Reward & Cashback current accounts

Compare reward & cashback current accounts

A number of bank and building societies offer generous cashback or rewards if you transfer your current account to them. So why not see if you can get something for nothing by switching your account now?

DOUBLE CASH REWARDS IF YOU SWITCH TO BARCLAYS BLUE REWARDS ACCOUNT

  • Up to £7 monthly cash reward for having direct debits
  • Up to £9 monthly cash reward for having selected Barclays products
  • Earn enhanced cashback plus an additional 1% cashback for 12 months
  • Switch your everyday banking using the Current Account Switch Service by 29 June 2018, and you’ll get double cash rewards – that’s up to £32 a month in rewards for a whole year - plus double cashback (2%)
  • To earn cashback you’ll need to pay in at least £800 into your account each month and pay a £3 monthly fee.
  • To apply, you must be 18+ and a UK resident. T&Cs apply

Switching Cashback Current Accounts - Ordered by the total amount of cashback/reward after fees.
 

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (28%) Ok (43%) Poor (29%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Switching Service
  • Mobile App
Great for:
  • Earn £100 cashback when you use the Current Account Switch Service to switch your current account held elsewhere to Royal Bank online by 6 July 2018, T&Cs apply
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply. £2 monthly fee applies and to earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
  • If you have previously taken part in any offer to switch to us for a cash payment (including from NatWest between October 2017 and May 2018), you won’t be eligible for this offer. Offer is online only and can be withdrawn at any time
  • You must open an account by 6 July, then complete a full switch of a non-Royal Bank account using the Current Account Switch Service, pay £1,500 into the account and log into your online or mobile banking service by 24 August
SWITCHING REWARDS

GET £100 PLUS 2% CASHBACK ON HOUSEHOLD BILLS WHEN YOU SWITCH. T&CS APPLY. SEE PROVIDER SITE FOR ELIGIBILITY DETAILS

M&S M&S

Current Account

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (62%) Ok (29%) Poor (9%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Overdraft Facility
  • Direct Debits
  • Switching Service
  • Online Banking
Great for:
  • Get a £125 M&S gift card when you use the switching service to switch to this current account, plus £5 per month gift card top up for up to 12 months. T&Cs apply
  • You can also open an M&S Monthly Saver account and earn 5% AER
  • Get a £100 interest-free overdraft, with a £50 buffer if you go over your agreed limit, subject to status
But be aware that:
  • You must be at least 18 years old to open this account
  • To get the £125 gift card, you must use the current account switch service, and you must have at least two active direct debits from the account
  • To get the £5 monthly top up, you must pay in at least £1,000 every month, and you must have at least two active direct debits from the account
Switching Gift Card!

Earn up to £185 on an M&S gift card! Receive £125 when you switch and up to £60 when you stay! Conditions apply, see T&Cs

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (91%) Ok (7%) Poor (2%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Mobile App
  • Online Banking
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Standing Orders
Great for:
  • Switch and choose from a range of 8 rewards worth up to £150, including a £150 Expedia voucher and a Bose SoundLink Mini II bluetooth speaker, which is only available if you switch through MoneySuperMarket. T&Cs apply.
  • You can also open a regular savings account and earn 5% AER
  • Get a £250 interest-free overdraft, subject to status
But be aware that:
  • You must be at least 18 years old to open this account
  • You must pay in at least £1,000 within the first 3 months of opening the account to qualify for the advertised reward
SWITCHING REWARDS

Switch & get a gift worth up to £150. Choose from: £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. T&Cs apply.

