8.6 C
New York
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Home Challanger banks Revolut is increasing its charges and introduces new fees

Revolut is increasing its charges and introduces new fees

Challenger bank Revolut introduced a new limit on foreign exchange offering for its free plan.

It is reducing the amount users can exchange for another currency without a fee from £5,000 to £1,000 per month, with fees also doubling for weekend transfers. This move has already provoked claims that the fast-growing fintech is now acting like a regular bank.

Read also: Leaked messages from Revolut’s CEO Nikolay Storonsky address the job cut accusations

However, Premium and Metal cardholders still have unlimited exchange, as they always have. This could also mean that Revolut is trying to motivate their customers to upgrade their account into a subscriber mode.

So far Revolut customers were also able to take advantage of the interbank exchange rate on weekdays with a 0.5% markup added to currencies at weekends. This is now increasing to 1%.

Revolut announced this in an email to its customers: “As you probably know, if you exchange more than our free exchange limit in a month, you pay a fee. This limit is decreasing to £1,000 each month (which, our research shows, most of you won’t hit anyway). Above that limit, our fee will stay the same at just 0.5%, and we’ll let you know if an exchange will be subject to a fee.”

Revolut says it will remind the user if a transfer he or she is about to make will incur a fee.

A spokesperson for Revolut said on this: “We’ve spoken to thousands of our customers to better understand how they are using Revolut. What we’ve learnt is that more of our customers are now using Revolut as their primary account, not just as a travel card.”

“Less than 3 percent of our 12 million customers come close to using the current free FX limit, so the vast majority of our customers will not see any increase in fees. Our Premium and Metal customers will continue to have unlimited FX, as they always have.”

Avatar
Jan Cerny
Jan is an innovation enthusiast and Fintech news reporter. He specializes in news distribution, social media, and content analysis.

Recent posts

Yandex agrees to Tinkoff bank acquisition for $5.5bn

Yandex is Russia’s biggest tech company and now it is set to buy the challenger bank called Tinkoff for $5.5 billion.

TransferWise reports 70% revenue growth and a 4th straight year of profitability

Annual revenue at TransferWise grew to £302.6 million, the company. These results show a net profit after tax of £21.3 million for fiscal year ending March 2020.

“Mitto helps its users to save money while saving the planet,” says Marcos Cuevas, the company’s co-founder and CEO

Mitto is a Barcelona-based debit card/finance app and it is mainly a sustainability-focused product that has raised €2M from Athos Capital and others. Mitto has a live crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube in which the company has already raised £500,000.

Allica Bank is launching a £100m funding round

Allica Bank has already closed a £26 million investment and now is launching a new £100 million funding round to meet the current high levels of demand for its services.