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HSBC Current Account
Why we like it: No minimum monthly funding or monthly fee to maintain the account. Earn up to 15% cashback with Retailer Offers. Stress-free account switching in 7 days with the Current Account Switch Service. £300 ATM withdrawal per day, Arranged Overdraft facility (subject to status). Online and Mobile Banking with text and email alerts. Must be 18 or older and live in the UK permanently. 39.94% EAR overdraft charge. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Why we like it: Free current account. Pays 0.05% AER interest on balances up to £85,000. Get set up in minutes. Send money abroad: Fast and secure money transfers to bank accounts in 38 countries worldwide. No fees when you pay with your card abroad or withdraw money. Get a spotlight on your spending: See what you’ve spent instantly with real-time payment notifications. 3 month interest holiday on the first £500 of an arranged overdraft. Best British Bank and Best Current Account in 2020 at the British Bank Awards. Awarded 5 stars by Defaqto. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Why we like it: A bank account that can build credit history. No credit check during sign up. Apply straight from your mobile. Instant online decision. Get your Contactless Debit Mastercard within 3-5 working days. Add Creditbuilder onto your account and it could help build your credit rating at no extra cost. Deposit cash into your account at any Post Office UK branch. Money is available in your account immediately. Manage your account 24/7 from any device with the banking app - get real time balance information, statements, add payees send payments and apply for extras. Automatic payment alerts. UK based Customer Services Team. Your money is protected up to £85,000 by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
Why we like it: Earn 0.30% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on council tax bills, Mobile and home phone bills, broadband and paid-for TV packages, and Santander monthly mortgage payments. 2% on Gas and electricity bills, Santander Home Insurance premiums and Santander Life Insurance premiums, and 3% on water bills. Monthly fee of £4. Cashback capped at £5 for each cashback tier each month. Must pay in £500 pm. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Why we like it: Can be opened by or on behalf of any child up to the age of 18. Debit or cash card available for those aged between 13 and 18. Monthly interest. No monthly fee. For children under age 13, the account must be opened in trust and managed by an adult (trustee). If you’re aged between 13 and 18 years old and live permanently in the UK you can apply online by telephone or in branch. No overdraft facility. 1% interest on the entire balance once the balance is £100, 2.00% AER/1.98% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500, 3.00% AER/2.96% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500 or over (up to a maximum of £2,000). Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
HSBC Current Account review
HSBC offer a range of current accounts. The Basic Bank Account is a very simple account which covers your basic banking needs.
To keep things simple, this account does not offer a cheque book, overdraft or other credit facilities. It also doesn’t pay any interest on your balance.
HSBC current account features
With a HSBC current account you can benefit from:
- A Visa debit card
- Cash withdrawals of up to £300 per day
- Creating Standing Orders and Direct Debits plus making payments to friends and family
- 24/7 telephone and internet banking
- Up to £100 cashback at outlets nationwide when you pay with your debit card
- Use your debit card to withdraw local currency at cash machines worldwide and pay for goods and services wherever you see the VISA logo
If you are looking for your account to work a bit harder then HSBC’s Advance or Premier accounts could be for you.
HSBC are currently offering the following rewards:
- Open and switch to one of these accounts and you will get £150
- Stay for a year and get a further £50 bonus
- Get a 0%, fee-free overdraft for six months when you open the account
To qualify for this account you must make a minimum monthly pay-in of £1,750 a month. This is higher than many current accounts, so consider whether you will be able to meet this before deciding to switch.
Additional incentives with HSBC current accounts
- A minimum overdraft offer of £1000 at account opening
- Reduced booking fees on HSBC's Standard Mortgage range
- You will be eligible for HSBC's 5% regular savings account
The switch bonus is also available if you are switching to HSBC's Premier Account. But you will need to either pay your income into it and have £50,000 of savings/investments with HSBC or have an income of £100,000+ a year, plus another qualifying product with HSBC.
Other Useful Information
- You must open the account, then use HSBC's Current Account Switch Service to switch, including at least two Direct Debits or standing orders, within 30 days
- The bonus is paid within 70 days of opening the Advance Account – provided you have met the switching criteria in the bullet above
- You cannot get the bonus if switching from another HSBC account, or if you have had a current account with it in the past twelve months
- To get the £50 extra bonus, you need to register for mobile or online banking within 60 days of account opening and pay in £1,750 per month for at least nine of the first 12 months. The bonus will be sent within 30 days of your first anniversary of account opening.
- HSBC shares its £75,000 UK savings safety guarantee with First Direct, so if you hold more than £75,000 across the two banks the excess will not be protected
Overall HSBC offers a great basic bank account if you just want a functioning account with no complications. Meanwhile, their Advanced and Premier accounts provide some great rewards and incentives for those who are able to meet the monthly requirements.