Just got this offer in the mail:
Get $250 for opening a checking account when you jump through several hoops. Must be a WA resident or have a business or family connection to Washington. Here is the link: http://www.columbiacu.org/about_us/news/2010/July/Move_Your_Mone...
They may require you to go into the bank to open up the account. They claim this is required by the Patriot Act b/c they must positively identify the customer. I'm not going to argue b/c I live close by a branch, but when I go in I'll see if they can allow people to open w/o coming into a branch b/c I know that would help more people open up accounts.
The fine print:
¹$250 Checking Open new personal Columbia checking and complete all required activity by the last day of the Review Period (three statement cycles including month checking was opened). One checking award per member. Not available to members or signers on any Columbia checking held anytime in the past 12 mos. or currently open. Award is considered interest and will be reported on IRS form 1099-INT.
*Active checking is 1) enroll in free e-statements; 2) make at least two (2) deposits of at least $100 each; 3) make at least six (6) debit card purchases; 4) enroll in free Personal Online Banking and Bill Pay and pay at least two bills; 5) checking is not overdrawn.