List Of Methods Banks Count As Direct Deposits

Below is a list of banks, along with what they’ll count as a direct deposit. This is useful information because a lot of bank sign up bonuses require you to make direct deposits to receive the sign up bonus. Changing where your paycheck is deposited can be frustrating and time consuming. We’ve included the source(s) in brackets next to each method. Note: If Bluebird or Serve show as working/not working then this will be the case for Redcard/Redbird as well. They all run on the same platform (the same is true in reverse as well).

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Big Banks/Banks With Regular Sign Up Bonuses

American Express

American Express has two different products, Bluebird & Serve. We’ve split the information below but if it works for one it should work for the other.

Bluebird:

The following count as a direct deposit

  • Amazon payments: 1

Serve:

  • Ally: 1, 2
  • Paypal: 1
  • CapitalOne360: 1
  • Santander ACH push: 1

Bank of America

The following count as a direct deposit:

The following no longer count as direct deposit:

  • ACH Transfer: 1
  • Ally ACH: 1, 2 (via e-mail in March, 2015)
  • American Express:
    • Bluebird: 1
  • Capital One: 1
  • Chase: 1 (does work to waive fee, not for bonus)
  • Discover: 1 (does work to waive fee, not for bonus)
  • Fidelity: 1
  • HSBC: 1
  • Paypal (1, 2), there is evidence of it working previously (123) but this has now been shut down.
  • BofA user to user transfers (1)
  • Vanguard: 1

Capital One 360

The following count as a direct deposit:

The following didn’t work:

  • Ally: 1
  • Chase: 1
  • Discover: 1, 2, 3,
  • Elements: 1
  • Santander: 1
  • Stripe: 1
  • TIAA Direct: 1
  • Wells Fargo: 1
  • USAA: 1, 2, 3

Chase

It seems as if any transfer that codes as P2P will no longer work for Chase.

New data points as of September, 2016. The following work to trigger the requirement:

  • ABC Giftcards payout: 1, 2
  • Acorns: 1, 2 (didn’t work)
  • AirBnB: 1
  • Alliant: 1, 2
  • Amazon Payments: 1
  • American Express:
  • Ameritrade: 1
  • Barclays Online Saving: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Cappital One: 1
  • Chase: 1
  • Charles Schwab: 1 (brokerage)
  • Connexus FCU: 1,
  • Consumers Credit Union: 1
  • E*Trade: 1
  • Fidelity EFT: 1 (via e-mail on October 5th, 2016), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
  • Freshbooks WePay: 1
  • Goldman Sachs: 1
  • Google Adsense: 1
  • Gusto: 1
  • Provident Credit Union: 1, 2
  • Robinhood: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (e-mail on 06/21/17)s, 6,
  • Schools First: 1
  • Robinhood: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • SchoolFirst: 1
  • First Technology Credit Union: 1,
  • TD Ameritrade: 1, 2
  • Topcashback Payout: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (didn’t work), 16 (didn’t work)
  • Wells Fargo ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13
  • Uber: 1, 2,
  • University Federal Credit Union: 1
  • USAA: 1
  • Vanguard Brokerage: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (didn’t work),
  • Wells Fargo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, not working for some?, 15 (not working), 16 (not working), 17 (not working), 18 (not working)

The following do not work:

  • Alliant: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Ally: 1
  • American Express Savings: 1
  • Barclaycard Savings: 1, 2, 3
  • Bank of America: 1, 2
  • Capital One: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2 (savings), 3, 4,
  • Charlies Schwab: 1 (checking), 2, 3 (brokerage), 4, 5 (brokerage)
  • Citi ACH: 1
  • Discover: 1, 2, 3
  • FNBO: 1
  • IRS: 12
  • Square Cash.me: 1
  • TD Ameritrade: 1
  • U.S. Bank: 1
  • USAA: 1 (1 does work), 2
  • Venmo: 1, 2

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The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally ACH: 1234, 5, 6 (may no longer work: 1), 7 looks like it is working (via e-mail February 10th, 2015), 8, 9, 10 (via e-mail July 15th, 2015)
  • American Express Serve: 1234, 5, 6, 7 (via email January 23rd, 2015), 8 (via email March 3rd, 2015), 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • American Express Bluebird: 1, 2, 3
  • American Express Redcard: 1, 2
  • American Express OneVIP: 1
  • Ameritrade: 1
  • ACH: 1234567891011121314, 15
  • Barclays Online Saving: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Capital One Savings: 1, 2
  • CCU ACH: 1
  • Discover Checking: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5/chase-checking-300-savings-200-bonus/#comment-226214
  • E*Trade: 1 (may no longer work)
  • Fifth Third: 1
  • Fidelity Online Transfer: 1, 2
  • Fidelity Cash Management: 1
  • Google Wallet: 1
  • Huntington Bank ACH: 1, 2 (no longer works: 1
  • NFCU ACH: 1
  • PenFed ACH: 1, 2
  • Santander: 1, 2
  • Tech CU: 1 (No longer works: 1)
  • Topcashback: 1 (via e-mail on July 27th, 2016)
  • Venmo: 1 (No longer works: 1)
  • Wells Fargo: 1, 2, 3
  • Barclays Online Savings: 1, 2

The following no longer count as direct deposits:

  • Alliant: 1, 2, 3 (used to work 1)
  • Ally: 1
  • Amazon Payments (1)
  • American Express Savings: 1, 2
  • Capital One 360/ING Direct, this used to work  (1 , 2 , 34 and 1234) but it’s now no longer working unfortunately (12345). Reports of this working again (1 via e-mail on April 22nd, 2015), 2, 3, 4
  • Charles Schwab Brokerage: used to work 1, 2, 3 but now no longer works: 1, 2, 3
  • Citi Bank ACH: 1, 2
  • Discover: 1, 2
  • First Tennessee: 1
  • Google Wallet: 1
  • HSBC (123)
  • Mango (1)
  • Paypal used to work (123) and now no longer works (1 24567, 8, 9, 10)
  • PNC ACH: 1, 2
  • SDFCU: 1
  • TD Bank: 1
  • USAA: 1

Citibank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH: 12
  • Amazon payments: 1
  • Chase: 1, 2,
  • Emigrant direct: 1
  • Fidelity ACH: 1, 2, 3
  • INGdirect: 123
  • Paypal: 123, 4,

The following don’t count as direct deposit:

  • Barclaycard:
    • Wyndham: 1
  • Paypal: 1 (somebody let me know via e-mail it no longer works) (used to work: 123)
  • Schwab Brokerage money link transfers (1)
  • TD Ameritrade: 1

Discover

The following did work:

  • Ally: 1 (may no longer work: 1)
  • Amazon Seller Disbursements: 1
  • Bank of America Business ACH: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3
  • Fidelity: 1
  • Paypal: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Serve: 1
  • TD Ameritrade: 1

Huntington Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Amazon Payments (1)
  • ACH Transfers: 1, 2, 3
  • Bluebird: 1
  • Capital One: 1
  • Chase: 1, 2
  • PNC: 1

Key Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH (1)
  • Ally ACH: 1
  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1, 2, 3,
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Chase: 1, 2, 3
  • Discover: 1
  • E*Trade: 1
  • Orgeon Community Credit Union: 1
  • Paypal: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Stripe Transfer: 1
  • TD Ameritrade: 1
  • USAA: 1
  • Wells Fargo ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • Venmo: 1, 2

The following didn’t count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1
  • Charles Schwab: 1

PNC

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Alliant: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
  • AmEx serve: 1, 2, 3
  • AmEx Redbird: 1
  • Barclays: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3 (1 may no longer work), 4, 5,
  • Charles Schwab: 1 (brokerage)
  • Chase: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • Chase Business: 1
  • Discover ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • FCB South County Bank: 1
  • Fidelity: 11, 2,
    • Cash management: 1
  • Fifth Third: 1, 2 (didn’t work)
  • Paypal: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1o, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,  (didn’t work), 23, 24, 25,
  • Pentagon Federal Credit Union: 1
  • Fidelity: 1, 2, 3
  • Schwab: 1, 2
  • Vanguard: 1,
  • Venmo: 1

The following do not count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally ACH: 1, 2 (used to work: 1
  • Charles Schwab: 1 (checking)

Santander Bank

Works (from August 2016 onwards)

  • American Express
    • Bluebird: 1
    • Serve: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (didn’t work), 7 (didn’t work), 8 (worked)
  • Chase:  1
  • Charles Schwab: 1 (brokerage only)
  • Fidelity: 1, 2, 3
  • Wells Fargo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,

Doesn’t work:

  • Charles Schwab Checking: 1 (via Twitter on 06/01/2017)
  • Discover: 1, 2,
  • TD Ameritrade: 1
  • USAA: 1

U.S. Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH (1)
  • Alliant (1)
  • Ally: 1
  • Charlies Schwab: 1, 2,
  • Chase: 1
  • Fidelity: 1,
  • Paypal: 1
  • Tech CU: 1, 2
  • Venmo: 1

Wells Fargo

The following triggers the direct deposit requirement:

  • Alliant: 1, 2
  • Ally: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1
  • Bank of America: 1
  • BECU ACH: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1
  • Charles Schwab Money Link: 1
  • Chase: 1
  • Citibank: 1
  • Discover: 1, 2
    • Savings: 1, 2
  • Dwolla: 1
  • E-Trade: 1
  • Fidelity: 1, 2
  • HSBC: 1
  • Keybank: 1
  • Paypal: 1, 2, 3
  • PenFed Trial Deposits: 1
  • PNC: 1, 2
  • Robinhood: 1
  • Santander: 1, 2
  • Schwab: 1
  • USAA: 1
  • Venmos: 1, 2,

Credit Unions/Small Banks

1st Constitution Bank

The following did not work as direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1
  • Chase: 1
  • Discover: 1
  • Paypal: 1
  • Santander: 1
  • Vanguard: 1

1st Mariner Bank

  • No data points

1st Source Bank

  • No data points

1st United Credit Union

AAC Credit Union

  • No data points

ACNB Bank

  • No data points

Advance Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU)

We don’t have any data points on what will trigger the bonus, but be warned that the fine print states you must deposit your full pay check. In some cases credit unions will manually check this (e.g you’ll be required to show your pay stub).

Advantage Bank

  • No data points

Adventure Credit Union

The following code as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One 360: 1

Aero Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Allegiance Credit Union

  • No data points

Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Amalgamated Bank

  • No data points

American Bank

  • No data points

America First Credit Union

  • No data points

American Eagle Credit Union

The following did work:

  • No data points

The following didn’t work:

  • Paypal: 1
  • Santander Bank: 1
  • Serve: 1

American Enterprise Bank

  • No data points

American Investors Bank & Mortgage (AIBM)

  • No data points

American Heritage Credit Union

  • No data points

American Trust & Savings Bank

  • No data points

AmeriCU Credit Union

  • No data points

Anchor Bank

The following trigger the bonus:

  • Discover ACH: 1

Andigo Credit Union

  • No data points

Andrews Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

APGFCU

  • No data points

Apple Bank

The following do count as a direct deposit:

The following didn’t count as a direct deposit:

  • Chase ACH: 1

Arizona Central Credit Union

No data points

Ascend Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Associated Bank

  • Ally: 1, 2, 3, 4,
  • PNC ACH: 1

Associated Credit Union

  • No data points

Associated Credit Union of Texas (ACUTX)

  • No data points

Avidia Bank

The following count:

  • Capital One 360 ACH: 1

Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB)

  • No data points

BancorpSouth

  • No data points

Bank & Trust

  • Capital One: 1

Bank Direct

These guys are extremely strict and it seems they do a manual review on all direct deposits to ensure that they are from an employer. You also need to be depositing your full paycheck rather than a partial deposit, they check this by verifying it against your stated yearly income. Source(s): 1

Bankers Trust

  • No data points

BankHometown

  • No data points

Bank of Canton

  • No data points

Bank of Maine

We don’t currently know of anything other than a regular employer payment that will trigger the direct deposit requirement that Bank of Maine requires.

