A MAJOR bank has launched a new offer for customers to earn 25% cashback on their petrol and supermarket shops.
Virgin Money customers with a Virgin Money M Plus Account or a Virgin Money Club M Account can earn 25% cashback on all spending, capped at £160.
If you’re switching, you’ll only have 60 days to use the cashback, so you’ll need to spend £640 at the supermarket in order to reach the £160 cap.
It can also be earned if you spend money at any UK petrol station.
Customers will get 2.02% in-credit interest on balances up to £1,000 too, as well as a linked savings account paying 1.71% on balances reaching up to £25,000.
To qualify, new customers need to apply for the Virgin Money M Plus Account or the Virgin Money Club M Account either online or via the Virgin Money mobile banking app.
You’ll need to use the Current Account Switch Service to change accounts and include at least two direct debits.
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You’ll also need to sign up to Virgin Money Cashback in the Virgin Money mobile banking app and pay a minimum amount of £1,000 into the linked saver account.
Make sure you do that within 45 days of opening the account.
Hugh Chater, chief commercial officer at Virgin Money said: “Our latest switching offer enables customers to earn cashback on their everyday supermarket and fuel spending at a time when the cost-of-living crisis continues to challenge people’s spending and saving habits.
“We’re pleased we can give our customers value when it matters most, helping to make them feel happier about money.”
New customers should receive an email to confirm they are eligible to start earning cashback on UK supermarket and fuel spend after switching.
Your 60 days will start as soon as you receive this email.
An offer tile will also appear in the cashback section of the Virgin Money mobile banking app when the offer becomes available, and you’ll be able to keep track of how long you have left to earn cashback on a countdown timer.
Any cashback earned will be paid into your cashback account within 35 days of each qualifying spend.
But do always have a scout around other banks in case you miss a better deal – plenty of banks offer switching deals and other schemes.
For example, you can get £200 off energy bills by switching to Santander.
The bank is giving out free cash to anyone who opens a 123, 123 Lite, Select or Private current accounts.
With this deal, customers could earn £40 cashback over winter, for the six months from September to February.
This could come in handy as energy prices soar over the colder months.
How do I switch accounts?
If you’re still not sure how exactly to switch accounts, it’s pretty easy.
The Current Account Switch Service does most of the legwork for you, so you don’t have to remember to move direct debits over when you move.
All you need to do is apply for the new account you want and the new bank will let your existing provider know you’re moving.
Make sure you double check all the terms and conditions attached to the account first.
If you have an overdraft, you should find out whether your new bank will take it on before switching.
While the switching service makes things easier, you’ll still have to manually update some important things.
While your salary should get redirected to your new account, it’s worth letting your employer know you new payment details just in case.
Changing account is a good time to cancel standing orders that you no longer need.
You should also download a copy of your statements and transaction history, as this information will be wiped when your old account is closed.
You can choose a switch date to suit you – just make sure you allow seven working days for the switch to take place, and that your chosen date isn’t a Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holiday.
Once you’ve fulfilled the terms and conditions of the new bank, you could switch again to earn even more money – although some accounts require you to be a customer for a set period to get the free cash.
You can also check out out top tips for switching current accounts – from a serial switcher who made £400 last year.