Halifax current accounts for October 2019

Take advantage of Halifax's juicy switching incentive and enjoy a wide range of perks.

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Halifax
We say
★★★★★
Finder expert rating
You say
★★★★★
Customer satisfaction
  • Peace of mind of a big bank
  • Fairly run of the mill, nothing special about this!

Halifax offers a decent range of current accounts with all the benefits of a big bank, including multiple ways to bank, fraud protection and seven days a week customer service.

Types of current from Halifax

Halifax offers a solid basic current account plus a range of options for those who are looking for something a little what bit more sophisticated:

  • Reward and incentive accounts

    Halifax has two different reward accounts: one that comes for free and even offers you a coffee every month (that is, it earns you £2) if you meet the requirements and one that is packed with benefits and perks in return for a monthly fee. However, the cashback they earn is limited to a restricted number of retailers, so you may want to compare current accounts to see if there’s a better deal available for you.
    Learn more about reward and incentive accounts

  • Student accounts

    Halifax’s student account offers a respectable fee-free overdraft of up to £1,500, but it doesn’t have any special discounts or benefits, so it may be worth checking out the competition – student accounts are known for the wide range of perks they offer, including railway and coach cards and free Amazon Prime memberships.
    Learn more about student accounts

  • Children’s accounts

    Halifax’s Expresscash account helps children between 11 and 17 to better manage their money and also treats them with a little interest rate on balances on top.
    Learn more about children’s accounts

The benefits of banking with Halifax

  • Switching incentive. Switching incentives are an easy way to attract new customers, so if you’re unhappy with your current arrangement, why not give it a shot? Considering how savings accounts’ rates go these days, it’s probably the easiest way to get some decent cash out of your banking experience.
  • Multiple ways to bank. Halifax has more than 600 branches in the UK, so chances are there’s one pretty close to your place. You can also bank on the phone, online or using the mobile app.
  • Mobile banking app. Halifax’s mobile app is straightforward and easy to use. If you’re after advanced budgeting features, it isn’t the right place to look, but all in all, it does the job fine.
  • Global acceptance. Halifax’s current accounts all come with a Visa debit card that is accepted pretty much anywhere in the world.
  • A wide range of related products. Halifax also does savings accounts, credit cards, loans, mortgages, investments and insurance – so if you’re the all-in-one-place kind of customer, you can easily settle down and let Halifax handle the whole package.

Opening an account with Halifax

To open an account with Halifax, you’ll have to provide the following information:

  • How much you expect to pay in each month
  • Your employment status
  • Your salary details and any assets you have
  • Your nationality/citizenship
  • Your residence status/tax residence status
  • Proof of identity (passport or driving license)

You can open a Halifax account online or by visiting a branch.

Why should I compare current accounts anyway?

Current accounts aren’t all the same – they offer different features that can suit different needs. Do you dip into your overdraft quite often? Are you a frequent traveller who needs fee-free spending abroad and travel insurance? Are you after perks and rewards? There will be a choice of current accounts for any of these possibilities.

At the very least, it’s worth comparing switching incentives to see which account is the best one you can get.

What about digital banking?

If you don’t really care about in-branch banking and are more into advanced mobile apps that offer loads of spending control features, you may want to take a look at our digital banking section to find out what Monzo, Starling, Revolut and their smaller siblings have got in it for you.

Updated October 17th, 2019
Name Product UK ATM withdrawals Foreign ATM withdrawals Ratings
N26
Free
1.7% of amount drawn
We say
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
App-based bank account that can be used on the go in any EU country. All about the ease of sending and saving money.
£200 free monthly
£200 free monthly
We say
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
App-based current account with loads of extra features. (e.g. Real time transactions, payment categorisation, save spare change, free international money transfers, buy cryptocurrency)
Free
Free
We say
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
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)
£200 free monthly
£200 free monthly
We say
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
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
Free
£200 free monthly
We say
★★★★★
You say
★★★★★
Monzo is free to spend anywhere in the world and in any currency, with no fees. All money is exchanged using the MasterCard rate.

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