Bank Mutual

The following don’t count as a direct deposit

  • Ally ACH: 1
  • Paypal

Bank of New York

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • HSBC (1)

Bank Of Sun Prairie

  • No data points

Bank Of The West

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Emigrant (1)
  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1)
  • Discover ACH: 1
  • Paypal (123, 4
  • Schwab ACH: 1
  • USAA: 1

We don’t know of any regular methods that don’t count as direct deposit with Bank Of The West.

BankWell

  • No data points

Banterra

  • No data points

BB&T

The following does count as a direct deposit:

The following doesn’t count as a direct deposit:

  • Paypal: 1

BBVA

The following codes as a direct deposit:

  • Charles Schwab: 1 (brokerage)
  • Paypal: 1, 2 (didn’t work)
  • Provident Credit Union: 1

The following did not work:

  • Chase: 1.
  • Robinhood: 1

Beacon Credit Union

  • No data points

BECU

  • No data points

Belco Community Bank

  • No data points

Bellco Credit Union

  • No data points

Beneficial Bank

  • No data points

Berkshire Bank

  • No data points

BethPage Credit Union

We don’t currently have any data points on what does or doesn’t count as a direct deposit. Please share in the comments below.

Beverly Hill Bank

  • No data points

BHCU

  • No data points

BiddefordSavings

No data points

Blue Hills Bank

The following counted as a direct deposit:

  • Discover: 1

The following did not count as a direct deposit:

  • Discover: 1 (savings)

BMO Harris

The following do count as a direct deposit:

  • Alliant ACH: 1, 2 (1 no longer counts), 3 (worked again)
  • Ally: 1
  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Chase: 1 (business checking), 2, 3 (business checking), 4
  • Discover ACH: 1, 2, 3 (didn’t count: 1), 4 (did count), 5 (did count)
  • Fidelity: 1 (brokerage)
  • Robinhood: 1
  • Schwab Transfer: 1, 2, 3
  • Vanguard: 1 (brokerage)
  • UFCU: 1

The following did not count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1 (1 – did work), 2, 3 (did work), 4 (did work), 5 (didn’t work), 6 (didn’t work), 7 (did work), 8 (did work)
  • Charles Schwab: 1 (brokerage), 2 (did work)
  • Paypal: 1, 2, 3 (did work)
  • Taxes:
    • Federal & State: 1
  • USAA: 1

BOKF (Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas, Colorado State Bank and Trust)

  • Bank of Texas:
    • Capital One 360: 1

Bridge Credit Union

  • No data points

Bridgeview Bank Group

The following code as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1
  • Gusto: 1

The following didn’t work as a direct deposit:

  • Charles Schwab: 1

The following doesn’t code as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One 360: 1

Bull’s Eye Credit Union

  • No data points

Callaway Bank

  • No data points

Cambridge Savings Bank

  • No data points

Cambridge Trust Company

  • No data points

Camden National Bank

The following worked as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One: 1

Campus USA Credit Union

  • No data points

Capital Bank

  • Unknown

Capital Credit Union

  • No data points

Capitol Bank

  • No data points

Carver Federal Savings Bank

  • No data points

CCFBank

The following do work:

  • No data points

The following don’t work:

  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1,
  • Capital One: 1,

CEFCU

  • No data points

Centier

  • No data points

Central Bank

  • No data points

Charter One

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1)

Chartway Federal Credit Union

We’re unsure what counts as a direct deposit, but we’d recommend using a real employer deposit or government benefit as it looks like they manually check this part of the bonus is completed in good faith. We will update this if this is not the case.

Chime

The following counts as direct deposit:

  • Serve: 1 (personal experience)

Christian Community Credit Union

  • No data points

CinFed Credit Union

  • No data points

The Citizens Bank

  • No data points

Citizens Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH (1, 2)
  • Alliant: 1
  • Chase: 1, 2,
  • Fidelity: 1,
  • Huntington Bank: 1
  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1)
  • IRS refund: 1
  • Topcashback: 1
  • Vanguard: 1, 2,
  • Venmo: 1, 2

The following did not count as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One 360: 1

City National Bank (Bankatcity)

  • No data points

Clearview Federal Credit Union

The following did count as a direct deposit:

  • Discover trial deposits: 1 (via e-mail on July 31st, 2016)

Clifton Savings Bank (CSBK)

  • No data points

Columbia Credit Union

  • No data points

Columbia Bank (NJ)

The following worked:

  • Capital One 360: 1, 2,
  • Chase: 1,
  • Citizens Bank: 1
  • Fidelity: 1

Columbia Bank (WA, OR, ID)

  • No data points

Columbia Bank Online

No data points

Compass Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1)

Commerce Bank (MA)

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Paypal (1)
  • ING (1, 2)

Commerce Bank (MO, KS, IL, OK & CO)

  • No data points

Community Bank & Trust

  • No data points

Community West Credit Union

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH counts for the interest rate bonus, but no the cash bonus (1)

Connex Credit Union

  • No data points

ConnexUs Credit Union

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1

Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

  • No data points

Coors Credit Union

  • No data points

Cornerstone Bank

  • No data points

Crane Credit Union

  • Soft pull: 1

Credit Union of Ohio

  • No data points

Credit Union of Texas

  • No data points

Crystal Lake Bank

  • No data points

CSE Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Dearborn Savings Bank (DSB)

  • No data points

Dedham Savings Bank

  • No data points

Delta Community Credit Union

  • No data points

Denmark State Bank

  • No data points

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Diamond Valley Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Dollar Bank

No data points

East Boston Savings Bank

  • No data points

Eastern Bank

No data points.

East Wisconsin Savings Bank

  • No data points

Educators Credit Union (ECU)

  • No data points

Elements Financial

  • Alliant: 1, 2
  • Ally: 1
  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1
  • Capital One 360: 12
  • Discover: 1
  • Goldman Sachs savings: 1
  • Wells Fargo: 1

Energy Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

E*Trade

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1, 2)

Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union

  • Initial credit card funding worked: 1

Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Farmington Bank

  • No data points

FAST Credit Union

  • No data points

FCB South County Bank

  • No data points

FEDCOM Credit Union

We currently don’t have any data points, please share yours in the comments.

Fidelity Bank (PA)

  • No data points

Fifth Third Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1, 2 (no longer working: 1), 3 (worked again), 4, 5,
  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1
  • Bank of America: 1
  • Capital One: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Chase; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
  • Chase business: 1
  • Citizens: 1
  • Discover ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Huntington: 1
  • USAA ACH (1), 2
  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 via email on November 8th)
  • Paypal: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
  • Serve: 1

The following did not work:

  • Huntington Bank: 1
  • PNC: 1

First American Bank

  • No data points

First Bank (VA)

  • No data points

First Bank and Trust

  • No data points

First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC)

  • No data points

FirstBank

The following worked:

  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union: 1
  • TD Ameritrade: 1, 2, 3

The following didn’t work:

  • Capital One 360: 1

First Commerce Credit Union

  • No data points

First Commonwealth Bank

  • No data points

First Federal Bank of Wisconsin

  • No data points

First Flight Credit Union

  • No data points

First General Credit Union

  • No data points

First Merchants Bank

The following code as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1
  • Goldman Sachs: 1

First Jersey Credit Union

  • No data points

First Mark Credit Union

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH: 1
  • Alliant ACH: 1
  • Ally ACH: 1

First MidWest Bank

  • No data points

First Nebraska Credit Union

We’re not sure what counts as a direct deposit, but they require you to deposit your full pay check according to the fine print so they might require paystub verification.

First Tennessee Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH: 1
  • Alliant: 1
  • Ally: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Capital One: 1, 2, 3
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Capital One Savings: 1
  • Charles Schwab: 12
  • Chase: 1, 2, 3, 4. 5
  • Discover: 1, 2, 3
  • First Citizens Bank: 1
  • Paypal: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Santander: 1
  • Schwab Brokerage: 1, 2
  • USAA: 1, 2, 3
  • Wells Fargo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • Venmo: 1, 2, 3,

First Citizen’s Bank

We don’t know of any methods that do or don’t count as a direct deposit. Contact us if you know of any.

First Federal Bank

  • No data points

First Green Bank

  • No data points

First Home Bank

  • No data points

First Merit Bank

  • We have no data points, please share yours in the comments section.

First National Bank (FNB)

The following worked:

  • Chase: 1

First National Bank [UT]

  • No data points

First National Bank [NE]

The following worked:

  • Charles Schwab:
    • Trial deposits: 1

First South Financial

  • No data points

First State Bank Of Illinois

  • No data points

First Trade Union Bank (FTUB)

FTUB is a small bank and as such it looks like they manually check to see if you’ve received an employer direct deposit or not. Apart from Capital One 360 there is no record of any regular ACH transfers triggering the bonus (and ING/CapOne 360 is from long ago). The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1)

The following don’t count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally Bank ACH (1, 2, 3)
  • Chase ACH (1)

First Niagara Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Alliant ACH: 1
  • Ally ACH: 1, 2
  • AmEx FSB ACH: 1
  • Bank of America ACH: 1,
  • Capital One ACH: 1
  • Capital One 360 ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Chase ACH: 1, 2
  • Discover: 1
  • HSBC ACH: 1
  • Paypal 1, 2, 3, 4
  • State Farm ACH: 1

Amazon gift cards also work for meeting the minimum debit card transactions required: 1

First Republic Bank

  • No data points

First United Bank

  • KickFurther: 1

Fitzsimmons Credit Union

  • No data points

Five Star Bank

The following counted as a direct deposit:

  • Wells Fargo: 1

Flagstar

There are no known working methods for Flagstar at the moment. The following don’t count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH used to work (1, 2) but in recent times it no longer does (1)

Florida Community Bank

  • No data points

Flushing Bank

  • No data points

F&M Bank

  • No data points

FNCB

  • No data points

Focus Bank

No data points, please share your experiences in the comments at the end of this post.

Freedom Credit Union

No data points.

Freedom Federal Credit Union

No data points.

Fulton Bank

The following have not worked for direct deposit:

  • Capital One 360: 1,
  • Citi: 1
  • Discover: 1
  • Huntington: 1
  • Wells Fargo: 1

Garden Savings FCU

No data points, please share your experiences in the comments at the end of this post.

Georgia Banking Company (GBC)

  • No data points

Gesa Credit Union

  • No data points

GoBank

  • Alliant ACH: 1
  • Chase: 1

GO Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Greater Iowa Credit Union

  •  No data points

Great Lakes Credit Union

The following are considered a direct deposit:

  • ACH: 1, 2
  • Chase: 1

Great Southern Bank

  • No data points

Greater Nevada Credit Union

  • No data points

HarborOne Bank

  • No data points

The following didn’t work as a direct deposit:

  • Vanguard brokerage: 1

Heartland Bank

  • No data points

Heartland Credit Union

  • No data points

Heritage Credit Union

  • No data points

HeritageWest Credit Union

  • No data points

Home National Bank

  • No data points

Home Federal Savings Bank

  • No data points

Home Savings Bank

  • No data points

HomeStreet Bank

Following count as a direct deposit:

  • Citibank: 1
  • Paypal: 1
  • Provident Credit Union: 1

Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU)

  • No data points

IBERIABANK

  • No data points

ICBC USA

  • Unknown

Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU)

  • No data points

Ideal Credit Union

  • No data points

Illinois State Credit Union

  • No data points

Integrity Bank

  • No data points

Interior Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

JSC Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Kemba Financial Credit Union

  • No data points

Kinderhook Bank

  • No data points

Kinecta

  • No data points

La Capitol Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

 Lakeland Bank

  • No data points

Lake Michigan Credit Union

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH (1)

Lake Shore Savings

  • No data points

Landmark Credit Union

We aren’t sure what counts as a direct deposit.

