Current is a neobank that makes it easier to manage your money. They offer up a Basic Checking and Premium Checking account, through Choice Financial Group or Metropolitan Commercial Bank, which means your money is FDIC insured up to $250,000 per account.
It’s just like a regular bank, with full FDIC insurance, except it’s technically a neobank.
That said, did you know that you can get $50 when you open an account and satisfy a few easy conditions?
Here are the details:
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Current.com $50 Welcome Bonus
Current Bank will give you $50 when you join and open a Premium Checking account and:
- Enter the Current Promo Code WELCOME50
- Connect a Payroll Direct Deposit of $200 or more within the first 45 days of opening your account (this must be from an employer or payroll provider by ACH deposit)
That’s it – it takes less than 2 minutes to sign up and the reward is paid 10 business days after the deposit is made to the account.
The only restriction is that you must be a new, first-time Current account holder and you cannot pair it with a referral reward.
The Current Premium Account has quite a few perks that you may like in your main bank including:
- Fee-Free overdraft up to $100 (if you have $500 in qualifying direct deposits each month)
- Get paid up to 2 days faster
- Mobile deposit through your phone
- Up to 15X points and cashback with your card at participating merchants
What Counts as a Direct Deposit?
The terms and conditions state that it must be from an employer or payroll provider by ACH deposit. I was able to accomplish this with a transfer from my Ally Bank account.
I set up the link from the Ally Bank side, which required the typical “two small deposits confirmation” process, and then initiated a $6,000 transfer from Ally Bank to Current. You only need $200 but because you get 4.00% APY on up to $6,000 in savings (you can set up three “Savings Pods” that each earn 4.00% APY right now, with a maximum of $2,000 in each pod), so I opted to do that.
Within a few days, I saw this in the app:
How Does This Offer Compare?
If you are looking at opening a Current account, this offer is better than no offer. You might as well get fifty bucks if you’re going to be opening the account anyway!
What I find most appealing about Current is that with the savings pods, you can earn 4.00% APY on up to $6,000.
If you’re searching for a bank and want to find the highest cash offer available as a bonus, $50 is not great, especially for an offer the requires a direct deposit. I think a good bonus starts at $100 and many are in the several hundreds of dollars.
Here are some of the better ones:
⭐ BMO Smart Advantage Checking – $400
BMO Bank is offering a $400 bonus* when you open a BMO Smart Advantage Checking and when you have a total of $4,000 or more in qualifying direct deposits within the first 120 days. It is a very straightforward offer that is available nationwide.
⭐Citi Priority Account – up to $2000
Citi Priority is offering up to $2000 bonus when you open an account by 1/9/2024. Then, within 20 days of opening your account, deposit at least $10,000 in New-to-Citi® funds and keep it there for 60 days after the 21st day. The bonus amount is based on how much you can transfer but the lowest tier starts at $10,000.
Discover Online Savings Account – $150 or $200
Discover Bank is offering a $150 or $200 bonus when you open your first Discover Online Savings Account with the promotion code WH923 and deposit at least $15,000 into the account within 30 days. You get $150 if you deposit $15,000 or more and $200 if you deposit $25,000.
Bank of America – $200 Bonus Offer
Bank of America offers a $200 Bonus Offer cash bonus if you open a new account and Set up and receive qualifying direct deposits totaling $2,000 or more into that account within 90 days of account opening. It has a monthly fee that is easy to have waived.
Chase Total Checking® – $200
Chase Bank will give you $200 when you open a Total Checking account and set up and receive a direct deposit within 90 days. There is a $12 monthly fee that is waivable with a monthly direct deposit of just $500, so no gotchas on this deal!