Bingo bonuses are offered as an incentive for taking a certain type of action or as a reward for being loyal to a particular bingo site. The most popular bingo bonuses are the sign-up bonuses and reload bonuses. Sign-up bonuses (also know as first deposit bingo bonus) will usually be paid when you make your first deposit with a bingo site. Reload bonuses (also known as monthly deposit bingo bonus) are paid whenever you make the first deposit in a given calendar month.
Bonuses that offer cash, such as those mentioned a moment ago, are often described as match bonuses, because they match a stated percentage of the amount you invest personally. For example, if you put a certain amount of money into your account, say £50, a site will often match that amount and put another £50 in for you, giving you a total playing credit of £100. This would be known as 100% match bingo bonus, since they’ve matched 100% of what you have initially deposited.
Some bonuses don’t involve cash but are still valuable. For example, a site might say, “Recommend a friend and get free games”, or “Thursday is free day, get one game free for every game you pay”. Other sites may enter all players in a game for a free draw prize like a bottle of champagne.
Of course, certain rules apply to bingo bonuses and you will have to play a certain number of games before you are allowed to make a withdrawal. This is to stop you depositing the £50 and immediately taking out the £100 (in the early days of internet gaming, this was possible, but it was abused by some players and so the rules on the withdrawal of bingo bonuses had to be introduced).
Apart from receiving a first deposit bingo bonus when you sign up with a new bingo site, like a golden welcome, you can also earn loyalty bingo bonuses. These are paid as an incentive for you to stay with any one bingo site. These are fantastic for you, especially if you are more than happy to stay with that site anyway – a bit like getting free money. Loyalty bingo bonuses are sometimes called “comps” or “fidelity points”.
Check this page regularly to see when special bonuses are being offered. Key dates to look out for are Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Midsummer’s day, Bank holidays, Christmas and New Year. Special Event days like World Cup Final may see special bingo bonuses as well.