Author Topic: Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?  (Read 1910 times)

Reddleman

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Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:52:29 AM »
My main credit card is through them, so I get offers periodically. 

This one is deposit $50k and they give you $500.  The interest rate is 1.4% as well, whereas my local bank is .15% on regular savings.  I've seen offers like this before, but they required switching your direct deposit, which is a hassle.  This one is just a deposit. The account is FDIC insured.

We keep about that much in cash, so I'm trying to see the downside on this one.  If I don't like it, I can always pull the cash out in a few months and keep the $500.

Anyone take one of these offers and want to let me in on how it went?

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Re: Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 12:57:20 PM »
I have a capital one 360 account and like it. I have opened an account before to get a bonus with switching my direct deposit and have never had any trouble getting the bonus offer. My only complaint with 360 is that it takes about a week for any transfer to happen, so getting access to your money is not as immediate as other online banks I have used.

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Re: Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 02:25:27 PM »
If you have the cash and it's worth it to you, I'd say go ahead.

There are several people on the forum, doing what you describe, but they have a routine of opening / closing accounts to collect as many bonuses as possible. I'm not an expert, but they can stear you the right way.

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Re: Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2018, 10:45:59 AM »
How long would you need to keep that much money in the account?  It could be worth it since you have that much in cash anyway. 

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Re: Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2018, 02:12:54 PM »
My main credit card is through them, so I get offers periodically. 

This one is deposit $50k and they give you $500.  The interest rate is 1.4% as well, whereas my local bank is .15% on regular savings.  I've seen offers like this before, but they required switching your direct deposit, which is a hassle.  This one is just a deposit. The account is FDIC insured.

We keep about that much in cash, so I'm trying to see the downside on this one.  If I don't like it, I can always pull the cash out in a few months and keep the $500.

Anyone take one of these offers and want to let me in on how it went?

My wife and I took similar deals with Discover Bank last year.  We each opened accounts with a $20k deposit and each got $200.  At least with Discover, there was no direct deposit requirement and we could have closed our accounts immediately and kept the $200 if we wanted to.

For us the free $400 was worth it.  We have a higher interest rate to boot (currently 1.4%).  We moved money from Capital One 360 which only had a 0.75% rate at the time, and is now 1.0%.  I assume your 1.5% offer with Capital One is a promotional rate since it's 50% more than what I'm getting with Capital One 360.

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Reddleman

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Re: Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 05:32:27 AM »
The 1.4% is part of a promotion, but I believe it's their regular rate on Money Market accounts.  These have been FDIC insured for a while now, so from that point of view are pretty much savings accounts.  Withdrawal frequency and other differences notwithstanding.

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Re: Capital one will give me $500. Should I take it?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 06:19:53 AM »
The 1.4% is part of a promotion, but I believe it's their regular rate on Money Market accounts.  These have been FDIC insured for a while now, so from that point of view are pretty much savings accounts.  Withdrawal frequency and other differences notwithstanding.

Ah, gotcha -- didn't realize it was money market vs regular savings.  And my mistake on the 1.4% vs 1.5%.

At any rate, I can't think of a good reason to not do it.  You might need to harass/remind Capital One to deposit the bonus after you qualify -- we had to do a little of that with Discover.

Reading through the 'bank account churning' thread was interesting.  Some folks spend a lot of time doing this sort of thing and end up with a couple thousand a year in account bonuses.  I don't think I'm cut out for that, but in your case the $500 sure seems like low-hanging fruit.
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