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Wells Fargo new account $250 bonus UPDATED! - Now thru March 3rd

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I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo ---...

I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo --- I got this offer in the mail ...  Does anyone know that if I setup the account in my USAA portal and transfer money from my USAA Checking to Wells Fargo Checking from that USAA portal if that would qualify as "direct deposit"?    If so, I could just setup a scheduled transfer for my mortgage amount to the WF account and let WF take that mortgage payment from there ...

 

 


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Re: I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo ---...


someone379 wrote:

I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo --- I got this offer in the mail ...  Does anyone know that if I setup the account in my USAA portal and transfer money from my USAA Checking to Wells Fargo Checking from that USAA portal if that would qualify as "direct deposit"?    If so, I could just setup a scheduled transfer for my mortgage amount to the WF account and let WF take that mortgage payment from there ...

 

 


Probably not - they seem pretty savvy about telling the difference between a funds transfer and a drirect deposit.

 

I plan on leaving my DD alone and just making the required debit transactions from my initial deposit, then closing the checking after receiving the bonus - but in your case there may be benefit to keeping the account, so I would check with whoever does your DD to see if they can split it - my employer allows up to 4 DD accounts, for example

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Re: I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo ---...

You guys are overthinking this... if you are doing this for the bonus only do not switch DD or even worry about messing with it, even if you don't shop at Amazon purchase 10 $0.50 cent gift cards and you will meet the qualification. You will spend $5 and not have to go through the hassle of switching DD or anything. 

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Re: I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo ---...


tydawg wrote:

You guys are overthinking this... if you are doing this for the bonus only do not switch DD or even worry about messing with it, even if you don't shop at Amazon purchase 10 $0.50 cent gift cards and you will meet the qualification. You will spend $5 and not have to go through the hassle of switching DD or anything. 


In my case agree with you 100% - only trying to give the other guy options since his mortgage is there...and conventional wisdom kinda leans to not pissing off your mortgage lender  Smiley Wink

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Re: I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo ---...


someone379 wrote:

I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo --- I got this offer in the mail ...  Does anyone know that if I setup the account in my USAA portal and transfer money from my USAA Checking to Wells Fargo Checking from that USAA portal if that would qualify as "direct deposit"?    If so, I could just setup a scheduled transfer for my mortgage amount to the WF account and let WF take that mortgage payment from there ...

 


Yes it does.  Smiley Happy

 

I've been doing this for the last few years to avoid the WF monthly account fee.  I 'push' $500 from my USAA checking account to my WF checking account, and their computer 'sees' this as a direct deposit, waiving my monthly fee.  I then use WF's billpay to pay a couple of bills I would have paid anyway, or occasionally I just wait a few days then do an ACH 'pull' from USAA to move the funds right back. 

 

Easy-peasy.  Smiley Wink

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Re: I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo ---...


UncleB wrote:

someone379 wrote:

I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo --- I got this offer in the mail ...  Does anyone know that if I setup the account in my USAA portal and transfer money from my USAA Checking to Wells Fargo Checking from that USAA portal if that would qualify as "direct deposit"?    If so, I could just setup a scheduled transfer for my mortgage amount to the WF account and let WF take that mortgage payment from there ...

 


Yes it does.  Smiley Happy

 

I've been doing this for the last few years to avoid the WF monthly account fee.  I 'push' $500 from my USAA checking account to my WF checking account, and their computer 'sees' this as a direct deposit, waiving my monthly fee.  I then use WF's billpay to pay a couple of bills I would have paid anyway, or occasionally I just wait a few days then do an ACH 'pull' from USAA to move the funds right back. 

 

Easy-peasy.  Smiley Wink


Just be careful with this method not sure if it will count for the bonus, Chase reads my ACH push from NFCU as Direct Deposit to waive the monthly fee but there is confirmation that they do not count this for new account holders who want to get the bonus. Not sure if this is how Wells Fargo works as well, the language specifically states employer or outside agency so I would be very cautious... seems way to risky to me especially when it is so easy to swipe a DC 10 times... best of luck.

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Re: Wells Fargo new account $250 bonus thru Feb 17


tydawg wrote:

UncleB wrote:

someone379 wrote:

I bank with USAA but my mortgage is with Wells Fargo --- I got this offer in the mail ...  Does anyone know that if I setup the account in my USAA portal and transfer money from my USAA Checking to Wells Fargo Checking from that USAA portal if that would qualify as "direct deposit"?    If so, I could just setup a scheduled transfer for my mortgage amount to the WF account and let WF take that mortgage payment from there ...

 


Yes it does.  Smiley Happy

 

I've been doing this for the last few years to avoid the WF monthly account fee.  I 'push' $500 from my USAA checking account to my WF checking account, and their computer 'sees' this as a direct deposit, waiving my monthly fee.  I then use WF's billpay to pay a couple of bills I would have paid anyway, or occasionally I just wait a few days then do an ACH 'pull' from USAA to move the funds right back. 

 

Easy-peasy.  Smiley Wink


Just be careful with this method not sure if it will count for the bonus, Chase reads my ACH push from NFCU as Direct Deposit to waive the monthly fee but there is confirmation that they do not count this for new account holders who want to get the bonus. Not sure if this is how Wells Fargo works as well, the language specifically states employer or outside agency so I would be very cautious... seems way to risky to me especially when it is so easy to swipe a DC 10 times... best of luck.


I was more suggesting this as a way to avoid the monthly fee going forward, not in regards to earning a bonus (or not).  I personally have no experience with WF bonuses, but if it were me I would follow the language 'strictly' until the bonus was credited. 

 

Actually, the solution I would choose is both... get the debit card purchases to earn the bonus and use ACH 'push' from USAA to avoid the monthly fee (assuming you want to keep the account, of course).  If the bonus is credited after the ACH push that would be 'gravy', and if not it would be earned after the debit card purchases anyway.  Win-win.  Smiley Wink

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Re: Wells Fargo new account $250 bonus thru Feb 17

10 debit card transactions will also avoid the monthly fee.  I was confused about that also, so I checked.

 

To continue avoiding the monthly fee, you have to make another 10 debit card transactions every month.  Or do the direct deposit monthly.

 

https://www.wellsfargo.com/jump/checking/everyday-special/

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Re: Wells Fargo new account $250 bonus thru Feb 17

Thanks for that info --- I have no problem doing the 10 debit transactions for the initial bonus, but I would prefer to keep the account and I don't ever use debit cards ... I would only keep it if I can avoid the fee by transfering money from USAA monthly as I have zero intent to use it for purchases or keep a balance in it.

 

 


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Re: Wells Fargo new account $250 bonus thru Feb 17


stellar wrote:

10 debit card transactions will also avoid the monthly fee.  I was confused about that also, so I checked.

 

To continue avoiding the monthly fee, you have to make another 10 debit card transactions every month.  Or do the direct deposit monthly.

 

https://www.wellsfargo.com/jump/checking/everyday-special/


This is good to know.  Smiley Happy

 

My account type is no longer offered and my only option to avoid the monthly fee is ACH-push/"Direct Deposit" but it's nice that folks with new(er) accounts have more options.  I could probably change my account type, but my monthly push from USAA has been working well and in any case I try to avoid using my debit card unless it's absolutely necessary.  The important part is that I'm still able to get the fee waived.  Smiley Very Happy

 

For people who don't have access to a free way to do an ACH 'push' the debit card method will be very helpful.

 

Thanks for sharing!  Smiley Wink

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