The latest news to help you get the most from your bank account.
Here’s my monthly update sharing changes for leading UK current accounts, as well as some of the relevant articles you might have missed on the blog.
May’s bank account update videos
For a more detailed update, watch these videos from my YouTube channel.
May’s current account news
Latest bank switching deals
Since last month’s update, a number of deals have ended and only one new offer announced. Virgin Money now offers 20,000 Virgin Points for switchers that can be used for wine, activities, flights and even sausage rolls… Here’s my full analysis.
One offer ending soon is the £125 for switching to Halifax’s Reward account whether you’re a new or existing customer. Here are all the details.
Ongoing deals with no set deadline (though they could go any time) are from Nationwide and First Direct.
You can switch multiple times (all at once or one after the other), just be aware of the impact on your credit score.
This month’s bank switch offers
- Barclays Premier – “£200” Avios switch bonus
- Co-op – £50 refer-a-friend offer
- First Direct – £150
- Halifax – £125 (ends 9 May)
- Nationwide – Up to £125 switch bonus
- Virgin Money – 20,000 Virgin Points
Santander reduces opening hours
Most months I’m telling you about bank branch closures, but this time it’s news that from the end of July 2022 Santander will close branches at 3pm Monday to Friday, and if open on a Saturday it’ll close at noon. You’ll be able to make later appointments in some branches if you do it in advance.
Linked savings improve (again)
Though this is my current account update, it’s worth noting that some of the best savings rates are reserved for those with current accounts. Following improvements from Natwest, Santander and Nationwide, it’s now the turn of First Direct to take the lead, with a 3.5% paying regular saver (more on this here).
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My top current accounts for May 2022
I always think it’s worth having more than one current account (find out why here) and here’s my run-down of the top accounts to have this month.