FirstMerit Bank $150 Checking Account Bonus Offer with MeritRewards Program

FirstMerit Bank is offering up to $150 in checking account bonuses with the MeritRewards programs.

FirstMerit Bank is available for residents of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

You must open a new checking account with a MeritRewards program or enroll your current checking account in a MeritRewards program, plus you must sign up for qualifying services including Bill Pay, Direct Deposit, and Paperless Statements.

You’ll earn $25 for participating in 1 service, $75 for 2 services, and $150 for participating in all 3 services.

However, it’s important to note that it’s not necessarily free to participate in the MeritRewards programs, depending on which type of checking account you have.

Personal Checking Accounts and MeritRewards Program Fees

There are 2 MeritRewards programs including the Shop & Earn program and the Shop, Earn & Protect program.

The Shop & Earn program is free if you have the Reality Gold or Reality Platinum accounts, but it costs $1 per month if you have the basic Reality Checking account, which has no balance requirements or monthly maintenance fees like the other 2 options.

The Shop, Earn & Protect program is free if you have the Reality Platinum account, but it costs $5 per month for Reality Gold account members and $8 per month for Reality Checking members.

You can learn more about these program fees by clicking on this Reality Checking Account link and clicking on the Compare Programs button.

You can view the FirstMerit Checking Account Options at this link for further details about the specific fees and requirements to avoid fees.

FirstMerit $150 Checking Bonus Details

You’ll need to open a FirstMerit checking account (if you don’t already have one), enroll in the MeritRewards program, and complete qualifying activities with your account.

You’ll earn up to $150 by participating in up to 3 services.

1. Bill Pay: Pay 3 bills per month for the first 3 months.

2. Direct Deposit: Make 2 direct deposits of $250 or more each month for 2 consecutive months.

3. Paperless Statement: Sign up for paperless statements for 2 consecutive statement cycles.

New account customers must enroll in the services within 90 days of account opening.

If you currently have an account and you are already participating in one or more of these services, then you may not qualify for the full bonus amount.

Check out the MeritRewards Program $150 Bonus Page for additional details about this promotion.

FirstMerit Bank $10 Referral Program Bonuses

Current FirstMerit Bank checking customers can also participate in their referral program to earn $10 for every new checking account customer that you refer.

Visit the FirstMerit Referral Program to download a referral form.

Fill in your information and provide the referral form to your friends and family to bring to any FirstMerit branch location.

When your referral opens any personal or business checking account, you’ll qualify for the bonus.

You’ll receive a $10 deposit into your checking account for each customer that you refer for up to $590 in bonus cash per year.

You must have a FirstMerit checking account to participate.

If you have a FirstMerit Bank checking account and want to participate in the referral program, please feel free to leave your contact info in the comments section below this article.

Although the new customers don’t earn any bonus through the referral program, they could still qualify for the $150 MeritRewards program bonus cash, so it’s still a win-win situation for everyone.

A special thank you goes out to Joy2a over at this FatWallet Forum for posting about this offer.

Review these additional Banking Promotions for more account rewards.

Sign up for FirstMerit Bank checking and the MeritRewards programs to earn up to $150 in bonus cash.


  1. william says

    i opened an acct 3/3/2014. made 2 direct dep. for 2 consecutive mos. of $250
    paperless statements
    3 bill payed for 4 consecutive mos.
    thought i had met all requirements. expected $150 on 3/3/2015 wrong
    i was given $75 when i inquired why i was told that i have to have two direct dep. of $250 each month
    in other words a total of 4 dep in two consecutive mos. which would be 2x$250 for two consecutive mos.
    the wording is intentionally misleading. and when i tried to close the acct they said it would be a $25
    fee because it hasnt been a yr. what? mar3 2014 to mar3 2015 isnt a yr.? go figure. obviously i dint pay the fee, i withdrew all my money . i called them and gave them a piece of my mind

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