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (28%) Ok (43%) Poor (29%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Online Banking
  • Mobile App
  • Switching Service
  • Direct Debits
Great for:
  • Earn £100 cashback when you use the Current Account Switch Service to switch your current account held elsewhere to Royal Bank online by 6 July 2018, T&Cs apply
  • Access to emergency cash if your card is lost or stolen via our mobile banking app
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply
  • If you have previously taken part in any offer to switch to us for a cash payment (including from NatWest between October 2017 and May 2018), you won’t be eligible for this offer. Offer is online only and can be withdrawn at any time
  • You must open an account by 6 July, then complete a full switch of a non-Royal Bank account using the Current Account Switch Service, pay £1,500 into the account and log into your online or mobile banking service by 24 August
SWITCHING REWARDS

GET £100 WHEN YOU SWITCH. T&CS APPLY. SEE PROVIDER SITE FOR ELIGIBILITY DETAILS

NatWest NatWest

Reward Silver Account

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (42%) Ok (39%) Poor (19%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Mobile App
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Online Banking
Great for:
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until 31 August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Includes benefits such as European multi-trip travel insurance, mobile phone insurance and Tastecard
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply
  • Fee-free debit card purchases offer applies to foreign purchase fees only. You will continue to incur fees when withdrawing cash abroad using an ATM, as well as any local ATM charges.
  • £12 monthly fee applies. To earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
Limited offer

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FEE FREE DEBIT CARD PURCHASES THIS SUMMER UNTIL 31 AUGUST 2018 LOCAL TIME. T&CS APPLY

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (28%) Ok (43%) Poor (29%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Online Banking
  • Mobile App
  • Switching Service
Great for:
  • Earn £100 cashback when you use the Current Account Switch Service to switch your current account held elsewhere to Royal Bank online by 6 July 2018, T&Cs apply
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply. £12 monthly fee applies and to earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
  • If you have previously taken part in any offer to switch to us for a cash payment (including from NatWest between October 2017 and May 2018), you won’t be eligible for this offer. Offer is online only and can be withdrawn at any time
  • You must open an account by 6 July, then complete a full switch of a non-Royal Bank account using the Current Account Switch Service, pay £1,500 into the account and log into your online or mobile banking service by 24 August
SWITCHING REWARDS

GET £100 PLUS 2% CASHBACK ON HOUSEHOLD BILLS WHEN YOU SWITCH. T&CS APPLY. SEE PROVIDER SITE FOR ELIGIBILITY DETAILS

 

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Ongoing Rewards – Ordered by the highest ongoing cashback over the first 12 month period after fees
 

Barclays Barclays

Bank Account with Blue Rewards

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (45%) Ok (37%) Poor (18%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Overdraft Facility
  • Mobile App
  • Direct Debits
  • Standing Orders
Great for:
  • Get double rewards for 12 months when you switch and join Barclays Blue Rewards. Eligibility, terms & monthly fee apply. Offer valid only with full switches using the Current Account Switch Service before 29 June 2018
  • Get £14 each month for banking with Barclays and joining Barclays Blue Rewards (£7 for each of your first 2 Direct Debit payments) and extra cash rewards on selected products for 12 months
  • Earn an enhanced rate of cashback with over 150 retailers and Expedia when shopping through Barclays
But be aware that:
  • You must be at least 18 years old to open this account
  • You'll have to pay a £3 monthly fee
  • You'll need to pay in at least £800 a month in 'new' money, such as salary or pension (as opposed to interest or one-off payments from other Barclays accounts)
Limited offer

Get double cash rewards for 12 months with Barclays Blue Rewards when you switch by 29 June 2018. T&Cs & eligibility apply

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (28%) Ok (43%) Poor (29%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Switching Service
  • Mobile App
Great for:
  • Earn £100 cashback when you use the Current Account Switch Service to switch your current account held elsewhere to Royal Bank online by 6 July 2018, T&Cs apply
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply. £2 monthly fee applies and to earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
  • If you have previously taken part in any offer to switch to us for a cash payment (including from NatWest between October 2017 and May 2018), you won’t be eligible for this offer. Offer is online only and can be withdrawn at any time
  • You must open an account by 6 July, then complete a full switch of a non-Royal Bank account using the Current Account Switch Service, pay £1,500 into the account and log into your online or mobile banking service by 24 August
SWITCHING REWARDS

