Posted by William Charles on July 12, 2017
Bank Account Bonuses

Published on July 12th, 2017 | by William Charles


[South FL, NY, NJ Only] Popular Community Bank Up To $500 Checking Bonus (Really $200 Checking & $300 Savings With $10,000 Deposit)

Please note they are ChexSystems inquiry sensitive. This only seems to be the case for online applications and not in branch.

Offer at a glance

  • Maximum bonus amount: $500
  • Availability: South FL, NY, NJ Only
  • Direct deposit required: For $200 bonus, yes. No minimum mentioned
  • Additional requirements: $10,000 deposited for 60 days for $300 bonus
  • Hard/soft pull: Soft
  • ChexSystems: Unknown
  • Credit card funding: None
  • Monthly fees: $10, avoidable
  • Early account termination fee: $25, six months
  • Household limit: None listed
  • Expiration date: October 31st, 2017

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Popular Community Bank is offering a checking bonus of up to $500 when you open a new Popular Prstige Checking or Popular Everyday Checking account and complete the following requirements:
    • $200 if you set up a recurring monthly direct deposit within 60 days of account opening
    • $300 if you deposit $10,000 or more of new money into your account and maintain that balance for 60 days
    • $500 if you do both (e.g set up recurring monthly direct deposit and deposit $10,000 in funds)

The Fine Print

  • Checking offer is available only for new Popular Prestige Checking and Popular Everyday Checking accounts.
  • Promotion begins on 07/10/17 and ends on 10/31/17. Popular Community Bank, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to change or terminate this offer at any time.
  • To receive the promotional $200 cash bonus, open a new Popular Prestige Checking or a new Popular Everyday Checking account in any Popular Community Bank branch or via, which shall be subject to our approval, and set up recurring monthly direct deposit within 60 days; the direct deposit needs to be an electronic deposit of sources such as payroll, pension and government benefits, among others. The $200 cash bonus will be deposited in the account within 90 days of account opening, if the checking account is in good standing, a direct deposit has been received in the account within 60 days and all requirements are met.
  • To receive the promotional $300 cash bonus, open a new Popular Prestige Checking account or Popular Everyday Checking, in any Popular Community Bank branch or via, which shall be subject to our approval. Deposit $10,000 or more of new money into the Popular Prestige Checking or Popular Everyday Checking account and maintain $10,000 or more of new money for 60 days from the date of deposit. New money is defined as deposits not previously held with Popular Community Bank. The cash bonus of $300 will be deposited within 90 days from the date you deposit $10,000 or more in new money.
  • Bonuses are limited to one per customer, per lifetime, and may be subject to IRS form 1099-MISC. Banco Popular North America (referred to herein as “our” or “Popular Community Bank”) is a Member of the FDIC and operates under the assumed name “Popular Community Bank” in the market in which it operates. Accordingly, Popular Community Bank and Banco Popular North America are the same FDIC-insured institution. Copyright © 2017 Banco Popular North America. Member FDIC.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

There is an early account termination fee of $25 if closed within 6 months. The easiest account to keep fee free that is eligible for the bonuses is the popular everyday checking account. This has a $10 monthly fee that is avoided if you do either of the following;

  • $1,000 in average monthly checking balance OR
  • by setting regular monthly direct deposit of a minimum aggregate amount of $750

Our Verdict

As mentioned in the title I think it’s best to think of this as a checking bonus offer of $200 and a savings bonus offer of $300. Let’s look at them individually:

  • $200 checking: Worth doing. Highest bonus previously was $125 and actually had more requirements. Pretty easy to keep account fee free and not that difficult to meet the bonus requirements.
  • $300 savings bonus: Requires $10,000 for 60 days, not sure what the interest rate is but I assume it’s basically 0% APY. If you have $10,000 laying around then a return of $300 for 60 days is 3% (over 60 days or ~18.25% annualized). Great deal if you have the money.

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108 Responses to [South FL, NY, NJ Only] Popular Community Bank Up To $500 Checking Bonus (Really $200 Checking & $300 Savings With $10,000 Deposit)

  1. Ry5 says:

    So essentially you could just deposit $25, they post the bonus, then you remove your $200, leave $25 in there for the early termination fee?

