from the account.
  • Promotional Rebate Payment: If you meet all of the Eligibility and Qualifications above, we will credit the Promotional Rebate to your Account within 2 business days of the completion of the 60 calendar day qualifying period. The Promotional Rebate will be reported to the appropriate taxing authorities, as required by law or regulation.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

Choice Checking Account $8 Monthly Fee

This is the easiest account to keep fee free fr most people. It has a $8 monthly fee that is waived if you do any of the following:

  • 5 debit card purchases/payments per statement cycle or
  • $250 in combined direct deposits, or
  • $1,000 average daily balance

Early Account Termination Fee

I didn’t find any mention of any early account termination fee in the fee schedule.

Our Verdict

Reasonably good deal as no direct deposit is required, obviously not the biggest bank account bonus but still worth doing if you’ve done the more lucrative bonuses. As always if you have any experiences with this bank or bonus then please share them in the comments below.

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Looks like there is no online application :/

Their reviews look awful for some of the NC branches. I think I’ll pass on this one.

Good luck to anyone who takes a shot at it!

I submitted my info Saturday and received a reply today:

“Thank you for contacting South State Bank. We appreciate you considering us for your banking needs; however according to the listed address, this location is out of our service area. If you are planning on relocating to our service area, please reply and let us know which city so we can forward your inquiry to the correct contact person. Also, can you let us know how you found out about this promotion? We look forward to your reply.”

I live in Raleigh NC. No branches near Raleigh, so that could be the reason. I wander if they were fishing to see where I got the promotion for marketing purposes, or to see if it had made it out on the web. Didn’t work out this time, but thanks as always DOC.

Soft pull..opened it today

Choice Checking option is showing 15 debit card purchases/payments per statement cycle instead of 5. South State Checking is an easier account to avoid a monthly fee. All that is required if e-statements. ( https://www.southstatebank.com/personal/personal-banking/personal-checking-accounts/ )

Seems like they charge $3 for each of the transfers.

Also, they have branches in VA

I was told that they are a very small bank and dont have online application. An agent will call back after you enter your information and they will ask for all the info needed to open an account.
And southstate checking account is free to maintain if you choose to opt-in e-statements.

This is not true. I just today opened an account online.

Seems like bonus is dead

This offer has apparently expired as “sorry, page can’t be found”

FYI, this bonus is dead – no longer on their website…

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