TotallyMoney, the credit app which helps everyone move their finances forward, is calling for customers to protect purchases with Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

  • Airlines cancelling thousands of flights amid staff shortages and accusations of travel firms ‘seriously overselling of flights and holidays’*
  • Brits are expected to spend a massive £41bn on foreign travel in 2022**
  • Thomas Cook, Flybe, WOW Air, and Laterooms have all collapsed in recent years†
  • Section 75 covers all credit card transactions between £100 and £30,000, protecting customers against holiday cancellations and travel companies going bust
  • A recent TotallyMoney survey discovered 57% of adults unaware of Section 75‡

Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), credit card firms are equally liable by law if the supplier doesn’t stick to their side of the agreement. That means, if eligible, the customer is guaranteed to get their money back.


Stay covered this summer

Amid mass holiday cancellations and soaring inflation hitting airline profits, Brits are being urged to protect purchases with Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. Transactions costing between £100 and £30,000 are covered, and only valid with credit cards — not cash, debit cards, loans or buy now pay later services.

Section 75 covers all qualifying purchases — not just travel. This includes buying a new TV that turns out to be faulty, to a firm failing to deliver on a purchase when it goes out of business. A great example of Section 75 in action is the recent collapse of fashion retailer Misguided, who said they would not refund customers who have returned clothes.

Worryingly, a recent YouGov survey, commissioned by TotallyMoney discovered that only 57% of adults were aware of the protection offered by credit cards under Section 75.

The best credit card deals currently allow customers to spread payments, interest-free for up to two years. Additional data shows that 4 in 5 TotallyMoney customers were eligible for a credit card in the past month.

TotallyMoney’s Top Five Section 75 tips are below, with a link to its in-depth guide here.
Alastair Douglas, CEO of TotallyMoney comments,

“With a summer of holiday cancellation hell being forecast, it’s essential nobody’s left out in the cold when their plans are cancelled through no fault of their own.

“Those making payments with a credit card can be confident in knowing that if anything does go wrong, they can make a claim under Section 75. Unlike insurance, this requires zero excess, and customers will be covered when there’s a breach of contract. This includes flights being cancelled and holiday firms going bust.

“Worryingly, most people aren’t aware that this free payment protection exists. Now, more than ever, the credit industry must be completely transparent with its customers, providing them with all the information they need to navigate the current economic climate.

“At TotallyMoney, we’re on a mission to help everyone move their finances forward. By protecting themselves with Section 75, they can be sure that nothing holds them back.”


Five Section 75 Tips

Here’s our top five things to remember for Section 75. We also have a full guide here.

1. £100 to £30k

Individual items and purchases costing more than £100 and up to £30,000 are covered under Section 75. So, whether it’s a cancelled flight or an all-inclusive family holiday, as long as you paid part of it on credit card, you could be reimbursed the full amount if the company goes bust.

2. Just credit

Unless at least partially paid on a credit card, Section 75 doesn’t apply to purchases using debit cards, cash, loans, or Buy Now Pay Later. It’s only valid when using credit cards.

3. Rule number 3, no third parties

Buying through a third party, like travel agents, won’t offer Section 75 protection. You need to have paid the company directly (so purchases made through PayPal, for example, aren’t covered).

4. Part pay for full cover

Remember that only part of the purchase needs to be paid with a credit card. So for instance, if you pay the deposit with a credit card and the rest debit, should anything prevent you from settling the balance (like the airline collapses), Section 75 lets you claim the full amount. Not just the part paid on credit.

5. Not just travel

You’re covered for all qualifying purchases. Whether you buy a new television and it turns out to be faulty, or if you make a purchase and the firm goes under. If you’ve used a credit card, you could be protected under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Nearly half (48%) of UK adults say they are using less motor fuel than a year ago, and 45% report using less than a month ago, as forecourt prices continue to soar, according to an Aviva survey1.

The price of motor fuel has increased by 32.8% over the past 12 months2, and with the cost of filling an average family car now more than £1003, drivers have revealed the actions they are taking to reduce their fuel bills.

A survey by the insurer asked people what steps, if any, they were taking to reduce their fuel usage, finding only 16% of respondents are taking no action.