  2. Dan says:

    I think it’d be good to note they are Chex sensitive, I was denied with 9 inquiries in the past year (looking at you M&T) and a friend was denied with 4…

  3. Harold says:

    The direct link does not say anything about a savings account. It looks like the $200 and $300 offers are both for the checking account.

  4. Reuben says:

    couldn’t open online and I’m in Palm Beach. Maybe they don’t consider us part of south Florida?!
    told me to go into branch which the nearest is down in Sunrise. I’ll call first before I schlep down there.

  5. David says:

    Thank you for your interest in opening a Popular account.
    At this time, we are unable to open your account electronically. To continue your account application, please visit one of our branch locations.

    Please access the form provided here, for an explanation of your rights under state and federal laws.

    I am in West Palm Beach. Opened 10+ accts this year

  6. Stack101 says:

    A lot of inquires in last few months, does going to branch increase the chance getting approved?

    “maintain $10,000 or more of new money for 60 days from the date of deposit”, normally bank specifies deposit $10000 within 10 days of account opening, but here they don’t specify the day limit at all, is it the initial deposit required $10000(though this doesn’t make sense) or simply multiple deposits add up to $10000 balance with no day limit or one single $10000 deposit?

  7. SS says:

    Were there any requirements stating that previous bonus recipients (the $125 offer) and / or existing account holders are not eligible?

    The way I read this post (and the linked offer) is you just need to open a new account to be eligible.Seems that could help get around any chex issues (having likewise abused M&T)

    From personal experience this bank was a hassle to set up a new account and get the previous $125 offer linked above, but interesting if this offer lets you just add a new account to an existing customer login / relationship and get the $200 + $300 w/i 90 days.

    • EO says:

      I sent a SM to them on exactly this point. Didn’t want to put $10,000 in there unless I have it in writing. I will let you know when I hear back from them.

      • SS says:

        Just saw on the linked full offer footnote #5:

        Bonuses are limited to one per customer, per lifetime, and may be subject to IRS form 1099-MISC. Banco Popular North America (referred to herein as “our” or “Popular Community Bank”) is a Member of the FDIC and operates under the assumed name “Popular Community Bank” in the market in which it operates. Accordingly, Popular Community Bank and Banco Popular North America are the same FDIC-insured institution. Copyright © 2017 Banco Popular North America. Member FDIC.

        Oh well.

        • Thanks, added. Not sure how I missed that previously.

          • EO says:

            Here was the reply to my SM on this point (recall I already earned the $125 bonus and told them this upfront.)

            Dear Customer,

            Thank you for your recent inquiry and for visiting

            Your are eligible for the promotion, please keep in mind that you need to bring new money and open the account. Once the requirement are met, the incentive can be credited to the account in 90 days.

            So it looks like people in my shoes are eligible. However, anyone in this position might want to send their own SM on this point so they have it in writing.

            I haven’t yet applied for this account but probably will in the next couple of weeks or so.

          • SS says:

            EO –

            Can you post your SM full text? I’m lazy I want to copy haha, I’ll change it a bit.

            You sent the SM through your existing online account portal, or somewhere else?

        • Jake N says:

          Yah, I saw the lifetime language, but didn’t think it applied to *any* bonus for a single customer. Looks like EO got the answer below as well. I’m going to SM to confirm as well.

          • Eduardo Baez says:

            You are correct. I got two different bonuses at the same time ($300 Coral Gables Branch offer and $125 regular offer that was also available at that time) for only one Popular Checking account. So, you can get only one bonus per offer per lifetime.

    • EO says:

      Here was the text of my SM (sent through the online portal where I currently have an already existing account):


      Am I eligible for the following offer if I open a second checking account:


      ($200 for direct deposit and $300 for depositing $10,000 in a new Prestige or Everyday Checking Account)

      Or is this only available for brand new customers to the bank? Thanks.

      • SS says:

        TY for providing, I’ll give it a try as well and report back.

        • SS says:

          Got a more positive response that I’m eligible as an existing account holder and bonus recipient to my SM inquiry:

          Dear Customer,

          Thank you for your recent inquiry and for visiting

          Checking offer is available for new and existing customers that open a new Popular Prestige Checking or Popular Everyday Checking account.

          The $200 cash bonus will be deposited in the account within 90 days of account opening, if the checking account is in good standing, a direct deposit has been received in the account within 60 days and all requirements are met.

