You can get up to a $300 bonus when you open a checking account with Bank of the West. I have opened accounts with them a couple of times before for bonus purposes and received my bonus with no problems. You do have to live in on their service areas to open an account. I might open a new account for the current promotion. I would look at the Easy Checking account which offers a $150 bonus since it is easier to avoid the monthly service fee on this account. The Premier account which offers a $300 bonus has a $30 monthly charge unless you meet the requirement of having $75,000 on deposit to have the monthly service fee waived. That is a bit out of reach for me. The $1000 balance requirement for the Easy Checking is much more attainable. Some of the details from the promo page are posted below. If you want to know more, visit the bank promo page for more details.
Qualifying new accounts will receive $300 for Premier Checking accounts, up to $150 for Easy, Signature, Choice Interest or 55 Plus Checking accounts, or up to $25 for Student Checking accounts. Offer valid for consumer checking accounts opened at a branch or account application submitted on bankofthewest.com between 07/19/14 and 08/29/14 with a minimum checking account opening deposit of $20 for Student Checking, $500 for Premier Checking, or $100 for all other checking accounts, with funds new to Bank of the West (Bank) received and posted to the account by 09/05/14. Offer is not available for existing Bank customers with an open checking account as of 07/18/14. Customers or other individuals residing at the same address (household) that received or may receive any other consumer bonus from the Bank between 07/19/13 and 12/25/14 are not eligible. Limit of one bonus per mailing address. Bonus cannot be combined with any other offers. Account must have a positive balance as of 11/28/14 to be paid any bonus. Bonus will be credited to open checking account in good standing by 12/31/14. Any account that meets the eligibility requirements as of 11/28/14 but is not in an open status when the bonus is paid, will not receive the bonus. Offer does not apply to second or multiple checking accounts. An early closure fee of $25 will apply if an account is closed within 91 days of the account opening date.