Can you really get something for nothing from a paid bank account? Take a look at this Club Lloyds review to see the benefits that come with the account, how you can avoid paying the monthly fee and whether it’s worth joining.
Club Lloyds benefits at a glance:
- Up to 1.49% interest on balances
- A choice of gifts annually
- £50 free overdraft
- Cashback on purchases
If you’ve read my blog before, you may be aware that I have quite a few current accounts. Not because I’m trying to hide money from my wife, but because they come with some tasty benefits. With just a few minutes work each month, you can earn some decent rewards or even get paid for your effort.
Club Lloyds – what is?
This is a current account offered by Lloyds bank that gives you a reward each year, along with a few account benefits. There is a fee each month, although this can be waived if you follow one easy step.
How much does Club Lloyds cost?
The fee to maintain your account is £3 per month. However, this can be avoided if you pay in £1,500 each month. The money doesn’t have to be from an employer and can come from another one of your accounts. You can transfer the money in and immediately out again if you like. You don’t even have to deposit the money all in one go if you think you’ll struggle to afford it.
Club Lloyds benefits
So what do you get from opening this account?
Lloyds Bank switch bonus
This is actually a benefit that comes and goes, although it was available for much of 2020. If you have a current account you no longer want, switch over to Lloyds using the Current Account Switch Service and you’ll receive £100 (or sometimes £125).
If you’ve never switched before, it may seem like a scary process. However, the Switch Service does everything for you, like changing your direct debits and standing orders to your new account, as well as automatically redirecting any payments that are made to your old account.
Just check the Lloyds account page to see if there is a switch bonus currently available.
Interest on credit balances
This might not seem like a major benefit, but there are plenty of banks that don’t pay any interest. But you will only receive interest if you pay out to 2 Direct Debits each month.
|Balances between||AER||Gross PA|
|£1 – £3,999.99||0.60%||0.60%|
|£4,000 – £5,000||1.5%||1.49%|
The interest you receive is staggered. For example, if you have £4,500 in your account, £3,999.99 will receive 0.60% interest, whilst the remaining £500.01 will receive 1.5%.
Any money over £5,000 will receive nothing in the way of interest.
Club Lloyds will regularly ‘load’ offers to your debit card. All you need to do is shop as you normally do using your card and cashback will be paid into your current account.
You can earn up to 15% back from retailers such as Costa, Co-op and Sky.
Although after a year of being with Club Lloyds, the only offer I have received is cashback if I switch to Scottish Power. And as they’re more expensive compared to my current energy supplier, that’s pointless!
Save the Change
This is a method becoming quite popular amongst banks and financial apps in an attempt to encourage you to save more. If you’re a Plum user, then you may have already used it. The idea is, every time you make a purchase using your Lloyds’ card, Lloyds will round up the amount you spend to the nearest pound.
For example, spend £4.20 on a cup of coffee and 80 pence will be moved to your Save the Change account.
This is a feature you will need to activate through your account, and although it’s good in theory, you won’t earn any interest from the money saved. That means you need to transfer the money if you want to earn anything, which makes the automated part slightly pointless.
Club Lloyds Monthly Saver
This savings account offers 1.5% gross/AER fixed for 12 months from when it’s opened. You can save between £25 – £400 every month by one standing order and this needs to reach the account before the 25th of the month. And you can withdraw your money at any point without penalty.
Once the 12 months has ended, the account changes to an Easy Saver (which pays only 0.1% AER). You can then open another Monthly Saver and start the process again.
With a Club Lloyds account, the first £50 you are overdrawn will not cost you anything. Above that, the current interest rate (November 2020) is 29.9% APR. Although it’s more competitive compared to other accounts, it’s certainly still an expensive way of borrowing.
If you owe £500 over 60 days, it will cost you £17.98 in interest.
Each year, you’re entitled to a lifestyle benefit. Lloyds will send you an email and you will have a month to select which benefit you want to choose. You can choose between:
Digital movie rentals
Gain access to 12 free digital move rentals from Rakuten TV. There are over 4,000 movies to choose from, which can be accessed through a Smart TV, online or any other Rakuten TV compatible device.