          If you have any additional questions or concerns, please e-mail us, or contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-377-0800. Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight EST| Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

          • SS says:

            I took the plunge and applied today. I used the link above and the option to pre-populate the app as an existing customer by entering in my current account # and the prior statement ending balance. I assume this avoided the risk of chex etc. rejection…

            Application took 2 minutes to do, basically confirmed the pre-populated info was correct and entered the external account info needed to fund the $25 opening amount.

            They are doing 2 trial DD’s and I need to come back to verify. Got a confirmation # for the app so hoping this goes smoothly and is linked to existing account without issue.

            Did not see a mention of the bonus within the actual application process so hoping it is attached in the back end somehow

          • Eduardo Baez says:

            Thanks to EO, SS and Jake N for your valuable comments.
            Followed your advice. Got similar response to my SM inquiry. Just opened my first Popular Every Day Checking account very quickly by providing my current checking account number and the prior statement ending balance. Funded with $25. Waiting for the trial deposits verification to finish the application.

          • SS says:

            Update – My application apparently failed due to a system issue on their side even though the test DD’s went through to my funding account.

            I had to call in to find out…then they told me I need to apply again and hope they worked the bugs out.


          • SS says:

            Try #2 worked. I am funded and linked to existing online log in. xfering in $10K today…and setting up work DD

  8. kenny says:

    one per lifetime, what is that mean? do I qualify if i got the $125 bonus last year? please tell

  9. K says:

    Any relationship with the Banco Popular that just imploded/restructured & was acquired by Santander?

    Is this part of Santander now? or were the US operations not part of the deal?

    • Don’t think the US operations were part of the deal, at least that’s what I remember reading when i saw news of that deal breaking.

    • ALX says:

      What? That’s nonsense… There is no such relationship. The Banco Popular you’re talking is from Spain and does not have any relationship whatsoever with Popular Community Bank in the US nor its parent bank Banco Popular in Puerto Rico.

  10. Steven says:

    Same message as everyone else, “unable to open your account electronically” with a link to a Chex adverse action notice. Oh well.

  11. PMartinez says:

    Same as everyone else as well. Cant open online.

    Anyone go into branch yet?

  12. yussuf says:

    “unable to open your account electronically”

  13. Ry5 says:

    Same as everyone else. I live in NJ and have an NJ drivers license and everything. Told me to go in branch. I think it’s probably a scam to get people to come to their branches.

  14. zalmy says:

    This sounds really awesome, but I’m not going to go ahead with this yet until someone can prove that they’ll actually allow someone with inquiries to open online.. US Bank turned me off, my first Chex denial

  15. Jacinto says:

    After getting my acct closed by Santander for excessive MO deposits, does anyone have experience with this bank?

    • Jags says:

      What type of volume were you doing at Santander? I thought I hit them hard with MOs…and they haven’t done squat in over 2 years.

  16. Reuben says:

    Just got off the phone with internet support in PR. She had me apply again while she held on.I got the same error about needing to go into the branch. She was able to see my app and checked error. Turns out they are having a connection problem with verification with experian. She told me to apply in the branch. She had no idea when the problem would be fixed-started yesterday. Branches are opened 8-5 m-th and till 6 on Friday. No Saturday hours. FYI, closest branch to Palm Beach County is Sunrise I believe.
    I will update if I decide to go down. $500 is pretty tempting…..

    • Chris says:

      I can confirm there is something going on with Experian. I attempted to do a free credit report this morning and the only report that wasn’t available to due a problem was Experian.

      I got the same error as everyone else while attempting to apply online for the bank account.

  17. Daryl J says:

    Hi, does anyone know what can trigger direct deposit?

    Charles, on the list of methods page I only see ‘Popular Bank’. Is it the same as Popular Community Bank? Thanks

  18. Johnny says:

    There’s a branch down the street from my office in Manhattan. Walked by it today and they had the $200+$300 promotion on their windows so I walked in.

    Gave the bank rep my license and he opened the account within half hour. Confirmed the bonuses and everything. I’ve opened probably 10 checking accounts in the last year but it wasn’t a problem.

    Waiting for my internet banking login and will transfer the 10k and let’s see what happens. Hopefully they’re not a pain in the ass to get bonuses from!

