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Benefits of switching current accounts

Gone are the days when changing banks was difficult.

Not all bank accounts are the same – many offer a variety of benefits, and it can be worthwhile to shop around. Choosing the right one depends on your circumstances and the features you want. 

If you’re not satisfied with your current bank, here are some of the benefits of switching:

Rewards and perks

Some banks will give you a one-off cash bonus for switching. You might also be offered access to discounts and offers.

Other current account switch incentives may include:

  • Hotel discounts
  • Gift vouchers
  • Travel cards

While incentives such as these are attractive, it’s important the account you're switching to meets your personal financial needs over the long term, so you don’t end up losing out.

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Compare our current accounts to see which one may suit you.

Access to better savings rates

Some current accounts give you access to regular savings accounts that offer attractive rates of interest. Double check the finer details – there’s usually a limit on the minimum and maximum amounts you can put away in savings each month. This may impact whether an account suits you. There may also be limits on how you access the money, so look into the terms and conditions.

Reduced overdraft costs

If you use your overdraft facility often, you may be able to get a better deal by switching. Look at the rate of interest charged on an arranged overdraft, and if there's an amount you can borrow interest-free.

Paying less interest each month if you go overdrawn could help you clear your debts sooner and get back in control.

Explore: How to get out of your overdraft

Better support and customer service

Does your current bank offer helpful tools and apps, secure online banking and phone support? Is there a local branch you can pop into?

Some banks have a strong reputation for dealing with customers. By switching provider, you may find you get a better service.

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7 working day Current Account Switch Guarantee

This guarantee means your new bank must arrange to transfer your:

  • Existing outgoing payments, such as Direct Debits
  • Incoming payments, such as your salary

All you need to do is agree to the 'Current Account Switch Agreement' and the 'Current Account Closure Instruction'.

In the unlikely event that anything goes wrong with the switch, your new bank will refund you if you’re left out of pocket.

None of your regular Direct Debits, standing orders or payments into your account will be affected because of a switch. And, if required, any payments sent to your old account by mistake will be redirected to your new one.

Find out how to switch current accounts using the Current Account Switch Guarantee.

No harm to your credit rating

Simply switching from one bank to another using the Current Account Switch Service won't affect your credit rating.

However, when you open a new account, your new bank may run a credit score check. This could affect your credit rating.

In the unlikely event that you have any problems with payments during the switch (such as a standing order), your new bank or building society will fix them. This means your credit rating won't be affected.

Explore: How to check your credit report