LegacyTexas

  • No data points

Level One Bank

  • No data points

Liberty Bank (CT, MA, RI)

  • No data points

Liberty Bank For Savings

  • No data points

Liberty First Credit Union

  • No data points

LorMet Community Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Los Angeles Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Lyons National Bank

  • No data points

Mars Bank

  • No data points

Melrose Bank

  • No data points

Member One Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Members Cooperative Credit Union

  • No data points

Members Source Credit Union

  • No data points

Meridian Bank

  • No data points

Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union

No data points

MidFirst Bank

  • Ally: 1

MIDFLORIDA CU

  • No datapoints

MidWestOne Bank

No data points

MB Financial Bank

The following counted as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One: 1

I don’t have any hard data points, in this fatwallet thread people complain about not getting the bonus but that is because their direct deposits were too small. MB Financial now publicly states how big the direct deposit needs to be.

Macatawa Bank

  • No data points

Mango

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Alliant: 1, 2
  • Amazon Payments: 1, 2
  • Bluebird: 1
  • Fidelity: 1
  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1) (Warning: One reader has reported Capital One 360 locking their account with a fraud warning for linking Mango because it is a prepaid product and only personal checking accounts can be used).
  • Paypal: 1

Mainstreet Credit Union

  • No data points

MainSource Bank

  • No data points

Memphis City ECU (MCECU)

  • No data points

Meadows Credit Union

There are no working methods for meadows credit union at the moment. The following count as a direct deposit:

  • HSBC (1)

Monroe Bank & Trust (MBT)

  • No data points

Montgomery County EFCU

  • No data points

MountainOne Bank

  • No data points

Mountain America Credit Union

  • No data points

My Banking Direct

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Schwab Brokerage: 1

Mutual Bank

  • No data points

MVB Bank

  • No data points

M&T Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH (1)
  • ACH trial deposits: 1, 2
  • Alliant: 1, 2
  • Ally: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Didn’t work: 1 (recent DP say it does though), 16, 17, another dp of it not working,
  • American Express Savings: 1, 2
  • Ameritrade: 1
  • Barclays Savings: 1
  • Capital One ACH trial deposits: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Charles Schwab: 1 (brokerage)
  • Chase trial Deposits: 1
  • Chase ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Citi
    • ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4
    • ACH trial deposits: 1
  • Discover: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • ETrade: 1
  • Fidelity cash management: 1
  • First Tennessee: 1
  • HSBC (1)
  • Huntington: 1, 2
  • Paypal (1, 2) (didn’t work)
  • Paypal trial deposits: 1
  • PNC test deposits: 1
  • PNC ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • ,
  • Santander: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Schwab: 1, 2, 3
  • SunTrust: 1
  • TD Bank: 1
  • USAA: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Vanguard Brokerage: 1, 2
  • Venmo: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Wells Fargo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

The following don’t code as a direct deposit:

  • Keybank: 1
  • Paypal: 1, 2

NASA Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Nationwide Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • American Express Serve: 1
  • Capital One 360 ACH: 1
  • Fidelity: 1
  • Paypal: 1

The following don’t count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally ACH: 1
  • Random ACH: 1

Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU)

  • No data points

Neighborhood Credit Union

  • No data points

Nevada State Bank

  • No data points

New Buffalo Savings Bank

  • No data points

Newton Federal Bank

  • No data points

Newtown Savings Bank (NSB)

  • No data points

North Brookfield Savings Bank

  • No data points

North Community Bank

No data points, if you know of any please share in comments.

Northern Paper Milles (NPM)

  • No data points

North Shore Bank

  • No data points

North State Bank

  • No data points

Northwest Bank

  • No data points

NorthWest Savings Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH: 1, 2
  • Capital One: 1,
  • Discover: 1
  • Paypal: 1, 2
  • Schwab One: 1, 2
  • USAA: 1

NWSB Bank

  • No data points

Numerica Credit Union

  • No data points

NuVision Federal

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Amazon Payments (1)
  • Ameritrade (1)
  • Schwab Brokerage (1)

NYCB Family Of Banks

  • No data points

Ocean First Bank

The following did count as a direct deposit:

  • No data points

The following didn’t count as a direct deposit:

  • Chase: 1

Old Missouri Bank

The following did NOT code as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1

Old National Bank

The following do work:

  • PNC ACH: 1

Old Second Bank

The following codes as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One: 1, 2,

One Nevada Credit Union

  • No data points

OneWest Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Chase: 1

Orange County’s Credit Union

  • No data point

Partner Colorado Credit Union

  • No data points

Penn Community Bank

  • No data points

PeoplesBank (Bankatpeoples)

  • Unknown

PeoplesBank (MD & PA)

The following works:

  • Ally: 1, 2,
  • Charles Schwab: 1,
  • PNC ACH: 1, 2

Peoples Bank

We’re currently unsure what will trigger the bonus.

Picatinny Credit Union

  • No data points

Pinnacle Financial Partners

  • No data points

Pinnacle Titans Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Paypal or Discover triggered the bonus: 1

Polam Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Popular Community Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3,
  • Chase ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • Citibank: 1
  • Discover: 1

Power Financial Credit Union

  • No data points

Premier America Credit Union

  • No data points

Premier Members Credit Union

  • No data points

Presidential Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH (1)

Prestige Community Credit Union

  • No data points

Principal Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1)
  • HSBC (1)

Progessions Credit Union

  • No data points

Provident Credit Union

No data points

Proviso Community Bank

  • No data points

Public Employees Credit Union (PECU)

  • No data points

Public Service Credit Union

They require you to deposit your full paycheck to be qualified for this promotion (Source).\

Randolf Savings Bank

  • No data points

Reading Cooperative Bank

  • No data points

Red Rocks Credit Union

  • No data points

Redstone Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Regions Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH: 1
  • Ally: 1
  • Amazon payments: 1
  • American Express:
    • Serve: 1
  • Ally: 1
  • Bank of America: 1
  • Chase: 1, 2, 3,
  • First Tennessee: 1
  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • PNC: 1

Reliance Bank

  • No data points

Reliant Community Credit Union

  • No data points

Ridgewood Credit Union

  • No data points

Riverview Bank

  • No data points

Rockland Trust Bank

  • No data points

Sacramento Credit Union

  • No data points

SAFE Credit Union

  • No data points

Salem Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

Sandy Spring Bank

  • No data points

Savings Bank of Danbury

  • No data points

SB1 Federal Credit Union

No data points, please share your experiences in the comments.

SchoolsFirstCU

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ING Direct/Capital One 360 (1)

Scient Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Seacoast Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • American Express Serve: 1
  • Discover ACH: 1

Security Service FCU

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Paypal: 1

Select Bank & Trust

  • No data points

Signature Bank of Georgia

No data points, please let us know in the comments.

Simsbury Bank

  • No data points

SIS Bank

  • No data points

SkyOne Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Solvay Bank

  • No data points

Space Coast Credit Union

  • No data points

Spartan Federal Credit Union

No data points

Sound Credit Union

We’re unsure what does and doesn’t count as a direct deposit with sound credit union, let us know your experiences in the comments.

South East National Bank

  • No data points

South State Bank

  • No data points

Spire Credit Union

No data, please share your experiences in the comments.

Stanford Federal Credit Union

No data

Star Financial Bank

Star Bank

  • No data points

STCU (Spokane Teachers Credit Union)

  • No data points

Sturdy Savings Bank

  • No data points

St Mary’s Credit Union

  • No data points

Stoneham Bank

The following code as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One 360: 1
  • Wells Fargo: 1

St Paul Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

S&T Bank

  • No data points

State Security Bank

  • No data points

Suffolk Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Sun East Federal Credit Union

No data

Sunflower Bank

  • No data points

Sun National Bank

  • No data points

SunTrust

The following count as a direct deposit:

Suntrust requires you to bring in a pay stub to confirm that the amount you’re direct depositing is the full amount of your pay check. Update: it looks like SunTrust is no longer asking for paystub verification.

Synovus Bank

  • No data points

Sweet Home Federal Credit Union

  • No data points

Talmer Bank & Trust

The following did not trigger the direct deposit requirement:

  • Capital One: 1
  • Chase: 1
  • Venmo: 1

TCF Bank

  • Alliant: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2,
  •  Discover:
    • Savings: 1, 2,
  • Fidelity: 1

TD Bank

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH (1)
  • Ally ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Alliant: 1, 2, 3
  • American Express Savings: 1
  • Bank of America: 1
  • Capital One: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Charles Schwab ACH: 1
  • Chase: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Discover: 1, 2, 3 (didn’t work)
    • Savings: 1, 2
  • E*trade: 1, 2, 3,
  • Fidelity: 1
  • PNC: 1
  • Tax refund: 1
  • Vanguard: 1 (brokerage)
  • Wells Fargo: 1, 2, 3, 4

The following do not count as a direct deposit:

Tech CU

The following count as a direct deposit:

  • Ally: 1, 2, 3
  • Capital One 360: 1, 2, 3
  • Charles Schwab: 1
  • Chase: 1
  • Citi: 1, 2
  • Discover: 1, 2, 3
  • PNC: 1
  • Schwab: 1, 2
  • Synchrony: 1

Telco Community Credit Union

  • No data points

Texell Credit Union

  • No data points

The Columbia Bank

  • No data points

TIAA Direct

The following coded as a direct deposit:

  • Capital One ACH: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1
  • Chase ACH: 1, 2
  • Chase business ACH: 1
  • Discover ACH: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Fidelity ACH: 1
  • Fidelity CMA: 1
  • Fidelity (FID-Moneyline): 1

The following did not count:

  • Ally ACH: 1

Tobyhana

We have no data points currently.

Tompkins VIST Bank

  • No data points

Town Bank

  • No data points

Town and Country Bank

  • No data points

Traditional Bank

  • No data points

Truity Credit Union

  • No data points

TrustCo Bank

  • No data points, but they say full paycheck/benefits must be deposited.

TruMark Financial

Counts as a direct deposit:

  • Paypal: 1

TruStone Financial

  • No data points

TruWest Credit Union

The following have counted as a direct deposit in the past:

  • Vanguard: 1

TTCU (Formerly Tulsa Teachers Credit Union)

  • No data points

Ulster Savings Bank

  • No data points

UniBank

  • No data points

Union Bank

  • No data points

Union Bank & Trust

  • Alliant: 1
  • Ally: 1
  • American Express:
    • Business Plus: 1
  • Capital One 360: 1 (trial deposits)
  • Charles Schwab: 1
  • Chase: 1
  • Discover: 1

Union Community Bank

  • No data points

United Roosevelt Savings Bank

  • No data points

Unitus Community Credit Union

  • No data points

Unity Bank

  • No data points

Univest

  • No data points

USAA

The following did count as a direct deposit:

  • Navy Federal ACH: 1

The following didn’t count as a direct deposit:

  • ACH: 1
  • Paypal: 1

US Alliance Financial

  • No data points

Wakefield Co-operative Bank

  • No data points

Water And Power Community Credit Union (WPCU)

  • No data points

WaterStone Bank

  • Unknown

Watertown Savings Bank

Fineprint specifically states that it must be government benefit or payroll, but we’re not sure if this is enforced or not.

