Cashplus review

Cashplus offers current accounts that can help you improve your credit score. Find our more about the features and fees in our guide.

Cashplus

Cashplus looks to provide customers with a quick and accessible alternative to traditional banks, using smartphone technology to deliver banking on demand. Its main focus is serving customers who have a poor credit score.

Cashplus also offers credit cards (and you can read about them here), but this review only looks at its personal current accounts. (Cashplus also operates business current accounts, which you can discover more on here).

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  • Powered by Mastercard
  • Authorised by the FCA
  • 1.9 million+ cards issued
  • £9.4 billion payments processed
  • Pay in cash at any UK Post Office branch

What is a Cashplus personal current account?

A Cashplus personal current account is digital-only, with all the services available through an app on your smartphone or directly online.

With Cashplus, you get all the standard features of a current account: a card, bank payments, ATM withdrawals, direct debits, an overdraft option and so on.

However, Cashplus’ main focus is helping people to improve their credit score, so it offers a “credit builder” feature that’s what really distinguishes it from other providers.

If you activate it, Cashplus “lends” you your monthly current account fee, and then treats your monthly payments as loan repayments, which are then reported to the credit reference agencies. If you keep up with the payments, your credit score will improve.

Cashplus accounts

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Name Product Account fees UK ATM fees UK purchase fee Interest (AER) Arranged overdraft Link Key benefits
Cashplus
£5.95 per month
£2.00
£0
0%
N/A
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Guaranteed acceptance plus a credit building feature
Cashplus
£9.95 per month
£0
£0
0%
N/A
Cashplus
£0
£2.00
£0.99
0%
N/A
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Cashplus CEO Rich Wagner on “making banking right” for consumers and SMEs

Cashplus CEO, Rich Wagner, on the speed and ease of opening a Cashplus account: “We have connectivity to a number of databases to validate your identity and who you are, so you don’t have to prove it. We can go to other places and do it for you, so it takes the complexity out of getting a bank account, in addition to speeding up the process of getting a bank account.”

The Cashplus app

The Cashplus app is simple and straightforward, although not quite as feature-rich as you may expect from a digital-only account (no spending categories or budgeting features here, sorry).

The home screen includes:

  • A rundown of your account. Including your balance, spending allowance and account details.
  • Activate a card. Request and activate your Cashplus bank card.
  • View credit add-ons. If you have used any of Cashplus’s extra services such as credit cards, extended overdrafts or short-term loans, you can view them here.
  • Make a payment. Make payments through the app.

There is also a drop-down menu where you can access:

  • Overview. A complete summary of your account status.
  • Statements. View your transactions and request a bank statement.
  • Manage my card. View card details and manage activation status.
  • Payments and transfers. Make and manage your payments, transfers and direct debits.
  • Add-ons. View and select different add-ons offered by Cashplus.

You can also find FAQs, settings and access any messages through the dropdown menu.

Cashplus fees and limits

Unlike many challengers, banking with Cashplus doesn’t come for free. Fees and limits vary depending on the type of account.

Personal accounts come in three forms: Flexiplus, Activeplus and Deluxe.

  • Flexiplus accounts are free but come with a £0.99 charge for UK card purchases, e-payments, bank transfers and direct debits. There is also a £2 charge for UK ATM withdrawals.
  • Activeplus accounts cost £5.95 per month with no extra charges for direct debits and UK card purchases. You also get 9 free transfers or e-payments per month. ATM withdrawals cost £2.
  • Deluxe accounts cost £9.95 per month and come with no extra charges for UK card payments, ATM withdrawals, bank transfers or direct debits.

For all the accounts, it costs £5.95 to receive the accompanying card.

You can also deposit cash into Cashplus accounts at Post Office branches. A 0.3% fee will apply to the total amount paid in (with a minimum £2 charge).

Using Cashplus abroad

For all personal accounts, withdrawing cash abroad costs £3 per ATM transaction.

But Cashplus also offers free prepaid currency cards in dollars and euros. The cards allow you to withdraw and spend money in Europe or America at no extra cost, and because they’re prepaid they also help you manage your budget.

Is Cashplus safe?

Cashplus takes security seriously and requires basic information alongside certified documents to register your account. Your account is kept behind a secure password and is locked if the wrong password is entered three times. Additionally, after 15 minutes of inactivity, you are logged out automatically.