GET £100 PLUS 2% CASHBACK ON HOUSEHOLD BILLS WHEN YOU SWITCH. T&CS APPLY. SEE PROVIDER SITE FOR ELIGIBILITY DETAILS

M&S M&S

Current Account

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (62%) Ok (29%) Poor (9%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Overdraft Facility
  • Direct Debits
  • Switching Service
  • Online Banking
Great for:
  • Get a £125 M&S gift card when you use the switching service to switch to this current account, plus £5 per month gift card top up for up to 12 months. T&Cs apply
  • You can also open an M&S Monthly Saver account and earn 5% AER
  • Get a £100 interest-free overdraft, with a £50 buffer if you go over your agreed limit, subject to status
But be aware that:
  • You must be at least 18 years old to open this account
  • To get the £125 gift card, you must use the current account switch service, and you must have at least two active direct debits from the account
  • To get the £5 monthly top up, you must pay in at least £1,000 every month, and you must have at least two active direct debits from the account
Switching Gift Card!

Earn up to £185 on an M&S gift card! Receive £125 when you switch and up to £60 when you stay! Conditions apply, see T&Cs

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (42%) Ok (39%) Poor (19%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Mobile App
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Online Banking
Great for:
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until 31 August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Access to emergency cash if your card is lost or stolen and to mobile app
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply
  • Fee-free debit card purchases offer applies to foreign purchase fees only. You will continue to incur fees when withdrawing cash abroad using an ATM, as well as any local ATM charges.
  • £2 monthly fee applies. To earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
Limited offer

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FEE FREE DEBIT CARD PURCHASES THIS SUMMER UNTIL 31 AUGUST 2018 LOCAL TIME. T&CS APPLY

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (28%) Ok (43%) Poor (29%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Online Banking
  • Mobile App
  • Switching Service
Great for:
  • Earn £100 cashback when you use the Current Account Switch Service to switch your current account held elsewhere to Royal Bank online by 6 July 2018, T&Cs apply
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until the 31st of August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply. £12 monthly fee applies and to earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
  • If you have previously taken part in any offer to switch to us for a cash payment (including from NatWest between October 2017 and May 2018), you won’t be eligible for this offer. Offer is online only and can be withdrawn at any time
  • You must open an account by 6 July, then complete a full switch of a non-Royal Bank account using the Current Account Switch Service, pay £1,500 into the account and log into your online or mobile banking service by 24 August
SWITCHING REWARDS

GET £100 PLUS 2% CASHBACK ON HOUSEHOLD BILLS WHEN YOU SWITCH. T&CS APPLY. SEE PROVIDER SITE FOR ELIGIBILITY DETAILS

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (28%) Ok (43%) Poor (29%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Switching Service
  • Mobile App
Great for:
  • Earn £100 cashback when you use the Current Account Switch Service to switch your current account held elsewhere to Royal Bank online by 6 July 2018, T&Cs apply
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Includes benefits such as worldwide multi-trip travel insurance, UK car breakdown cover, mobile phone insurance & fee free debit card purchases abroad until 31st August (Local Time). T&Cs apply
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply. £19 monthly fee applies and to earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
  • If you have previously taken part in any offer to switch to us for a cash payment (including from NatWest between October 2017 and May 2018), you won’t be eligible for this offer. Offer is online only and can be withdrawn at any time
  • You must open an account by 6 July, then complete a full switch of a non-Royal Bank account using the Current Account Switch Service, pay £1,500 into the account and log into your online or mobile banking service by 24 August
SWITCHING REWARDS