Webster Bank

  • No data points, but usually optional anyway

Wellesley Bank

  • No data points

Wesbanco

  • Keybank: 1

Wescom Credit Union

  • No data points, but optional anyway

Westbury Bank

  • No data points

Westerra Credit Union

  • No data points

WestField Bank

  • No data points

WestTown Bank & Trust

  • No data points

WyHy FCU

  • No data points

 Valley Bank

We currently don’t have any data points, but the fine print specifically says that a direct deposit or automatic ACH debit/credit would work so any ACH transfer should work.

Valley National Bank

No data points

Vibrant Credit Union

  • No data points

Zeal Credit Union

  • No data points

752 Responses to List Of Methods Banks Count As Direct Deposits

  1. Kumar says:

    For ACH transfer, can i initiate a transfer from my own account from another bank to get the sign up bonus or should it be from some other person’s account? Please confirm. Thanks.

  2. Liliane says:

    Where can I find what the small numbers mean ? (1,2,3, etc)

  3. Ny says:

    Amex Serve counts as DD for First Niagara.

  4. Nancy says:

    Any experience with UFB Direct? It seems they have ties to AA miles and allow Money Order’s to be deposited through the mobile app for MS’ing.

  5. Biggles209 says:

    Bluebird counts a DD for Bank of America

  6. Sean says:

    Hi William,
    Does this mean that I can load MGC to AP and then send the money to my own Serve account via ACH, up to 1k/month? Or can I only send money to Serve via ACH that comes from an AP balance?

    Thanks in advance. Love all your work

    • This page is for bank account bonuses. Sometimes there is a requirement that you need a direct deposit, this page will let you know what qualifies as a direct deposit. These are loopholes as the fine print usually says payroll & government benefits only.

      Why not load the MGC to AP and then send directly to a trusted friend? I see no reason to involve Serve into the mix.

  7. SavingsChris says:

    Discover Bank ACH counted as DD for 1st Niagara.

  8. Dudley says:

    For the First Niagara bonus I transferred $300 from my BOA savings to the linked First Niagara account. I did not get credit for that. If I go the paypal route (this may sound like a dumb question) but how do you actually do an ACH push from paypal? The options i’m seeing in paypal ask for an email or mobile number to send to. I don’t see any options for sending to a bank.

  9. Arielle Bianchimano says:

    PNC counted a transfer from Cap One 360 for me.

  10. meliza says:

    hey doc
    a p2p is considered as transfer for first niagara? somebody help me please

  11. Jason says:

    Hoping to find a list of banks that support ACH push, but haven’t run across any. Do you know of such a list?

  12. jeffrey says:

    I used a capital one 360 transfer to first niagara and it qualified, i was awarded the $250 bonus

  13. Janice says:

    I’m trying to find out which banks will accept a bank transfer of funds that I initiate as a substitute for direct deposit from the official sources: employer, pension or government. I do not see in your article any legend to show the meaning of the numbers you list. Can you add to your article what the meaning is of your numbers? Also is it a fact that a self-initiated ACH transfer will work? Most of the promotions state explicitly that these 3 are the only 3. I do have experience with Bank of America. They allow a bank transfer. I learned this after much frustration trying to set up the official direct deposits.

    • Hi Janice,

      The numbers are data points where somebody was able to successfully use that method to meet a bonus or fee waiver requirement. They are links and you can click on them to see when they were posted.

      It’s not a fact that any of these methods will work, it’s just an indication of what has worked in the past. In most cases the financial institutions cannot tell the difference between an employer payment/government benefit and a person to person ACH transfer.

      Hope this helps and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

  14. Janice says:

    I just (Nov 2014) did a transfer into my Bank of America checking account from Capital One 360 checking account and it satisfied BOA’s direct deposit requirement.

  15. Bonus Billy says:

    Paypal and/or Discover Bank ACH push works for Pinnacle Bank! (Titans Banking)

  16. AA says:

    I have some more data points:
    • Amalgamated: Serve ACH worked (6/16/2016)
    • Chase: Serve worked (6/27/2016); Discover didn’t work (6/9/2016)
    • KeyBank: Serve ACH worked (5/16/2016)
    • Santander: Discover ACH worked (1/25/2016)
    • Technology Credit Union: Santander ACH worked (5/21/2016)

  17. Sue says:

    Data points:
    Chase ACH push worked to trigger the bonus for the following banks:
    People’s Bank (8/16)
    Tech CU (7/16)
    First Tennessee (7/16)

  18. Jay says:

    I’m currently working on Santander and BoA checking bonuses, any recent updates for these two?

    AA’s DP for Santander (2 comments up) using Discover ACH was back on 1/25/16, I too tried Discover last week and it posted as (My full name) P2P XXXXXX with X being numbers in the activity description so kind of skeptical that will work. Also tried Amazon payments and it posted without any of the usual terminology such as ACH, PPD, etc so not sure if that one will count. Any one with a DP on amazon payments counting as a DD?

    Also for BoA checking, the list of BoA DPs are all pretty old, dating back at least 5 years, any recent ones? I have tried amazon payments and Discover so far. For Discover the description had P2P and my full name in it, so most likely won’t work. Amazon is still pending and should post tomorrow so can’t confirm yet. Any recent DPs for BoA?

    Thanks!!

    • Just because it lists as p2p doesn’t mean it won’t work. Usually people only update us if DP’s change.

    • Paul says:

      For BOA, did Discover trigger the bonus?
      Cap 360 did not trigger the bonus.
      Also, there might be a difference what counts as DD to waive fees vs. what triggers the bonus.

      • Paul says:

        I should point out that the reason why I know that 360 no longer works is because I did a “real” DD on a different BOA account and the bonus posted within a few days.

        For the other person’s account I only did 360 and it has been well over a month and nothing.

  19. Don says:

    Data point:

    Opened chase checking account in Jul 2016 and direct deposit from Amex Serve to Chase in Aug. Receive bonus on 8/16/2016

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  21. Chris M says:

    ACH from Fidelity met direct deposit requirement for bonus

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  24. Volidon says:

    Does Barclays Online Savings still work for DD for Chase? Haven’t seen any updates and the current DPs are out of date.

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  26. sam says:

    Hey,
    for PNC is PayPal and Capital 360 count for special accounts or all? For example here on the bottom, they mentioned ” Direct deposit transactions are limited to: payroll, Social Security, pension and government benefits.” Do you think PayPal and/or Capital 360 will work?? thanks

    https://key.com/personal/promotions/dda/premium-products-get-300.jsp?sqkl=get300cash_alias_15Q3

  27. sam says:

    Hey
    two capital one links for CHASE BANK are dead “Capital One Savings: 1, 2”

  28. sam says:

    Hey,
    “No data points, but usually optional anyway” what does “but usually optional anyway” mean? thx

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  32. Don says:

    (Sept 2016) US Bank Bonus triggered with Discover Bank ACH

  33. K says:

    For Bank of America, for about four years, I’d just transfer 250.01 from my Paypal to BOA and that would satisfy the Direct Deposit need to keep my account fee free. I stopped doing that last year when I realized that my credit card processing (self-employed/small business) would almost always have a transfer above $250 and that would satisfy the need. PayPal was working at least up until June of 2015.

  34. brandon says:

    Does Santander transfer still count as DD for Chase?

  35. bob says:

    PNC – i used Santander and BMO Harris to ACH-deposit, and they show up in my Savings as “Direct Deposits” transactions – triggering the higher interest rate. I’m using them to (hopefully) trigger the $300 bonus, which hasn’t posted yet, but should soon.

  36. Ken says:

    Schwab Checking triggered the DD alert for my account along with Discover Checking for my TIAA Checking account.

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  39. Jason says:

    I have a question on using Paypal as DD for PNC Bank.

    After transferring funds from Paypal to PNC, I received an email notification saying that I had a DD.

    But when I look at my PNC activity statement, it says “ACH Credit ### Paypal Transfer” and categorizes that transaction as a “Transfer”.

    Did PNC register the Paypal amount as a DD?

    Thanks.

  40. sam says:

    hey, where is HSBC bank? thx

  41. sam says:

    Hey, I did DD FROM CHASE to TD bank “JPMORGAN CHASE EXT TRNSFR” does it mean ACH or better try with Capital one 360 because it seems that Chase’s DD will not count as ACH in TD bank ? thx

  42. Pablo says:

    There is a mistake for #2 for ACH under citibank. It looks like it should be moved to Chase ACH Direct Deposit instead (though that post was over 6 years ago) since they are they are pushing funds from a Citi bank account to a Chase account to trigger a direct deposit.

    Also, Santander Bank ACH Push to Citibank counts as a direct deposit so you can use this as #2 for ACH under Citi. I appear to get Thank you points every month as I meet the direct deposit requirement simply by ACH push from my Santander checking account.

  43. Pablo says:

    Will Amalgamated Bank datapoints be updated?

    Santander ACH push qualifies as a direct deposit with them.
    I think Paypal and Serve also counts but need to look through posts from you page talking about their Bank Signup bonus to make sure

  44. Johnny says:

    Hi, Is there any info about ach deposits from a business bank account that you own working as the direct deposit requirement?
    Thanks

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  46. sam says:

    Capital One 360 “Savings” VS. 360 “Money Market” they both can be used for ACH? Is one better than another?

  47. captainsave says:

    So does capital one 360 count as DD for chase?

  48. Beth says:

    re Chase: direct transfers online from Fidelity did not work for me–need to line through it as an option on your list.
    Banker told me directly that any P2P will not count (as you note at top of Chase entry)

    • anne says:

      I transferred from Fielity Cash management account and it was posted on Chase as ACH credit on Sept. 23. The bonus was posted on Sept. 27. When was your transfer?

  49. Shaun says:

    TD Ameritrade worked to trigger Chase personal checking bonus in August 2016. ACH transfers from BofA checking and Citi checking did not. Thanks for this great resource.

      • anne says:

        Make a transfer to Chase from Discover on Sept. 9 and no bonus added. I came here and saw Fidelity would work (before the option was crossed out in your post). The Fidelity fund was posted on Sept. 23 and I saw bonus posted on Sept. 27. Note that both Discover and Fidelity are shown as ACH credit, however Fidelity worked for me. I guess I was lucked out!

        Off topic: The bonus will help me with $300 stolen Best Buy gcs from PPDC. They declined my refund request!

      • mewantsdata says:

        Please update the DPs, it’s been a while and I noticed there aren’t that many for chase, but down here people are dropping ’em like crazy.

        Thanks!!! (You’re da best 🙂

    • Mist Soalar says:

      Another DP for Chase $300 checking bonus. TD Ameritrade’s ACH triggered bonus 🙂

    • Walter says:

      Do you have the TD Ameritrade Cash, or the TD Ameritrade FDIC insured choice for your uninvested funds?

      • Harry says:

        Yet another datapoint: Late November 2016: TDAmeritrade ACH (small $$ amount) triggered bonus in about 8 days. My TD account from where it came is the “FDIC INSURED DEPOSIT ACCOUNT” not the Cash.

        • Andrew says:

          Hey Harry, was your ACH part of the small deposits from the verification process, or did you do another ACH after the verification deposits?