Cashplus is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as an electronic money issuer, but doesn’t have a full banking licence. This means that money deposited in Cashplus accounts isn’t protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). But under FCA rules, Cashplus will have to safeguard its customers’ money, by holding the funds in a ring-fenced account at a licensed UK bank.

Cashplus customer reviews

Cashplus has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 from almost 18,000 reviews on the App Store, and over on Google Play it also has an average score of 4.6 out of 5 from more than 9,600 Android app users (March 2021).

On Trustpilot, Cashplus receives a mark of 3.4 out of 5, and a rating of Average, from around 5,000 feedback posts. Customer reviews on this platform are mixed, with some users praising the easy-to-use app and simple account set-up, while others highlight problems with making payments or logging into their accounts.

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Pros and cons of Cashplus

Pros

  • Have an account up and running in 20 minutes.
  • Use the credit builder feature to improve your credit score.
  • Optional overdraft to help you in a pinch.
  • Currency cards available for spending overseas.
  • Online banking service as well as a mobile app.
  • Short-term loans can be applied for.
  • “Debit Protect” lets you know if you’ll be unable to pay your direct debits.

Cons

  • Must pay a monthly fee for an account, or face charges on the free version when you need to use your money.
  • Fee to have your bank card issued.
  • The upselling of different loans and overdrafts could potentially be dangerous if you are easily tempted.
  • Not all banking services are available via the app.
  • Traditional banks would still be necessary for anything more than a standard current account.

Our verdict

Cashplus mostly focuses on helping people build up their credit score, and if you’re just looking for a digital-only current account, there certainly are cheaper options.

However, the credit builder feature may have something in it for you if you have a bad credit score and want to improve it. This could be particularly useful if you don’t want to take out a credit card or won’t be accepted for one. However, make sure you also have a look at our bad credit guide and compare your options first.

Compare Cashplus against its competitors

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Name Product Ratings Interest (AER) Arranged overdraft Key benefits Link Representative example
HSBC
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0%
39.9% EAR variable
Get £125 and a £20 Uber Eats voucher when you switch to an HSBC Advance Bank Account
Go to site
Current account switch service guarantee badge
Plus earn 1.00% AER / gross interest with the linked HSBC Regular Saver
To be eligible for HSBC Advance, customers will need to pay in a minimum of £1,750 per month or £10,500 over 6 months and must qualify for a minimum £1,000 arranged overdraft. £125 switching offer for new customers only who haven’t held an HSBC current account, or opened a first direct account since 1 January 2018. Other T&Cs apply. Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200, you’ll be charged interest at 38.9% (0% EAR variable on first £25, 39.9% thereafter).
first direct
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0%
39.9% EAR variable
£100 when you switch
Go to site
Current account switch service guarantee badge
Plus earn 1.00% AER/gross with the linked Regular Saver Account and access a £250 interest-free overdraft (subject to status)
Receive £100 when switching using CASS and pay in at least £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. New customers only who haven’t held a first direct account or opened a HSBC or M&S Bank current account since 1 Jan 2018. T&Cs apply. Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200, you’ll be charged interest at 30.5% (0% EAR variable p.a on first £250, 39.9% thereafter).
Starling Bank
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0.05%
15% EAR variable
Award-winning current account, apply in minutes
Go to site
Current account switch service guarantee badge
No fees for spending or withdrawing cash overseas - currencies are converted at Mastercard’s standard exchange rate
Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you'll be charged interest at 15% EAR variable.
NatWest
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0%
39.49% EAR variable
Check your credit score for free
Go to site
Current account switch service guarantee badgeRepresentative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you'll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable.
Royal Bank of Scotland
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0%
39.49% EAR variable
Check your credit score for free
Go to site
Current account switch service guarantee badgeRepresentative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you'll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable.
Santander
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0%
39.94% EAR variable
Interest and fee free overdraft
for first four months when you switch
Go to site
Current account switch service guarantee badge
Up to 15% cashback at a range of major retailers
Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you'll be charged interest at 39.94% EAR variable.
Cashplus
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0%
N/A
Guaranteed acceptance plus a credit building feature
Go to site
Account fee of £5.95 per month.
ThinkMoney
We say
★★★★★
★★★★★
0%
N/A
Guaranteed acceptance
Go to site
Current account switch service guarantee badge
Earn cashback on your purchases when you shop through the ThinkMoney rewards portal
Account fee of £10 per month or £15 per month.
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Name Product Foreign ATM withdrawals Foreign transactions fee Card cost Delivery speed
Starling Bank
Free
No fees
Free
Between 3-5 working days
Everything you get from a current account, but with new features for mobile living. (E.g. Goals for saving, spending catgorisation, interest on your balances)
WeSwap
Withdrawals of £200/$200/€200 or more – free
smaller withdrawals – a charge of £1.50 per withdrawal

