Everything about bonus codes: what are they and where to find them?

Usually, getting a bonus is easy - one, two, three. You make a deposit and - voila - you can use the bonus. However, sometimes bonuses require you to use a special bonus code (similar to a coupon!) to get the offer and start using it. This information should be clearly stated in the bonus's Terms and Conditions, so again: what to do?

However, the most common casino practice is to post bonus codes in the ‘Promotions’ section of the bonus you want to claim. How do I recognise a bonus code? Usually, it's a specific combination of numbers, letters, or both that you need to copy and paste to get the corresponding bonus.

You'll find plenty of casino promotional codes in our casino promo codes database, pay attention to Stay casino promo code.

But do you know where else you can find bonus codes? Don't forget that we'll always post this information alongside those bonuses that require a code to redeem, especially if they're created especially for you, our AskGamblers members. That's right: sometimes casinos don't even advertise their bonus codes publicly, but you can still get them through us because they're only available to our members. How cool is that? Below we'll tell you more about exclusive bonuses, but we're sure you've already got the idea.

Types of casino bonuses

Remember when we said that there's a different casino bonus for every player? Well, now you're about to find out which type of casino bonus is perfect for you - and not just in general; certain bonuses are also available at certain times.

Because there's something to each of these bonuses that the other type might not have, we'll take a look at each one and let you decide which one is the best choice for you.

No deposit bonus

You've already realised that you need to make a deposit to receive a bonus. But what about no deposit promotions? How do they work?

First of all, it is important to know that no deposit bonuses are something of a unicorn these days. Once upon a time, you could find a lot of no deposit bonuses all over the world, but today there are not so many of them. And that's not surprising.

No deposit bonuses don't require any deposits, which makes them perfect for trying out a casino.

But don't despair! Although they're not as common as they used to be, you can still come across a good no deposit bonus every now and then. If a casino offers a no deposit bonus offer, it's the perfect way to try out its casino and game selection without spending any of your own money. After all, as the name suggests, you don't have to make a deposit to take advantage of this offer. Usually, all you have to do is sign up to the casino, accept the offer and have fun at the casino with the credits credited to your account. Every gamer's dream comes true.

However, don't forget that no deposit bonuses, like most existing offers, also have wagering requirements, so if you're wondering what the catch is, here it is.

Deposit bonus

Staying at the forefront of the iGaming industry isn't easy, so online casinos are constantly striving to offer a variety of deposit promotions options.

That said, a deposit bonus is the number one way casinos show their appreciation to their most loyal and returning players, their unique way of saying ‘thank you for choosing us again and again’. And naturally, gamblers love them. How could you not? You can double, triple, quadruple your initial deposit and play with dozens more credits than you had originally.

Of course, this is again where the wagering requirements come into play, so - and we'll never get tired of saying this - make sure you read the bonus terms and conditions carefully and always know how many times you'll need to play the bonus and whether or not it's cashing out.

Welcome bonus, also known as a sign-up bonus

The so-called welcome bonus or sign-up bonus is undoubtedly one of the most popular options for both new players and gambling veterans. Instead of just saying ‘hello’ and welcoming you amongst themselves, a casino may offer you a certain amount of credits that you can use to enhance your gameplay after signing up.

The welcome bonus is sometimes stretched over the first few deposits. If this is the case, then you have a welcome package on your hands.

The welcome promo can sometimes come in the form of a welcome package, which is an upgraded version of the deal and allows you to receive multiple bonuses after a few initial deposits. It's a pretty cool way to get started at an online casino, isn't it?

Extra Spins (formerly known as free spins)

While this particular promo is commonly referred to as ‘free spins’, it's anything but (if you've made a deposit, it's not free!), so we prefer to call it extra spins or promo spins. Besides, there is also the subject of wagering requirements here, so the term ‘free’ really doesn't work.

What makes this type of promotions particularly handy is trying out a new online slot. In particular, by requiring extra spins, you can spin the reels of the slot without spending (too much) of your money and then decide for yourself whether the slot is suitable or not.

Reload Bonus

Reload bonuses are also a fun way for casinos to reward their returning players for their unbridled loyalty. If you've made a deposit at the casino before, you're now eligible for a reload bonus. Simple as that.

However, it is important to note that certain reload bonuses will only be compatible with one type of deposit method. So, make sure that the deposit method you choose matches the reload bonus you are about to receive. Remember how to check if your deposit method is compatible with the promos you're looking for? Bingo! Terms of Use is your source of information.

Cashback bonus

Ah, the almighty cashback bonus! Doesn't the name make you feel good? The fact that there is a bonus that guarantees you will be rewarded for your losses really comes to life.

Of course, as with all casino bonuses, there are things to keep in mind. For example, not all cash back bonuses will work the same way. Some will offer you cashback without any restrictions; others will give you bonus money that you can only use on certain online slots.

What's more, some cashback offers will need to be claimed within a short period of time after you've incurred a loss and, if you don't, they will no longer be available. Read the Terms and Conditions and you'll be fine.

High roller bonus

If you're not a whale, keep scrolling. Just kidding! High roller bonuses are always an attractive concept in the world of online gambling. However, the truth remains that high roller bonuses are only reserved for players who are willing to bet big.

Naturally, if you are a high roller looking for high limit games, you will be rewarded accordingly. Casinos love dealing with whales and even reward high rollers with special bonuses, points, and special offers.

Loyalty bonus

Loyalty bonuses are in a league of their own! Many casinos nowadays offer some type of loyalty scheme (even gamified ones!), but the great thing about loyalty bonuses is that they usually don't have the same restrictions as your regular promotions.

Loyalty schemes today are often gamified, which makes earning loyalty points even more fun!

In a nutshell, a loyalty bonus will be offered to players who have been playing at the casino for a certain amount of time. If you are recognised as their regular customer, you can get a loyalty reward.

Usually, loyalty promotions are not tied to a single deposit, but are spread over multiple deposits until you qualify for the deal. It's important to note that loyalty gifts are sometimes given discreetly, through personal communication with the casino.

However, you can also find information about them in the casino's Terms and Conditions by adding words such as ‘VIP scheme’, ‘Loyalty programme’ or ‘Loyalty scheme’.

Referral Bonus

Referral bonuses are often referred to as a referral bonus or a friend referral bonus. It's not a big secret how a referral bonus works. Essentially, if you invite a friend to visit a casino and they sign up through you, you will receive a certain amount of bonus credits as a thank you.

As with most bonus deals, referral promotions vary from casino to casino. Some casinos may offer bonuses that are only given if your friend has made a deposit; some other casinos will reward you just for signing up.

Birthday bonus

Again, you won't be surprised what a birthday promo is. Is it your birthday? Great! You get a bonus! That is, if your chosen casino has such offers.

As with referral bonuses, birthday bonuses won't be the same at every casino. You might get extra spins, a no deposit bonus, or even a few coupon codes. Usually, however, the prerequisite for receiving a birthday bonus is that you have previously made a deposit at the casino in question.

Exclusive bonus

Finally we come to their majesty, the exclusive promotions! Oh, everyone loves to claim a bonus that's created just for them. Exclusive promotions are just that: bonuses created for a specific person, or more specifically, for members of a specific community, most often an affiliate website.

This means that if you go to a particular casino, you might not even see that an exclusive bonus is being offered on their website. However, if you were to check our database, you might be surprised at how many other bonuses are out there waiting to be claimed - and for a limited time period too.