Posted by William Charles on July 23, 2018
Bank Account Bonuses

Published on July 23rd, 2018 | by William Charles


[Expired] [Targeted, Middle Tennessee] First Tennessee $300 Checking Promotion

Deal has expired and is no longer being offered. View the best current checking bonuses here.

Offer at a glance

  • Maximum bonus amount: $300
  • Availability: Middle Tennessee. Also targeted
  • Direct deposit required: Yes, no minimum mentioned
  • Additional requirements: Open with at least $100
  • Hard/soft pull: Soft
  • ChexSystems: Yes
  • Credit card funding: Up to $300
  • Monthly fees: $7-$12, waiveable
  • Early account termination fee: Account must be kept open for six months, or bonus forfeit
  • Household limit: One
  • Expiration date: September 1st, 2018

The Offer

No direct link, sent out via snail mail

  • Open a new First Tennessee checking account with the promo code COF300 and receive a bonus of $300 when you complete the following requirements:
    • Open account with at least $100
    • Have at least one direct deposit post to your account within 60 days of account opening

The Fine Print

  • Expires 9/1/2018.
  • Only available to mailer recipients who reside in Middle Tennessee.
  • To receive your $300 checking bonus, open a checking account online at and ensure the code COF300 appears in the online application where “Offer/Promo code” is requested.
  • Must have an opening deposit of at least $100 and at least one direct deposit must post within 60 days of account opening.
  • Valid for new checking households only.
  • If a household has opened or closed a FTB or Capital Bank account in the last 12 months they are not eligible.
  • All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them

Avoiding Fees

Monthly Fees

Express Checking, $7 Monthly Fee

This is waived if you have at least 1 direct deposit during a statement cycle and is the obvious choice for which account to pick.

Classic Checking $8 Monthly Fee

This cannot be waived (and has been increased in the last couple of months).

Select Checking $9 Monthly Fee

This is waived if you have at least 1 direct deposit and 15 customer-initiated debit transactions during a statement cycle.

Premier Checking, $12 Monthly Fee

This is waived if you have a minimum of $5,000 in combined monthly balances (checking, savings, bank IRAs, or CDs) during a statement cycle.

Early Account Termination Fee

The fine print states that the account must be kept open and in good standing for 6 months. We can assume that they will take the bonus back if you don’t fulfill this requirement.


Even though the terms of the offer state that it “cannot be combined with other checking offers”, readers in the past have had success combining the referral bonus with the checking account bonus. In order to receive the referral bonus, you must submit the referral form first, THEN sign up for the $300 bonus.

Note that the terms of the referral are slightly more strict with respect to the direct deposit requirement. You will need to complete two direct deposits of at least $100 each within 60 days of account opening.

If you meet the requirements, both you and the referrer will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card (within about 6 weeks). Please do not leave your referral links in the comments, leave them in this linked post

Our Verdict

This has been offered before with the same promo code, but it did have a public landing page. People were able to get that bonus even though they weren’t targeted. I’m not sure if this will be the case this time again or not. Last time it was also restricted to Middle Tennessee and North Carolina, not sure if that’s the case this time again or not. If anybody goes for this bonus then please share your experiences in the comments below.

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

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Had a $200 offer. Guess it’s time to call to see if I can get a match


no luck


c’mon public link!


from my history of churning these guys, the promo codes are public. Just open online


thanks. Do you actually have to maintain the account for 6 months with a monthly DD to keep the account free?


Can we have a way to filter out these 1-state promos? It’s becoming a larger part of the content these days despite it’s usefulness to what, maybe 1% of the reader base?

Jan B
Jan B

I can tell you that in Oct., a few weeks after opening I was advised no $300 because even though the front line reps did the research, put in the code for that bonus amount and also told me I would receive it, it was rejected (yes, I met residence requirement). The other code for the lesser amount was added and I, at least, got that bonus.

The DP: if not properly targeted, it is a risk. YMMV.

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I received a mailer last week with this offer here in Middle TN. Same offer code COF300 and expires 10/20/18. Requires an opening deposit of $100 and at least one direct deposit within 60 days of account opening. Account must be maintained for a minimum of 6 months.



9/11 – Applied online
Funded with CC (CFU) – $300

9/14 – Direct deposit (legit) $101
9/28 – Direct deposit (legit) $101

9/28 – Bonus paid $300 – cha ching!

Could not have been easier.

Matt B
Matt B

Cap One 360 works to avoid the monthly fee but does no longer works for the bonus

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