No transaction fees (if you spend in one of the 18 wallet currencies)
Free
Between 3-5 working days in the UK, or within 10 days if you live outside the UK
Cashplus Account
£3 with current accounts. No ATM fees with traveller card.
No fees
Free
Between 3-5 working days
Current account and Mastercard - all managed from your phone. Also comes with a creditbuilder option.
bunq
Free (up to 10 withdrawals monthly)
No fees
Within 10 workings days
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Name Product Fees and charges Interest Savings goals
Starling Bank
Free
0.05% on up to £85,000
Create different spending goals and protect money from daily spending
Monese
None
No interest
Not a feature
bunq
€7.99/month (but you can try it for free for a month)
Yes, you can set up up to 25 savings goals in the bunq app
Revolut Standard
Card delivery is £4.99
No interest
Set budgets in the app
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Name Product Direct debits UK ATM withdrawals Payments Freeze your card
Starling Bank
Yes - future Direct Debits shown as alerts
Free
Pay via bank transfer or using PayPal or Google Nearby
Yes: touch of a button in app
Everything you get from a current account, but with new features for mobile living. (E.g. Goals for saving, spending catgorisation, interest on your balances)
Monese
Yes - can cancel with touch of a button too
£200 free monthly
Pay via bank transfer, easier to send to another Monese account.
Report lost/stolen in app to be sent replacement
A multi-currency mobile banking app that aims to be ‘built around you’. Use it to open a fully functional current account instantly, straight from your phone, all supported by a feature-rich mobile app
Cashplus Account
Yes
£2 unless with the deluxe plan
Send faster payments to UK bank accounts and set up standing orders
Yes: touch of a button in app
Current account and Mastercard - all managed from your phone. Also comes with a creditbuilder option.
bunq
Yes
Free
Via bunq app or card
Yes
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    MichaelFebruary 27, 2019

    Hi there, why is there a limit to what you can receive? How much can I receive if I have business cash plus accounts?

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      JoshuaMarch 3, 2019Staff

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      The amount of money you can deposit is up to £1,000 per month without incurring fees. This does not mean that you can only deposit more than $1000 per month. You can still deposit more than that however, you would need to pay a fee for that.

      Both business and personal account allows you to deposit more than £1,000 per month. Please feel free as well to get in touch with Cashplus to learn more.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    DanFebruary 21, 2019

    Just got my card through in the post, what happens if I don’t activate it?

    Having read up on this card today it is not something I am looking for so have no use for it, has not been used or activated.

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      BellaFebruary 22, 2019Staff

      Hi Dan,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      If you did not activate your card, it will automatically expire on the date visible on the card.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    SueJanuary 17, 2019

    Can any EU-resident with a UK company apply for an account with you?

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      JhezJanuary 18, 2019Staff

      Hello Sue,

      Thank you for your comment.

      According to the eligibility criteria of CashPlus for personal applications, only residents of the UK are eligible and must be at least 18 years old. You may want to verify directly with CashPlus if they can maybe consider your residency status.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    GaryJanuary 13, 2019

    Why does a Cashplus business account have a max £15000 balance limit?

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      JoshuaJanuary 16, 2019Staff

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      While I can’t tell you exactly why they have this limit in place, it is possible that you cancel this limit. What you can do is give their sales team a call and your request would then be subject to approval.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    FinJanuary 7, 2019

    Why don’t the ATM machines in my area allow me to withdraw cash with my prepaid Cashplus card?

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      JhezJanuary 8, 2019Staff

      Hello Fin,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Sorry to hear about you not being able to withdraw cash using the prepaid Cashplus card. There have been reviews as well that they’re unable to withdraw cash using the same card. You may directly get in touch with the Cashplus support to report this matter.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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