Are you or anyone in your household doing any of the following to reduce the amount of fuel used when driving? Percentage of UK adults
Using your vehicle for essential journeys only 44%
Walking instead of driving 39%
Putting less fuel in your car 26%
Driving at a lower speed 22%
Accelerating / braking more gradually 18%
Using public transport instead of your own vehicle 16%
I / we are not doing anything to use less motor fuel 16%
Working from home more often to avoid spending money on commuting 13%
Using a bicycle instead of driving 10%
Car-sharing with other people 8%
Swapping a petrol or diesel vehicle for a hybrid or electric vehicle 6%
Reducing the number of vehicles for your household 6%

Nearly half (44%) say they are using their vehicles for essential journeys only, while 39% say they are walking on occasion rather than driving.

Others reveal how they are using public transport instead of their own vehicle (16%), while 10% say they are riding a bicycle and 8% report car-sharing with others.

Some (13%) say they have been working from home more often to avoid spending money on commuting.

The research also gives an insight into how motorists are trying to save money when they do need to use their vehicles, with just over a quarter (26%) saying they are putting less fuel in their tank at the pumps.

Nearly a quarter (22%) say they are driving at lower speeds and 18% report accelerating and braking more gradually to save fuel.

Matthew Washer, Head of Connected Motor at Aviva, says: “The survey results give a fascinating insight into how people are changing their driving behaviour.

“They also correspond with our own driving data relating to Aviva customers, which reveals a visible improvement in smooth driving between March and May 2022, compared to the same period in 2021 and 2020.

“As fuel prices reach an all-time high, drivers can take some comfort from the fact that by driving more smoothly and attentively, they will not only be saving fuel and money, but helping to make the roads safer and reducing their impact on the environment.

To help you save money on driving, Aviva has put together some tips:

  • Shop around: As you drive around, note which filling stations are cheapest and stop there when you’re passing. Bear in mind supermarkets can be competitive on price and may fill up your points card, too.
  • Tyre pressure: If your tyres are under- or over-inflated, your fuel won’t be taking you as far as it should. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations and make sure they’re pumped up to the right pressure, according to your vehicle’s load.
  • Lighten the load: Every excess pound your car is carrying can decrease your fuel economy, so remove any junk and keep only important items like the hydraulic jack, early warning devices and any tools you might need in an emergency.
  • Fuel’s heavy, too: If you tend to make short trips, it might be worth running your car with the tank a quarter full and topping up often with small amounts.
  • Don’t be a drag: Consider removing bike racks and roof racks, bars and boxes, unless you are using them every day. All of these will create wind resistance and cause your car to use more fuel through the ‘drag’ effect.
  • Don’t be an idler: New cars tend to switch off the engine every time you stop. If your vehicle doesn’t, you’ll save fuel by doing this yourself. Don’t forget that stationary idling is against the law.
  • Dress for the weather: Blasting the air-con or turning up the heating may feel necessary but it does impact the amount of fuel you use, as does opening the windows if it’s too hot.
  • Do all your errands in one trip: Once a car’s engine is warm it will run at its most fuel-efficient, so why not tick off as much of your to-do list as you can in one journey?
  • Change your driving style: If you hit high speeds before your engine is warm, you will waste fuel. Shift to higher gears as soon as possible and avoid slamming your foot on the accelerator and brake. In an electric vehicle, keeping momentum is the key to efficient driving.
  • Rethink your plans: Do you really need to drive? Could you car-share, take public transport or get your shopping delivered? This might not be the best option for every journey, but it could make a difference.

The good news keeps on coming for cash savers with stiff competition in the market pushing rates on an almost daily basis.

It’s likely that the positive news on rates will continue with the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) expected to increase base rate again when it next meets on 16th June.

Whether you’re looking for a home for your rainy day savings or to lock your cash away in a fixed rate bond to achieve a better return, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Amongst the most competitive players in the savings market of late are United Trust Bank, Zopa,  Investec, Ford Money, Hodge Bank and Cynergy Bank – with the top deals listed below.

If your money is sitting in a high street bank account earning close to zero now is the time to move your cash to an account that pays a best buy rate and puts extra in your pocket – it only takes a few minutes to open a new savings account online – so why not do it this week?

