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M&S Bank Overdraft Charges @ www.marksandspencer.com
If we start with their new offering, this carries no monthly fee. It includes an automatic £500 overdraft on opening and the first £100 is free with the following borrowings being charged at 15.9% EAR. Buffer protection at £50 is also included. No other fees are imposed. If you do surpass the buffer then they would in most cases refuse the payment. They merely state that this could damage your credit score. A banking customer login is provided at www.marksandspencer.com and they have setup 29 Bank branches (within a selection of their existing stores) that are open on evenings and weekends that helps to differentiate them.
The Premium account is no different when it comes to overdrafts. This comes with a £10 per month price tag though. This includes a range of vouchers that surpasses the value of the fees paid in (mostly for Café drink coupons). This can also be upgraded with travel insurance that totals £17.50 monthly. It is good to see that they also reward those that switch with a £100 gift card (an extra £50 is included with Premium when you open the account). The M&S overdraft charges are impressive, but you have to remember that this is essentially a HSBC-branded package. You also receive no interest on your balances.