There can't be a bingo site in the land that doesn't offer some kind of free bingo bonus. But there are several different sorts, and some can be beneficial, whereas others can have nasty sting in the tail.
In order to profit most, and protect your interests, it really helps to understand the world of bonuses, and precisely how they work.
Ahhh, the most appealing of all the free bingo bonus types. You can sign up and play at a site without making a deposit. Some sites want your soul – you've got to enter financial details, DOB and lots of other of the personal information before you get at the cash. However, some sites, like Little Miss Bingo, allow you to sign up and play using no deposit cash without entering these important details.
A free bingo bonus is usually anything between £1 and £20, and the free cash lands in your account the second you sign up… in most cases. A few bingo sites require you contact live help for the free cash, or that you complete your profile before the cash becomes available. Usually, your no deposit bonus can only be spent on free bingo, and not slots.
Although it's initially wonderful to be wooed with free cash to try a site, you must beware of wagering requirements. If you make any winnings with your free cash, chances are, you won't be able to withdraw it, until you wager a certain amount, which can be 40 times or even 50 times the initial bonus. This protects the bingo sites and stops players taking advantage of generous free bingo bonus systems – indeed, rumour has it that one player signed up 100 times in one day to take advantage of bonus cash, using a different email address each time. As you can imagine, many players complain that wagering requirements are far too high, and I'm inclined to agree.
The deposit bonus is expressed as a percentage, and you may need to get a calculator at the ready before you fund your account. Make a deposit, and it will be multiplied by a certain amount – usually 100%, 200%, 300% etc. Some sites have a generous tiered bonus system such as Bob's Bingo – here, your first three deposits are matched up to 750%.
These are a virtual currency, and they are sometimes called Bbz, or moer simply, points.
You earn them through depositing, you earn them in the VIP club, you win them in chat games – in fact, there are numerous ways to rack up your BB fund. Virtual currency they may be, but they're not to be sniffed at. You might not be able to withdraw them, but you can put them towards buying free tickets. Many a life-changing win has been made with free bonus points, just remember that.