BMO Harris Bank Promotions: Up to $500 for Personal, $500 for Business Accounts

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BMO Harris is a bank based in Chicago, IL and has over 600 locations spread out across eight states. FDIC-insured (FDIC #16571) since 1947, BMO Harris has locations in AZ, FL, IL, IN, KS, MO, MN and WI.

BMO Harris Bank isn’t as well known as some of the other banks we cover but their promotions will get your attention. They are a subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal (hence BMO) and picked up the other parts of its names over various acquisitions over the years.

As of this writing, they only have one active personal account bonus (it’s meh) and a pair of business account promotions. They frequently run consumer banking promotions and we will update those as soon as they release more information about those offers.

Table of Contents
  1. Statement Savings Account — up to $60
  2. Smart Advantage™ Account — $300
  3. Smart Premier™ Account — $500
  4. Essential Business Checking — $200
  5. Business Advantage Checking — $500
  6. How Does This Offer Compare?

Statement Savings Account — up to $60

BMO Harris has a promotion tied to savings and their Statement Savings account where you can get up to $60. For every month that your balance grows by at least $200, they will credit your account with $5 within 5 calendar days after the end of the month. This offer runs for 12 months from when you open the account, hence the “up to $60” promotion amount.

The minimum opening deposit is $25 and the account has a $5 monthly maintenance fee that is waived if you are under the age of 25 with a minimum $100 balance.

Learn more about this offer
(Offer expires 10/29/2021)

Smart Advantage™ Account — $300

BMO Harris was offering a $300 bonus when you opened a Smart Advantage Account and receive a total of $4,000 or more qualifying direct deposits within the first 90 days. It was a very straightforward offer that is available to residents of AZ, FL, IL, IN, KS, MO, MN and WI.

The Smart Advantage account was great because it had no monthly statement fees if you used Paperless Statements.

Learn more about this offer
(Offer expires 9/30/2021)

Smart Premier™ Account — $500

If you have a larger direct deposit available, BMO Harris will give you $500 bonus when you open a BMO Harris Premier™ Account and receive a total of $4,000 or more qualifying direct deposits within the first 90 days. There are no additional requirements, it’s just a higher direct deposit total amount over the 90 days.

The account does have a $25 waivable monthly maintenance fee but you get unlimited non-BMO Harris ATM transactions plus $25 monthly rebate on ATM fees from other banks. Also only available to residents of AZ, FL, IL, IN, KS, MO, MN and WI.

Learn more about this offer
(Offer expires 9/30/2021)

Essential Business Checking — $200

BMO Harris has a promotion where you can get $200 when you open a new Essential Business Checking account. Then, deposit at least $1,500 within 30 days of account opening to start the process. Once your balance is above $1,500, you must keep it above that amount for the next 90 days. Finally, you need at least 10 electronic transactions (ACH credits or debits, online bill payments, mobile deposits, wire transfers or debit card POS purchase transactions) to post to the account within 90 days of opening the account. Once you satisfy those conditions, the bonus money is yours.

No direct deposit requirement, as this is a business checking account. Available to residents of .

Learn more about this offer
(Offer expires 6/13/2021)

Business Advantage Checking — $500

There is a promotion where you can get $500 when you open a new Business Advantage Checking account. Then, deposit at least $5,000 within 30 days of account opening to start the process. Once your balance is above $5,000, you must keep it above that amount for the next 90 days. Finally, you need at least 10 electronic transactions (ACH credits or debits, online bill payments, mobile deposits, wire transfers or debit card POS purchase transactions) to post to the account within 90 days of opening the account. Once you satisfy those conditions, the bonus money is yours.

No direct deposit requirement, as this is a business checking account. Available to residents of .

Learn more about this offer
(Offer expires 6/13/2021)

How Does This Offer Compare?

If you are in the geographic region, which covers eight states, it’s a pretty solid offer when it’s running.

Wells Fargo – $200

Wells Fargo has a nationwide promotion of $200 for a new checking account when you open a new checking account with at least $25 and receive a total of $2,000 or more in qualifying direct deposits into the new checking account within 90 days from account opening.

You can learn more about the Wells Fargo promotions to see how to get it.

Axos Bank – $100

Axos Bank has a great promotion where you can get $100 when you open a high yield savings account and an Essential Checking account using promotion code GET100. The high yield savings account has a $250 minimum deposit. On the checking account, you have to receive direct deposits totaling $1,000 or more within 60 days.

Click here to see how you can get $100 from Axos Bank.

SoFi Money – $50 – $100

SoFi Money will give you $50 if you open an account and deposit $500. The bonus is small but the requirements are so simple that I had to list it first.

If you are willing to set up a deposit of $500 or more, you can get a bonus of up to $100.

These bonuses are so easy to get. Learn more about SoFi promotions here.

Bank of America – $100

Bank of America offers a $100 cash bonus if you open a new account and set up and receive at least 2 qualifying direct deposits of $250 or more into that account within the first 90 days of opening. It has a monthly fee that is easy to have waived, you can learn more about this offer here.

As with any bank offer, BMO Harris or otherwise, make sure to review this guide on bank account bonuses – I share tips on how to make sure you get the bonus you earned with as little headache as possible.

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About Jim Wang

Jim Wang is a thirty-something father of three who is a frequent contributor to Forbes and Vanguard's Blog. He has also been fortunate to have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Entrepreneur, and Marketplace Money.

Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Information Technology - Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. His approach to personal finance is that of an engineer, breaking down complex subjects into bite-sized easily understood concepts that you can use in your daily life.

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