Rates are changing every day at the moment, but here are some of the best deals:

Easy Access Savings

1.32% Cynergy Bank (Online Easy Access)

1.30% Zopa (Smart Saver)

1.30% Ford Money (Flexible Saver)

Fixed Rate Bonds

2.57% Cynergy Bank (1 Year)

2.40% Investec (1 Year)

2.88% Cynergy Bank (2 Years)

2.78% Hodge Bank (2 Years)

2.90% Cynergy Bank (3 Years)

2.82% Hodge Bank (3 Years)

2.85% United Trust Bank (4 Years)

2.75% blme (4 Years)

2.90% United Trust Bank (5 Years)

2.86% Hodge Bank (5 Years)



Deposits with the above providers are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), the UK’s deposit protection scheme

Just in time for summer, American Express is once again showing its support for local, small businesses across the UK with the return of the Shop Small Offer this June.

From 20 – 26 June 2022, American Express Cardmembers will receive a £5 statement credit when they spend £15 or more at participating small businesses across the UK. This can be used up to 5 times, once per participating small business location, meaning that Cardmembers can earn up to £25 back in statement credits.

Cardmembers must enrol for the Shop Small Offer from 13 June, 2022 (enrolment available to the final day of the Offer on 26 June), through the American Express® App or their Online Account. They can search for participating businesses via the Shop Small Map.

American Express has a long history of championing the high street, and its Shop Small campaign, which launched in the UK 10 years ago, aims to support small businesses across the country by encouraging people to shop frequently at their local businesses.

Dan Edelman, Vice President at American Express, said: “After the challenges of the past two years it’s important that we continue to support the small businesses that contribute so much to our local high streets and communities. That’s why we’re encouraging our Cardmembers to show their appreciation by shopping locally with the return of our Shop Small Offer.  First launched 10 years ago, Shop Small helps independent businesses attract customers through their doors and is just one of the ways American Express champions small businesses all year round.”

Terms, locations and payment restrictions apply. For full terms and conditions please visit the Shop Small Hub. Offer excludes Corporate and Pre-Paid Cards.

With the ongoing cost of living crisis still rearing its ugly head, keeping energy bills as low as possible is on everyone’s mind. Amidst this pressing need to cut back and be more energy-conscious, research from the Home Builders Federation found that a new house is 59% cheaper to heat than its older equivalents, resulting in cost savings of £395 over 12 months.

As well as opting for a new build, there are some easy, actionable ways in which homeowners can take matters into their own hands, making small switches and subtle changes to their lifestyle and daily habits to bring down energy consumption and costs. Mark Kershaw, Group Head of Sustainability at award-winning housebuilder Crest Nicholson, shares his tips on how homeowners can feel more in control of their household finances, whilst also leading a lower carbon lifestyle.

1. Monitor your consumption – As the saying goes, what gets measured gets managed. Installing a smart meter with an in-home energy display is a great way to give homeowners the much-needed control and oversight of their energy consumption in real time. Consumers can track their energy expenditure and adjust behaviours as needed, empowering them to make savings as a result. This transparency also means there should be no surprises when you get your energy bill through; you can say goodbye to often-inaccurate estimates in favour of accurate billing.

2. Wash on lower temperatures, and only do full loads – The majority of the energy consumed by a washing machine is used to heat the water. Opting for lower temperatures when washing your clothes (such as 30°C or lower) and choosing ‘eco’ settings for your dishwasher can therefore reduce bills and is better for the environment. Making sure your cycles are full helps further limit unnecessary water and electricity use. If you can’t avoid a half empty load, use a half load setting if available on your machine.

3. Increase the productivity of your appliances – There are several quick fixes when it comes to increasing the productivity of appliances, thereby ensuring they don’t have to work harder and/or longer to get the job done. For example, make sure you regularly clean your washing machine and dishwasher filters and do maintenance cycles to enable them to work their best. Elsewhere, bleeding your radiators, defrosting your freezer regularly, and checking refrigerator doors are properly sealed will help to enhance the respective devices’ efficacy so they don’t use unnecessary energy. This will ultimately lower their running costs, too.

4. Make the most of the outdoors – As we move into the summer months, it’s the perfect opportunity to cut back on tumble dryer costs by hanging your washing outside. You can easily get through three washing loads on a warm summer’s day. Even when the weather isn’t conducive to drying, opting to hang your clothes on a drying rack indoors can also reduce energy bills.

