Competition in the current account market is heating up as Santander has launched a new deal which comes with cashback on spending as well as a linked savings account paying 4% interest.
Customers with the new Santander Edge current account and linked savings account will be able to earn up to £20 in cashback and £13.10 in interest per month, for a £3 monthly fee.
The Santander Edge current account will offer cashback on both debit card spending and direct debits, with up to £20 cashback per month available.
Customers with the new current account can also receive 4% AER (annual equivalent rate) variable interest on balances up to £4,000 with a linked Santander Edge easy access saver account.
The rate includes a 0.5% bonus rate for the first 12 months from the account being opened. No interest will be paid on balances above £4,000.
The bank said customers also able to access in-app budgeting tools, including a new subscriptions management feature, with more digital functionality to launch in coming months.
The new current account will offer 1% cashback, capped at £10 a month, on grocery shopping and transport-based debit card spending.
It will also offer 1% cashback, capped at £10 per month, on household bills paid via direct debit, including council tax, gas and electricity, mobile, landline, broadband and paid-for TV packages.
The free use of Santander ATMs overseas is also included in the deal.
The bank said it used extensive customer research to develop the account.
The bank’s new rewards platform, Santander Boosts, is available to all its current account and credit card holders aged 18 and over. The scheme offers customers cashback, vouchers, discounts, prize draws, and giveaways tailored to their individual interests. Current offers include a £2,500 cash giveaway and a £500 eGift cards towards groceries, alongside other prizes.
To be eligible for the Santander Edge current account, customers need to have a minimum of £500 credited into their account every month and at least two active direct debits.
Enrique Alvarez, chief customer officer at Santander UK said: “We’ve created a new account to help customers make the most of their money today and save for a better tomorrow.
“Building on our focus on cashback, we will be rewarding them for their essential spending, whether that’s the weekly supermarket shop or travelling to work, and their household bills – particularly relevant given current pressures.”
Santander said that new account features due to launch in the coming months include a carbon footprint tracker which will track customers’ carbon footprints based on their spending and suggest actions to reduce it; and “smart budgets”, which will enable customers to set budgets in categories of their choice, such as groceries, and notify them when they have reached their maximum budget.
The bank already offers cashback on bills through its 123 current accounts.
The 123 Lite current account has been removed from sale from Tuesday to coincide with the launch of Santander Edge.
Existing 123 Lite customers can continue to use their account as usual and there are no impacts to the 123 Current Account or any other Santander current accounts, the bank said.
Several banks are also offering large amounts of cash to switch. HSBC UK and Nationwide Building Society, for example, are offering switchers £200.
Rachel Springall, a finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said: “It’s exciting to see such a rewarding current account launched onto the market at a time where many consumers will be trying to make their money go further.
“The Santander Edge current account may well entice consumers that want to earn cashback on their household bills and essential spending, but also, wish to stimulate their savings habit and earn some decent interest on an account that offers them complete flexibility.
“Further enhancements to the Santander Edge current account are set to be rolled out in the future, including a carbon footprint tracker and smart budgets, good news for those who are both conscious and wish to reduce their own carbon footprint and wish to scrutinise a budget.
“The Santander Boosts rewards platform is also available to all banking or credit card customers and could be of great benefit to those who frequently shop with certain brands.”
Here are the qualifying debit card spending categories in transport and groceries for up to £10 cashback per month with the new Santander Edge Account:
– Service stations and UK petrol stations
– Automated fuel dispensers
– Suburban and local commuter passenger transport including ferries
– Passenger rail journeys
– Bus journeys
– Electric vehicle charging points
– Supermarkets and grocery stores
– Convenience stores
– Food markets
– Specialty food stores
– Vending machines
And here are the qualifying spending categories for up to £10 per month cashback on household bills paid via direct debit:
– Council tax bills (including Rates in Northern Ireland)
– Gas and electricity bills
– Water bills
– Mobile and home phone bills, broadband and paid-for TV packages