Saturday 18 November 2017

Get Smart: An Post has launched a new game-changing current account for the savvy shopper

Do you want to get smarter with your money? Are you conscious of getting the very most out of your current account?

An innovative new Smart Current Account has been launched by An Post with a tangible money back feature which has been praised by consumer advocate, The Money Doctor John Lowe, who points out that Irish consumers now have the chance to “easily make considerable savings on their everyday household spend”.

A game-changer in the current account market, the Smart Account combines a MoneyBack feature, along with other innovative features such as the Smart Account Wallet, a household budgeting tool. Account holders will be provided with a Smart Account Debit Card in partnership with Mastercard® which is accepted across the full Mastercard® network internationally, along with access to online payments and a user-friendly Smart Account app where customers can manage their money. 

The ‘wallet’ facility allows users to put money securely aside for future spending such as holidays, Christmas or other significant household spend, when they register online at smartaccount.ie.

The MoneyBack feature has been designed to maximise opportunities for savvy shoppers to earn money back. The An Post Current Account will keep track of monies spent at participating retailers and then a money back payment goes straight back in to users’ accounts at the end of the following month. There is no limit on how much MoneyBack account holders can earn.

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Money Back on Clothing, Energy, Holidays and Groceries

An Post has created partnerships where a large portion of Ireland’s household budgets are spent – on groceries, clothing, sportswear, energy, insurance, leisure and holidays. 

Some of the opportunities to earn MoneyBack include:

• 5% back on all Lidl transactions of €25 and above

• 10% back on total bill costs with SSE Airtricity MoneyBack

• 5% back on all Post Insurance car and home insurance products

• 8% back on in-store and online spend with Intersport Elverys

• 5% back on all holidays with Sunway

• 10% back on direct payments to Oxendales

• 7.5% back on hotel bookings with GreatBreaks;

• 5% back on book purchases online with Kennys.ie and garden furniture purchases with OutdoorLiving.ie

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Apply for a Smart Account with An Post

So how do you apply for a Smart Account?

All you have to do is complete the application form online at smartaccount.ie or at your nearest participating Post Office. You then take your signed application form to your nearest participating Post Office along with proof of identity such as a passport, EU driving licence or public service card with a birth certificate. You will need a proof of address no older than 6 months (household bill, bank statement or a letter from Revenue or the Department of Social Protection.

An Post Smart Current Account users will be able to lodge, withdraw or check a balance at the Post Office. The Smart Account Debit Card can be used at any ATM, online or at any retailer worldwide, wherever the Mastercard acceptance sign is displayed and the account can be managed online or via the Smart Account app.

John Rice, Financial Services Product Director of An Post explains: “The An Post Smart Account was built with consumers’ needs in mind by creating a simple concept which is easy to use and can generate significant savings through MoneyBack. Our partnerships have been selected carefully to help consumers maximise opportunities to generate savings by ensuring they include retailers in the major areas of household spend such as groceries, utilities, clothing and sportswear. It’s a smart product for smart consumers and with our nationwide reach and track record in providing financial services, we anticipate significant interest from our customers.”

Consumer advocate John Lowe, The Money Doctor describes the An Post Smart Account as “a simple and transparent current account which allows shoppers to earn actual money back and not just points on a broad range of products and services that customers buy regularly. Having partnerships with retailers, for grocery, clothing and other household items along with utilities and leisure products means that account holders will be easily able to make considerable savings on their everyday household spend. The functionality of the product with free Point-of-Sale transactions in the Euro Zone, access to a Smart Money Mobile app and contactless payments at retailers provides the key account features that customers expect from a current account. One particularly helpful feature for those budgeting that I like is the Smart Account Wallet which will allow the account holder to set aside money for special purchases but with the ease of having full transparency of all their funds within the one account.”

The An Post Smart Account is the new Current Account from An Post that lets you earn MoneyBack into your account when you spend with Smart MoneyBack partners* like Lidl, SSE Airtricity and Sunway. For further information on the An Post Smart Current visit smartaccount.ie

* Terms and Conditions apply, see smartaccount.ie for details. An Post is authorised by the Minister for Finance to provide payment services and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland in the provision of such services. The An Post Smart Account Debit Mastercard® is issued by An Post. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

To avail of Smart MoneyBack you must use your Smart Account Debit Card or Smart Account for payment. See smartaccount.ie for full details

on Smart MoneyBack. 5% MoneyBack on all Lidl transactions of €25 and above. 10% MoneyBack on Direct Debit bills with the SSE Airtricity MoneyBack plan. 5% back on direct payments to Post Insurance for all car and home insurance. 10% back on direct payments to Oxendales.

Sponsored by: An Post

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