Posted by William Charles on January 26, 2017
Bank Account Bonuses

Published on January 26th, 2017 | by William Charles

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Wells Fargo $250 Checking Bonus Working For Everybody

Back in early January we were the first to post about a potential $250 checking bonus from Wells Fargo. At the time I cautioned readers that the offer might be targeted due to the following language:

  • This is an exclusive, nontransferable offer.

That being said, this language is not actually included the actual qualification requirements in the fine print and it’s not included in any of the documentation after signing up (other qualification requirements are included). Several readers have now successfully received their $250 bonuses, so I now feel comfortable recommending this bonus to readers even if they didn’t receive any official communication from Wells Fargo. All that being said, your own experiences may differ.

Because of how good this bonus is (soft pull, $250 bonus and there is no direct deposit requirement) we’ve added it to our list of the best checking promos. In fact it’s currently sitting at #1.



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Darv
Darv

Had the wife sign up for this last weekend because I’m not eligible (six months). Read that some had issues opening account with credit card or delays, so used external checking to fund. Account did not fund, so manually set up transfer from new Wells checking for initial $25 deposit. Also from what I read, won’t get debit card until account funded. Set up payroll deposit for her to get bonus. Will report back. Advice: be persistent and diligent in getting this open/approved funded. Oh–and if approved, call in to be verified for online setup.

Teng
Teng

seems like it is not available nationwide…. at least not in VT.

AB
AB

Nor MO.

Jay
Jay

You can put in a different zip initially when it says to set your location, and then put your actual address (MO) when applying and it works.

john mccann
john mccann

MO sucks. From there,too.

Chris
Chris

I got mine in MO by using a different zip at the beginning.

Erik
Erik

Already have checking account with Wells Fargo. Anyone know if possible to open a second checking account to get the bonus?

Erik
Erik

nevermind, found my answer

Brandon
Brandon

Which is?

Erik
Erik

No I do not qualify

V
V

How old is your existing checking account? Did you already receive a bonus within the past 12 months?

Peter
Peter

Looks like this is geographically limited. When I put in my zip code (In Kentucky) I get an error message when I click through to start an application, but when I put in a different zip code (in Ohio), it goes through fine.

TJ
TJ

Got my bonus days after opening account. Wasn’t targeted. Great bonus.

VK
VK

How many days exactly? It has been like 2 weeks for me and I opened it directly at the branch. The branch executive had promised to personally follow-up with me if it doesn’t credit.

Jesse
Jesse

Mine posted 2 days after the 10 debit transactions changed from pending to posted.

TJ
TJ

Next business day after I did the DD.

Frito Pendejo

Same here. My wife was targeted but not me. There are a ton of branches near us

Bruce Robinson

Got my bonus 10 days after opening…and closed that day. Waiting for next year!!

David Lyle
David Lyle

I got my bonus today after making 10 0.5$ amazon reloads last week.

Chris
Chris

Did you opt out of PIN-less debits to have it fulfilled? Thanks!

savemesf
savemesf

William, since a lot of us will have WF online access now ha ha, any advice for applying / getting approved for the Propel AmEx 40K offer?

Frito Pendejo

I just went to a branch today after getting no the checking account bonus and asked about this offer. The banker didn’t recognize it and just looked at the online offers. I will try another branch at some point.

savemesf
savemesf

Frequent Miler still has an affiliate link for the 40K bonus, so if you set up WF Online for the checking account you can apply online. But I seem to recall WF can be stingy about CC approvals.

I was planning on leaving $1,500 in the checking for a month or so and then applying. Any recent data points appreciated.

Frito Pendejo
Frito Pendejo

I checked but it looks like where a link once was is a broken link and some typos that seem to confirm it is in-branch only. I tried browsing around for CC offers when I was logged into my WF bank account but I can’t find any “browse credit cards” type page just one specific card offer I don’t want.

savemesf
savemesf

Bummer. Still might be worth keeping the checking account open for a while in case the 40K comes back again.

Le
Le

So this is for the Everyday Checking. Is the Preferred Checking also non-targeted?
wellsfargo.com/offer250 vs wellsfargo.com/offer250

SD
SD

Opened my account online. Got my $250 bonus exactly 7 days after receiving $500 direct deposit from work. I’m in PA in case it matters.

Zoom
Zoom

Not available where I am in MA

keith
keith

Im pretty sure this is not nationwide, i put in my zip code in Massachusetts and it gives me an error when i try to sign up.

Mo
Mo

I applied in OH, and initially got approved with an email stating that the bonus is connected.
But after a few days, I got both an email and hard mail stating that I need to apply in branch.
So I think its still YMMV.

Rudy
Rudy

Not working in MA zip code so I used my previous zip in NJ and now application is “conditional approval” with something to verify.

Hope the best they will allow me to do it.

Aaron
Aaron

I thought about doing this, accessing the application using a CO zip, but stopped when the disclosures included “Your account will be subject to Colorado terms and conditions and governed by Colorado law.”

Best of luck on your application.

W
W

Did this work for you?

Aaron
Aaron

I applied on 1/26 using a CT zip code to access the application and my MA zip code on the application itself. I just received an email notification that my account has been opened.

Louis
Louis

Hi Aaron,

I believe I am in the same situation as you.
Were you able to get the bonus?

Thanks,

Aaron
Aaron

I just got confirmation that my opening deposit went through yesterday. I called WF today to set up my online banking account. I’m going to establish a direct deposit from my pay. It’ll be at least a couple weeks until I know if I get the bonus.

Louis
Louis

Thanks! I just applied and got approved, too! Hope we get the bonus!

Aaron
Aaron

Update: I accessed the application for this account with at CT zip code and applied using my MA zip code on 1/26. My opening deposit went in on 2/7. I made a transfer from Ally, which coded as a direct deposit, on 2/14. The bonus was applied on 2/16.

Michael
Michael

On previous post, William stated there was no household limit listed. Has anyone had success with this? I opened an account for myself. I was going to pull the trigger for my wife either way but was curious if any DPs are out there.

Jay
Jay

Yes. Got it for both of us.

Michael
Michael

Thanks!

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