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Collect An ‘Easy’ $150 Checking Bonus

Savers from Missouri to California can open a new checking account at Bank of the West and round up a bonus of up to $150.

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The bonus is available to new Bank of the West checking customers, and by far your best choice is to open an Easy Checking account with the San Francisco-based bank.

With Easy Checking. you just need to:

  • Make a minimum deposit of $100 to open an account by March 6.
  • Establish the direct deposit of at least $250 from a payroll, pension, Social Security or other government benefit check by May 29.

Do that and you’ll receive a $100 bonus.

If you also make at least 10 debit card purchases in each of the first two months after opening your account, you’ll get another $50 bonus. (Those debit card purchases must be completed by May 29.)

The monthly maintenance fee will be waived if you meet both of those requirements or maintain an average monthly balance of $1,000 in your Easy Checking account.

Don’t do that and Bank of the West charges $8 a month for accounts that receive eStatements and $10 a month for accounts that receive paper statements.

The bonus will be credited to your checking account no later than June 30.

While you can earn bonuses of up to $300 on other Bank of the West checking accounts, they have service fees of up to $30 a month and some pretty ridiculous requirements for getting that charge waived.

I recommend against them.

Just go and open an Easy Checking account at one of the bank’s 700 branches, or you can do it online if you live in one of the 19 West and Midwest states where Bank of the West operates.

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