It simply doesn’t pay to be loyal to banks or insurers.
Chances are, you will find a cheaper policy by shopping around when it’s time to renew your car or home insurance. And as far as your current account is concerned, you can actually earn cold hard cash by switching to another bank.
On top of that, you can move to an account with more and better features, such as high rates of interest and cashback and rewards on spending.
It is simple to do, and made hassle-free with the Current Account Switch Service (CASS) – a government and banking sector collaboration – which guarantees your account will be switched successfully in seven working days, guaranteed.
Your balance, direct debits and standing orders are automatically taken over, as are your incoming payments, such as salary or pension. The service redirects payments that may have gone astray for up to three years.
But which current accounts are offering the best deals to switch at the moment?
If you switch to an M&S current account then you will receive a £125 M&S gift card, plus another £60 of spending power if you stay for more than 12 months, making a total of £185 you can spend in store or online.
To qualify for the £125 gift card you must use the Current Account Switch Service to switch accounts with at least two active direct debits. You will get the gift card through the post within a month of the switch being completed.
For the extra £60, which is paid on to your gift card in 12 monthly £5 instalments, you must pay in at least £1,000 per month into the account and keep up the two direct debits for that time period.
You’ll get a debit card, online banking and a bank app for easy access, plus you’ll be added to the M&S Loyalty Scheme that gives you one point for every £1 spent on your debit card.
Also included in the current account is an overdraft of at least £500, the first £100 of which is interest free. After that, you’ll be charged at 15.9% variable* (subject to status). There are no overdraft fees.
You also gain access to the Monthly Saver, which has a rate of 5% AER/gross when you save more between £25 and £250 a month. So if you were to save the maximum of £250 a month, then you would make £81 per year gross at the end of the year.
As usual, you must be 18 years old and a resident of the UK.
*Representative example (assumed overdraft £1,200): 0% EAR variable on the first £100, 15.9% EAR variable thereafter.
When you switch your current account to First Direct through MoneySuperMarket you can claim a gift worth £150. Gifts include a £150 Expedia voucher, Bose Soundlink Mini II Bluetooth speaker, a choice of Bose headphones, Fitbit Charge 2 SE, Amazon Echo Spot, Polaroid Onestep 2 camera, or up to 250 online courses.
To get the 'hello' gift you need to open a 1st Account, switch your everyday banking to First Direct using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account.
You must be over 18 to open an account. Once you've met all the criteria, within 14 days you will receive an email with a unique registration code and instructions about how you can choose your gift.
You can choose from one of First Direct’s tech gifts, online courses or an Expedia voucher so there are different timings for when you'll receive your gift. But you'll have 90 days from when you complete your gift registration to choose your gift.
This offer is limited to one item per customer or joint account and First Direct can only offer this to people who haven't previously held an account with them. First Direct reserve the right to refuse your application and extend or withdraw this offer at any time. Credit is subject to status.
If you want to find out more about switching current accounts, check out our guide on switching.