Nationwide to withdraw its 5% Flex Regular Online Saver

2 April 2019

Nationwide Building Society is withdrawing its Flex Regular Online Saver as it is not reaching its target market.

Nationwide says it will be closing the account at the end of the business day on 5 April.

A spokesperson for Nationwide says: “The account was launched to help members new to saving get into the savings habit.

“However, the significant majority (86%) are opened by existing savers and on average members with the account have around £20,000 saved with Nationwide in other accounts.”

If you are an existing customer will be able to continue to save into the account until it reaches its maturity date.

The building society says it has no immediate plans to launch a replacement product.

The Flex Regular Online Saver is for Nationwide members who already hold an account with the society.

It pays 5% interest each year and allows you to pay in up to £250 a month.

Regular savings accounts

A regular savings account requires you to put aside money each month and can pay up to 5% interest – considerably more than the average easy-access account.

Offering some of the best rates on the market, they are ideal for someone looking to start saving.

However, some only offer the headline rate for a year or require you to be an existing customer.

You can pay between £10 and £250 every month over the period of a year, but you will be penalised if you fail to make a monthly payment.


The First Direct Regular Saver offers an interest rate of 5% for deposits between £25 and £300 a month, allowing you to save a maximum of £3,600 a year. The rate is fixed for 12 months and is only available to current account customers.

There are other accounts that pay 5% interest, but they are more limited in the amount you can deposit.

These include the HSBC Regular Saver (£25 to £250), M&S Bank Monthly Saver (£25 to £250). The Santander 123 Regular eSaver (£1 to £200) pays 3%.

The best high interest current account out there is the Nationwide FlexDirect, which pays 5% interest on balances up to £2,500 for the first year, but this then drops to 1%. There are no monthly fees, but you have to pay in a minimum of £1,000 a month.

Another option is the TSB Classic Plus, which offers 5% interest on balances up to £1,500, provided you pay in £500 a month. 


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Not reaching it`s target market what kind of bull is that,Not to worry when mine comes to the end of my 12 months i will just close my accounts and go to another bank simple.If they lose 10% of their customers they might just put it back on again but lets wait and see.

TSB rate Classic Plus

"Another option is the TSB Classic Plus, which offers 5% interest on balances up to £1,500, provided you pay in £500 a month."

The rate is currently 3% not 5%.

TSB's Plus account interest…

TSB's Plus account interest-rate was previously increased from 3% to 5% in mid-2018 to "put things right" following major problems with their systems upgrade, it reverted back to 3% in July 2019... and it'll be halved to only 1.5% in May 2020.

Nationwide Flex Regular Online Saver

5% looks an attractive rate, but because it works drip-feed, the account averages only 2.5%. Deposit the maximum £250 per month and 12 months will yield £3000 plus £150 interest.

Nationwide Flex Regular Online Saver

I made a previous post about the rate being 2.5% and not 5%, but made an error in the calculation. £3000 maximum at the end of 12 months will yield £75 interest and not £150 which 5% suggests should be the figure.

Nationwide Flex Regular Online Saver

This comment about the rate only being 2.5% is a common misconception. If you deposit the maximum of £250 per month that means your average balance over the year is £1500, on which you would get the full 5% interest. So while the amount of interest is correct at £150, the suggestion of a 2.5% rate is not. It's like saying you invested £3,000 in an account at 5% on July 1st and were disappointed at the end of the calendar year that they only paid you 6 months worth of interest rather than a full year. Immaterial as the account will not be available after this year's monthly savers come to maturity. Sadly Nationwide are unable to keep pace with the so-called challenger banks on savings interest these days.

Flex Regular Interest

Mine expired on the 18th Dec' 19, but was only paid £75.82.
AmI not entitled to the full £150 for my £3000?
If I am who do I complain to?

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