  19. Richard says:

    Applied for both accounts in person [Manhattan]. Super friendly rep gave me a talking-to when she saw all the recent inquiries, but was authorized (and seemingly motivated) to help push it through — just required a couple of override codes.

    However, she couldn’t finalize the promotions w/o having the funding in place. Sans checkbook, I had no way to fork over $10k, so we left things pending with a promise to return first thing tomorrow. If you’re like me and rarely set foot in a physical bank, don’t forget this quirk before driving out of your way to an eligible branch!

    • Stephanie says:

      You opened two accounts? Don’t you only need to open one, but complete two separate actions for the full $500?

  20. Daryl Jameson says:



    Please could you tell me if the ‘Popular Bank’ that’s in the ‘List of Methods that Count as Direct Deposit’ is the same as in this one, ‘Popular Community Bank’.


    • Yes, they are the same, Updated.

      • Daryl Jameson says:

        Thanks!! I appreciate all the effort you guys put in this space, been following the site for a while.

      • Jake N says:

        Related to this, I’m not sure it’s fair to link to those data points as what counts as a DD, since the prior bonus only required 3 ACH deposits, which is different from the explicit language around employer DD in this one. Thoughts?

        • I always encourage people to look at the date of when the datapoints were listed. They are still relevant as it’s easier to change the fine print than the back end system but as always YMMV.

  21. Jim says:

    Got rejected trying to apply online so went into a branch. Took a little while but successfully opened. Darned if they didn’t have a complete history of every account I have opened this year (and there are many).

  22. Jake N says:

    Got this response from my SM:

    “The promotion states that “Bonuses are limited to one per customer, per lifetime,” meaning that you wouldn’t be able to get this exact promotion if you opened two of the same account. Since you haven’t had one of those accounts before, you would be ellegible to participate in this promotion.”

  23. ann says:

    I have the ten thousand to deposit for the 300 bonus. What if I try signing up for the ACH deposit and it doesn’t come through, will I still be eligible for the 300 bonus. Does it pay to try to get the 200 bonus also?

  24. savemesf says:

    Tried to apply online in NY today. Still doesn’t seem to work. Will try in branch.

  25. JW says:

    Applied in branch today in NYC, Madison Ave branch. Super friendly guy, didn’t say a single word about my Chex despite me hitting it reasonably hard recently, in and out in maybe 20 minutes. Super painless.

  26. Reuben says:

    Tried to apply online in SFL today. Still doesn’t work. Any DP about success going into a branch in SFL?

  27. Kevin says:

    My wife and I are going to try at the branch in Sunrise FL tomorrow morning. We are in West Palm. I’ll let you know how it goes. I tried online last week like a lot of people but it didn’t work.

    • Kevin says:

      My wife and I went to the Sunrise branch this morning and the manager said the promotion is more for people from that area, so they did not let us open accounts. She said we could try to apply online again once the online problem is solved, which as of today it is not. She did not know there was an online problem, so she called about it while we were there.

      A few days before we went I tried to apply online and it did not work, and then I called the Sunrise branch. The person said although the promotion is to get new customers from that area, we should go in and apply. That obviously was not correct advice.

      • Reuben says:

        that quite disappointing that they don’t consider West Palm Beach part of South Florida. Thanks for saving me the trip! I just called again and online applications are still down…..

  28. Brian C says:

    I have one LITERALLY a block away from my home. As soon as my fiance and i clear our bonus’s from Capital one MMA, we are going to go open in branch.

  29. Mike says:

    We have branch which is 70 miles away. When online works can any one update this so I can apply online.

  30. Johnny says:

    The direct deposit requirements are quite vague. Just says recurring deposits for 3 months. Will any amount do? And do I need to have the deposits keep coming for the entire time? Was thinking of direct depositing 250 a month for 3 months? Or is that too much work?

  31. Joshua says:

    I opened an Everyday Checking Account in-person at a branch today. I was told that there is a minimum amount of $750 for the direct deposit. Also, “recurring” is defined as two direct deposits (of $750 each) over 60 days. Please update the information above that indicates that there is no minimum dollar amount for the direct deposit.

    • savemesf says:

      The written terms of the offer (landing page and in-branch flyer) don’t state anything about $750. So I don’t see how they could deny the bonus based on that.

