Switch Incentive Current Accounts

  • Some current account providers offer cash incentives to customers who switch bank accounts over from their current bank.
  • You can compare the switching bonuses offered by some of the UK’s leading banks in the table below.
  • Compare up-to-date information on account features to find your ideal account.

What type of current account are you looking for?

Promotion
Nationwide FlexDirect
  • 5% AER (4.89% gross p.a.) fixed in-credit interest on balances up to £2,500
  • 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available*
  • No monthly fee
  • NatWest logo

    NatWest Reward Account

    • 2% back in Rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
    • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £2 fee
    • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £2

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees:19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged overdraft fees:If you enter an Unarranged Overdraft by more than £10, you will be charged an Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 for each day you remain in that position, capped at £90 per charging period.
  • RBS logo

    RBS Reward Account

    • 2% back in Rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
    • On average customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £2 fee
    • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      None
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £2

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • Arranged overdraft fees: 19.89% EAR (variable) and a monthly Usage Fee of £6 on all arranged overdrafts
    • Unarranged overdraft fees: If you enter an Unarranged Overdraft by more than £10, you will be charged an Unarranged Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 for each day you remain in that position, capped at £90 per charging period.
  • First Direct logo

    First Direct 1st Account

    • Choose a welcome gift worth up to £150
    • £250 interest free overdraft
    • Maximum Interest (AER) [?]
      0%
    • Switching Incentive
      Choice of gift worth up to £150
    • Minimum Monthly Credit
      None
    • Monthly Fee
      £10

    Interest details

    • No interest is paid on in-credit balances on this account

    Overdraft details

    • 0% EAR up to £250
    • 15.9% EAR over £250

    Switching incentive details

    • Switch and recieve your choice of:
    • Tech:
    • Bose wireless earphones
    • Bose wireless over-ear headphones
    • Fitbit Charge 2 Special Edition
    • Polaroid Onestep 2 i-type camera and film pack
    • Amazon Echo Spot
    • Travel:
    • £150 Expedia voucher
    • Education/Learning:
    • Choice of 250+ online courses
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Switch Incentives

In order to lure you away from your current banking provider, many banks now offer enticing switching incentives in the form of cash bonuses. These incentives have become increasingly common since the Current Account Switch Service was introduced in 2013. This scheme was put in place to increase competition in the current account market by taking the hassle out of switching bank accounts and ensuring that all switches were carried out within 7 days.

Now that more and more people are moving their finances around the banks switching incentives have become increasingly lucrative to the savvy customer.

Switching incentives usually have a number of terms and conditions attached to the offer, so please ensure that you carefully read these before making any decisions to ensure that you will qualify for any bonuses.

Helpful links for current account issues

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) - The UK financial regulator's website features lots of useful information for banking customers covering everything from knowing your rights to how to stop unauthorised payments.

Financial Service Compensation Scheme (FSCS) - The FSCS is the best place to find out if your bank is covered by the compensation scheme and for advice on making a claim.

Financial Ombudsman Service - If you've complained to your bank and are still having ongoing problems then the Financial Ombudsman is the next step - their website covers everything you need to know about making a complaint.

Money Advice Service - The government's Money Advice Service provides unbiased advice on choosing, opening and managing a current account.

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