My Bank Bonus Results
Whenever a new year comes around I always start to gather my odds and ends for my tax filings. One such thing I need to gather is the totals for on all of my bank bonuses from the previous year. Unlike credit card welcome offers, bank bonuses are considered taxable income. You will receive a 1099-INT for them and they will be treated like interest income on your tax filings. One good thing about having to gather all of this information is it gives me a chance to look back on my previous year and see how I did. I like to compare it to previous years, as well, and see how I fared. I'll come back to this post each year going forward and share my bank bonus results at the beginning of the year so you can follow along.
Why Pursue Bank Bonuses?
Why would anyone care about bank bonuses? I mean credit card welcome offers are where it is at after all! Well, that is true but there are some things that points can't cover during our travels. That is where bank bonus offers can come in, ones like the huge $900 one from Chase right now. I like to think of these like a second job I do on the side to earn travel money. You can usually complete them at home and I like to do them in the evening after the kids have gone to bed.
I have been doing these for several years now and probably compiled somewhere around $25,000 in total earnings. Having said that, for some reason I tend to start off each year hot and heavy into bank bonus offers and then slow down as the year goes on. I think it is because bank bonuses are a bit more tedious than credit card welcome offers and have extra steps, or hoops, you need to jump through to complete them. They also tend to take several months to post, which can be frustrating for someone as impatient as me. Credit card welcome offers are usually pretty straight forward and usually offer a much bigger payoff. Plus, they post quickly to boot!
My 2023 Bonus Totals
Going into 2023 my goal was to top last years total of $5,050, which was one of my most productive year yet. Spoiler alert, I did not make it. I didn't even enter the same ballpark unfortunately. The year just kind of got away from me and I was more focused on earning points and cash back via credit cards. Unfortunately, the bank bonuses kind of fell to the bottom of the pile. I did promise to keep you updated each year though, so I am here to share my underwhelming numbers.
- American Express Business x2 – 100,000 Membership Rewards
- Plynx Deposit Bonus – $100
- Huntington Checking & Savings Bonus – $600
- PNC Checking Bonus – $500
- Wife's Huntington Checking – $400
- Discover Checking x2 – $200
- Chime Checking – $485 (they paid out way more that the $245 expected)
While $2,285 is nothing to sneeze at (plus 100K Membership Rewards), it isn't what I had envisioned for this year. I need to put more of a priority on bank bonuses for 2024 and get this back to respectable. My goal is going to be to get at least $3500 in bonuses this year. I plan on kicking things off with the $400 Chase Business bonus I just wrote about yesterday.
My 2022 Bonus Totals
Okay, time to get into the juicy details. I'll share my bank bonus results and break it down by offer for you. This gives you a chance to see what kind of offers you can find out there. Some are nationwide bonuses, while others are from regional banks. It is best to check both if you are interested in doing these too. Some of the best offers come from your bank down the street and you can find those offers right in your mailbox via a targeted mailer. Here are our bank bonus totals for 2022. They are cumulative amounts for myself and my wife.
- Independent Bank (regional bank) X 2 – $500
- Independent Bank Referral Bonus – $100
- Capital One Direct Deposit Offer – $100
- Tastyworks Investment Deposit Bonus X 2 – $1000
- Fifth Third Bank X 2 – $600
- Flagstar Bank – $250
- Wells Fargo Business – $1500
- US Bank Business X 2 – $1000
If you tally all of those up you come to $5,050 from banking / investment bonuses. The Wells Fargo business checking offer was the crown jewel for sure. It was so good that I drove to Chicago to do it. Business bank bonuses hit pretty hard this year, netting me $2500 off of just 3 offers.
My Bank Bonus Results: ToP Thoughts
I am hoping that my 2024 totals look a lot more like my 2022 totals and less like my 2023 ones. I need to line up some of those bigger one off offers like I had in 2022. It is also important to stay on the task. Most of the time bank bonuses can be done from the comfort of home so there is no reason I shouldn't be knocking some more out while watching TV etc. Those annual fees and award taxes and fees are not going to pay themselves after all.