First Direct unveils current account switching offer with choice of free gift
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First Direct unveils current account switching offer with choice of free gift

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Found 24th Apr
New current account customers will be offered a choice from the following selection of welcome gifts:

  • Over 300 online self-development courses from Blue Mountain Training Solutions
These courses have been specifically chosen to appeal to the lifestyle profile of First Direct’s typical customers and include courses which could help customers with their own business ventures; for example, a course in ‘ultimate graphic design’ (worth £700), ‘marketing with Google and YouTube’ (worth £200),

Other courses include the ‘art of travel photography’ and bartending and drink mixologist masterclasses.

  • A £150 Expedia e-voucher
This credit gives customers the freedom to pay for flights, car hire, trains or a huge range of different accommodation types.

It offers ‘split payment functionality’; so customers can pay using the e-voucher and their own funds if they wish.

  • A choice of gadgets
These include the following products with the cheapest price we could find online: Bose on-ear wireless headphones (worth £169.95 on Amazon), a Bose Soundlink2 Bluetooth speaker (worth £149.95 on Amazon), Amazon Echo Spot (worth £119.99 on Amazon), and a Fitbit Charge 2 Special Edition (worth £139.99 on John Lewis).


To qualify for the switching bonus, you must pay in £1,000 in the first three months of opening the account. As with the previous switching incentive, the new offer doesn't require any direct debits to qualify. Once this has been achieved, customers will receive an email with an activation code within 14 days to register on the promotional website (Hellogift.firstdirect.com).

Once you have your gift code, you have 90 days to choose your gift. All the switching gifts are fulfilled by a third-party company called TLC Marketing Ltd.

The bank account itself remains unchanged from the previous iteration, and will continue to offer a free £250 overdraft.

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"This offer is limited to one item per customer or joint account and we can only offer this to people who haven't previously held an account with us."
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A lot of TSB account-holders ought to take up the offer.
shug1194 m ago

Would you like to explain why.I switched to TSB about 6 months ago, should …Would you like to explain why.I switched to TSB about 6 months ago, should I swith to First direct @


Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured from the wekeend
First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your account, drip feeding you emails and snail mail once a week until it's open.

The fitbit is to get your heart back in shape after making it through their account opening process
Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal ever.

Cash was the best offer instead of offering stupid gadgets that most of us wont need anyway.
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Not a bad deal. Shame I'm already a customer and got nothing on joining and get any of these goodies
Soundlink 2 not shown but there's some in ear Bose Soundport wireless earbuds and a polaroid digital and print camera offered.
Hmm, I opened a Nationwide account last week. Card should come through this week. Would it be too soon to switch to First Direct? Not sure on the details of this new switch service.
A lot of TSB account-holders ought to take up the offer.
Vanderlust17 m ago

Hmm, I opened a Nationwide account last week. Card should come through …Hmm, I opened a Nationwide account last week. Card should come through this week. Would it be too soon to switch to First Direct? Not sure on the details of this new switch service.


Just open another current account elsewhere then switch that.
thehotwombat_8 m ago

Just open another current account elsewhere then switch that.



Or I could just switch this Nationwide account? Not really fussed who I bank with. Just wondering if that's a problem in some way when it comes to switching. Is there a time period that needs to be met..
Oh! Also, does this switching business screw with your credit rating?
Edited by: "Vanderlust" 24th Apr
Do you actually have to switch or can you just open an account and pay in £1000?
DrDufff2 m ago

Do you actually have to switch or can you just open an account and pay in …Do you actually have to switch or can you just open an account and pay in £1000?

You have to switch
Is there a.minimum amount needs to be paid in each month ? Or is it just the £1000 in the first 3 months .
Adult57 m ago

A lot of TSB account-holders ought to take up the offer.


Would you like to explain why.
I switched to TSB about 6 months ago, should I swith to First direct @
Vanderlust50 m ago

Oh! Also, does this switching business screw with your credit rating?