5. Control your thermostat – Heating and hot water account for a significant proportion of a home’s energy bills and make up the highest proportion of UK households’ carbon emissions. Needless to say, lowering the temperature of the heating in your home can save you money. Whilst the prospect of a cold home is not an appealing one, even a one-degree difference can save you money. You could try reducing the temperature by 1°C at a time to ensure you feel comfortable. The World Health Organisation notes that for the general population, 18°C is a safe and well-balanced indoor temperature. Crest Nicholson’s new house types have been meticulously designed to improve the home’s thermal efficiency and ability to retain heat, reducing the energy required to keep a home warm.

6. Manage water in the bathroom – There are plenty of opportunities to reduce the water used in the bathroom. This is particularly important with large parts of England under water stress. You can prevent drips (according to a dripping tap can waste more than 5,000 litres per year!), turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, invest in an efficient shower head, reduce the temperature of your shower, and choose dual flush toilets. Using less hot water will also reduce your energy consumption and associated bills.

7. Be shrewd in the kitchen – The kitchen is another source of unnecessary waste – but there are many small habits you can rethink. For example, an electric kettle consumes a lot of energy – only fill it with the amount of water you need to make your brew. Other simple actions include putting lids on pans to retain heat, batch cooking to bring down your overall cooking time, defrosting your food naturally and paying attention to how long it takes to pre-heat your oven – it may not be as long as you think!

8. Make the most of your energy efficient appliances – One of the benefits of buying a new home is that it comes with newer appliances that have much better efficiency ratings compared to their predecessors. All Crest Nicholson homes are fitted with energy efficient appliances as well as LED lightbulbs that have longer lifespans than halogens, leading to long term cost savings for homeowners.

9. Switch off lights and turn appliances off at the plug – Perhaps one of the most obvious actions is to turn appliances off at the wall wherever possible and switching lights off when you’re not using them. Electricity used by devices that are on standby mode is termed ‘Phantom load’ and while likely only consuming small amounts of energy, it can add up with the growing number of appliances in our homes.

To find out more information about the new build homes on offer at Crest Nicholson, please visit:

Self-employed individuals are twice as likely to be rejected for a mortgage, according to a new Exploring Adverse Credit report from The Mortgage Lender (TML).

Nearly a quarter (23%) of self-employed individuals have had their mortgage application denied in the past compared to just 12% of employed workers.

Self-employed applicants are often treated with stricter affordability assessments to those who are employed, mainly because they are considered to have a more irregular or complex incomes and are therefore viewed as riskier to lenders. This can make it trickier to get through the mortgage process, with the survey finding that of those who have ever tried to get a mortgage, 19% of self-employed applicants have had mixed results of whether their application was accepted or denied, compared to only 11% of employed individuals who said the same.

This is a problem that requires a solution. There are around 4.2 million self-employed people in the UK, and although that number is smaller today than it was at the start of the pandemic, in the pre-Covid world the number of people choosing to work for themselves had been steadily rising since the early 2000s. While some self-employed people can also be high earning, income is still deemed complex, which can make it challenging for this group to access finance to either buy or re-mortgage a property.

But even taking steps to make themselves a more appealing mortgage applicant, such as a strong credit score, self-employed individuals are more easily deterred from getting a mortgage or do not see the benefits of accessing loans due to their employment status. In fact, less than two in five (38%) agreed that the strength of their credit score allowed them to access better loans and interest rates, compared to nearly half (48%) of employed people who said the same.

With a growing number of people becoming self-employed, lenders must adapt and be open to offering mortgages to those with more complex incomes.


Peter Beaumont, CEO at The Mortgage Lender said: “There are around 4.2million self-employed people in the UK, and it is typical for that number to grow when coming out of a recession, or in this case a pandemic also. While it may offer those workers more freedom, the major drawback of self-employment is the perception of income inconsistency, and consequently a greater challenge when it comes to borrowing large sums of money.

“Fortunately, there are steps the self-employed can take to make themselves more attractive to lenders, like increasing their credit score, or saving for a bigger deposit to bring down their loan-to-value ratio.

“At the same time, however, the onus must fall on lenders to be more open to working with these enterprising individuals. We are proud to offer a competitively priced product range that caters to those with complex incomes.”

Nearly a quarter of UK adults (24%) are using their savings to cover the rising cost of living – equating to 12.7 million people across the UK.

New research from UK credit provider Vanquis reveals most Brits (82%) are worried about rising prices, and more than half (53%) are cutting back on essentials as a result. A similar amount of people (51%) expects their household financial situation to worsen in the next 12 months.

