Costa Bingo Review
When the sun is shining outside most people leave online bingo behind! However British summers tend to be short so thankfully the sun can now shine all day long thanks to Costa Bingo. Launched in February 2006 this site followed in the footsteps of Cheeky and Posh. They were one of the first sites to offer players the chance to play free bingo for real cash prizes. The brand has had an interesting history. It's been endorsed by Mel B, featured Johnny Vegas in their ads and was one of the last to offer a no deposit bonus. It's safe to say Costa Bingo has been a good option for players over the years. But how have they weathered since we last took a look at their site?
Introducing Costa Bingo
The Costa Bingo site used to boast a character called Sunny. Unfortunately his light was extinguished as The UKGC measures on fun stuff on bingo sites kicked in. However we still like the look of the site. It features the love child of Ron Atkinson and Barry from Eastenders enjoying a holiday in the sun. Costa Bingo describes itself as a Funshine Destination and it does have a nice holiday feel to it. We especially like the bingo balls in the sand that can be found towards the foot of the site.
Costa Bingo Welcome Offer
New players to this Dragonfish powered site are offered a 300% welcome bonus up to £200. Register, login and deposit £10 to receive a £30 bingo bonus. In addition you will also receive 30 free spins on Fruit Blast. Wagering terms of x4 (deposit + bonus) apply to the bingo bonus but wins from the spins are wager free. Costa Bingo did used to offer bingo tickets as a first deposit bonus but switched to a more traditional welcome package. However you can still collect 60 and 30 free bingo tickets on second and third deposits.
One of the pivotal features of Costa Bingo over the years has been it's abundance of free bingo. This has changed in recent times with free bingo being scaled back across the whole network. However, new players can enjoy free bingo games in The Bingo Academy. This room is accessible for 2 days after registration (no deposit needed) and/or 5 days after first deposit. It's a great way to learn about the site plus all prizes, albeit small ones, are paid out in real cash. This means that there are no wagering terms to worry about.
Costa Bingo Promotions
Login to the Costa Bingo lobby and you'll find a selection of 75 and 90 ball bingo rooms. These include Costa Paradise, Costa Cruise, Costa Babes and Bucket N Spade. Ticket prices vary but typically expect to play for around 5p to 10p a ticket. Tere are penny bingo games such as Wednesday Wonga though. Joining the traditional games is the 52 ball Bingo Vegas which is Costa's name for the Dragonfish playing card bingo game. Additionally there are another two free rooms: Reload Freebie and It's Free Baby. Note that you need to be a qualifying depositor to access these rooms.
One of the things that we loved about Costa Bingo was that it used to run regular promotions with different prizes. Over the years they've given away cars, kitchen appliances, garden goodies, holiday vouchers, Merlin Family Annual passes, shopping breaks and even Mel B's boots! In recent times the prize games have diminished although towards the latter stages of 2019 they did give players the chance to win daily holidays. Most of Costa Bingo's regular promotions revolve around jackpots, free bingo and deposit offers.
Costa Bingo Rewards
Costa Bingo also like to reward their players through their Diamond Club loyalty scheme. There are five different levels and each level gives additional benefits. For example, access to free VIP games and an increased birthday bonus. Players earn one diamond for every £1 staked on bingo or slots, which means you can earn as you play, not on deposits. All players start in at the introductory Blue VIP level which gives access to the free VIP games where Costa have £2,250 up for grabs in jackpots daily! Diamonds can be exchanged for free bingo cards, bonuses and cash.
Players can also collect Costa Points which are redeemable into bonus cash. Points can be earned when buying 10p or 25p bingo cards and 1000 points is equal to £1. These can also be earned by taking part in chat games and by referring friends to Costa. Join in the Costa Chat Tourneys to increase your Costa Point Balance with 50,000 Diamonds up for grabs in the weekend ones!
A few years ago, Costa Bingo pulled out a massive coup by signing Mel B as the brand's celebrity endorser. This was perhaps the high point for them. No one can possibly forget seeing a giant Scary Spice trampling London in one of their adverts. Although that could be seen as the high point for Costa Bingo there's still plenty of reasons why you should join them. The welcome offer is attractive and no wagering on some bonuses - especially free spins - is good. We like the free bingo that's available to new players and regulars alike.
Although the prize promotions aren't always as grand and frequent, Costa Bingo does have decent daily jackpots and reload bonus offers too. When you top-up with £5 you get to play Catching Rays to win bonuses. Alternatively top-up with a tenner or more and you get access to a free bingo game and free tickets for selected games. Overall there's plenty to do at Costa Bingo and we've not even mentioned the slots. We would like to see some room variations such as 30, 40 or 50 ball games but overall it's still one of the best options.