High Interest Current Accounts

How much does your a/c pay?

There are not many current account providers who pay what you would call high interest on the account balance. Typically most banks and building societies pay either a nominal amount of interest or no interest at all. Some providers will pay higher interest on the first say £1,000 held on the account, and then pay a much lower rate on money held over this amount.

 

The comparison tables below should make the job of comparing different deals easier.

Interest Paying Current Accounts
 AccountInterest (AER)Overdraft RateFunding Required*Fee pmFeaturesApply
3% AER**£25 interest and fee free overdraft plus £10 buffer£500 per monthFree3% AER variable in-credit interest on balances up to £1,500More Info >
TSB Classic Plus Current Account

  • 3% AER on balances up to £1,500. Must pay in £500 a month, register for internet banking and paperless statements and paperless correspondence 
  • £5 cashback every month just for regularly spending with your debit card (minimum of 20 debit card payments) and £5 cashback every month just for paying two direct debits. Offer from 1st March 2017. Ends June 2018 (T&C's apply)
  • Plus if you also use an eligible TSB credit card you can earn up to £60 cashback in a year on that too. Representative 18.9% APR (variable). Subject to status. Must be 18+ and UK resident. Ends June 2018
  • £10 interest-free overdraft buffer
  • If you go overdrawn by more than £10, TSB's Grace Period means that you have until 10pm (UK Time) to pay in enough money to avoid any overdraft fees you may incur that day
  • 0% interest on planned overdraft up to £25
  • No monthly fee
  • Must be 18 or older and UK resident
  • 19.84% AER (variable) and a Monthly Overdraft Usage Fee of £6 apply to amounts of £25 and over
N/a*First £250 interest free, £6 pm thereafterNo minimum£19*Instead of interest you receive 2% rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit, plus extra benefits including free Worldwide travel insurance, UK breakdown cover and mobile phone insurance.More Info >
NatWest Reward Platinum Current Account

  • Instead of interest you receive 2% off 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
  • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £19 fee.
  • Includes many lifestyle benefits such as Worldwide multi trip travel insurance, UK car breakdown cover, mobile phone insurance & tastecard membership. Account terms & conditions apply
  • Access account anytime with 24-hour UK call centres, Online Banking and Mobile Banking app

  • Must be 18 or older
  • £19 monthly fee
  • £250 interest free Overdraft threshold. £6 per month thereafter

 

N/a*First £10 interest free, £6 pm thereafterNo minimum£12*Instead of interest you receive 2% rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit, plus extra benefits including free European travel insurance and mobile phone insurance. More Info >
NatWest Reward Silver Current Account

  • Instead of interest you receive 2% off 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
  • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £12 fee.
  • Includes many lifestyle benefits such as European multi trip travel insurance, preferential rates on travel money, mobile phone insurance & tastecard membership. Account terms & conditions apply
  • Ticket booking service, receive 25% cashback on tickets for theatre, dance, opera, concerts and more
  • Access account anytime with 24-hour UK call centres, Online Banking and Mobile Banking app

  • Must be 18 or older
  • £12 monthly fee
  • £10 interest free Overdraft threshold. £6 per month thereafter

 

N/a*First £10 interest free, £6 pm thereafterNo minimum£2*Instead of interest you receive 2% rewards on 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct DebitMore Info >
NatWest Reward Current Account

  • Instead of interest you receive 2% off 7 types of household bills if paid by Direct Debit
  • On average NatWest customers earn £83 in Rewards per year. Based on monthly bills of £345 excluding the monthly £2 fee.
  • Access account anytime with 24-hour UK call centres, Online Banking and Mobile Banking app

  • Must be 18 or older
  • £2 monthly fee
  • £10 interest free Overdraft threshold. £6 per month thereafter

 

There are current accounts with high interest rates available from certain UK banking organisations. If you open one of these current accounts you may be subject to certain terms and conditions, such as:

  • You may have to pay a minimum amount into your current account each month to receive the high rate of interest.
  • The interest rate may drop considerably after a set period, so it is wise to open the account with a substantial initial deposit to gain as much interest as possible in order to make the most of the high interest current account.


 

Switch Bank or Building Society


It is becoming easier to switch current accounts between banks and building societies because of electronic banking and employees who specialise in the switching process. In September 2013, most banks will be able to switch your current account in seven days, whether it is a high interest current account or an instant access current account with low interest.