Published on April 1st, 2019 | by William Charles1,600
PNC Up To $300 Checking Bonus – No State Restriction
Update 4/1/19: Bonus has been extended until May 31st, 2019.
Update 1/1/19: Bonus extended until March 31st, 2019. Hat tip to reader Shawn
Looks like PNC is Early Warning Systems sensitive, EWS is similar to ChexSystems so if you’ve opened a lot of checking accounts that report to EWS you might not be approved.
Deal has been extended until December 31st, 2018.
Offer at a glance
- Maximum bonus amount: $300
- Availability: Nationwide
- Direct deposit required: $2,000-$5,000 depending on bonus
- Additional requirements: 10 debit card transactions
- Hard/soft pull: Soft
- Credit card funding:
Up to $2,000 with Visa, Discover or MastercardNow codes as a cash advance
- Monthly fees: $15-$25, waive-able
- Early account termination fee: $25 if closed within six months
- Household Limit: None
- U.S. Citizenship Required: Yes, for online applications.
- Expiration date:
June 30th, 2018 September 30th, 2018 December 31st, 2018 March 31st, 2019May 31st, 2019
- PNC is offering checking bonuses of up to $300. Both bonuses require at least 10 debit cards transactions and the following direct deposits within 60 days of account opening:
- Open a Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend and receive $200 with direct deposits totaling $2,000
- Open a Virtual Wallet with Performance Select and receive $300 with direct deposits totaling $5,000
The Fine Print
- You may earn a $200 reward if you open a new Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend or Performance Checking account. You may earn a $300 reward if you open a new Virtual Wallet with Performance Select or Performance Select Checking account. You will only be considered for one reward amount, which is based on the product type you open.
- To qualify for the reward, the new checking account must be opened online via the “Apply Online” links on this web page OR at a branch using the appropriate coupon between 4/1/18 to 6/30/18 and the following conditions must be met within the first 60 days: (a) qualifying Direct Deposit(s) must be received and (b) 10 qualifying purchases must be made using the PNC Bank Visa® Debit card associated with the newly opened account.
- Your checking account must remain open in order for you to receive the reward, which will be credited to the eligible account within 60-90 days after all conditions have been met and will be identified as “Cash Trans Promo Reward” on your monthly statement.
- A qualifying Direct Deposit is defined as a recurring Direct Deposit of a paycheck, pension, Social Security or other regular monthly income electronically deposited by an employer or an outside agency into a Performance Checking or Performance Select Checking account, or the Spend account of a Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend or Virtual Wallet with Performance Select.
- The total amount of all qualifying Direct Deposits credited to your checking account must be at least $2,000 for Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend or Performance Checking or $5,000 for Virtual Wallet with Performance Select or Performance Select Checking. Credit card cash advance transfers, transfers from one account to another or deposits made at a branch or ATM do not qualify as qualifying Direct Deposits.
- A qualifying debit card purchase is defined as any debit card purchase made at point of sale using your signature or PIN, or a purchase made electronically or online using your debit card number, including recurring payments.
- New account will not be eligible for offer if any signer has signing authority on an existing PNC Bank consumer checking account or has closed an account within the past 90 days, or has been paid a promotional premium in the past 12 months.
- If multiple accounts are opened with the same signers, only one account will be eligible for the premium.
- For this offer, signing authority will be defined by the customer name(s) and Social Security number(s) registered on the account. Offer may be extended, modified or discontinued at any time and may vary by market.
- The value of the reward may be reported on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099, and may be considered taxable income to you.
- Please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.
- All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them
Virtual Wallet With Performance Spend $15 Monthly Fee ($200 Bonus)
You can get this fee waived if you meet any of the following:
- Average monthly balance of $2,000 or more
- Qualifying direct deposit of $2,000 or more
- $15,000 in linked eligible accounts
Virtual Wallet With Performance Select $25 Monthly Fee ($300 Bonus)
You can get this fee waived if you meet any of the following:
- Average monthly balance of $5,000 or more
- Qualifying direct deposits of $5,000 or more
- $25,000 in linked eligible accounts
Early Account Termination Fee
There is an early account termination fee of $25. This is charged if you close your account within 180 days. There is some evidence to suggest that they don’t actually charge this fee, but YMMV.
Normally this bonus is restricted to the following states: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI and WV. This offer has no such restriction in the terms. The URL does say “checking-offer-for-PNC-customers”, but again the terms don’t say anything about needing to be an existing PNC customer so technically everybody should be able to sign up and get this bonus. In practice this has also been the case with nobody being denied the bonus. This is a great bonus, it’s a shame that credit card funding now codes as a cash advance. I’ll be adding this to the best checking bonuses.
Big thanks to reader, HatFullOfGasoline who let us know. Learn how to find bonuses and contribute to the site here.
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