Everyone wants premium. Everyone wants to appear better than their peers. Different brands or labels can help achieve this should you so desire. But how can a bank provide the image of anything more than mundane? Metal. Everyone’s got plastic cards in their pockets. When you hear the satisfying thud of a metal card on the shop counter or bar, you know something’s different. But which metal card should you get? There are a few contenders for you to consider.
Another thing about premium, is that people want it for the lowest possible price. If you can get something for nothing, even better. This almost instantly pushes the American Express Platinum metal card to the back of the queue with it’s £575 annual fee. We’ll ignore the American Express Centurion card for the purposes of this post too I think, nobody should be paying that much to have a flashy card.
Do you need a Metal Card?
With the above in mind, there’s a few companies that are currently in the metal card game. Some you may have heard of, some might suprise you. But what are their benefits and associated costs? Premium rarely comes for free!
N26 were the first of the contender, or FinTech banks that introduced metal cards into it’s lineup as their premium offering. Currently available in three colours and at a price of £14.90/month (£178.80/year).
Revolut are the second financial institution in my list to offer a metal card with many similar benefits to N26. Coming in at £12.99/month (£155.88/year) it is the cheapest in the list and offers a special discount for paying your subscription fees upfront (£120/year).
While it’s not a bank account as such, a Curve Metal Card still offers some benefits. If you haven’t heard of Curve, you’re missing out on a great tool (and a free £5) where you can find out more here. But the metal card, available in three colours, will cost you £14.99/month (£179.88/year) or £150 for the year if you pay up front. It may not be a real bank, but there are definately some perks to getting on the Curve bandwagon.
Supports MasterCard and Visa
Free Card Payments in any currency
Free ATM withdrawals worldwide (upto £600 month)
Time travel upto 14 days
1% cashback at 6 premium retailers
Worldwide travel insurance
Electronic Gadget Insurance
Rental car collision damage waiver insurance
That’s about it. I haven’t fully committed to a metal card yet. I’ve seen them, I’ve touched them and they’re nice. Soon my pretties. I’m waiting to see what Monzo are going to release, because they’ve teased a premium product too.
I have accounts with all of the above vendors and each has it’s little quirks, and they could be classed as really similar. I really love my Curve card and the ease it brings me for managing multiple cards so I’m really swaying in that direction. But when Revolut offers similar benefits, for less money, it kinds of sings to me.
Have you gone metal? Let us know in the comments with your thoughts!