Published on March 10th, 2019 | by William Charles50
[TN, GA, AL] FirstBank $250 Checking Bonus
Offer at a glance
- Maximum bonus amount: $250
- Availability: TN, GA, AL. Must live near a branch otherwise opening a checking account won’t be possible
- Direct deposit required: Yes, $300+
- Additional requirements: None
- Hard/soft pull: Soft pull
- ChexSystems: Unknown, sensitive
- Credit card funding: None
- Monthly fees: None
- Early account termination fee: None
- Household limit: None
- Expiration date: April 29th, 2019
- FirstBank is offering a bonus of $250 when you open a new checking account and complete the following requirements:
- Use promo code 250BONUS (this is not auto filled. Need to add it on the fourth page of signing up).
- Keep the account in good standing for 60 days
- Have a single monthly direct deposit of at least $300 after 60 days of account opening (looks like the account just needs to be in good standing for 60 days, the direct deposit can be before the 60 day period)
The Fine Print
- Offer extended February 15, 2019 thru April 29, 2019.
- This offer may be modified or cancelled at any time.
- To receive the $250 opening bonus: Open a new eligible FirstBank consumer checking account (eligible accounts are highlighted at FirstBankOnline.com/250Bonus).
- Keep the account in good standing for 60 days.
- Have a single monthly ACH direct deposit of at least $300 after 60 days of account opening date.
- Complete all requirements on or before October 31, 2019.
- Customers with an existing FirstBank checking account are not eligible for this bonus offer.
- You must not have closed a FirstBank checking account within 180 days of the offer start date (February 15, 2019).
- Limit one (1) bonus per customer.
- Enrollment and participation in this promotion does not automatically guarantee eligibility.
- Bonus Processing: After meeting the bonus qualification requirements, the $250 account opening bonus will be credited to the new FirstBank checking account up to eight (8) weeks after all qualifications are met.
- The $250 bonus will appear on the monthly checking account statement when the bonus is credited to the account holder’s checking account.
- The bonus is limited to one (1) per customer.
- If a bonus is earned it will be reported to the IRS as interest, in the year received, as required by applicable law and will be reported on IRS form 1099-MISC for the year received. Customer is responsible for any applicable taxes and consulting a tax advisor.
- For additional fees, see our FirstBank Consumer Schedule of Fees. This offer is non-transferable and may not be combined with any other offers.
- All bank account bonuses are treated as income/interest and as such you have to pay taxes on them
Essential checking account has no monthly fees to worry about as long as you opt for paperless statements.
Early Account Termination Fee
I wasn’t able to find any mention of an early account termination fee in the fee schedule.
Seems like a good deal considering it’s a soft pull and there are no monthly fees to worry about. It’s annoying that you need to live near a branch to have the option to open a checking account but this deal is still worth doing if you’re eligible. I’ll add this to our best checking bonus page. If anybody has any specific experience with this bank then please share your experiences in the comments.
Hat tip to reader Andrew D
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