          TIA

          • JK says:

            TD Ameritrade ACH transfer worked for me. Transferred $25, and the $300 bonus posted the following Tuesday. The small initial amounts used to verify the bank account did not trigger the bonus.

  50. Ken says:

    Are there any data points for what HSBC counts as DD?

  51. John says:

    What do the number i.e. 1,2. After the bank mean? Thanks

  52. Humayun says:

    Nice work! You have two entries for KeyBank; not sure which is accurate.

  53. Allen says:

    Does anybody have any insight into DD datapoints for HSBC? Confirmation either way on Serve would be especially useful! Thx

  54. Allen says:

    Also, my small contribution to this post: I can confirm Serve (One VIP) triggered DD with Key Bank on 3 different accounts recently.

  55. Bill says:

    I transferred money from Bank of Internet to Bank of America to get the $300 bonus I signed up witth for $4k of direct deposits. it showed up with P2P in the description and I did not get the bonus (at least not as of couple of weeks after the transfer).

    Tried to link it from my Fidelity account and it wouldn’t take, presumably because Fidelity is joint and BofA is individual — “In evaluating your request, Early Warning (a consumer reporting agency) provided us with information that influenced our decision to not link your bank account. Early Warning played no part in our decision and is unable to supply specific reasons why we weren’t able to add your bank account.”

    I guess I’ll try Capital One 360 and hope that still works.

  56. Jeff H says:

    I did a small Santander Bank ACH to a BAC Savings account only because I wanted to maintain certain balance …. no bonuses involved. Initially, the BAC Savings account showed it as a Santander Bank ACH. Now it shows:

    Type: Deposit
    Description:Santander Bank DES:Payment ID:JEFF H INDN:JEFF H CO ID:********8 WEB PMT INFO:Jeff H

    Where you see Jeff H, it has my full legal account holder name. I am not sure if that counts for your purposes or not.

  57. pr says:

    Silly question:

    When you see ACH as an excepted DD trigger, that would mean any ACH would do. Yet then you might see TD (just TD, not TD ACH) – does that mean any type of TD transfer would work (ex ACH)?

  58. Ben says:

    Chase DP: Confirmed – transfer from Robinhood triggers Chase direct deposit requirement.

  59. Jack says:

    Any data points for HSBC DD..tried from paypal but quoted as transfer…not sure it it works or not

  60. Ben says:

    Chase DP: Transfer from U.S. Bank didn’t work

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  62. Thomas says:

    DP : Square deposits work for Suntrust

  63. NoobeeChurner says:

    Hello DoC,

    Chase DP for DD

    I opened the Chase Savings & Checking account w/ $300+$200 offer last month. I transferred money using Fidelity ACH on October 7th, and on October 11th, there is a pending credit for $300 for new checking.

    Fidelity ACH credit is posted as “FID BKG SVC LLC MONEYLINE PPD ID”

  64. Skyriver says:

    Regarding Chase $300 personal checking:

    ACH authorization from a local credit union (less than $1) posted as PPD on 10/5/16;
    $300 new account bonus pending on 10/11/16

  65. Adam D says:

    If a real direct deposit is needed and no minumum, might as well sign up for uber or lyft, complete 1 “ride” to trigger a direct deposit (could be to a friend requesting a ride who is next to you,you can just accept and end ride after a few minutes without having to go anywhere, minumum $5, you would get $3 commision or they get $15 towards their first ride anyways) I’ve done it, you can change direct deposit bank yourself in your profile weekly if needed. It shows up as “direct deposit payroll” on your statement. Uber/lyft charges no fees to sign up. Use my driver promo code if this info helped.
    UBER driver promo code: GZ10W
    LYFT driver code: ADAM9217
    This is a easy way to not have to change your real DD from your employer and activate bonuses that dont push with a bank ach transfer. DoC I hope it’s ok I put my referral bonus as I think this would help many readers.

  66. sam says:

    Is there different for DD as “Capital One 360 Money Market” VS. “Capital One 360 Savings” ?

  67. Bodiddely says:

    A transfer from Wells Fargo to Chase this month counted as a DD to avoid monthly service fee on my Oct 2016 statement which just closed.

  68. Bern says:

    Chase Total Checking DP: Push from Serve OneVIP triggered DD bonus. Serve posted 10/20, bonus in Pending as of Tuesday 10/25.

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  70. Ernie says:

    I’m not sure what is meant by ‘Direct Deposit is OK from American Express”.

    I have a couple of AMEX cards but I am not aware of a ‘checking account’ available as well from AMEX.

    Please explain in simple plain English for me, Thanks. My only Direct deposit today is tied up with another bank and I would like to take advantage of KEY bank’s fabulous bonus before they no longer offer this deal.

  71. FHayek says:

    Regarding Santander Bank, a transfer from Discover does not count as a direct deposit.

  72. Mike G says:

    Note, push from Fidelity Cash Management acct for Chase posted as PPD last week, but did not trigger the bonus today. Looks like it might be dead.

  73. Jeff H says:

    Chase $300.00 checking bonus posted this morning 10 days after opening the checking account in Chase branch and a week after Fidelity ACH DD. I tend to doubt the Well’s Fargo ACH DD trial balances under a dollar counted, but that also happened the same day as the Fidelity ACH DD.

  74. Paul says:

    Another DP for trying to meet the Chase checking DD requirement:

    ACH from Discover (which I use for triggering almost all other bank bonuses) coded as P2P and did NOT trigger the bonus.

    ACH from Ally also coded as P2P – I haven’t waited long enough yet to see if the bonus will be triggered, but I’m assuming it won’t be.

  75. Karen says:

    Wells Fargo counted a deposit that was made from Dwolla as a direct deposit.

  76. Bill says:

    I’ve been trying to qualify for the $300 bonus at Bank of America, which i signed up for a couple of months ago. Transferring from Bank of Internet and Capital One both showed up as P2P (for example, “CAPITAL1 DES:P2P ID:my name”), so presumably they did not work. However, Capital One 360 showed up differently — “CAPITAL ONE N.A. DES:CAPITALONE” so hopefully that still qualifies. I just realized that I had only transferred $3k so I just sent another $1k and hopefully it will trigger the bonus when it gets there on Friday.

    Does anyone know how long it takes BofA to credit the bonus to the account?

  77. Frank says:

    New DP for chase checking direct deposit $300. Using Fidelity ACH push $10 on Nov. 1st, get $300 bonus pending on Nov. 8th.

  78. Radster says:

    $200 ACH from AmEx Redcard (i.e., ‘withdraw money’ function) to Chase Total Checking account. Deposited 10/24. $300 bonus credit ‘pending’ on 11/8.

    ACH deposit coded as “SERVE ENTERPRISE EXCHANGE PPD ID: XXXXXX3497 ACH credit”

  79. molicorp says:

    2nd data point on a Robinhood ACH Transfer to Chase Checking account triggered the current. Posted to account on Thursday Oct 27; $300 credit pending as of Tuesday Nov 8.

  80. Gin says:

    ACH from Venmo to Chase checking account coded as PPD, but did NOT trigger the bonus.

  81. Spencer Garcia says:

    Wells ach and robinhood ach work as chase dd.

  82. josh says:

    Fyi, Fidelity ACH worked. Posted on a Tuesday.
    Nov 8, 2016 $300 for New Checking Misc. credit
    Oct 26, 2016 FID BKG SVC LLC MONEYLINE PPD ID: XXXX ACH credit

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  84. Rene says:

    US Bank: ACH Push from Discover Checkings counted as DD

    • EugeneV says:

      Nice! ACH push from HSBC did not!
      Either that, or US Bank has their own definition of recurring (I sent two, two weeks apart, on different calendar months).

      ACH push from HSBC did trigger Chase $300 bonus a month ago. But Chase was not looking for recurring.

  85. S Rahman says:

    Transfer from Wells Fargo counted as direct deposit for Chase.
    Transferred $25 on 11/08, got $300 bonus on 11/15

  86. danny lam says:

    Hi, What is considered Wells Fargo direct deposit for chase? Just a simple transfer from WF to the chase checking account or do I have to use Bill Pay to send a payment to that account?

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  88. anitje says:

    I did a funds transfer online from Ally to HSBC and it was recorded as “P2P”.on the online statement….it did not say “Direct Deposit”.

    Does that mean this was not recorded as a direct deposit?

    And if not, do you have direct deposit solutions for HSBC? It is not on your list.

    Thanks.

    • We’re not sure yet with HSBC, it’s better when it doesn’t code as P2P but it really depends on the software they are using.

      • anitje says:

        I know that it is usually a bad idea to call. But if nothing else codes as “direct deposit”, is it worth taking a chance and calling customer service to see if anything went through as DD? It hardly seems worth tying money up for 4 months or more and going through hoops to meet requirements if you don’t know whether the bonus will post or not.

        • No, don’t call. That just alerts them to the fact you’re not doing a legitimate DD. Just try multiple different things and hope one works.

          • Rich says:

            I disagree with you in one case only…IRS DD. These used to work, and indeed are SUPPOSED to work according to the terms of the bonus (they are a ‘Govt’ Direct Deposit) so the fact that they no longer work and that I don’t have any other way of triggering the bonus led me to call Chase CS. After I explained to them that the Tax Refund was a Direct Deposit from the Government that met the requirements, and indeed had triggered the bonus automatically in the past, they agreed that I should get the bonus.

          • Yea, calling with a legitimate DD is a bit different…

    • Ken says:

      Why not just do Bill Pay? Surely you have bills that need paying 😉

  89. Allen says:

    HSBC update: the initial opening deposit coded as “P2P” (no surprise)
    Tried a Chase ach — coded as “DEPOSIT FROM JPMORGAN CHASE-EXT TRNSFER”
    Tried a Bluebird ach — coded as “DEPOSIT FROM BLUEBIRD-EXCHANGE”

    No monthly fees yet, so maybe the Bluebird is successfully triggering the DD requirement…

  90. DD says:

    anyone have any idea if a Chase business account in your name can be used as an “employer” to trigger bonuses on a personal account? CapOne360 in particular but no one really talked about it…

  91. Ray Aba says:

    Provident Credit Union push transfer to Chase checking triggered bonus Nov 2016 . It took over a week almost two to post. confirmed.

      • zjts says:

        The list says alliant push no lnger counts as dd at chase but what about capital one? I see it crossed out on the old list but not mentioned on the current list. Why is there no reference anywhere on https://doctorofcredit.com for the current chase prmier plus checking offer (which can be done online)?:
        Enjoy $300 on us
        As a new Chase checking customer, when you open a
        Chase Premier Plus CheckingSM account1 and set up direct deposit2

  92. Bodiddely says:

    Schwab bank ACH transfer to Chase worked as a DD to avoid monthly maintenance fee.

  93. Ben says:

    Chase bonus dp:
    Robin hood worked, u.s. bank did not.

    • Allison Petteway says:

      How exactly did robin hood work?What did you do?I’m waiting on the two small deposits from Robinhood to my bank to verify my bank account. Did those two small deposits trigger it?Or did you get your account verified first, then send money from that account then right back to that account. Or did you add money from another account then send it to your chase account. I’m confused, and how long did it take after the deposit for you to see anything pending from chase?

      • Ben says:

        One thing to know is that robin hood requires that you send money back to the account you got it from. I can’t remember the exact timing, but I verified the chase checking to robin hood with the two small deposits first. Then I transferred $10 from chase into robin hood and waited a few days for it to clear. You’ll know it’s cleared and good to transfer back to chase by looking under account summary-> cash available for withdrawal. Then I sent it back to chase through the robin hood app. The next Tuesday after Chase received the $10 I got the bonus.