The hit your credit rating takes is just one of a new account opening and an old account closing (reducing your average age of accounts).
shug1194 m ago

Would you like to explain why.I switched to TSB about 6 months ago, should …Would you like to explain why.I switched to TSB about 6 months ago, should I swith to First direct @


Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured from the wekeend
First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your account, drip feeding you emails and snail mail once a week until it's open.

The fitbit is to get your heart back in shape after making it through their account opening process
Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal ever.

Cash was the best offer instead of offering stupid gadgets that most of us wont need anyway.
hellop4nda15 m ago

The hit your credit rating takes is just one of a new account opening and …The hit your credit rating takes is just one of a new account opening and an old account closing (reducing your average age of accounts).

The new bank will also undertake a credit check when you apply for the account, too many credit checks in a short amount of time will have a negative effect on your credit rating in the short term.
Techie9315 m ago

Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured …Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured from the wekeend



TSB Issues

I hope they sort it out soon, it's very annoying (hopefully not costly) not being able to access my account online or via the app. They've put a notice on the app saying it'll be back up in the afternoon.

I'm considering this tbh, i'm sure TSB will be ok, esp after the issues, but First Direct are top rated for customer satisfaction, and with these incentives it'd be silly not to consider them.
coldo38 m ago

Is there a.minimum amount needs to be paid in each month ? Or is it just …Is there a.minimum amount needs to be paid in each month ? Or is it just the £1000 in the first 3 months .



to get a fee free account yes, there is a min pay in - think its only 1K a month though - not sure ... take a look on their website to see. otherwise its £10 a month to have the account.
Edited by: "spongebob1913" 24th Apr
Sharpharp17 m ago

First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your …First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your account, drip feeding you emails and snail mail once a week until it's open.The fitbit is to get your heart back in shape after making it through their account opening process



seeing as the company don't post averages on time it takes for account opening , where are you getting your average from?

I opened an account with them years ago, and have been very satisfied. They have coughed up when they made errors on two occasions (large errors too) , and are easy to get hold of, with very little hassle.

Recently I did open a new savings account and had to fill in a form declaring tax status, but I think its just an international duty from HSBC now.
Vanderlust1 h, 25 m ago

Oh! Also, does this switching business screw with your credit rating?



I wouldn't switch that frequently - did you not get perks for joining nationwide? Interest perhaps?

Nationwide offer a recommend a friend system, where you both get £100 if they join. If I were you, I'd try and recommend a few people to get some money - would easily pay for any of those gadgets. You could then even switch after.
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you do get credit checked each time - several in a short period can heavily affect your Credit rating.
Nice done, thanks. Apart from the expedia voucher the others arent needed, gonna flog.
abhijitdash12331 m ago

Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal …Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal ever.Cash was the best offer instead of offering stupid gadgets that most of us wont need anyway.



I concur, this is actually a step back from the cash incentive, which you obviously could do what you wanted with.
Sharpharp33 m ago

First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your …First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your account, drip feeding you emails and snail mail once a week until it's open.The fitbit is to get your heart back in shape after making it through their account opening process


Completely untrue.
What if you've already had the previous welcome gift from first direct? Is there a minimum time before you can receive this?
abhijitdash12336 m ago

Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal …Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal ever.Cash was the best offer instead of offering stupid gadgets that most of us wont need anyway.


Curse them for offering free stuff!!
Techie9350 m ago

Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured …Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured from the wekeend


I'm still not in mine and it's Tuesday lol
abhijitdash12336 m ago

Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal …Very misleading title as the £700 training course is the worst deal ever.Cash was the best offer instead of offering stupid gadgets that most of us wont need anyway.


You could get cash if you sell these on eBay. I know it's a hassle but probably better than nothing.
david_robinson946 m ago

I concur, this is actually a step back from the cash incentive, which you …I concur, this is actually a step back from the cash incentive, which you obviously could do what you wanted with.


Not to mention the bulk cost price to RRP gap.
Tried to switching to FD last year. After 2 weeks I got bored of waiting and cancelled my application, not worth the hassle. Opened a bank account elsewhere and it was up and running within minutes
dylanr9715 m ago

What if you've already had the previous welcome gift from first direct? Is …What if you've already had the previous welcome gift from first direct? Is there a minimum time before you can receive this?



