MoneySavingExpert News

2021

Got a travel credit or debit card you haven't recently used? Check it won't get automatically cancelled

With some providers cancelling inactive cards, it's worth checking to see if you need to take action to keep your card account open - particularly if you have any upcoming Christmas trips.

2 December 2021

How to set a contactless card spending cap to avoid the new £100 limit

The contactless card payment limit is rising from £45 to £100 on 15 October. But Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds and Starling will let you set your own limit, and others plan to do the same in future. Some providers will also let you turn off contactless completely. Here's what you need to know.

2 December 2021

Shoppers will be able to withdraw cash in more than 2,000 stores across the UK without having to buy anything or pay a fee

More than 2,000 retailers will allow shoppers to withdraw cash at the checkout without needing to buy an item or pay a fee by the end of the year.

1 December 2021

Former Igloo, Symbio and Enstroga customer? Set up your direct debit with new supplier E.on NOW, or you'll overpay

Former customers of failed suppliers Igloo, Symbio and Enstroga risk overpaying by about £100/year unless they take action NOW, as new provider E.on Next has been unable to transfer across direct debit mandates. You need to set up a new one with E.on Next by Friday 3 December, or you'll end up paying more, as direct debit is the cheapest way to pay

1 December 2021

Barclays takes the axe to its current account rewards scheme with 100,000s of customers losing out

Barclays is hiking its monthly Blue Rewards membership fee for hundreds of thousands of customers from March next year.

1 December 2021

Pret A Manger launches its first-ever loyalty scheme

Pret Coffee subscribers will be the first to take part in a new loyalty scheme, which is initially being rolled out on a trial basis. Customers will be able to collect stars on every transaction they make, which can later be used to obtain free food and drink.

1 December 2021

Over 78,000 QuickQuid borrowers expected to receive payouts after being mis-sold loans - but they'll only get back up to half of what they paid

Around 78,500 QuickQuid and Pounds to Pocket borrowers, who were mis-sold loans they couldn't afford, are expected to receive refunds of some of the interest and fees they were charged. But they'll only get back up to half of what they paid - and some will receive less than a third.

30 November 2021

Sainsbury’s opens its first checkout-free store joining Aldi, Amazon and Tesco

Sainsbury’s has opened its first checkout-free store where shoppers can pick up their groceries and leave without needing to scan items or pay at an in-store till.

30 November 2021

TSB to shut 70 branches across the UK next year - here's a full list of sites set to close

TSB is to close 70 branches across the UK between April and June next year. This is in addition to the 164 branches closed already this year. We have a full list of the sites being shut below and what to do if your local branch is closed.

30 November 2021

Your travel refund rights explained amid Covid-19 testing and quarantining shake-up

Holidaymakers with trips booked to Spain, Switzerland and Israel face disruption due to new Covid-19 entry requirements for all three destinations - including Spain banning unvaccinated tourists from 1 December. Below we explain what's changing and your refund rights if you can no longer travel.

30 November 2021