‘Martin Lewis advice got me free £ 125 in cash – and it only took five minutes’

Liverpool Echo reporter Kate Lally found herself £ 125 up after switching from her Santander account to Halifax. Here, she details how simple the process was and what you need to know about “bank bribes”

Kate Lally is a reporter for the Liverpool Echo
Kate Lally is a reporter for the Liverpool Echo

High street banks will often offer cash incentives – known as “bank bribes” – to tempt new customers into joining.

Time it right, and you could end up more than £ 100 richer, as Liverpool Echo reporter Kate Lally discovered.

She switched from Santander to the Halifax Reward current account, as it offered her £ 125 for to move over.

On top of this, she also gets an extra reward of either £ 5, a cinema ticket, digital magazines or movie rentals, if she pays in £ 1,500 each month.

Sadly, this Halifax deal has ended – but other banks are offering up to £ 170 for you to switch over to them. This cash could come in handy during the cost of living crisis.

HSBC is the top-player with a cash bribe of £ 170 for new customers, followed by £ 150 from its sister bank First Direct.

Martin Lewis often raves about bank bribes



Of course, for any switch bribe you’re interested in, you’ll need to meet the terms and conditions before you apply – or you won’t get the cash.

You should also make sure the bank account you’re switching to is right for you – don’t just move for the cash reward alone.

Have you ever taken advantage of a bank bribe? Let us know in the comments below.

Finally, make sure you switch using the Current Account Switch Service (CASS) to get these rewards.

Here’s how Kate found the switch process …

“Like many others, I often check out Martin Lewis’ tips and tricks to see if there’s more I could be doing to look after the pennies.

“Amid the cost of living crisis, the finance guru has repeatedly found himself lost for words and unable to offer much help.

“Unlike previous years, there are often no deals or switches to be found. At times, the MSE founder’s advice has simply been to do nothing.

“Thankfully, one simple way to bag some cash comes in the way of a bonus, or bribe, for switching bank accounts. And these deals are usually readily available in some shape or form.

“Last month, MSE shared a number of ways savers could get their hands on some free money by moving accounts to a different banking provider.

“I opted for the Halifax Reward account, as it offered £ 125 bonus for opening the account.

“On top of this, if you pay in £ 1,500 each month (for me this is covered by my wages), you can also receive a monthly reward of either £ 5, a cinema ticket, digital magazines or movie rentals.

“I chose the £ 5 per month, meaning if nothing changes I will get an extra £ 60 cash from Halifax this year, too.

“This is the first time I’ve switched banks since opening my first account with Santander at 15.

“THE‘d previously been put off as it seemed like too much of a faff, but it was actually extremely straightforward and took me a matter of minutes.

“I imagine banks have realized a complicated switching process would be unappealing.

“All I needed to do was tell Halifax of my intention to switch, fill in my details and they notified my old bank on my behalf.

“They also moved all my direct debits across from the old account.

“I then had to tell my employer to ensure my wages landed in the right place (this took around 20 seconds).

“After a few days, I had £ 125 in my new account – and with my monthly reward, there’s more free cash to come. Thanks, Martin!”

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