Bank accounts

Open a Reward bank account

Why choose a Reward account?

Earn from 1% in Rewards when you spend with your NatWest debit card at our partner retailers. 

Redeem Rewards as money back into your current account, trade them up for eGift cards, or donate them to charity.

Easily use our mobile banking app.

Arranged overdraft available (subject to eligibility).

Multiple ways to pay: Apple Pay, Google Pay™  and Contactless Debit Card.

£2 monthly fee.

Learn how to earn and exchange Rewards

Earn rewards

Up to £5 a month back

Earn £4 a month back in Rewards for 2 or more Direct Debits (2 of those Direct Debits needs to be at least £2 each). Plus, earn an extra £1 a month back in Rewards with 1 mobile app log in. That's up to £5 a month back in Rewards to spend on whatever you like!

Also earn from 1% in Rewards when you spend with your NatWest debit card at our partner retailers. Check out our current retailers in the mobile app. 

Your Rewards balance can grow quickly, they're easy to earn and they're easy to exchange!

Exchange Rewards

For cash back, gift cards and more

Once you reach £5 in Rewards, the choice is yours. Redeem Rewards as money back into your current account, trade them up for eGift codes, or donate to one of our chosen charities.

How to exchange your Rewards

Great news, there is no need to set up your Rewards. You can see your MyRewards balance and claim straight from the NatWest app with the touch of a button. There's no need to use a password.  

Keep in mind, if you choose to bank your Rewards it will take 5 working days to clear. 

Overdraft details

How do overdrafts work?

An arranged overdraft can be useful for short term borrowing. Understand arranged and unarranged overdrafts and their impact on your account. An overdraft is a form of borrowing and is repayable on demand.

How much will an overdraft cost?

Understand the cost and impact of overdrafts and whether you're eligible to apply for one. If you don't repay what is owed, you could harm your credit score and borrowing capability.

Switch to NatWest

The Current Account Switch Service will do all the work when it comes to switching, moving everything across from your old account to your new account all within 7 working days, including Direct Debits and standing orders. All you need to do is tell us the details of your old bank account and when you want the Switch to start.

We can not switch savings accounts or ISAs through this service. Any other products you have with your old bank will not be moved at the same time.

Current Account Switch Guarantee (PDF, 39KB)

A Guide to Switching Current Accounts (PDF, 3MB)

How does the Current Account Switch Service work?

Open a bank account online - FAQs

Get ready to apply

Before you apply, we need to check you're happy with a few things. And ask you a few questions up front. Then we can make your application as quick and simple as it can be.

First things first. You can apply if you:

are aged 18 or over and a UK resident

will pay in £1,250 each calendar month to any eligible personal current account you have with us

do not currently hold 2 Reward accounts.

Not sure a Reward account is for you? Look into our Select everyday bank account with no monthly fee.

Now please take a look at the important legal stuff

How your information might be used

It's important for you to understand how we use and share your information. Please read this short summary before you continue with your application.

All okay? You’re nearly ready to start.

To speed up your application for our Reward account, we need to do a few final checks with you. They'll only take a minute.

What would you like to do today?
Do you have a current account with NatWest?
Do you know your Online Banking details?
If you log in to Online Banking we can pre-fill some of the application for you.

You're all set

Depending on what ID we need to see, we may ask you for:

  • Photo ID, such as driver's license, Passport or EU ID card
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill or bank statement

Look out for an email and text after you have applied from our security partners, DigiDocs. It'll have a link to securely upload your documents for us to check.

Please register for Online Banking

To help kick-start your application, we'll need you to register for NatWest Online Banking. If you've forgotten your login details you can re-register via the same process..

You'll need your bank account sort code and account number, and your NatWest Bank debit card if you have one.

The good news is that it normally takes about 5 minutes to register.

You're all set

Your application will be completely online, and you won't need to post us any information or visit a branch.


  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and we’ll set up your account.
  2. Our partner HooYu will then check your identity by matching you to your Photo ID. Your Photo ID must be a Passport, UK or EU/EEA Driving Licence or an EU/EEA National ID card. We might also ask for a valid proof of address. If you don't have your ID to hand you can finish this step later.
  3. Once they’ve confirmed your identity we’ll activate your account.

Here's what to do next

We’ve made a few changes to how we open joint bank accounts.

The button below takes you to a dedicated page explaining exactly what you need to open your account.

As a summary:

  1. You create a joint account by adding the second applicant to an existing account
  2. You can either add the second applicant to an existing account, or if you’d like a completely new account, one of you can open a new account and then add the second applicant once it’s open. 

You're all set

During the application, you'll need the account number and sort code of the account you want to change. You can find these in your app/Online Banking.

As you're changing your existing account to another, you’ll:

  • Keep your existing sort code, account number and debit card. Your existing standing orders and direct debits will stay the same.
  • Retain your arranged overdraft limit.
  • See no impact to your credit rating.

If you're a non-UK resident, we can only offer to change your bank account to our Select account.

Get started on your switch

You’ll need these bits of info handy for your application:

  • The account number, sort code and debit card number of the bank account you want to switch to NatWest
  • The account number and sort code of your existing NatWest current account

The Current Account Switch Service will move everything across from your old bank account to your NatWest current account within 7 working days. 

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