You can opt for a digital subscription to the Gourmet Society. This will give you up to 25% off at over 6,000 restaurants across UK and Ireland as well as discounts on theatre tickets, hotels and UK attractions.
You can choose between 6 cinema tickets for Vue or Odeon cinemas. Valid for 2D and 3D screenings and Premier seating, at over 80 Vue or 100 ODEON cinemas nationwide. Each ticket is valid for 12 months.
How to use Club Lloyds cinema tickets
Vue tickets can be redeemed online at www.myvue.com by entering the 16-digit code at point of booking under ‘Enter Code’. If you are booking more than one ticket you will need to enter a separate voucher code for each one. You can also redeem your cinema ticket vouchers at the box office.
You can also redeem at the cinema by taking your printed tickets or showing a copy of the pdf you were sent by email from your phone.
For Odeon tickets, the process is almost the same, except that the codes are 9-digits long and can be redeemed at www.odeon.co.uk
Again, you can choose to book your seats by visiting the cinema in person.
Or, you can select a subscription to a magazine for one year. You can either have a physical copy delivered or opt for the digital version sent to your Apple or Android device.
What are the Club Lloyds magazines?
- Country Living
- Country Walking
- ELLE Decoration
- Garden Answers
- Good Housekeeping
- Harper’s Bazaar
- House Beautiful
- Improve Your Coarse Fishing
- Men’s Health
- Runner’s World
- Steam Railway
- Today’s Golfer
- Women’s Health
Which is the best Lifestyle benefit?
This partly depends on your interests. Personally, I would avoid the Gourmet Society membership as you can find plenty of discounts for food elsewhere.
The Rakuten movie rentals are usually worth between £3-£5 each. Most of the movies are available elsewhere from providers like Sky, Netflix and Amazon, so if you have one or more of these, then you may struggle to find much of interest.
The cinema tickets will probably be the most popular option, but not necessarily the best value. My local Vue offers tickets for under £4, so this reward would only be worth £24 to me.
The magazine subscription give you the best value, although that is only if there’s a topic of interest for you.
Other Lloyds account benefits
As well as benefits you receive from Club Lloyds, there are some other features that are useful that come with all Lloyds accounts.
Another bonus with Lloyds is that you can now scan cheques through your mobile phone. It’s a case of taking a photo of the front and back through the app and waiting for the cheque to clear. No more trips to the bank!
Although as the years go by, I’m finding that I use this feature less and less.
Freezing your card
If you’ve ever lost your card, you’ll know the panic that sets in. And then 10 minutes later, you find it where it’s normally kept. But to save you from worry, you can freeze or unfreeze your card with a touch of a button. You can
- Freeze abroad – stop ATM withdrawals and transactions outside of the UK
- Freeze online and remote – stops online, in-app and mail order payments
- Freeze at tills and terminals – Stop transactions when your card is needed at the place of payment
You can create your own text notifications from your Lloyds account. When your account falls under a certain level, it will send you a message to let you know?
Club Lloyds Platinum account
For a fairly substantial fee of £21 per month, you can upgrade to the Platinum account. And this fee doesn’t include the £3 per month included for all Club Lloyds account holders. The Platinum includes
- Worldwide travel insurance provided and underwritten by AXA Insurance UK plc
- Breakdown cover provided by Automobile Association
- Mobile phone insurance administered by Lifestyle Services
But £252 per year for these benefits isn’t cheap. Shop around and you can find some more competitive deals.
Is the Club Lloyds account worth it?
I do like Club Lloyds. It isn’t my main current account, but it gives a little extra back with very little effort. Six free cinema tickets are a decent return for the 2 minutes it takes each month to transfer money in and out again.
The interest rate is also competitive without having to tie your money up for any length of time.
When it comes to the Club Lloyds Platinum account, I think it provides very little value and I would avoid.
If you’re interested about banks with perks, take a look at my Barclays Blue Rewards review.
When does Club Lloyds pay interest?
Interest is worked out daily and paid into your account at the end of the first working day
Is Club Lloyds monthly saver an ISA?
No. That means you have to pay tax if your income from interest passes the required government threshold.
When is Club Lloyds cashback paid?
The cashback you earn will automatically be credited to your Lloyds current account at the end of the following month.