The best packaged bank accounts

6 min Read Published: 29 May 2024

The best packaged bank accounts

A packaged bank account is a current account that comes with additional perks for a small monthly fee. In this article, we look at the best packaged bank accounts, including what to look out for when choosing a packaged bank account and what to do if you have been mis-sold a packaged account.

What is a packaged bank account?

A packaged bank account is a current account that comes with additional benefits such as insurance and breakdown cover. Packaged bank accounts usually charge a monthly fee but despite this, you may still be saving money if you regularly use the benefits included with a packaged account.

Can I get a joint packaged bank account?

Yes, it is possible to get a joint packaged bank account but this generally has to be requested at the time of application as you may not be able to add an additional account holder at a later date. Opening a joint packaged bank account means that both account holders can benefit but only one monthly fee applies.

What benefits can you get with a packaged bank account?

A packaged bank account can come with a number of different benefits, some of which we list below:

Travel insurance

Most packaged bank accounts come with travel insurance included. Travel insurance is designed to cover the cost of any unexpected costs that may arise whilst you are away. When looking at a packaged bank account you should read the policy documents carefully to ensure you have the right amount of cover for your trip. Most packaged bank account travel insurance policies require you to speak to the insurance company prior to travelling. It is likely that you will need to confirm the number of people travelling, the destination and the duration of the trip. While speaking to the insurance company, double-check to see if any upper age limits apply and make sure that any pre-existing conditions are covered. You should compare the cost of travel insurance outside of packaged bank accounts to see if you can get a better deal elsewhere. We compare the best travel insurance providers in our article.

Mobile phone insurance

It is also possible to get mobile or gadget insurance with your packaged bank account and some accounts will even include mobile insurance for the whole family. Typically, mobile phone insurance covers your phone if it has been lost, stolen or damaged. You may also be able to get cover for additional gadgets such as laptops.

Breakdown cover

Some packaged bank accounts offer breakdown cover as a perk and may even cover the account holder for breakdowns in any vehicle they are travelling in. Exactly what cover is available will vary depending on the bank and breakdown provider.

Home emergency cover

Home emergency cover can be included in some packaged bank accounts and includes cover for emergencies that may occur inside your home such as a burst pipe or your heating not working. You'll usually be covered for problems that need immediate attention to secure your home and make it safe.

Best packaged bank accounts

In this section of the article, we compare some of the best packaged bank accounts on the market. We compare the best high street bank accounts and we also look at the best app-only packaged bank accounts.

Best high street packaged bank accounts

In the following comparison table, we compare some of the best high street packaged bank accounts including the different insurance policies on offer and how much each account costs.

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Co-op Halifax HSBC Nationwide NatWest^ Virgin Money
Account name Everyday Extra Ultimate Reward Current account HSBC Premier FlexPlus Reward Platinum Account Club M
Monthly cost  £15 £17 £0 £13 £20 £12.50
Travel insurance tick tick tick tick tick tick
Breakdown cover tick tick cross tick tick tick
Mobile phone insurance tick tick cross tick tick tick
Home emergency cover cross tick cross cross cross cross
Overdraft tick tick tick tick tick tick
Switch bonus  cross cross cross cross £200^^ cross
Minimum pay in  No minimum No minimum (minimum of £1,500 applies if opt in to rewards) No minimum monthly pay in but must meet set eligibility criteria^^^ No minimum No minimum No minimum
Extras Win up to £2,500 in the monthly draw when you use your debit card (T&Cs apply) Save the change round-up feature, cashback offers, monthly reward Preferential savings rates, £500 interest-free overdraft Fee-free spending abroad, access to Flex Regular Saver at 6.50% AER Earn up to £5 a month in rewards, Fee-free spending abroad Fee-free spending abroad, 2.02% interest on Club M account balance up to £1,000, access to 2.50% interest with Club M Saver up to £25,000
Good for...  Time-limited reward schemes and prize draws Home emergency cover No monthly cost Fee-free spending abroad Existing NatWest customers Interest on account balance

^for existing customers only

^^New customers who switch using CASS to either a Select account or a basic Reward account and then upgrade to a Reward Platinum account.

