Deal of the week: earn £125 for switching your bank account with First Direct

4 January 2019

Move your current account over to First Direct and you could earn a £125 switching bonus.

What’s the deal exactly?

Open a new account with First Direct and move your current account over to earn a £100 switching bonus. If you do it through MoneySuperMarket you will see your bonus boosted with an extra £25.

The bonus will be paid into your account 28 days after opening it.

Once you have opened your account you can then switch online by contacting First Direct. The whole process should be completed within seven days.

If you are then unhappy and decide to leave within the first six months you will be given a further £100.

Why should I care?

While lots of banks offer switching deals, First Direct's is currently one of the best out there. Plus, it is a free £125 for doing relatively little.

While it isn't the highest switching offer (see below), First Direct are an award-winning provider, taking home Most Trusted Financial Provider and Best Current Account in the 2018 Moneywise Customer Service Awards

The account comes with a £250 interest-free overdraft too. 

What’s the catch?

To qualify for the cashback you will have to deposit £1,000 into the account within the first three months.

You will also have to deposit at least £1,000 a month or have another product such as a mortgage or credit card to avoid paying the £10 monthly fee.

It is important to note that if you go above the interest-free £250 overdraft you will have to pay 15% EAR as well as a £5 a day charge (capped at £80).

What other options do I have?

Halifax will give you a £135 reward when you switch your current account. You will get £50 when you switch and a further £85 after six months as long as you pay in at least £1,500 a month.

With HSBC you will get £150 when you switch. You will need to switch within 30 days of opening and pay in £1,750 a month.

M&S Bank is offering a £100 M&S gift card plus an additional £80 after 12 months.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more on the First Direct website.


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Ever tried to switch to HSBC ..... they send you a link that doesnt work to upload all your ID documents . ID of course you already provided to your current bank !! You call HSBC to tell them that it link doesnt work. Message from HSBC call centre -- Sorry all our New Account staff have gone home , would you like to wait in the call centre queue again tomorrow for another 15 minutes you might be lucky and speak to someone who can help ???? No way if that the way you treat new customers I hate to think what you would be like to bank with .

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I had a First Direct account years ago and left. If I open an account and switch, will I qualify for the £100?

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

'First Direct is currently one of the best out there'? You are joking? I have recently switched to Worst Direct and they are far inferior to the bank I left. Despite being on online/phone bank, they are bureaucratic and I have been bombarded with mail through my letter box. The website is like something from the 90s while the app is basic - neither show pending transactions for contactless payments. And then there is the security. So many passwords - we are told not to write these things down - to remember depending on whether you are using the website, app or phone banking. Once my time is up I will be switching away from this awful bank #AVOID

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I Wish to switch and do i meedmoney goning in the account

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