WAMU Free Checking – Get $100

I previously wrote about the demise of the WAMU Online Savings account since WAMU was taken over by Chase.   Those accounts are now paying a whopping 1.00%.   Compare this to yesterday’s rates for competitive savings accounts.  Still not so good and I don’t expect it to get better.

Though apparently the WAMU Free Checking Account is alive and well and still a pretty good product.  They offer free checks, free ATM withdrawals, free online banking and free bill pay.  I had this type of account previously and found it to be very good and their website easy to use.  Since there are no monthly fees or check charges, the price is right.  Soon the account will be tied in completely with Chase and bring the benefits of such a large network of branches.  I think Chase will continue with this free product and not make any changes because they are heavily marketing this account right now.

In fact, I found out they are now offering $100 when someone opens an account and sets up direct deposit.   You may need a coupon to get the $100.  Check with your local branch or call (800) 685-1644 to see if they will honor without the coupon.   They have been sending out coupons via mass mail and also have a site set up at http://free.wamu.com to get the $100 offer.  (Although the site wasn’t working properly when I tried to check it out.)  The promo code I got was 3744-ADFF-9691 which says it can only be used once and expires March 28, 2009.   I am not using the code.  So one of you are free to use it to take advantage of the offer.  If mine gets used, you could always try to Google “wamu $100 promo code” by clicking here.

If you have a promo code you won’t be using, please share it with our community by posting the code in a comment below.

10 thoughts on “WAMU Free Checking – Get $100”

  1. WAMU is a total scam.
    I opened an account on 02/28/09 online using a promo code. The particular promo mailing offer I received told me to go to http://www.free.wamu.com/ (which if you go there, the FIRST thing you have to do is fill in the PROMO code, before you can do anything else).
    I opened the account and even entered in my card information (from a credit card at another bank) to fund my new WAMU checking immediately.
    I did not see any confirmation number (if there even was one).
    WAMU emails me about my March09 stmt, says there’s $0 in my acct. I call, they said it takes a while for the card transaction to go through. OK fine.
    They email me about my April 09 stmt, says $0 balance. I go into the branch on 04/07/09 and deposit $100 cash. They tell me no problem, the promo is still in effect, I deposited the money within 60 days of opening the acct, no worries.
    I wait exactly 12weeks. on 07/07/09 I login to my Wamu acct. No free $100 yet. I use their online email interface to email cust. srvc. They reply that they have no record of me and to go to the branch. I go to the branch AGAIN. Show them my paperwork, etc, but their computers are down. Go figure. He says he’s going to call me back.
    He calls me back this afternoon to say NO MONEY without the CONFIRMATION code from when I entered the promo code onto their site. I do not have this. I am very pissed off. I am closing my account. TOTAL SCAM!!! They say they have NO record of me ever using the promo code. HELLO? Its the first bit of info they ASK for on the site. WTF???

  2. OK. I am looking for a promotional offer for Chase checking accounts. They are offered all of the time. Can anyone give it out? I am willing to give an email address but first want to know the info. I guess at the post office, you are supposed to be able to get them in moving packets.



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