RBS Reward current account review
- Account fee
- £2 per month
- Interest (AER)
- 0% AER
- Overseas card transactions
- Representative example
- If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200, you'll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable. Account fee of £2 per month.
The RBS Reward current account could be a good option if you're looking for an everyday bank account that also lets you earn rewards, without paying a hefty monthly fee in the process.
There are other current accounts that offer more in the way of rewards, so you might want to compare what else is on offer first. For example, with the Halifax Reward account, you can choose a "reward" each month, such as cinema tickets or cash, and earn cashback at selected retailers. You won't have to pay the £3 monthly fee if you pay at least £1,500 into your account each month.
Easy to earn rewards
Rewards can be exchanged for cashback, gift cards, e-codes or charity donations
Interest charged on overdrafts
Must pay in £1,250 a month to qualify
|Provider||Royal Bank of Scotland|
|Account fee||£2 per month|
|ATM withdrawal limit||£300|
|Card type||Cash / Debit|
|Minimum eligibility age||18 Years|
|Minimum operating balance||£0.01|
|Minimum opening balance||£0.01|
|Current account switch guarantee|
|Foreign cash currency fee in Europe||2.75%|
|Foreign cash currency fee in rest of world||2.75%|
|Foreign cash transaction fee in Europe||0%|
|Foreign cash transaction fee in rest of world||0%|
|Arranged overdraft available|
|Arranged overdraft rate||39.49%|
|Overdraft Grace Period||14:30 same day|
|Representative example||If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200, you'll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable. Account fee of £2 per month.|
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is a major retail and commercial bank and was established in Edinburgh in 1727. It is one of the banking subsidiaries of NatWest Group, which includes NatWest and Ulster Bank.
This review looks at the RBS Reward current account in detail.
What is the RBS Reward current account?
The RBS Reward current account enables you to earn Rewards that can then be redeemed as cash or traded up as gift cards and e-codes at selected retailers or even donated to charity. The account has a monthly fee of £2.
You can open this account on an individual or joint basis and it can be managed online, via the mobile banking app, over the phone or in branch.
How does it work?
The RBS Reward account offers the following key features:
- Earn up to £5 a month in Rewards. Earn £4 a month in Rewards for 2 or more direct debits on the account. Plus earn an extra £1 a month with 1 mobile app login.
- Earn Rewards on spending. Earn from 1% when you spend with retail partners such as Caffe Nero, Europcar, Barrhead Travel, Boux Avenue and ATG Tickets.
- Rewards exchange. Once you reach £5 in Rewards, choose to redeem it as cashback, trade it up for gift cards or e-codes with RBS’s retail partners or donate it to charity.
- Arranged overdraft. You can choose to have an arranged overdraft on the account. Interest applies at a rate of 39.49% EAR (variable).
- Round Ups feature. When you spend on your debit card or contactless device, the amount will be rounded up to the nearest pound and the difference transferred to your RBS savings account. (You’ll need the app to make this work.)
Who is it for?
To be eligible for this account, you will need to be at least 18 years old and a UK resident. You must also pay £1,250 or more into an eligible Royal Bank account each month and you can only hold a maximum of 1 Reward account in your name and 1 in joint names.
You’ll also need to be prepared to pay a fee of £2 a month to hold the account.
What are the benefits?
The main benefit of the account is the rewards on offer. You’ll be able to accrue rewards simply by having direct debits on your account or logging into the mobile app as well as when you spend with certain retailers.
How to apply
You will need to apply for the RBS Reward account online. You’ll be asked for information including your name, address and date of birth as well as your job. You will also need to provide proof of ID such as a UK/EU/EEA driving licence or a UK passport plus proof of address such as a UK utility bill or a bank statement.
Is it safe?
Yes, RBS is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the PRA. Eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) up to £85,000 per person or up to £170,000 for joint accounts.