GET £100 PLUS 2% CASHBACK ON HOUSEHOLD BILLS WHEN YOU SWITCH. T&CS APPLY. SEE PROVIDER SITE FOR ELIGIBILITY DETAILS

NatWest NatWest

Reward Silver Account

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (42%) Ok (39%) Poor (19%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Mobile App
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Online Banking
Great for:
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until 31 August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply.
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Includes benefits such as European multi-trip travel insurance, mobile phone insurance and Tastecard
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply
  • Fee-free debit card purchases offer applies to foreign purchase fees only. You will continue to incur fees when withdrawing cash abroad using an ATM, as well as any local ATM charges.
  • £12 monthly fee applies. To earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
Limited offer

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FEE FREE DEBIT CARD PURCHASES THIS SUMMER UNTIL 31 AUGUST 2018 LOCAL TIME. T&CS APPLY

NatWest NatWest

Reward Platinum Account

Cashback

Monthly fee

annual fee No monthly fee

Customer service rating

Great (42%) Ok (39%) Poor (19%)

Customer service ratings provided by users of

  • Cashback
  • Mobile App
  • Overdraft Facility
  • Online Banking
Great for:
  • Take advantage of fee-free debit card purchases when abroad until 31 August 2018 local time. T&Cs apply
  • 2% cashback on 7 household bills with unlimited rewards if paid by direct debit. Customers earn on average £83 per year based on monthly bills of £345
  • Includes benefits such as worldwide multi-trip travel insurance, mobile phone insurance and UK breakdown cover
But be aware that:
  • You must be 18+ and a UK resident to apply
  • Fee-free debit card purchases offer applies to foreign purchase fees only. You will continue to incur fees when withdrawing cash abroad using an ATM, as well as any local ATM charges
  • £19 monthly fee applies. To earn rewards you need to access online or mobile banking once every 3 months
Limited offer

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FEE FREE DEBIT CARD PURCHASES THIS SUMMER UNTIL 31 AUGUST 2018 LOCAL TIME. T&CS APPLY

 

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Reward and Cashback accounts

What is a cashback account?

A cashback account is an account which gives you a cash bonus or reward when you switch to it. The cash is offered as an incentive by banks and building societies to persuade people to move their money across from another provider. Sometimes however, the reward may take a different form. For example, if the account is a packaged account with a monthly fee, the fees may be waived for a set period of time. Most of the accounts that offer cash incentives or rewards are current accounts.

Who do they suit?

Reward current accounts that pay a cash bonus when you switch often come with strings attached, or may not always necessarily offer the most competitive rates of credit or overdraft interest, which will mean they won’t be suitable for everyone.

You should always check whether the account is appropriate for your needs before moving, otherwise the benefit of the cash bonus or reward could be cancelled out. For example, if you tend to be overdrawn frequently and switch to a reward bank account purely because it is offering cashback, but it has expensive overdraft charges, you might be better off with an account with no cash bonus, but low overdraft fees.

Benefits

The benefits of this type of cash back current account are clear – a cash lump sum or other reward when you switch your account over. Given today’s low interest rate environment and how difficult it can be to earn decent returns, this kind of incentive can be extremely valuable when it comes to giving your savings an extra boost. You usually get paid the cash back within three months of moving your account across to the new provider.

Negatives

It’s easy to be tempted by cash back current accounts while ignoring what else the account is actually offering. Remember that if you go overdrawn regularly, you should check the overdraft charges, or if you tend to keep a large balance in your current account, you must find out how much interest you will earn if you are in credit.

You may be required to pay in a minimum amount each month to qualify for the switching incentive offered by the reward account. Bear in mind too that if you don’t meet this minimum deposit, in some cases you may be changed a monthly fee, which would soon wipe out the benefit of a cash bonus for switching. Some banks require that you pay in your salary each month, so always read the small print carefully first.

Alternatives

If you can’t pay in a certain amount each month and therefore won’t qualify for a cash reward, then choose a current account that doesn’t require regular monthly deposits. There are plenty to pick from, so you should choose one that is appropriate for your needs – think about how you run your current account before moving, so that you know whether an account with high interest when you’re in credit or an account with low overdraft charges will suit you best.