Here is a great deal for Canadians who want to add to their travel fund to be ready to travel as soon as it makes sense in their situation—or for those who just want to get $150 free (and earn a great 2.10% interest rate). It’s thanks to the free accounts offered by Tangerine (a bank we’ve been doing business with for years ourselves) that also give you free ATM access when traveling in over 40 countries!
Yes, you can really get $150 very easily.
The $150 Tangerine promo
Tangerine is an online Canadian bank that belongs to Scotiabank. Their accounts are such a great deal that we told you about them when the bonus was just $50…
So imagine how great a deal it is now that it’s $150 that you can get completely free (it’s only for new customers though).
But it does require a bit more effort than the normal bonuses you can get with travel rewards points (it’s important to mention that, for example, all Canadian travelers can get at least $300 free with no effort thanks to one of the 7 best offers currently available—it’s the best time to get started in this wonderful and lucrative world).
Here is an infographic summarizing the deal:
How to take advantage of this deal
Anyway, here’s what you need to do to get the Tangerine promo:
- Become a client for free online today
- Enter the EARNMORE promo code today
- Open a no-fee savings account online today
- Open a no-fee chequing account online within 30 days
- Set up your payroll direct deposit within 60 days
- Keep your payroll deposit for 3 consecutive months
(See below for the step-by-step screenshots if you need assistance.)
And that’s it; it’s really that easy. Yes, it’s slightly more time-consuming than just getting a credit card…
But it’s still a pretty minimal effort for $150! That’s a full 5days of total travel expenses in an affordable country if you learn to become a budget-traveler!
Even if you can’t/won’t add your direct deposit, you can still earn 2.10% interest (and get the ATM benefit) by simply following all the other steps with the same promo code!
So do those few steps and:
- you’ll get $150 free
- you’ll earn 2.10% interest for 5 months
- you’ll get free access to 44,000 ATMs in 40 countries
After 3 months, worst-case scenario, you switch back your payroll if you prefer. You keep your $150. Just like with credit card bonuses, after that initial 3-month requirement, you have absolutely no other obligation and the bonus is yours. But as you’ll see below, the international ATM feature is pretty great for travelers.
Pretty neat deal. The account has no service fees, no monthly/annual fees, and no minimum account balance. Daily transactions and Interac eTransfers are free. It’s often ranked among the best in Canada.
So join us in becoming a Tangerine client to get $150 towards your next trip!
Now if you are interested, here is a brief overview of the main benefits of the Tangerine promo (or skip directly to the step-by-step sign-up screenshots).
There’s really not much to add. Like with credit cards, getting your business is worth a lot to financial institutions… so they give out free money. For them, giving you $150 is much cheaper than advertising and it’s much more convincing (plus, banks have so much money, don’t worry about them).
If you follow those easy steps, you’ll get your $150 from Tangerine. It’s very straightforward. There’s no scam, and I don’t want to bore everyone with my management consultant analysis here, but if you want to learn the details about how this all works, you can read myths #1 and #2 in our article for those who are getting started in this world. I’ve been earning $1,000 every year for a decade by maximizing promos like this one.
In short, Tangerine hopes most of you will keep the account as your main one, but you don’t have to. This marketing acquisition cost remains very profitable for them overall, so you do what is best for your own situation after the 3 months.
That should probably include at least keeping the account, based on the 2 following benefits especially—and maybe even making it your main account if you want to.
Special 2.10% interest rate
This is a pretty good deal as well. Not everyone is into hands-on investing and not everyone has the same financial strategy…
But in all cases, the fact is that getting 2.10% interest in a free savings account is not bad at all. You’ll get that for 5 months thanks to this Tangerine promo.
No ATM fees
Finally, this is obviously the best benefit for us travelers. It’s the reason both of us Flytrippers co-founders have a Tangerine account ourselves. We just used our Tangerine card to withdraw money for free on our August trip to Turkey, since that is one of more than 40 countries where you’ll pay $0 ATM fees with Tangerine.
Anyway, it’s really a great way to save money on every trip and get easy access to money on the go. Those fees really add up.
Scotiabank’s Global ATM Alliance includes 44,000 ATMs. Many countries in Europe are covered, as is the USA through Bank of America ATMs. And in the other countries, the fee on Tangerine’s side will always be capped to $3, instead of $5 or more with many other banks. In Canada, the cap is $1.50… but the thousands of free Scotiabank ATMs are pretty widespread.
Here are some other benefits with Tangerine:
- No fees for all your daily chequing transactions
- No monthly fees or service fees
- No minimum account balance required
- Easy and free Interac e-transfers
- Deposit cheques with your smartphone
- Order your first 50 cheques for free
Step-by-step sign-up instructions
As an online bank, the Tangerine experience is pretty intuitive and user-friendly.
But here’s a guide just in case you want us to help you along.
1. Go to the Tangerine website
Here is the secure Tangerine application link.
2. Click “Sign Me Up”
It’s the orange button.
3. Click “No, sign me up”
It’s the white button.
4. Click “Get Started”
On the right, the 2nd orange button.
5. Enter your email and create a PIN
We strongly recommend LastPass, a free password manager to secure your accounts (here’s why, in one graph).
6. Enter EARNMORE promo code
This is the vital part to get the deal for 2.10% interest and the free $150.
7. Fill out the rest of your personal info
At this point, it’s pretty standard. Just fill out your own personal info. And if you have any questions, as always, just comment below.
Want to get more tips to earn lots of free travel?
The Tangerine promo is pretty great: $150 free and a 2.10% interest rate for 5 months. But most importantly for us travelers, Tangerine gives you free access to 44,000 ATMs in over 40 countries to easily save money while traveling. And the Tangerine savings account is free!
What do you have any questions about Tangerine? Tell us in the comments below.
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