To get the 'hello' gift you need to open a 1st Account, switch your everyday banking to us using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account. You must be over 18 to open an account. Once you've met all the criteria, within 14 days you will receive an email with a unique registration code and instructions about how you can choose your gift. You can choose from one of our tech gifts, Online courses or Expedia voucher so there are different timings for when you'll receive your gift. But you'll have 90 days from when you complete your gift registration to choose your gift. This offer is limited to one item per customer or joint account and we can only offer this to people who haven't previously held an account with us. We reserve the right to refuse your application and extend or withdraw this offer at any time. Credit is subject to status.
Applied to open account with these jokers was accepted then turned down a week later with no reason given........
FatherTed25 m ago

Completely untrue.



Read the rest of the comments, oh it's true, it's dayam true.
In addition to this, Moneysavingexpert even have doubts over their own promotion of First Direct. Look there and you'll see what I am talking about.

FatherTed, do your research before you attempt a half-baked comeback to me
terrible bank; I switched last year when they had a switch for about £100 offer. got accepted, took them about 2 weeks to post out some sign up documents to me and within these documents it had a deadline date I needed to return the documents by. The deadline was in about 3 days because they'd taken so long to send the docs to me. I rang them, asked if I could email a scan over instead and they came up with that nonsense "we cant because of data protection". Even when they understood that the deadline was in a few days they didn't have the intelligence to figure out that email was the only way to deliver it. Drives me mad when customer service advisors that don't even know what data protection is come out with that line. Its my data and I'd rather securely email it rather than leave it to the antiquated postal system. Nevertheless I went along with their advice, posted first class and lo; no response from them. Not even an automated email advising the documents weren't received in time. So the account didn't open and they closed my application.

I should have complained, but I suppose the bad rep I'm giving it in this comment that nobody will probably ever read will suffice for now.
Edited by: "dodoegg1" 27th Apr
Sharpharp1 h, 25 m ago

First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your …First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your account, drip feeding you emails and snail mail once a week until it's open.The fitbit is to get your heart back in shape after making it through their account opening process


I switched from Santander to FD, didn't have a problem, was up and running within two weeks....
spoo1 h, 24 m ago

The new bank will also undertake a credit check when you apply for the …The new bank will also undertake a credit check when you apply for the account, too many credit checks in a short amount of time will have a negative effect on your credit rating in the short term.


FD do a 'hard' credit check which will definitely impact your credit score. It is because you cannot opt out of their £250 overdraft.

But what I find most annoying about FD is that they almost always communicate via snail mail (and not email or secure messaging). They can easily clog up your post box in a short space of time. I got about 10 different envelopes in the first 2 weeks of account opening.

I guess FD is more suitable to old school peeps who prefer non-digital communication.
Techie931 h, 40 m ago

Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured …Have you not seen the news about TSB and all the issues that have occoured from the wekeend


Well, this hasnt happened ever before and everybody's money is safe so nothing to worry there et all.

Oh yeah a few days of no apps or internet banking is no problem for most of us anyway.
Sharpharp1 h, 34 m ago

First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your …First direct are a nightmare, on average they take 3 months to open your account, drip feeding you emails and snail mail once a week until it's open.The fitbit is to get your heart back in shape after making it through their account opening process


That must be why they keep winning every survey of banks - best bank out there according to their customers. Must be personal!
No branches like other banks , get doomed by call centers abroad , if any problem. I rather open account with Metro Bank open 7 days , than this online only bank .
Besford3 m ago

That must be why they keep winning every survey of banks - best bank out …That must be why they keep winning every survey of banks - best bank out there according to their customers. Must be personal!


So many online actors on Facebook etc can be bought for money .
Besford4 m ago

That must be why they keep winning every survey of banks - best bank out …That must be why they keep winning every survey of banks - best bank out there according to their customers. Must be personal!



That's old news (sponsored by MSE).
Open your eyes and go check trustpilot, 2/10 stars(570 reviews), nuff said.

Besford Owned good n proper
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