    • Allison Petteway says:

      How did robinhood work for you. Was it the two small deposits they sent to your account? And how long did it take for you to see pending for chase?

  94. Saphira2021 says:

    Did a push from Alliant to Santander. the transaction apprears as below. I am new to this and would like to know if this counts as direct deposit for Santander checking bonus offer? thanks

    Alliant CU. ONLINE WD

  95. leifinsoul says:

    Did a push from Cap One 360 to Bank of America.

    “Transaction category” displays as “Income: Deposits”

    Anyone know if this means it qualifies as direct deposit?

  96. Marcus Aurelius says:

    Hi I just got into his lucrative hobby this month and I’m trying to learn the ropes. It’s fun; I’m at over $1,000 (hopefully soon to be earned) so far. Can you explain what it means if it says on this page like

    Bank A Works: Bank B, Bank C.

    I’m trying to get the direct deposit bonus from Bank A. How do I accomplish that via Bank B? I already have an account at Bank B. If I set up an online transfer, from self to self, initiated by Bank B (they will first send two test deposits), and then send the minimum amount of direct deposit required by Bank A, will that work? I see reference to P2P as well…do I need to send it P2P or via billpay or something, rather than a standard online transfer?
    In this case Bank A is Santatander.

    • It basically means what ACH transfers have worked in the past. So with Santander a transfer from Capital One 360 has worked in the past but Discover has not. What you described will work. Hope that helps.

  97. qing says:

    I don’t know how to set up a direct deposit if I don’t have the wage.Can you help me.

  98. Mrs. Gee says:

    DP for Key Bank : ACH from Capital One 360 triggered the bonus.

  99. Jan A. says:

    Hi DoC, topcashback payout (small amount of $10.20) to Chase account triggered $300 checking bonus (November 2016). And of course… thanks for all your work…

  100. Craig says:

    Some DP for you:

    Alliant ACH triggered the $150 bonus for Bank of the West.
    Alliant ACH triggered the $150 bonus for Santander.
    Alliant ACH triggered the $200 bonus for Cap 1 360.
    Cap1 360 ACH triggered the $150 bonus for Santander (for significant other).
    Chase Business Checking ACH triggered the $150 bonus for TIAA Direct.

  101. Adam D says:

    REPOSTED DATA POINTS FOR $400 PNC OFFER:

    Fidelity has worked for me for over 12 banks as DD for bonus purposes. However, PNC categorized the ACH deposit as “transfer”. My real DD (less than $2000 was “other income”). Fidelity did not work, I ach’d with TIAA DIrect as it showed up a “other income” and the $400 bonus posted yesterday, about 2 weeks after TIAA push….DoC please update for PNC as TIAA Direct as works for DD, and Fidelity as not even though it has in the past. PNC bonuses are too lucrative to miss out.

    My theory is that since TIAA Direct has some sort of affiliation with teacher’s pensions, or has in the past that this is the go to bank now for ACH pushes, I signed up for the $150 a few months ago, but in retrospect I would sign up for this bank solely for the purpose of the highest probability of activating the DD bonues for other financial institutions.

  102. Jay says:

    I had a transfer from Robinhood count toward my direct deposit total on one of my Wells Fargo statements

  103. Jay says:

    I had a transfer from Robinhood count toward my direct deposit on one of my Wells Fargo statements.

  104. sam says:

    Is there any info about Astoria Bank? and Justice Federal Credit Union? thx

  105. Beth says:

    Opened Chase Total Checking with coupon for Man and Me. Wells Fargo transfer triggered $300 bonus for both of us. It’s still working…

  106. Matt says:

    One more data point for you.
    Transferred $500 using Square’s service Cash.me – Did NOT trigger the $300 Direct Deposit bonus.

  107. Ed says:

    Tax refund time coming soon- I think you can split a DD to 2 or 3 banks

  108. sirtheta says:

    First Tennessee DP. Schwab ACH push indeed counts (bonus awarded 15 days later).

  109. Grindelwald says:

    WELLS FARGO ACH transfer triggers “$300 for New Checking” pending transaction just in 4 days. Confirmed.

  110. chad says:

    Does Chase transfer to CapOne360 trigger bonus? I need to DD $250 twice for the $200.

  111. Roberto says:

    Chase DPs: USAA does NOT trigger the DD requirement, but Fidelity did.

  112. jnrfalcon says:

    Why I remember I saw Discover under Wells Fargo… Anyway, Discover initiated transfer does count toward the $500 DD requirement for WF Everyday Checking. Actually was told by the WF banker who opened my account… and I’ve been using it for almost a year now.

    • Kevin says:

      @jnrfalcon,

      By Discover, you meant “Online Banking” of Discover Bank, right? Not deposit your rewards or cashback bonus of a Discover credit card to your Wells Fargo Everyday checking account. Your answer would be much appreciated.

  113. JASON says:

    ACH push from Alliant counts as direct deposit to Wells Fargo.

    I did one ACH transfer from Alliant checking in last statement and realized the statement indicates that it is couned as DD that meets the criteria for waiving monthly fees. In the past, I used wells fargo’s debit card via google wallet to send to my dad to have 10 debit purchases to waive the fees.

  114. mark says:

    I sent a Chase transfer to Ocean First. No dice.

  115. JfromOH says:

    DP: Chase provided $300 bonus 5 business days after $100 transfer via Fidelity transfer.

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  117. Sam says:

    Wells Fargo ACH will count as DD for PNC. Paypal deposits also count for PNC.

  118. Jelena says:

    Any idea if serve is working for capital one 360? I’m finding conflicting info.

  119. Richard says:

    As others have already reported, I transferred $501 (I suppose it could have been less) from my Barclay Online Savings Account into my Chase Checking account and they counted it as a direct deposit. I received my Chase checking sign-up bonus about a week after the transfer posted.

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  121. SA says:

    Any recent data points on ACH transfer being counted as DD for Bank of America?

  122. Adam D says:

    DATA POINT:

    Fidelity (FID-Moneyline) triggered the bonus on TIAA-Direct $150 bonus on 12/30/16.

  123. Saphira2021 says:

    Quorum Federal Credit Union is not listed here?

  124. Confirmed DP: Ally counts as Direct Deposit for Wells Fargo

    1/20 – Transfer $500 from Ally to Wells Fargo (Detail Category says Direct Deposit, but has P2P in transaction name)

    1/23 – Promotion Bonus Pending

  125. SA says:

    I tried ACH from Chase to regions and it shows as JPMorgan Chase Ext Trnsfr. I do not think it posted as Direct Deposit as mentioned (or am I missing something?).

  126. Arley says:

    Another Chase DP for DD with Fidelity

    I opened the Chase Savings & Checking account $300+$200 offer. I transferred $100 using Fidelity ACH on January 20, and on today, January 24, there is a pending credit for $300 for New Checking.

    Fidelity ACH credit is posted as “FID BKG SVC LLC MONEYLINE PPD ID” ACH credit

    • A in TX says:

      I also did an ACH transfer from Fidelity Brokerage on Jan 30 and by the next day or two I think it posted the same – as “FID BKG SVC LLC MONEYLINE PPD ID” ACH credit. It took until Feb 7 for the pending credit $300 for New Checking to appear. So it can take over a week.

    • A in TX says:

      I made an ACH transfer from Fidelity Brokerage on 1/28, and it posted on 1/30 as “FID BKG SVC LLC MONEYLINE PPD ID” ACH credit. It took until 2/7 for the $300 credit pending for New Checking to show up in my Chase checking account. So it can take over a week, FWIW.

  127. Pitter98 says:

    This is a bit overdue, but I ACH transferred $700 on 10/17 from Pentagon Federal Credit Union to Chase and it triggered the $500 checking bonus.

  128. JT says:

    CONFIRMED DATA POINT (DP):

    A withdrawal from my Amazon Payments (shopper) account to my Chase Premier Checking triggered the $300 bonus.

  129. GMIL says:

    DP: Barclays Savings Account push to Chase Savings did not trigger DD bonus.
    ACH Push 1/11/17, No bonus as of 1/25/17

    • Ken says:

      That’s because you need to maintain a $15,000 balance in the savings account for 90 days to get the $200 😉

      Do you mean ACH from Barclays to Chase Checking didn’t work?

  130. Willy Brandt says:

    I use Fidelity (Brokerage / MySmartCash) for all my accounts, and haven’t had a rejection yet. Data points for checking or savings accounts where I’ve gotten a bonus, or needed to have an ACH credit

    Wells Fargo
    Chase
    HSBC
    Capital One 360
    BofA
    Stanford Federal Credit Union
    Discover
    Citi
    US Bank

  131. D says:

    PNC push counts as DD for M&T Bank bonus (January 2017)

  132. Thomas says:

    PenFed ACH counts as DD for Regions as well as Wells Fargo. Confirmed twice on each, once for me and once for DW.

  133. sam says:

    I did DD from Chase Checking to Wells Fargo – got my bonus after 3 days.

  134. Matthew says:

    I know I’m a little behind, but Discover worked for TIAA in November.

    Also in December, either Discover or PayPal worked for PNC. I got scared that Discover wouldn’t work since it showed up as P2P. I know that’s probably not very helpful…

  135. David B says:

    Another DP: Tech CU to US Bank has been working as a DD.

  136. Dan says:

    DP: Alliant ACH into GoBank counts as direct deposit.

  137. DT says:

    Washington Mutual should probably be removed. It was taken over by Chase in 2008 and rebranded to Chase in 2009.

  138. Tortoiseshell says:

    DP: ACH push from Schwab to PNC coded as a P2P web payment. Not 100% sure yet it wouldn’t apply to the bonus, but I’m not counting on it.

  139. Tortoiseshell says:

    Sorry, added DP about Schwab push to PNC coding as a P2P transfer, but maybe should have specified that it was from a Schwab bank account, as opposed to the brokerage account. (comment is still in moderation but wanted to post before I forget)

  140. Summit says:

    DP: Wells Fargo ACH transfer triggered Chase Direct Deposit for $300 checking account bonus. Payment is processing today on 2/7/2017.

  141. AN says:

    Wells Fargo transfer worked for Chase checking bonus.

  142. J.M. says:

    Can someone clarify exactly that action has been taken on the user’s side when they say they’ve executed an ACH from one bank to another?

    I know what the acronym ACH stands for, but it doesn’t tell me the steps the user is taking to ensure that the transfer is coded as an ACH.

    Many banks seem to have multiple ways within their own software to initiate money transfers. Linking accounts, sending to friend (which could be yourself), Bill Pay, etc.

    Take PayPal for example, which a lot of people use for DDs. Are they linking both Checking accounts to the same PayPal and simply moving money into and out of PayPal (executing the transactions on the PayPal side of things)? Or are they utilizing multiple PayPal accounts so that it appears as if they are transferring money to a different person?

    Many thanks!

    • sam says:

      1. All online transfers between your LINKED accounts are ACH!! 2. Depend on the banks they sometimes count transfers as Direct Deposit or P2P. P2P most of the time not count as Direct Deposit and will not trigger any bonuses. 3. Transferring money from PayPal again is ACH – but again depend on the bank it will count as DD or P2P. people using their own and one PayPal and transfer money back and forth…..!!!

      • J.M. says:

        Thanks. That was my understanding. Appreciate the confirmation.

        • sam says:

          U r welcome)
          Once again! If banks will notice any of these on your account – you probably won’t get any bonuses! And PayPal not count BY BANKS officially as PayRoll (DD). And you only can add and transfer between YOUR linked accounts under YOUR name – otherwise it will be banded or you would have to pay fees if you want to send money someone else….