^^^Must have an annual income of at least £75,000 and either a mortgage, an investment, life insurance or a protection product or have at least £50,000 of savings or investments with HSBC UK (within 6 months of opening your account if you're a new customer or before you open the account if you're an existing customer) 

Best app-only packaged bank accounts

An app-only bank as the name suggests, operates via an app on your smartphone, meaning customers do not have to visit a physical bank branch. App-only banks have grown in popularity in recent years and also offer versions of packaged bank accounts to suit those looking for a little more from their bank. In the following comparison table, we compare the packaged accounts from Monzo and Revolut. For more information on app-only banks read our reviews:

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Monzo Max Revolut Premium  Revolut Metal Revolut Ultra
Monthly cost £17 £7.99 £14.99 £45
Fee-free spending abroad tick tick tick tick
Travel insurance tick tick tick tick
Breakdown cover tick cross cross cross
Phone/Gadget insurance tick cross cross cross
Overdraft tick cross cross cross
Minimum term 3 months 12 months 12 months 12 months
Interest 4.10% AER up to £100k in Personal Instant Access Savings Pots Up to 3.00% AER on savings Up to 4.00% AER on savings Up to 4.75% AER on savings
FSCS protection  tick cross^ cross^ cross^
Extras Free railcard, free weekly Greggs treat, fee-free spending abroad Fee-free spending abroad Personal liability insurance Event and trip cancellation insurance
Good for... Interest on instant access savings pots Discounted airport lounge access Cashback on Revolut Stays bookings Savings rate interest

^Revolut is not yet a fully licensed UK bank and therefore does not offer FSCS protection

What to look out for when choosing a packaged bank account

Do you need the benefits?

One thing to consider when comparing packaged bank accounts is whether you are actually going to use the benefits and if they are worth the monthly fee. If you are only going away once in a 12-month period it may be cheaper to purchase a single trip travel insurance policy. If there are some benefits that you think you won't use you may be able to save money on the monthly account fee by opening a reward and cashback current account instead.

Always read the T&Cs

Carefully read the T&Cs of the perks included and make sure you can actually benefit from the cover included. Some of the travel insurance policies may have an upper age limit or the mobile phone cover may not include cover for all of the family. Also read the policy documents carefully to ensure you know exactly what you're covered for, particularly for travel insurance, do you have sufficient cover for your trip and are you covered for coronavirus-related claims?

Is the packaged bank account cost-effective?

Before committing to the monthly cost of a packaged bank account make sure you compare the cost of the benefits you are interested in getting as it can sometimes be cheaper to buy them separately.

Are packaged bank accounts worth it?

A packaged bank account can be beneficial and save you money if you are going to use all of the perks included with the account. If you are a frequent traveller, then having a packaged bank account that includes travel insurance and gadget cover may be more cost-effective than buying the insurance policies separately. It is worth shopping around though to compare the cost of policies as the value of the benefits you receive on the packaged account may not always be worthwhile and you may be able to get a better policy elsewhere. One of the quickest and easiest ways to compare the cost of insurance policies or breakdown cover is via a comparison site such as Quotezone* or MoneySuperMarket* as this allows you to quickly and easily compare numerous policies at once to find the cheapest deal. One thing to consider before purchasing via a comparison site is that not all comparison sites are whole of market which means you may be able to get a better deal elsewhere with insurers that aren't on comparison sites.

There may be other alternatives, such as cashback and reward current accounts which offer cashback as well as generous rewards for shopping at your favourite retailers and importantly, you may not have to pay a monthly fee.

Have you been mis-sold a packaged bank account?

If you are paying for a packaged account that you think may have been mis-sold to you, you may be able to claim back any fees that you have paid. A packaged bank account may have been mis-sold to you if you feel that the account benefits were not explained properly or you did not realise you were paying for a packaged account. If you feel that this is the case, you may wish to make a complaint with your bank or building society. If the complaint does not get resolved then you may be able to lodge a complaint with the Financial Ombudsman Service.



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