Free European travel insurance for Nationwide FlexAccount holders to end in December
Nationwide has decided to axe its free European travel insurance offer for all existing FlexAccount customers who still have it from 31 December. This follows its earlier decision to stop offering the perk to new FlexAccount customers back in December 2016.
3 September 2021
Lloyds to introduce up to £28/mth fee for customers with 'free' access to its Gold, Platinum and Premier packaged bank accounts
The move impacts customers who took out these accounts before 2005 and who benefitted from offers to have the monthly fee waived provided they kept a certain amount of money in the accounts each month.
16 July 2021
Nationwide to cut interest and overhaul overdraft fees on FlexPlus account – is it still worth it?
Nationwide has started telling customers about changes it's making to its FlexPlus packaged bank account in November, which include slashing in-credit interest and raising overdraft fees for many. We've full details of the changes below, plus our analysis of whether the account will still be worth it
27 August 2019
Halifax to shake up Ultimate Reward account fees – are you a winner or loser?
Halifax is to change the fees it charges on its Ultimate Reward packaged bank account from November, MoneySavingExpert.com can reveal. If you spend a lot on your debit card or have a high account balance you could pay less, but many who don't meet the criteria will pay more - we've full info and analysis
16 August 2019
Monzo launches a premium account – but is it any good?
App-only bank Monzo has launched a premium service – but is it any good?
25 April 2019
Top packaged bank account to stop insuring over-70s unless they pay more
Nationwide is to lower the maximum age covered by its packaged bank account travel insurance from 75 to 70, while raising the surcharge paid by older customers from £50 to £65
3 October 2018
Nationwide to hike fee on flagship packaged bank account – is it still worth it?
Nationwide is overhauling its FlexPlus packaged account and increasing the £10/mth fee to £13/mth
27 June 2017
NatWest to bin benefits offered on its Black credit card – leaving some without travel insurance
NatWest is scrapping the benefits it offers to 30,000 customers with its Black credit card at the end of the year
25 October 2016
Banks must do more to curb packaged account mis-selling, warns regulator
Eligibility checks for packaged bank accounts have improved but more needs to be done
20 October 2016
RBS to hike fees for Black and Platinum package account customers
Over one million RBS and NatWest 'Black' and 'Platinum' package account customers will pay more from January 2016
13 November 2015
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