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first direct
1st Account first direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features £175 welcome bonus when you switch to a 1st Account

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Switch to a 1st Account and bank £175*. You also get access to a 7% AER/gross fixed for 12 months Regular Saver Account if saving between £25 and £300 a month (up to £3,600 per year). £250 interest-free overdraft (subject to status). No minimum monthly funding and no monthly account fee. No first direct fees for when spending abroad, withdrawing cash from the UK or when making a debit card payment in a foreign currency in the UK. Mobile banking app. UK based contact centre. For the £175 switching cash offer you need to open a 1st Account, switch your everyday banking to us using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account. This offer is only available to new First Direct customers, or HSBC customers who haven't opened an account since 1 January 2020. *Complete a full switch using the Current Account Switch Service, including at least 2 Direct Debits or standing orders. Then deposit £1,000, make 5+ debit card payments, and log on to digital banking, within 30 days of your account opening. New customers only, who haven’t previously held a first direct product. Sorry, we also can’t offer this to people who have opened an HSBC current account on or after 1 January 2018. Offer can be withdrawn at any time. Subject to status. UK residents only

When you switch bank accounts, it’s usually to get a better deal somewhere else. But, did you know that some current accounts will pay you to make the switch? 

Yeah, there are some providers that want you to switch and they’ll pay you to do so. Now, we’ve got a table down below that tells you all about which providers will do this, but let’s also take a look at what switch incentives are on offer. 

First Direct 1st Account - £175 welcome bonus for switching

First Direct are offering a £175 welcome bonus if you switch to their 1st Account. To qualify you must complete a full switch using the Current Account Switch Service, including at least 2 Direct Debits or standing orders. Then deposit £1,000, make 5+ debit card payments, and log on to digital banking, within 30 days of your account opening



So, when it comes to banks and switching incentives, it’s usually a financial reward. However, the Current Account Switch Service, used by a lot of banks, offers things like cinema tickets and cool freebies to balance out the cash prize. Switching your current account can seem like a challenge, and finding a new bank or building society takes time. But, it is worth it in the long run, especially if you pay attention to all the switch incentives. Remember to close your old account at the end though, or you might run into some problems!




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