  143. Phil S says:

    Wells Fargo ACH for Chase checking bonus did not work for me.. would someone mind sharing their steps in getting this to work?

    Last week, I did a push from Wells to Chase ($250) after verifying the trial deposits. No bonus posted as of this morning.

    Thanks

    • Wait till next tuesday, still doesn’t work then I guess it doesn’t work anymore

      • Phil S says:

        Thanks

        Also wanted to mention that Chase has a feature in its mobile app to send a push notification if a direct deposit is received in the account. Could be an easy way to see which transfers are counted as direct deposits.

        FWIW, I did another transfer from Wells Fargo and received a push notification that a direct deposit was received in the account, so I expect the bonus will post this upcoming Tuesday

  144. i_just_have_no_idea says:

    Unfortunately, Capital One P2P payments no longer register as direct deposits in Bank of America. They now just register as transfers, thus, not triggering any minimum direct deposit bonuses. I just tried this this past week.

    • Probably haven’t waited long enough to know for sure it doesn’t trigger the bonus just yet.

      • i_just_have_no_idea says:

        Thanks for the update, that’s possible, I’ll wait a week or so and report back. I was just going by the following info, which appeared on the posted transaction:

        Type:Transfer
        Description: Mobile/Email Transfer Conf#######
        Transaction category: Uncategorized: Pending

      • i_just_have_no_idea says:

        As an update, it looks like Cap One P2P did not trigger the Bank of America Direct Deposit welcome offer. Upon further inspection, however, it appears I was only supposed to do a basic transfer, and not use P2P. So, I’ve just done that and will update again when it happens.

  145. J.M. says:

    Here’s a good random question? Why do banks require DDs at all? Is it to increase their overall cash holdings, with the assumption being that most customers who do a DD will put their entire salary/wage into the single DD at a bank? Maybe it’s so they can plan cash flows better, since they can see what funds are expected to be deposited on a regular basis?

  146. Ron Okpisz says:

    I thought I published a comment a couple weeks ago asking about the Santander and Serve as DD for checking bonuses, but I don’t see it anywhere here, did it not get published for some reason?

    My question was, for AMEX Serve as the DD for a checking bonus at Santander, do you have to TRANSFER it from the SERVE side and link to the Santander acct at Serve, or can you make the external acct link at Santander for the SERVE acct and then just do a ACH deposit from the Santander side with the $$ coming from the SERVE acct?

    Serve only allows one bank acct link at a time apparently, so I’d have to delete my credit union and add Santander if it has to be done from the SERVE side. If it can be done from the Santander side I just need to create an external link at Santander for the SERVE acct, then make a deposit from SERVE.

    I guess I will try it that way and see if it counts for the DD, if it doesn’t for some reason, I’ll have to do it the “harder” way and remove my CU from Serve and add Santander there.

    Thanks in advance for any experience anyone else has had with this.

  147. LC says:

    Ally bank $500 transfer counted as Direct deposit for Wells Fargo account, $250 bonus posted next business day.

  148. Megan says:

    Can anybody tell me if a tax refund, deposited into one of these accounts would qualify as a direct deposit? Thank you!

  149. Rusty says:

    Are we counting methods that are known to waive the monthly fee?

    If so, I can confirm that these methods work for DD

    Works at Wells Fargo:
    – Santander Checking
    – Discover Savings
    – Barclays Savings

    Works at Chase:
    – Wells Fargo Checking
    – Santander Checking

  150. Andrew says:

    Serve works for Bank of America

    Took advantage of a $300 bonus offer which expired Dec 31st, 2016,
    by opening checking account on Dec 28th, 2016.

    Transferred a total of a little over $4000, in $1001
    weekly direct deposits, into the new account.

    The last direct deposit which put it over the $4000 total,
    was on 02/06/2017.
    The $300 bonus hit the account on 02/08/2017.

  151. JR says:

    Anyone have and DPs about how Associated Bank Popmoney codes? Specifically looking for Chase, Santander, and WF for DD requirements.

  152. Tortoiseshell says:

    So I have tried a couple of means of triggering DD for PNC.

    One bank coded as a transfer, so I’m assuming that’s not working (Schwab). So far, Fidelity is coding as a “deposit”, but not as “salary/direct deposit”, which the verification test deposits from Serve coded as. I’m still waiting on the Serve withdrawal to see how it codes.

    Does anyone have an DPs about a “deposit” counting for a DD?

  153. Eduardo Baez says:

    Data Point for Wells Fargo Direct Deposit Triggers: ACH Push from Goldman Sachs Savings Account, ACH Push from Fidelity Cash Management Account and ACH Push from Discover Cash Back Bonus Checking Account all were qualified as Direct Deposits by Wells Fargo.

    • Did you get the bonus on four separate accounts?

      • Eduardo Baez says:

        No, only one $250 Wells Fargo bonus for which Direct Deposit was optional. I got the bonus right after the last of my 10 debit card purchases posted. However, I think it is good for everybody in DOC forum, to have confirmed data points for future Wells Fargo bonuses requiring direct deposit. I confirmed my data points by looking at my Wells Fargo statement yesterday. The statement includes a detailed section of how the monthly fee can be waived. For the line stating you need at least $500 direct deposit a month to waive the fee, my total qualifying direct deposit amount figure for the month was provided and also a check box close to it which indicated I fulfilled that requirement. After adding all three ACH push transfer amounts (Goldman Sachs, Fidelity and Discover) plus some verification small deposits (Discover sand EverBank) they matched exactly to my statement total qualifying direct deposit amount figure for the month. So, 100% confirmed they are qualified direct deposits.

  154. Dusty says:

    FirstBank (CO) DP: >$500 Serve ACH push counted as DD.

  155. JC says:

    Great site William! Just want to point out that an ACH transfer from Discover Bank to Bank of America does NOT count as DD. It happened to me on January 2016. Hope this helps! Have a great one!

  156. Dustin says:

    I dont think Capital One 360 works anymore for Bank of America requirement of DD

    Transferred Capital One 360 to BoA for $4001 on 02/06/2017

    coded as Deposit

    no bonus yet. Seen others get bonus as early as a few days

    • i_just_have_no_idea says:

      I’ve also just made a transfer in the same way and am at about three days without a bonus. I’ll report back after a week or so either way.

  157. Dustin says:

    Cap360 does not count for BoA DD checking anymore

    Deposited and its been 2 weeks with no bonus. Seen people post here they got bonus as early as a couple of days

  158. Nick says:

    Wells Fargo counts PenFed trial as DD

    PENTAGON FEDERAL TRIAL CR $0.36
    Category: Direct Deposits

  159. LMJ says:

    02/13/17 ONLINE TRANSFER TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK
    02/15/17 WELLS FARGO DDA TO DDA PPD, ACH credit
    trigger DD for Chase

  160. Derek says:

    William,

    Just wanted to let you know that a Chase ACH I transferred to PNC last month counted as a direct deposit on my PNC statement

  161. MM says:

    Don’t know if you want to add small credit unions, but University Federal Credit Union (Texas only) ACH transfer triggered DD for Chase this month.

  162. i_just_have_no_idea says:

    Just a note that I’m at the seven day mark of having transferred from Cap One to Bank of America, meeting the balance requirement, and still haven’t received the bonus. I know it’s still not long enough, but wanted to update.

  163. J says:

    Just got my $300 bonus from Keybank (2/22). I’m pretty sure that it counted my $500 ACH transfer from Ally bank as a DD (2/2). When I saw a DP on here that said Ally ACH might no longer count, I started depositing all of my money from Venmo into Keybank, but I’ve only deposited $470 from there.

  164. Jadon B says:

    DP: Keybank, transfer from local CU worked for bonus

    local CU: oregon community credit union (OCCU)

    added my and wifes key bank account to OCCU as external account 1/24/17 and did the 2 small transfer verification, pushed $500ish to each account 1/27/17

    both bonus posted 2/24/17

    on keybanks side it showed as ACH,OREGON COMM CU A2ATRANSFR FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

    ACH yes
    OCCU yes

  165. Joseph says:

    Wells fargo registers a paypal transfer as DD, my wife and I got 500 bucks total in bonus this morning.

  166. Pat says:

    Another easy option for qualifying direct deposits is to grab a business name and open a business checking account. Be certain to fulfill any state/city/county requirements since the bank may need to see the license or other paperwork. Quite a few banks have free business checking. Then set up direct deposits to yourself. Change or discontinue them as needed.

    • Roberto says:

      Interesting idea, I hadn’t thought of that. Any DP’s to see if Chase Biz Checking typically counts as a DD?

  167. Jeff says:

    Discover worked for 5/3 bank for me, as of 2/14.

  168. Roberto says:

    Second DP for Tech CU. Cap One 360 worked for me.

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  170. Heidi says:

    Tried funding Citizens Bank with $1000 from CSP and it was declined. Tried again with Chase Disney and declined. Cash advance limit set to $100 on both. Fraud protection actually froze my CSP card which I found out when I tried to make an in-store purchase and was declined!

    • Heidi says:

      Update: After several days of phone calls between Chase and Citizens, the charge posted as a sale on CSP.

  171. Johnny says:

    An ACH from Huntington triggered my direct deposit requirement for Wells Fargo and my signup bonus has posted.

  172. Jake N says:

    @Will / Chuck – just a functionality request here. I know it would be a bunch of work to backfill this info, but instead of including the data point #, could you include the date so that it’s easy to know when the last success was for a given DP?

  173. James says:

    I don’t think Wells Fargo works as a DD for Santander. I just did an ACH and it coded as “Wells Fargo DDA to DDA> I assume that means they caught it as being P2P?

  174. Antonio says:

    Hey,
    New to here and I’m wondering what exactly does Wells Fargo ACH mean? If it’s “transfer money to another account using routing&account number” I’ve already done that to Chase checking, and iPhone notification did pop out to be direct deposit but 12 days have passed the bonus not in my account yet

    Thanks,
    Antonio

  175. Albrecht says:

    Data Point about Fifth Third bank: Ally transfer doesn’t work

  176. JC says:

    DP: Transfer from Discover Checking coded as DD to Wells Fargo Everyday Checking.

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  178. Kumar says:

    Another Data Point for US Bank : ACH transfer from Chase triggered recent Bonus.

  179. Roberto says:

    DP: Push from Tech CU counted as DD for US Bank

  180. sam says:

    Does PayPal DD still counts as AHC for HSBC ?
    And what about Amazon Payments?

  181. Curmudgeon says:

    BMO Harris Bank direct deposit (DD) data points:

    posting as ACH Deposit WEB (probably not DD)
    – Discover Bank (actual ACH transfer)
    – PNC Bank (actual ACH transfer)

    posting as ACH Deposit PPD (should be DD since my payroll DD shows this way)
    – Chase (actual ACH transfer)
    – Wells Fargo (trial deposits only)
    – Key Bank (trial deposits only)
    – Mountain America Credit Union (trial deposits only)
    – Central Bank of the Midwest (trial deposits only)

  182. Ben says:

    Is Paypal working for Bank of America?

    I see that its coding as deposit, and income

    any recent data pts?

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  184. Avi says:

    M&T datapoints: ACH pushes from Amex Savings and from Citi checking both triggered bonuses.

  185. Wes says:

    PNC dp: ach push from Fidelity cash management account triggered bonus.

  186. C J says:

    Transfer from DiscoverBank to Santander shows as P2P so I don’t think it counts as DD.

