Abbey and Bradford & Bingley change names

From today, Abbey and Bradford & Bingley will become Santander as the Spanish banking group rebrands its British businesses. 1,000 branches are changing to the new name today. Alliance & Leicester's 300 branches will also be rebranded by the end of the year. The new combined bank will have around 25 million UK customers, and the company says it's good news for if you're one of them, as you will eventually have access to three times as many branches. Santander says it means they'll also be able to offer the full range of its products across the whole UK network.

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Birmingham Airport plans take off

Heathrow might finally lose its place as the UK’s busiest airport, according to new plans for the development of Birmingham Airport. The two-runway airport would open in 2026 and cater for an estimated 70 million passengers a year, slightly more than Heathrow’s current capacity. compare travel cards The opening date isn’t a coincidence, either. A new high-speed 225mph rail service will open that same year, providing Birmingham’s airport users connections to London in as little as 38 minutes. In this regard, Birmingham looks set to become “London’s fifth airport”. Great effort has been made to ensure tha…

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BlackBerry banking available for RBS and NatWest customers

RBS and NatWest have launched a new banking app for all their British customers who use a BlackBerry Smartphone. Some banks have started to realise how the use of Smartphones is gaining in popularity within Britain all the time. Therefore, they have integrated banking services into the world of these devices. Brits who own a BlackBerry Smartphone can now download the RBS & NatWest banking app and enjoy multiple online services. These services include checking your balance, viewing your last six transactions and even transferring funds between accounts. Users will also be able to pinpoint…

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Blue Sky Prepaid Launches An Exclusive Offer For Compare Prepaid

This month Blue Sky Prepaid further strengthened its partnership with Compare Prepaid by offering Compare Prepaid customers an exclusive £4.50 discount* off the normal £9.99 card application fee. That’s only £5.49 for a personalised card delivered to a customer’s door. Blue Sky Prepaid Director, Amit Patel, said: “We’re really excited about launching this exclusive for Compare Prepaid. We understand that in today’s economic climate, we need to assist our valuable customers as much as possible and this exclusive discount is part of our commitment to provide a great product at highly competitive …

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Blue Sky Prepaid launches new website

Following an extensive period of consultation, Blue Sky Prepaid launched its new website yesterday (18th May). The new site incorporates a number of significant improvements developed on the basis of extensive usability testing. Improvements include clearer navigation based on the needs of users, much-improved search capabilities and a much clearer design. The new site also includes additional offers and benefits for new and existing customers. Such as Blue Sky Prepaid “lends” you a full year’s worth of Pay Monthly fees in advance, interest-free. No money actually changes hands. Just pay the Pay M…

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Book your Ryanair tickets with Prepaid MasterCard and Save Money

Book your Ryanair tickets with Prepaid MasterCard and Save Money If you are booking your Ryanair tickets you will be paying a booking fee of £5 per flight. If you are booking for multiple flights each month, you will be losing a lot of money. This will reduce the savings that you will make by choosing Ryanair. People choose Ryanair because they want to save money by using their economy flights. If you are going to spend £5 per flight booking, you are obviously going to increase your overall flight charges. However you will be able to save your book fees by using your master card to book your t…

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Booking a Holiday in the New Year

More people are booking holidays in the early period of 2011 than they have done previously new research shows. This is following the disappointment many experienced over Christmas with flight cancellations due to the cold weather. If you are eager to give yourself a break to look forward to early on in the year make sure you budget accordingly and find out how a prepaid travel card could help. According to Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance there is a 50 percent increase in the number of people booking holidays between now and the end of February 2011. The figures show 13.4 million people plan on p…

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Boost in bookings with BA as it emerges celebrities influence holiday choices

As if we weren’t already jealous enough of their lives of luxury, stars invoke further envy by uploading snaps from their holidays and posting them all over Twitter and other popular social media sites. Prepaid cards on holidayBut instead of allowing the green-eyed monster to get the better of us, we have instead decided to follow suit and jet off to the same destinations as our favourite celebrities. Barbados is a top destination among the rich and famous, and has recently attracted the likes of native Rihanna, Coleen Rooney, Simon Cowell and Olly Murs. Gwyneth Paltrow posted pictures of her f…

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Boost Your Savings with a Prepaid Credit Card

A new study shows the nation is being more careful with their money than they were a year ago but are still failing to save for the future. Find out how a prepaid credit card can help. The current economic downturn and recent Government spending cuts have all influenced the way two thirds of people are managing their finances a YouGov poll reveals. The Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) with National Savings and Investments (NS&I) is co-ordinating a campaign on national consumer awareness and has so far revealed women are better than men at watching the pennies. A huge 67 percent of…

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Borrowers Breathe Sigh of Relief as Bank Rate Held

The Bank of England has today announced the Bank Rate will remain at 0.5 percent despite mounting pressures to raise it. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to maintain the official Bank Rate at 0.5 percent for the 25th month running, even though inflation is 2 percent higher than their target rate. While the low base rate will be good news for borrowers who are just about meeting repayments, or making the most of low repayments by repaying more of their debt, it is not good news for savers. Those who are struggling with debt however will also be concerned when the base rate eventually r…

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Borrowers face crippling interest rates

Interest rates for credit cards at their highest since 1998 and buying items on plastic will now cost you nearly a quarter more than it did four years ago. Since the late 1990's when rates were driven down because of increasing competition, they've been steadily increasing with nearly 7 million customers getting their rates bumped up over the past year. A new study claims that increasing pressure on household finances is leading around 2 in 10 of us to use our credit cards at least once a day. Two in five credit card customers are using their credit to buy simple daily necessities such as…

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