Bonus. Sounds great, right? It sounds like “extra.” Getting a bonus is a good thing… right?It’s easy to understand why bonus annuities can be appealing to consumers. For years, annuity carriers have offered bonus annuity contracts, offering an up-front dollar figure that’s added to the account value, usually upon issue of the contract. This annuity bonus amount is commonly based on a percentage of premium. For example, if an annuity is started with an initial $100,000 premium, and the bonus is 10 percent, then $10,000 will be added to contract value on day one for a total contract value of $110,000.