      • Eduardo Baez says:

        A recurring monthly Direct Deposit of a minimum aggregate amount of $750.00 is one of the options to keep the Popular Everyday Checking account free.

        Monthly service fee can be avoided by maintaining $1,000 in average monthly checking balance OR by setting up a recurring monthly Direct Deposit of a minimum aggregate amount of $750.00.

        As per Popular Everyday Checking account discloures, for the account monthly fee, Direct Deposit is defined as Electronic funds transfer made through the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA).

        However, for the bonus requirements, the Direct Deposit definition is more restricted.

    • Johnny says:

      I just called Customer Service and asked abotu the DD amount and they just said any amount as long as it’s recurring. So I asked them, how about if I DD $200 every two weeks (which is how often I’m paid), and she said yes that will trigger the bonus.

      • SamSimon says:

        Johnny, What about DD once a month? will not work? Terms and Condition stated “recurring monthly direct” MONTHLY, not weekly or bi-weekly….

  32. Jake N says:

    Just opened an account in-branch in NYC (Park Ave). There was some confusion initially about needing to fund the 10k with a check *today* to open the account vs. just fund it later and hold it for 60 days following. The banker had to ask her supervisor who confirmed that you could fund the $10k at a later time. I did initial funding with $25 in cash. Note I already have an account from the $125 bonus last year, but they still had to take my ID, etc.

    Another ambiguous point is around the $200 bonus DD(s). The promo language says “… set up recurring monthly direct deposit within 60 days”. To me, you could read this as just have at least one DD (of any amount) within 60 days. The banker seemed to think it had to be at least 2 DDs of $750+ within 60 days, but I think she was confusing that with the monthly fee waiver requirements. Does “recurring” imply every 2 weeks? Every month? Every quarter? I guess time will tell…

  33. Patti says:

    I opened an acct with them last year. I had it just long enough to transfer funds from my bank to them so I could do some bill pays. The funds were in limbo when they shut my acct down.
    Their CSRs were beyond rude when I inquired as to why, treating me like I was attempting something criminal. After multiple phone calls and pleas to my bank to pull the funds back, I was finally told the reason is that I live too far away. I live in South Jersey around 10 miles east of Philly. The nearest branch is around 1 hour drive.
    It was a huge headache and I finally got my money back around 2 months later.
    Just a heads up since according to criteria listed I should qualify but apparently I don’t.

    • Mike says:

      I live in South Jersey near Atlantic City. I was thinking bout driving to Newark NJ (1.1 /2 Hr. Drive). Now I am confused after reading Patti’s comment. I don’t have time to fight with them to get my 10,000 back.
      What should I do?
      Members / readers any suggestions?

      • Patti says:

        Mike, I’m in Cherry Hill. The nearest branch IIRC is in Perth Amboy, 6 exits up the turnpike. Apparently that is not close enough.
        It was a different bonus last year; nothing involving $10k. It was stressful enough with just $300. I did get all of my money back eventally. The customer service, or lack of, was startling. Even from that first call to inquire why I wasn’t able to log in. They were always with a defensive tone. If they they had just come out and said, “Sorry, our policy states you must live within a 25 mile radius of one of our branches to bank with us, but all of your money will be refunded within 30 days.” it wouldn’t have been so upsetting. I kept getting different stories. Some told me it would be returned to my linked bank in 2 business days but then 4 days later it still wasn’t returned. Then I was told it would take a week but 10 days later it still wasn’t.
        Just a lot of stress. I can’t imagine if it were huge sums. I’d be in their office and they’d be calling the police on me going bezerk.

      • Eduardo Baez says:

        I suggest you to do one of the two options below:
        First, call your closest Popular Community branch directly and ask the branch manager if based on your location you are eligible to apply.
        Second, contact Popular Community Bank Customer Service either at or 1-800-377-0800. I would prefer the e-mail to have a confirmation in writing.

  34. Eduardo Baez says:

    07/23/2017 Opened my first Popular Every Day Checking account online by providing my current checking account number and that account last statement ending balance.
    07/25/2017 Verified the trial deposits.
    07/26/2017 So far, I just had received a confirmation number not an account number. Since the account number was not showing in Popular Community Bank online banking, I called 1-800-377-0800. CSR told me the online application failed and I should apply in person at a branch.
    07/27/2017 Finally, opened my first Popular Every Day Checking account in person at Coral Gables branch.

