Yesterday I realized a long time dream. I finally was able to attend a Green Bay Packers game in Lambeau Field. Jasmine, Shawn Reece & I visited Lambeau Field way back in 2007 (and I wrote about it then), however that was just for a tour during the summer. Going for an actual game is a completely different experience.
I started my day by walking up and down the rows and rows of people tailgating out by their cars. The atmosphere was among the most amazing I have ever seen at a sporting event. Even fans of the opposing Chargers were treated like family. Midwestern hospitality at its finest! Oh, and the food smelled divine!
A Very Good Bank Bonus
Eventually I came upon a booth for Associated Bank. Associated Bank is the “Official Bank” of the Green Bay Packers and they have a Packers checking/debit card product. I have actually known about this product for awhile, however I don’t just open bank accounts for nothing, even if they are Packers themed! Ya gots to pay me!
Associated Bank has had a $150 bonus on the Packers account for awhile, which I learned about from Doctor of Credit. The bonus is available online, however they restrict the account to people who live in state’s where the bank is located (IL, MN, WI & VA). Fortunately that isn’t the case if you apply in-person!
While $150 is nice, the bank actually gives away even more goodies for applying at the game. In addition to the $150 bonus, they also were giving a $75 Packers Pro Shop gift card and I later found out that they were offering a Packers water bottle and blanket as well.
So by now you are probably thinking that there are better bonuses available, so why would I go after this one? I have a few reasons:
- It is only a soft credit inquiry based on people’s reports on Doctor of Credit.
- The account has a low initial funding requirement ($100) and they even let me fund with a credit card up to $500!
- To get the bonus I only need a $300 direct deposit or to pay 3 bills within 45 days!
- I get a Packers debit card!
Short Application Process
The process of applying was simple and took about 15 minutes. I was given my Packers Pro Shop $75 gift card on the spot along with the blanket and water bottle. The $150 should post within 75 days of completing the requirement, however people seem to be getting it much soon. There is an $11 monthly fee on the account, however it is waived with a $500 direct deposit. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it or not yet.
Opportunities While Traveling
There are actually many regional banks who will not let you sign-up for an account online, but will give you an account (and bonus) in-person. It is helpful to look for these opportunities while traveling. I wouldn’t have gone out of my way for this, but I was already there and I felt the bonus was worth enough to go for it.
You can find state specific bonuses on the Doctor of Credit website (And there are a lot). Every once in awhile a nice bonus comes up that is state specific. If you are interested and will be traveling to an area with a good bonus, you could always call ahead to make sure they will allow out of state residents to open an account in-branch. In most cases they will. While I generally wouldn’t spend too much time on this, 15 minutes for $150 + $75 GC and goodies is a good trade I think. You might find something similar or even better.
I am really happy with my new checking account and feel that the bonus is worth the 15 minutes it took me to open it. I also got the side benefit of $500 in MS, which equates to 1,500 ThankYou points in my situation. If you are interested in checking account bonuses, then it never hurts to see what is available in your area and what you can find during your travels!
For me, the checking account bonus was only the beginning of the good news. My first game at Lambeau was an exciting one. It ended with the Packers stopping the Chargers from going into the end zone to tie the game. The Packers won, I have my Packers debit card and had one amazing time. And the bonus ALMOST pays for my ticket. ALMOST.