#3
When you switch your old bank will supply your new bank with direct debits set up on the account - which may include new DDs for which no payment has yet taken.



If you are say taking advantage of a switch offer that requires two active direct debits (e.g. the new YB/CB offer, Nationwide refer a friend and the Coop) I would be careful about relying on paypal direct debits - because these are effectively initiated by you on a monthly basis. Fine for the Halifax reward account £5 - but it may not work for switching purposes.

#5
Was just about to ask the same question

Still not sure what qualifies as an active direct debit



Example

If a direct debit is just setup on the donor account, and the switch takes place before any payments have been taken out of the donor account, will the switching offer be given if the first payment is taken from the target account, say a few days after switching.



Or is it best to wait until a payment has been taken from the donor account first?

#7



If a direct debit is just setup on the donor account, and the switch takes place before any payments have been taken out of the donor account, will the switching offer be given if the first payment is taken from the target account, say a few days after switching.
Originally posted by JesseJames


Yes.


Or is it best to wait until a payment has been taken from the donor account first?


That's my preferred approach, yes.

#8
An active direct debit is one that has been set up or a payment taken within the past 12-13 months. Switching a DD also makes it active even if it has never been collected.

#10



OK, that settles it then.

It's OK to switch with just a newly created DD without any DD payments taken out yet.
Originally posted by JesseJames


Presumably you are expecting some form of cashback as a result of switching bank accounts?



If so, I suggest you carefully read the terms of such offer to ensure that such cashback does not rely upon any money actually being taken by DD.



It's best to ask the whole question from the start, rather than half a question and then jump to conclusions based on the responses given.



If you tell us which bank you have switched to, then someone may take the time to check the terms carefully for you

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