Switch to a FlexDirect and you could get up to £125

If you're not yet a member, you could get £100. If you're already a member, you could get £125. It’s another example of our mutual difference and giving back to our members. Complete a full switch online to a FlexDirect from another building society or a bank, and make sure you switch over 2 Direct Debits as part of your switch. This offer is for a limited time only. Terms and conditions apply.

Features and benefits

  • 2% AER (1.98% gross a year) fixed for 12 months on balances up to £1,500

    After the first 12 months, it’s 0.25% AER (0.24% gross a year) variable. You’ll need to pay in at least £1,000 a month, not counting transfers from other Nationwide accounts or Visa credits. Find out more about in-credit interest rates.

  • Interest-free arranged overdraft for 12 months

    Pay no interest on your arranged overdraft for 12 months from the date you open your first FlexDirect account. After the first 12 months, an interest rate of 39.9% APR Representative (variable) will apply. Before we can offer you an arranged overdraft, we’ll need to look at your circumstances first.

  • Online account

    FlexDirect is designed to be managed online and not in branch. Everyday banking can be done on your phone, computer, tablet or smart watch, using our Banking app or Internet Bank.

  • Fee-free

    We don’t charge a monthly fee for maintaining the account.

  • Access to other Nationwide products

    Opening a FlexDirect is one way to become a member of Nationwide. Our current account members get access to exclusive savings accounts, like our Flex Regular Saver.

  • Available as a joint bank account
    This can be with your partner, a family member or a friend.

FlexDirect comes with everything you’d expect from a Nationwide current account, including:

  • Contactless card payments in the UK up to £100
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and Paym
  • Paperless statements
  • Text alerts — set your preferences to help you manage your money
  • Chequebook available on request
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To apply for FlexDirect

You need to:

  • be 18 or over
  • be a UK resident
  • agree the account is for personal use only
  • hold no more than 4 existing sole or joint Nationwide current accounts.


Have you had a FlexDirect account before?

If you’ve had a FlexDirect account before, you won’t receive the 12 month credit interest offer or the interest-free overdraft offer again. However, you will get the offer on a new joint account, as long as you have not shared a FlexDirect account with that person before.

Ready to apply?

If you've already researched FlexDirect and know it’s the right bank account for you.

Make banking easier with our secure app

  • Manage all your Nationwide accounts in one place
  • View and search your transactions
  • Freeze and unfreeze your Visa Debit card
  • Report your card lost or stolen and order a new card

Arranged overdrafts

You can apply for an arranged overdraft at any time. When you do, we’ll look at your circumstances to see if we can offer you one. You’ll need to be 18 or over and a UK resident.

Find out more about overdrafts using our:

Overdrafts page – to understand how they work

Overdraft calculator – to see how much one might cost

Arranged overdraft eligibility tool for FlexDirect – to find out much we might be able to offer you, without affecting your credit score. If you do choose to continue, we’ll carry out a full credit check.

The representative example shows you the rate of interest we charge for arranged overdrafts. For FlexDirect, this example shows the cost once any interest-free period has ended.

If you’re in the first 12 months of opening your first FlexDirect current account, we don’t charge interest on arranged overdraft use. It’s interest free.

FlexDirect Arranged Overdraft Representative Example:

39.9% APR Representative (variable). Based on an assumed arranged limit of £1,200 and an interest rate of 39.9% a year (variable).

How does our arranged overdraft compare?

A good way to compare the cost of our arranged overdraft with other overdrafts or ways of borrowing is to look at the representative APR.

APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate. It includes all the costs of borrowing including certain account fees and promotional rates.


Staying in your arranged overdraft over a long period can be an expensive way to borrow.

In-credit interest rates

FlexDirect offers in-credit interest on every penny in your account up to £1,500.

FlexDirect offers in-credit interest on every penny in your account up to £1,500.

Table showing rates of in-credit interest for FlexDirect.
Type of rate Interest on every penny up to £1,500 Interest on every penny over £1,500

Offer rate

Fixed for the first 12 months from when you open your account

2% AER
(1.98% gross a year)

0% AER (0% gross a year)

Standard rate

Ongoing variable rate once any offer period has ended

0.25% AER
(0.24% gross a year).

0% AER (0% gross a year)

These interest rates will only be paid if you are paying in at least £1,000 per month, not counting transfers from other Nationwide accounts or Visa credits.

Interest is calculated on the last day of each month and is paid on the first day of the next month. We pay interest without tax deducted.

If the account balance that we calculated interest on changes, then we may need to debit your account with an interest adjustment.

Switching to Nationwide

Fast — switch in just 7 working days. You choose the date, and we’ll let you know when it’s done.

Seamless — a dedicated team does it all for you. They’ll switch your payments, balance and even your list of payees.

Guaranteed — there shouldn't be any problems but if there are, you won't lose a penny.

Fees, charges and important documents

We don’t charge a monthly fee for maintaining the account, but charges can apply for:

Quick comparison of our everyday bank accounts

We offer a few different current accounts. Check that you’re applying for the right account for you.

You can also see a full comparison of our everyday bank accounts.

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If you don’t qualify for a FlexAccount, FlexDirect or FlexPlus current account, you may be offered a FlexBasic account.

Related links

I need help with my account

Our current account help section has the answers to our most commonly asked questions.

Protecting your money

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (opens in a new window) (FSCS) is a free, independent service that protects up to £85,000 of your eligible money at Nationwide.

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