    • Chris says:

      Very helpful information. Thank you Eduardo!

      • Eduardo Baez says:

        You are welcome Chris.
        So, be careful because their online system does not verify any of those requirements before you apply. Then, they may shut down your account without even notifying you if they perform an after the fact manual review.
        For example, I realized my online application failed because I was on top of it. They never notified me about their online system failure, and they never apologized for their online system fiasco either.

        • Chris says:


          Thanks again! Very helpful info including Patti’s post.

          Luckily, I am withing the 25 mile radius of their Sunrise Location.

          I’m hoping to apply online if/when they have their online application system running properly.

  35. Patti says:

    For the record, they never did say one has to live within a 25 mile radius, or any other radius. Nor did they come out and state I would get my money back in 30 days. Those were just examples I used in the earlier post in that I wished they had been more honest and direct in saying why it was closed and when I’d get my money back. I kept getting different answers by different people, none of which were true.

    Last summer I was new to chasing bank bonuses and had never yet read about anyone’s account being shut down by the bank. In hindsight it was all ok in the end but while I was dealing with them, they were extremely rude & unhelpful, not at all the typical “customer service” tone I’d get with any other business I dealt with. It felt like they just took my money and closed it.

  36. Eduardo Baez says:

    Thanks Patti for the clarification. I understand you just were trying to find an explanation of what happened because their customer service representatives never told you the truth.
    Anyway, as per Kevin’s comments on 07/20/2017 12:28 pm, the Sunrise branch manager said the promotion is more for people from that area. Thus, the branch manager did not let Kevin and his wife open accounts because they are from West Palm Beach. Therefore, your hypothesis of one living relatively close to one of their branches may be true.
    So far, I have always received an excellent service from Coral Gables branch officers.

    • Patti says:

      I understand. I only decided to elaborate when I read Chris saying he is within 25 miles of a branch. I just wanted to make clear that is not a rule I was told of from Popular Bank. I should have originally said “X” miles instead of giving a real number that others might interpret as a true bank policy.

      Also it states that South Florida is eligible. Is West Palm Beach not considered South FL? Looks south to me, but what do I know? lol Only that Orlando is considered central FL.

      • Chris says:

        Eduardo and Patti, thank you both for the clarification!

        Patti, I’m sorry you had such a terrible experience. Hopefully they do get your money back to you promptly.

  37. JohnnyD says:

    Just chose the Apply in NJ button and got this message:

    Thank you for your interest in opening a new account.
    Unfortunately, we cannot process your application. For assistance, please navigate to our public website and choose the option to Contact us.

    So looks like something is wrong with online applications.

    • JohnnyD says:

      Looks like online applications are working now. When I click on the same button that I clicked on earlier today, it begins the application process. Looks like the issue was temporary.

      • HarryTheFirstHarry says:

        Thanks for the heads up. I went one step further and actually completed the online application and got approved. Easy when it works!
        So online appears working now and they seem to have resolved the previous verification issues. I had 10+ Chex in the past year but went through fine.

  38. HarryTheFirstHarry says:

    BTW the bank seems to have the best short and long term CD rates at the moment – may be a promo and says new money which means the 10K you are using for this account cannot be used. Still 2.35 for 5 year and 1.50 for 13 months are awesome rates for the day.

  39. Eduardo Baez says:

    To anyone who opened a new Popular Every Day or Popular Prestige checking account:


    Opened the account on 07/27/2017, got the $2 Paper Statement Fee on 08/04/2017 when the first statement closed.

    Called 1-800-377-0800. CSR refunded the $2 maintenance fee. There is a one-time courtesy fee reversal offered by Popular Community Bank.

    The $2 maintenance fee reversal is in process, scheduled to post on 08/07/2017 and the account balance is back to $10,000.

    Now, for the $300 bonus, I have to reset the clock for the 60 consecutive days the $10,000 deposit must be kept since the $2 fee caused the balance to go under $10,000 for 3 days.

    • Jake N says:

      Thanks for the heads-up here Eduardo! Appreciate it. Thankfully, I had funded with $25 cash, so my balance stayed above $10k. If I were you, I’d still check-in with them on secure message after the original 60 days, as most of this stuff is pretty manual for them, and see if they can make the exception.

