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Loot bank review June 2019

A digital current account dedicated to help you manage your spending.

Loot recently entered administration after failing to receive backing from RBS. Loot had to call in administrators on May 22nd 2019 after attempts to raise new investment failed. A spokesperson for the administrators, said they were in “advanced negotiations” with a potential investor that could take over Loot’s service and prevent disruption to existing customers.

Loot is a ‘challenger bank’ offering personalised features to keep track of your finances. Loot aims to ensure you never have to ‘miss out’, whether you’re working towards a trip around the world or dinner with friends.

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What is Loot?

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Founded in 2014, Loot offers a digital-only current account with built-in tech to help manage your money.

Aimed at millennials and students, it enables users to set budgets and keep on top of progress. So, if you set a monthly budget Loot will tell you what you need to spend today to hit that. It will continue to recalculate for you dynamically, so if you spend too much today you’ll have less to spend tomorrow.

If money is left over, it can be transferred to a ‘Loot Goal’ or spend on a treat.

It’s a way to streamline and manage your day to day spending while working towards bigger goals, such as holidays or larger purchases.

How does Loot work?

Using Loot allows you to budget, put money aside and pay using your contactless card. On the app you can:

  • Budget: Set a daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or make a custom budget. Loot will provide you with a daily spend limit so you can track your spending and save effectively. You can then see your budget in different time frames, so if you have a monthly budget Loot will tell you what you need to spend today to hit that.
  • Spending Guide: Shows you how much you can spend each day, which sits in the budget circle. The circle will go from blue to yellow to orange to red, depending on whether you’re spending too fast.
  • #LootGoals: Put money aside for goals and larger purchases by creating a Loot Goal. You can track your progress as you go.
  • Go abroad: Use the live exchange rate and pay no additional charges when making purchases abroad in over 210 countries.
  • Instant transaction list: View your spending real-time while keeping track of what you’re spending and where. When you make purchases abroad, Loot will convert your spending into GBP so you can see the current exchange rate.
  • Pause/Unpause: You can pause your account if your card or phone gets lost or stolen. If your items are recovered, you can unpause the account and continue using your card.
  • Spending insights (only on Android currently): You can see your total spend for each month and see a breakdown by category.

Loot’s fees and limits

  • The first two ATM withdrawals are free each month, thereafter it is £1 per withdrawal.
  • Maximum balance of £25,000
  • Maximum ATM withdrawal: Daily is £250, monthly £3,000 and annually the limit is £15,000
  • There is no monthly fee and the card itself, along with any replacement cards you may need, are free also.

Using Loot abroad

You can use your Loot card in any shop, hotel or bar, worldwide, that accepts Mastercard. Loot use the Mastercard wholesale rate to convert your pounds into foreign currency. This doesn’t incur any fees or charges.

Limits on the account do not change, regardless of whether you are in the UK or not.

Is Loot safe?

Your Loot card is a Mastercard and is protected by Mastercard rules.

Your money is kept in a separate, protected account and is available anytime you need it. However, your account isn’t covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

This separate, protected account is controlled by Wirecard, the company who issues our Loot cards. In the unlikely event, Wirecard becomes insolvent, your money would be protected against any claims made by creditors.

Pros and cons of Loot

Pros

  • Easy to manage and track your budgeting while factoring in goals.
  • If you lost your phone you can still gain access to your account via Loot’s web app.
  • Pause and unpause your card at any time.
  • Set up an account in under eight minutes.
  • In-app customer support
  • Fee-free spending abroad

Cons

  • Only the first two ATM withdrawals are free, cost is £1 thereafter.
  • Limits on ATM withdrawals.
  • Limit of £25,000 on balance.
  • No bank branches is less ideal for those who prefer face-to-face customer service.

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No ATM fees
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Free with finder.com, otherwise card delivery is £4.99
Up to 9 working days
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)
No ATM fees up to £300 a day.
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)
€1 per withdrawal
2% on card spend and ATM usage
Card delivery is free
Between 3-5 business days
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No interest
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    TraceyMay 9, 2019

    Can i use the Loot card in Bulgaria?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      BellaMay 9, 2019Staff

      Hi Tracey,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes. As per Loot, you can use your Loot card at millions of shops, hotels, and bars around the world – look out for the Mastercard Acceptance Mark.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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