  187. Steve says:

    Just another DP of Wells Fargo counting as a DD for Chase. Transferred money from Wells Fargo on Wed. It finally went through with Chase on Friday and now today the bonus is pending.

    • Bill says:

      Yes, WF worked for me as well with Chase. However, I had previously read that even the test deposits triggered it, and that did not work for me, nor did it seem that a $10 transfer triggered it, either (My timeline: 3/2 – trial deposits, 3/6 – $10 transfer, 3/10 – $500 transfer, 3/14 – $300 bonus.

      I guess it’s possible that the $10 alone might have worked if I’d waited another week and I was just a day late getting it credited, but I didn’t want to take any chances since I had expected the bonus to post last week.

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  189. Dan says:

    DP: Wells Fargo Transfer (ACH) to Chase new checking account. Recognized by Chase as DDA, but still get the bonus. Takes about 10 days.

  190. eclipsor says:

    push from provident cu counted as a DD with chase

  191. zburk says:

    ACH from Ally to TD Bank coded as DD

  192. zburk says:

    Bank of America ACH to Wells Fargo coded as DD

  193. zburk says:

    ACH from Ally to Bank of America triggered e-mail alert saying I received DD

  194. jcm says:

    My transfer from Schwab to Santander has my name and P2P in the description. I’m afraid it isn’t going to count. I’ve got a Capital One 360 account I can try, or I guess I could open a Serve. Or I could sit tight and wait. Any advice?

  195. Aaron says:

    Bank of the West DP: Next day ACH from Citibank showed up as type “CREDIT” while pending, after posting it became “DIRECTDEP CITIBANK XFER P2P XXXXXX” with type “DIRECTDEP”.

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  197. Dirah says:

    I would like to do Wells Fargo to Chase for DD.
    The problem is whenever I try to add the Chase account in external transfers, I get this message:
    “Your non-Wells Fargo account has been added for you to use to make payments to your Wells Fargo credit accounts. The account cannot be used to make bank-to-bank transfers.”
    How do I get around this?

  198. Superchurn says:

    DP
    Ally ACH push fulfills Northpointe’s DD requirement

  199. Ben says:

    DP: Ally ACH still works for First Tennessee direct deposit.

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  203. Todd says:

    Fidelity EFT to Chase Checking shows “ACH” next to the transfer. It’s been 2-3 days. But I expect it to fail. Anyone have a Fidelity transfer listed at ACH deposit/transfer and still get the bonus?

    Paypal failed of course – says ACH next to transfer. I did that before seeing this blog..

    • Ken says:

      Bonuses are paid 7 days after the deposit, and Chase tends to pay the bonus on Tuesdays for some reason. ACH worked for many of us for Chase, so sit tight.

      • Todd says:

        Thanks Ken.

        I can confirm – a data point, that a Fidelity EFT to Chase showed up as “ACH Transfer” on my Chase ledger, but counted as DD. This took 6 business days for me.

  204. SamSimon says:

    DD From HSBC to Wells Fargo – got bonus!
    DD From PayPal to Wells Fargo – also got bonus (for different account)!

  205. Chris says:

    Another Wells Fargo DP: ACH push from Santander checking posted as direct deposit, bonus posted two days later.

  206. chaseaholic says:

    Confirmatory DP’s:

    Tech CU – Schwab xfer worked (x1, no bonus clawback after only 1 but still awaiting 9 months for release)
    Bank of the West – Schwab xfer worked

    As a note to other users, I have a strong suspicion that the negative DP’s for Schwab->Citi and Schwab->Santander are both false-negatives as in neither case (Oren’s moneysaver or FWF) did the user specify whether it was from brokerage or checking.

  207. Irene says:

    Wells Fargo DP: Transfer from Chase Checking counted as DD. Confirmed via bonus and also by my WF checking account statement. At the bottom it tells you “how to avoid the monthly fee” and lists the ways it can be waived; I have a check mark next to “total amount of qualifying direct deposits” (I only transferred $500 from Chase x1 to meet the requirement).

  208. Robb says:

    TD Ameritrade still works to trigger Chase personal checking bonus as of 3/27/17

  209. SuddenValley says:

    Chase Checking Direct Deposit DPs:

    Transfer of $1500 from USAA savings (using transfer between accounts tool) did NOT trigger DD requirement. The transfer is noted as an ACH transfer but didn’t trigger the bonus.

    Transfer of $622.57 from Wells Fargo Checking DID trigger DD requirement for the bonus. The bonus is currently pending – I’ll reply here if anything changes though.

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  211. JumpTiger says:

    Both WellsFargo and Ally bank ACH push to TD bank shows DD

  212. Coldagglutanin says:

    M&T Bank Data Point:
    ACH from First Tennessee Bank 3/21. Bonus Posted 3/21

  213. Coldagglutanin says:

    First Tennessee Bank Data point:

    3/3 Did 2x $100 (referral bonus) ACH from NFCU which posted as NFCU ACH P2P MYNAME. Did not post within 6 days. Didn’t think it would work because of previous data points saying stuff that posts as P2P does not trigger bonus

    3/13 Did 2x Venmo Cashout

    3/31 Bonus posted

    was ready to give up and try paypal but then it posted, just takes a long time and longer than some other data points (3-7 days). I will assume it was Venmo that triggered it and not P2P ACH.

    • Jim says:

      Thanks for posting about NFCU. I tried the same and the transaction was listed similar to yours. Next will try Venmo.

  214. Jeff B says:

    SunTrust datapoint
    multiple deposits from paypal have not worked to fulfill direct deposit

  215. Greg says:

    I tried to use my tax refund (state and IRS) to trigger the DD for a Bank of America account, but it didn’t work. Does anyone know what does work with them?

  216. goodguys21 says:

    Transfer from M&T Bank to Santander Bank posted as “M&T BANK BANKTOBANK xxxxxx”. Does it mean its P2P ?

  217. Beth says:

    data point-Direct deposit from employer of less than $1.00 of paycheck did NOT trigger bonus for Chase checking account.

  218. MJG says:

    DP: Ally Bank ACH works for Bridgeview Bank (IL). Bonus posted three days after transfer.

  219. James Minter says:

    How long does the Chase bonus take? I have two $500 deposits from my Wells Fargo and Vanguard accounts and am still waiting.

  220. Eugene DiDonato says:

    Datapoint- Chase and Schwab count as a DD for PNC bank

  221. Matthew says:

    Bad news with Capital One 360, WF and TIAA did not work. I tried to argue that TIAA was a fixed income direct deposit, but they said anything with the small deposits does not work. I’m past 60 days, so I’m screwed. I wouldn’t have been able to do the bonus anyway as 60 days would not be enough time to switch my real direct deposit over for two deposits. Customer service was not sympathetic at all, told them I was going to take my banking and credit needs elsewhere. Really disappointing as I was actually targeted.

  222. Don L says:

    RG reports that Wells Fargo Way2Savings Account triggered a Chase total checking bonus.

    /hub-accounts-ach-transfers-capabilities-fees-limits-across-financial-institutions/#comment-388522

  223. MJG says:

    DP: Ally counts as DD for First Merchants Bank.

  224. Lizzle says:

    DP USAA to M&T Bank counted as DD. Bonus posted next day.

  225. Anon says:

    Amex Bluebird worked to get the Chase checking acct bonus April 2017.

  226. Jim says:

    Fidelity Moneyline to Bank of America didn’t counter as a DD. Opened a checking account back in December 2016, did several ACH pushes, waited, but didn’t receive my bonus. Finally called in today, Apr 19, and told those showed up as ACH transfers and wouldn’t qualify me.

    Alas, too bad. Perhaps a useful DP for others…

  227. Zach I says:

    Wells Fargo checking posted as DD to Legacy Texas Bank for the $200 promotion about 60 days after account opening.

  228. kingoftheblues says:

    Can someone please explain to me how to do an ACH deposit from any bank? Is it a regular online transfer?

    • Chuck says:

      Some banks allow you to send money from it to another account. For example, Chase calls it Chase QuickPay. Other banks might have a similar feature in the login without an official name.

      • kingoftheblues says:

        Im still not clear. Using the Chase example, you’re saying that only Quickpay will count as an ACH (and maybe post as a direct deposit) but a regular online transfer from chase won’t? What about other banks that don’t have quick pay, only online transfer?

        • Ken says:

          An ACH is simply a transfer from one bank to another bank. Some banks will count that incoming ACH as a DD while some won’t. You’re way over complicating this.

          • kingoftheblues says:

            LOL I do tend to overcomplicate everything… Thanks for simplifying. Much appreciated.

  229. Char49ergirl says:

    Serve transfers work for Bank of America. Opened account for $100 bonus on 2/21/17. Two trial credits on 3/20; Serve transfers on 3/28 and 4/4, $250 each. Bonus posted 4/21/17.

  230. kingoftheblues says:

    How can I tell if an ACH transfer counted as a direct deposit?
    I transfered from Schwab to BMO and this is how it coded:

    ACH DEPOSIT PPD SCHWAB BROKERAGE MONEYLINK
    ACH Deposit – Credit ########

    • kingoftheblues says:

      So it’s been over a week and I’m sad to report that Schwab transfer did not code as a direct deposit and did not trigger the bonus.

  231. Ropes says:

    Chase Total Checking DP:

    Pending $300 for New Checking Misc. credit $300.00
    Apr 18, 2017 VANGUARD SELL INVESTMENT PPD ID: VMC RED ACH credit $50.00

    The thing about Vanguard is that it took about 2 weeks from account opening to get the money into the Chase account (trial deposits, then account confirmation). The trial deposits were 4/6, so they don’t appear to have triggered the bonus.

    This is the first account I’ve opened just for the bonus. Thanks for all the useful info. Glad I didn’t have to change my direct deposit 🙂

    • Elena says:

      Ropes,

      How did you get Vanguard to work? I’m trying to transfer the money out of Vanguard brokerage to my newly opened Chase Checking and getting a message that transfers can only be made back to the account the money came from…
      (“The shares you’re trying to redeem were recently purchased. To protect your account, we can send the proceeds from the sale of those shares only to the institution and account from which they originated. To complete this transaction, you can choose to send the proceeds to the originating institution and account. If you purchased the shares by check, or if you have questions about this transaction, contact us for assistance.”

      How did you get around that?

  232. AaronB says:

    Does anyone know if an ACH from Simple Bank to Chase will trigger the DD bonus?

  233. Dusty says:

    Random DP: Elevations CU ACH counted for M&T DD requirement.

  234. Ken says:

    Alliant ACH counted for M&T.

  235. Chong says:

    Is there a way to tell if an ACH push counts as DD for Santander. I pushed from Fidelity and this is how it shows up ‘FID BKG SVC LLC MONEYLINE’?

    I’m not sure how quick they payout so I want to be sure it worked or I’ll attempt a push from another bank.

    Thanks for your help guys!

    • JuicyJosh says:

      I have used Fidelity to push to PNC and BMO receiving the same message for both. I dont believe there are any DPs to confirm (or invalidate) at this point but not showing “P2P” is a good sign. In my experience you are going to be okay. Please confirm when you get that bonus.

      • Chong says:

        Thanks, appreciate your reply. I will be sure to post back to confirm the bonus.

        TD Bank has a great interface. I pushed from Schwab and even though the transaction description was a little ambiguous, it has Type – Direct Deposit in the next column. Quick and easy confirmation.

    • Chuck says:

      It’s usually hard to tell from how it appears, just have to wait and see. Or try a few and hope one works.