      • Eduardo Baez says:

        Thanks Jake.
        On 08/05/2017, after noticing the balance went under $10,000, I deposited a $20 check using their mobile application.
        On 08/07/2017, both the $2 fee reversal and the $20 check transactions posted and my balance went up to $10,020.
        So, I will count the 60 days starting from 08/07/2017 not 07/27/2017.
        Anyway, I will follow your advice and send them a secure message on 09/26/2017, 60 days after the original $10,000 deposit to see if they can make an exception. Otherwise, I will have to check after 10/07/2017, 60 days after the balance went back over $10,000.

      • Eduardo Baez says:

        Please see below the CSR representative response to my secure message.

        In regards as to when the 60 days start counting from, I will forward this to the department to verify the information. The system will automatically detect that the 60 started on 8/7/2017, but since the balance dropping below $10,000 was due to the fee being charged incorrectly I have sent them the information to verify that the 60 days start counting from 7/27/17 instead. I will place notes on the account as soon as I get an answer.

  40. SamSimon says:

    Ok, here my Data, tried to open account online, 2 days ago, after all application questions and verification questions – I got error message “unfortunately, we cannot process your application at this time…… call 888-533-5333” this is wrong number to call, then they give you another number when you call this 888, and then after you call that number you have to call this number 800-377-0800 – ask for online application department! Then funny thing started – they said they don’t see application – so it didn’t go through! second, they don’t know if they run Hard pull or Soft pull. Third, THEY SAID they aware that online application doesn’t work for a while already, they said next time you wanna apply online – please call us and verify if online application is functional. I told her they need to put a note or something online – so people don’t waste their time trying to open online BEFORE the issue been fixed! another bagel shop – not a bank!!!!

  41. boogieforward says:

    Any additional DPs on Popular closing your account without warning if you open other accounts while working towards this bonus?

    I’d like to open BMO and M&T, but am nervous since I need to keep $10K here for 2 months while they might be monitoring my Chex…?

  42. Jingjing Lyu says:

    Any DPs?

  43. Northern VA resident + another colleague from Northern VA
    Opened in person at an NJ branch
    Before going in, called to confirm that we can open the account for the bonus without being NJ residents.
    Banker confirmed with Manager that we can open the account if we acknowledge that there are no branches near our address
    Banker kinda knew we were opening the account for bonus and reminded us to keep account open for 6 months.
    Put in the initial 10K via check.
    Requested online banking later that evening and the system takes 24-72 hours to confirm your online banking request
    I got the online account setup the next evening
    I could see the 10K deposit being processed
    I setup trail deposits from Wells Fargo and Citi into the account.
    Will let them post and wait for the bonus.
    It seems it might be at least 90 days before the bonus posts, but hopeful that it posts early.
    I will report back with updates.

    Based on Patti’s comments above, I was skeptical of the account opening process in particular and the bank in general, but so far so good.
    The “within 25 miles of branch” restriction might be YMMV.

  44. Preserve says:

    ACH pushed from Chase Personal Checking last week and it has showed up as: “PREAUTHORIZED CREDIT JPMorgan Chase Ext Transfr 170811” – I’m concerned that isn’t going to work for the $200 bonus part – anyone else have other data points for which methods work?

  45. XXX says:

    My ACH’s showed up as this:

    PREAUTHORIZED CREDIT JPMorgan Chase Ext Trnsfr



  46. Flea says:

    is anyone else having trouble linking their bank accounts for DD? I’m going on 10+ days to link 360, as in, “have tried twice, and Popular never seems to receive the trial deposits”. To further complicate things, after I was already approved with the account open and showing my trial deposit, they sent me a paper questionnaire with a batch of irritating KYC queries and a second request to sign the signature card (I had already signed and sent the first).

    • Beep says:

      There are three different routing codes for the bank – depending on the State that the account resides. Perhaps you are using the wrong routing code?

    • I opened my account in-branch and have setup ACHs from 4 banks, with 3 of them credited to the account already. No problems here.

      Where are trying to push from?

      • Flea says:

        Capital one 360, and I used the routing code for New York – I’m pretty sure, as 360’s interface said “Popular Community Bank” in the transfer widget, but if someone knows it for sure…?

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