Bingo is a great game to play online. It’s sociable, fun and you have the chance of winning large amounts of money from the comfort of your own home. There are dozens of established and reputable bingo sites online and although that may make it a hard decision as to which to play at, it can also work in your favour.

As there are so many online bingo sites, each of them are competing for your business and to play at their site rather than their competitors. Once way in which bingo sites try to sway new customers towards their site is via bingo bonuses which can be great for the player as they are given additional funds as a ‘thank you’ for playing with them which increases your chances of making a profit.

The incentives which bingo sites offer to new and existing customers vary and so in this guide, we’re going to take a look at the most common and explain how they work.

Types of Bingo Bonuses

Different online bingo sites offer different types of bingo promotions and some of these bonuses may not even be valid on bingo games. As many bingo sites now have a selection of online slots, card games and scratchcards which players can wager on whilst between games, some of these bonuses may apply to those side games.

  • Sign-Up Bonuses

Nearly all betting sites whether they be online bingo sites, bookmakers or casinos offer sign-up bonuses which is one way which they use to attract new players. Sign up bonuses can be claimed only once and they’re usually very generous. They usually apply to your first deposit but some bingo sites do offer bonuses to new players on their 2nd/3rd/4th deposits.

Sign up bonuses come in various forms but the most common is a percentage match or multiple of your first deposit. For example, you may be offered a 100% deposit bonus up to a maximum of £100. This means that if you deposit £10, you will receive a £10 bonus. Deposit £50, receive a £50 bonus. Or, deposit £100 or more to receive the maximum bonus of £100.

When claiming bingo sign up bonuses, it’s important to read the terms and conditions as they can vary between sites and offers. Sign up bonuses generally come with wagering requirements which means that you must wager your deposit, bonus or deposit + bonus a certain number of times before you can withdraw the bonus and any winnings generated from using it.

  • No Deposit Bingo Bonuses

No deposit bingo bonuses are very popular with players as they give them a risk-free chance of winning money. As the name suggests, no deposit is required to claim these types of bonuses and you simply need to register a new account. Your bonus will then be credited and you can use it on specific games to try and win real cash.

Again, no deposit bonuses generally have wagering requirements attached to them and they’re often a lot higher than deposit bonuses. However, they’re risk-free as a deposit isn’t required and so a great chance to test a new bingo site whilst being in with the chance of making a profit.

  • Reload Bonuses

Bingo bonuses are not just given to new customers. After all, bingo sites want to retain the players which have chosen to play bingo with them and one way to do that is to offer them bonuses on a regular basis. These bonuses which are offered to existing customers of a bingo site are known as ‘Reload Bonuses’ and generally work the same way as sign-up bonuses in that you make a deposit and you’ll receive a percentage of that profit as a bonus on top.

Reload bonuses can sometimes be offered to all customers at a bingo site such as on a specific day of the week or month. However, they can also be targeted at individual players and so you may be offered a reload bonus which other players will not receive. 

Be sure to opt-in to email communications from any bingo sites which you register with so that you can be notified of when these types of bonuses become available.

  • Refer-A-Friend Bonuses

Bingo sites want as many customers as possible and many are willing to award you if you can recommend them to friends and family. They do this through Refer-A-Friend bonuses. Bingo sites which offer refer-a-friend schemes will give you a unique tracking link which you can share with friends and family. Your link will direct people to the bingo site and if they then register an account and play bingo, your account will be credited with a reward for referring them. Rewards can be in the form of bingo bonuses or sometimes cash. 

If you play at a bingo site which you think your friends will enjoy, it is worth checking to see if a Refer-A-Friend scheme is available so that you can refer to them and earn rewards.