Posted by William Charles on August 13, 2017
Bank Account Bonuses

Published on August 13th, 2017 | by William Charles

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[NY, OH, CO, CT, PA, OR, WA & UT] KeyBank $300 Checking Bonus

Offer at a glance

  • Maximum bonus amount: $300
  • Availability:  All of New York state except for the greater New York City area, Cleveland, Akron, Canton OH, Denver CO, Hartford and New Haven CT, Maine, Pittsburgh PA, Philadelphia PA, Portland OR, Seattle WA, South Puget Sound WA and Utah
  • Direct deposit required: Yes, $500+ required
  • Additional requirements: Use promotional code
  • Hard/soft pull: Soft pull
  • ChexSystems: Mixed DP, most likely does. Also reports of being ChexSystems sensitive. 
  • Credit card funding: Up to $100
  • Monthly fees: $7 avoidable
  • Early account termination fee: $25, 180 days
  • Household limit: None
  • Expiration date: September 29th, 2017

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • KeyBank is offering a sign up bonus of $300 when you open a new Key Advantage, Key Privilege or Key Privilege Select Checking Account checking account with offer code OASP0317 and complete the following requirements:
    • Receive a direct deposit of $1,000 or more within 60 days of account opening
    • Receive a combination of five debit card and/or bill payments within 60 days of account opening
  • KeyBank is offering a sign up bonus of $200 when you open a new KeyBank Express checking account with offer code OAPE0317 and complete the following requirements:
    • Receive a direct deposit of $500 or more within 60 days of account opening
    • Receive a combination of five debit card and/or bill payments within 60 days of account opening
  • KeyBank is offering a sign up bonus of $100 when you open a new KeyBank Hassle Free checking account with offer code OASH0317 and complete the following requirements:
    • Receive a direct deposit of 300 or more within 60 days of account opening
    • Receive a combination of five debit card and/or bill payments within 60 days of account opening

The Fine Print

  • Offer is available to clients who do not have or haven’t had a KeyBank Hassle-Free Account® or a KeyBank checking account during the past 12 months. Receive $100 when you open a KeyBank Hassle-Free Account® between 07/01/2017 and 09/29/2017 and make a direct deposit of $300 or more and a combination of five debit card and/or bill payments within 60 days after account opening. Receive $200 when you open a Key Express Checking Account (this is the basic banking account in New York) between 07/01/2017 and 09/29/2017 and make a direct deposit of $500 or more and a combination of five debit card and/or bill payments within 60 days after account opening. Receive $300 when you open a Key Advantage, Key Privilege or Key Privilege Select Checking® Account between 07/01/2017 and 09/29/2017 and make a direct deposit of $1,000 or more and a combination of five debit card and/or bill payments within 60 days after account opening within 60 days after account opening. Direct deposit transactions are limited to payroll, Social Security, pension and government benefits. There is no check writing with a KeyBank Hassle-Free Account. Coupon/code required to qualify. Coupon/code cannot be sold. Normal account service charges and balance requirements apply to the checking accounts. Refer to key.com for checking account service charges and balance requirements applicable to the checking accounts listed above. Limit one gift per qualifying account. Limit one gift per individual. Offer available in the following markets ONLY: All of New York state except for the greater New York City area, Cleveland, Akron, Canton OH, Denver CO, Hartford and New Haven CT, Maine, Pittsburgh PA, Philadelphia PA, Portland OR, Seattle WA, South Puget Sound WA and Utah. The value of your gift will be reported on Form 1099-INT. Your gift will be deposited into your account within 90 days of meeting requirements. If you close your Account within 180 days of account opening, you will be charged a $25 account early closure fee. Other miscellaneous charges may apply. Accounts overdrawn or closed at the time of gift fulfillment are not eligible for this offer. Employees of KeyBank, its affiliates, and subsidiaries are not eligible for this offer. Accounts titled as Trust Accounts, Estate, Non-Individual, and No access are excluded from eligibility. Offer is subject to cancellation without notice and cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

Key Advantage Checking Account $18 Monthly Fee ($300 Bonus)

The monthly fee on this account is waived if you do either of the following each statement cycle:

  • The combined balance in any combination of KeyBank checking and savings deposit accounts, certificates of deposit, retirement deposits, investment account* (including annuity balances reflected on your KIS account statement) and credit accounts was $10,000.00 or more.
  • You have a mortgage originated through KeyBank and you have an automatic payment deduction plan via ACH deducting $500.00 or more from your Key Advantage Money Market Checking Account during a statement cycle. If your mortgage automatic payment deduction plan should be discontinued, you may be subject to the combined balance requirements to avoid the monthly Maintenance Service Charge.
  • You are a Key@Work program member and you have direct deposits totaling $1000.00 or more credited to your Key Advantage Money Market Checking Account during a statement cycle. If you should leave your current employer and direct deposits have been discontinued, you may be subject to the combined balance requirement to avoid the monthly Maintenance Service Charge until direct deposits are reinstated by your new employer.

Key Express Checking $7 Monthly Fee ($200 Bonus)

The monthly fee on this account is waived if you do either of the following each statement cycle:

  • Direct deposits of at least $500
  • At least 8 customer initiated transactions (any deposits, withdrawals, which includes transfers)

KeyBank Hassle-Free Account No Monthly Fee ($100 Bonus)

This account has no monthly fee to worry about

KeyBank Relationship Rewards Membership Fee $30

This is optional so make sure you opt out of it.

