Bank of America Checking Account Offer

By | May 27, 2015

Bank of America Checking Account Offer

Today I received a Bank of America checking account offer for 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles if I open a new Bank of America Interest Checking or Bank of America Core Checking account before July 31, 2015.  The offer also mentions you must receive at least two direct deposits, each of $2,000 or more, within 90 days of opening the account.

The offer seems to be targeted to Bank of America customers with an Alaska Airlines Visa card.  However, it seems that all you have to do is go to bankofamerica.com/alaskaoffer to sign up (Note: I do not receive any payment or compensation for you signing up).  You may have to connect an Alaska Airlines Visa card to the account to verify that you are eligible.

 

I am debating the value of this Bank of America checking account offer.  I currently use BECU which is a credit union.  I have my mortgage through them and I respect what they stand for.  BoA… not as much.  I do already have a BoA Alaska Airlines Visa card because I love the sign up bonus and the yearly companion fare.  This Bank of America checking account offer is the same as opening a new Alaska Airlines Visa card — 25,000 miles.  Opening a Visa card is actually much easier (if you have the credit) and can be done multiple times.  So I am not sure that it is worth setting up a new checking account and switching over my direct deposit from work.

Of note this offer is meant for people with a high income level.  The requirement is to have two direct deposits of over $2,000.  Most people I know get paid every two weeks, meaning you would have to have an income of $52,000 after taxes and any other deductions in order to qualify for this offer.  Some people may get paid once a month and this would be much easier to meet if that is the case for you.  The terms say that the direct deposit must come from an employer (or similar situation), so you couldn’t meet this qualification with a transfer from another bank account.

About a week after I received the flier in the mail, I received the following email with the same offer:

Earn 25000 Alaska Airlines Bonus Miles

Follow me on Twitter and check out your chance to win some free swag!

Update: H/T to Doctor of Credit for pointing out that you may be taxed on the 25,000 mile bonus.  DoC also points out that there may be a way to meet the direct deposit minimum; he is for more knowledgeable in this arena so I would suggest you check out his post.

Update x2: I spoke with a customer service rep who said that the deal is ONLY good for those that received the targeted offer.  That is apparently their official stance; however you may have a different experience.

IMG_0765Bank of America Checking Account Offer

I am not a financial manager.  Please do not take any financial advice from me ’cause it is probably wrong!

 

12 thoughts on “Bank of America Checking Account Offer

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  2. Brandon

    Hi,

    The two direct deposits of over $2,000 wording is still a little strange, could you clarify. Did you mean you need to have over $2,000 for EACH direct deposit (I get paid twice per month so that would be two direct deposits each month) or the direct deposits per month in TOTAL has to be over $2,000 each month?

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    1. Alan Post author

      My understanding is that you have to have TWO direct deposits of over $2,000 EACH within the first 90 days. It doesn’t have to be each month, just TWICE at some point — each at least $2,000 (not combined).

      Here is the exact wording from BoA:

      Requirements to Receive the 25,000 Bonus Miles:
      Open a new Bank of America Core Checking® OR Bank of America Interest Checking® personal checking account by July 31, 2015, in a participating financial center or online AND set up and receive two (2) Qualifying Direct Deposits of $2,000 or more each to your new personal checking account within 90 days from account opening. A “Qualifying Direct Deposit” is a recurring direct deposit of a paycheck, pension, Social Security or other eligible regular monthly income, electronically deposited by an employer or an outside agency into your new checking account. Please see the Personal Schedule of Fees for further explanation of eligible regular monthly income. Qualifying Direct Deposits must be received in your new personal checking account within 90 days from account opening. All terms of your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Program Rules apply to miles earned through this offer.

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  3. Joel

    When I visit the promo link I do see this as the 1st item in the T & C re: eligibility:
    “Offer only available to customers who receive this offer via a direct communication from Bank of America.”
    Does anyone have any experience or word on this being necessary?

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    1. Alan Post author

      I have heard as long as you have an Alaska Visa with BoA you can get this bonus; however that is second/third hand. Anyone else had luck with this?

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  4. Doug

    Any Idea how long this BOA account has to stay open? I got the bonus in my Alaska account already.

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    1. Alan Post author

      I don’t know, and I don’t think we will unless someone closes an account and BoA claws back their miles. I am guessing (and only guessing) if you have had your miles deposited into you Alaska Airlines account, you are probably in the clear. Still, I might wait a couple months just to be sure.

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    1. Michelle

      @Doug–How long from your 2nd deposit were the miles in your AK account? Thanks!

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        1. Michelle

          Mine showed up yesterday 20 days after the 2nd direct deposit–glad I don’t have to make a call. 🙂

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