Early Account Termination Fee $25

If you close your account within 180 days, you are required to pay an early account closure fee of $25

Our Verdict

The best bonuses from KeyBank are when they offer $300 for opening a Key Express account. Unfortunately those aren’t very frequent anymore/at all and it seems like this offer is as good as it gets these days for KeyBank. They also have the following bonuses in other areas:

I think I’ll start adding these bonuses to our best bank account bonus page as even the $200 bonus is pretty good in comparison to other banks and the requirements to get the bonus and keep the account fee free aren’t too high. I personally don’t think the $300 bonus is worth considering due to how hard it is to keep the account fee free.

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

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25 Responses to [NY, OH, CO, CT, PA, OR, WA & UT] KeyBank $300 Checking Bonus

  1. deek says:

    So if I’m in Brooklyn NY i don’t qualify?

  2. Dan says:

    For Key@work program member, can someone explain that. Do ACH transfers that trigger DD for the sake of the bonus also count as DD for Key@work for the sake of keeping the account free? (referring to the $300 bonus and the $1000 DD for waiving account fee)

  3. Frito Pendejo says:

    I did one of these before and it was pretty painless. I did $500 ach as qualifying DD (discover) AND 8x debits because it seemed like the debits didn’t work one month. Bonus posted quickly and I closed it out 6mo later

    • Aditya Shrivastava says:

      Will doing $0.50 Amazon reloads count as debit card purchases?

      • Frito Pendejo says:

        It seemed to, thats the only debit I ever made. One month I got charged a fee, so I started doing ach and debits to be safe. Im not sure if I made a mistake that one month or their IT is unreliable

    • Brian says:

      Just how quickly did your bonus post after meeting all requirements? I me too all requirements about two weeks ago and still no bonus. I think the offer said something about “withinn 90 days”.

  4. NBG says:

    They are chex sensitive. They have small signboard in every branch about this.

  5. Razzputin says:

    Has anyone outside of the target states tried to get the bonus?

    • Nick says:

      I live in NJ, and last time I’ve opened an account on the phone. Mentioned that I worked in NY and asked to make me eligible for the offer.
      I was able to get the promotion applied to my account.

  6. larry says:

    Get $300 when you open a
    KeyBank Premium Checking Account.*

    *Just open a KeyBank Premium Checking Account
    by 11/10/2017 and make a direct deposit of $1,000
    or more within 60 days of account opening.

  7. JP says:

    can’t you change your account type and then it will be easier to manage six months after you get bonus? I believe most back waive monthly charge for at least couple months

  8. Bub says:

    The hassle free checking account wass the worst account I ever had. It was nothing but hassle. I had problems receiving the account number, then they froze my account when I logged in away from my home State. Still they froze my cash for 4 months. Finally I hsd to use CFPB intervention to get the 100 signup bonus. Good luck.

  9. Gadget says:

    I am bolding going into a branch tomorrow in the target area and going where no bonus miner has gone before. Well, a few other bonus miners based on Chex sensitive data points, but I am going to try anyway.

    I spoke to a banker today to see if I would be able to apply in branch, use my e-mail promo code, even though I am from out of state. He said it was fine as long as the personal code had not been used before, and had my name on it. I also asked about numerous Chex inquires would disqualify me, and he said all banks use Chex, but as long as I don’t have outstanding debts he couldn’t see why it wouldn’t be approved. However, he said all he does is input the account information and the computer decides if the account is approved. I am also a former First Niagara customer (Key Bank bought them out in 2015 I believe) – not sure if that helps or hurts my odds – I did a bonus with First Nag in 2014. I mentioned it, and he said as long as the account has been closed 12 or more months, I would still qualify for the bonus.

    Going to go do a bonus dance for good luck… Hopefully I will be posting positive results in a couple days.

    • Goodluck and thanks as always!

    • Gadget says:

      Fail. Denied. Banker was implying that numerous accounts should not deny me from getting an account, and that I am on “a (bad) list”. I assured him that I do not have derogatory remarks… But he has no power to do anything and the system is in control. The denial sheet has a 1-800 to call… Which I am pretty sure is to Chex. I will examine on another day when I am not so pissed off.

      Afterwards, I drove a few miles to a Citizens Bank supermarket branch – instant approval & pre-qualified for a CC. No branches in home state VA. Banker told me Venmo will count as DD, if I didn’t have a job. LOL. Also, he said ANY deposit keeps Citizens account free… Even just a few cents.

      DP: Keybank will allow any out-of-state person with 2 forms of ID apply in-branch. Inquiry sensitive – thier bankers are clueless – they just know how to push buttons. 10+ this year.

      Huntington, Chase, and Associated Bank – hitting each this week or Monday.

      • Thanks as always Gadget, sorry it was such a bad experience.

        • Gadget says:

          Thanks. All part of the experience, I guess. I knew the risk and thought my good name would surpass the negative DP’s. Huntington, Chase, and Associated bank (out of state) in-branch applications we’re all a success. 4 potential bonuses in 3 days.

  10. larry says:

    Looks like the fee structure on the $300 bonus has a balance requirement of $100k not $10k.

    Waived for the first 3 months4, $50.00 thereafter

    To avoid a $50.00 monthly Maintenance Service Charge:

    Maintain a minimum of $100,000 in any combination of checking, savings, CDs, retirement deposits and investments (including annuity balances reflected on your Key Investment Services LLC (KIS) account statement)5, OR
    If you are a Key@Work program member and have at least $5,000 in cumulative direct deposits each statement cycle.

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