The top five cost concerns are:

  1. Household bills (71%)
  2. Food shopping (61%)
  3. Transport and petrol (43%)
  4. Rent or mortgage payments (17%)
  5. Phone or broadband costs (11%)

This week, as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation reaches its highest rate in 40 years, Vanquis are launching a free cost of living calculator. The calculator helps people understand how rising prices could impact their finances and signposts useful advice to save money on bills.

The research also reveals that women are more concerned than men (88% v 75%) about rising costs. As such, they are more likely to cut back on essentials (61% v 45%) and more women than men expect their financial situation to get worse over the next year (56% vs 47%).

In general, four in 10 people (43%) don’t know how the rising costs will impact them, this increases to over half (53%) of younger adults, highlighting that this group may need additional support.

Six in 10 adults (60%) say they would find support with the rising cost of living useful, however more than half (55%) don’t know where to find it.

Fiona Anderson, Managing Director of Cards at Vanquis comments: “The cost-of-living crisis is a huge concern for many people and this week’s inflation announcement shows how prices are continuing to rise.

“Though saving on everyday spending is not the answer to the crisis overall, our calculator aims to give people a clearer picture of how the increases may impact them and share ideas to help save money.”

The Vanquis cost of living calculator is free to use and available here

The latest hike in petrol costs is set to cost the average UK driver an extra £700 a year – more than 60 percent of their spare income.

This is according to used car buying service,, who have used data on their most popular cars to calculate the costs of filling up tanks today, compared to a year ago. What they found was that based on an average mileage of 13,000 miles a year, the extra cost of filling up tanks is upwards of £25 per tank. Spread across the course of a whole year, that’s of a minimum of £525. Even in a “reasonable” car, such as a Nissan Qashqai, the extra cost is nearly £700. A full comparison of their top 10 most popular cars can be found here.

According to the recent Worldwide Wage Report, that’s more than 60 percent of your average Brit’s spare income.This is particularly concerning in the light of a study that commissioned earlier this month. This study shows that half of 18-34 year olds have had to borrow money to pay for fuel, either from friends and family – or banks.

Other worrying statistics from that study showed:

  • Over half of 18-34 year olds had had to cut back on groceries to afford running their car
  • 80 percent said they would now have to walk where feasible due to fuel costs\
  • 76 percent of UK drivers admit to resorting to potentially dangerous hypermiling techniques to save fuel


Founder of, Nick Zapolski, said that many people are going to struggle to accommodate any further rise.

“The AA and the RAC have both confirmed that last Sunday saw the highest fuel prices ever recorded, with further increases expected over the coming days and weeks

“The cost of living is already so high, but fuel prices are absolutely staggering. It’s going to force some people to stop using their vehicles, which sadly isn’t practical for many.

“We already know that more than 50 percent of people are using “Hypermiling” techniques in order to be more economical. But despite their best efforts, our recent studies show that the impact on Brit drivers of fuel costs is already severe. How much more can people afford to pay?

“While prices continue to rise, all we can recommend is that people follow tips to drive economically.”

Analysis of the latest CACI market data by Paragon Bank shows that £418 billion of savers’ money continues to languish in savings accounts paying less than 0.1%.

CACI’s database1, which captures savings data from more than 30 leading providers, showed that four out of five (80%) of non-ISA instant access accounts pay less than 0.1% in February, despite the Bank of England Base Rate increase during that month.

The CACI data also showed that nearly a third (31%) of savings accounts have a balance of less than £100, suggesting people have little to fall back on during a period of high inflationary pressure.

February’s data confirmed that despite these cost pressures, the nation’s overall savings balance increased during the month to £988 billion, up from £986 billion the previous month.

Non-ISA instant access balances led the jump, increasing month-on-month by £3 billion to £615.4 billion. This type of product accounts for nearly two thirds (62%) of all savings balances. The average savings balance is £12,511.

Instant access ISAs remain the second most common account at 18.6% of all balances, or £183.4 billion.

Derek Sprawling, Paragon Bank Savings Director, said:

“It is remarkable that £400 billion of savers’ money is sitting in accounts paying up to 0.1% and it demonstrates how the high street banks rely on consumer apathy. In this inflationary environment, I would urge savers to make their money work as hard as possible for them and to seek better rates of return for their finances. Unfortunately, for too many people convenience trumps rate, but that needs to change.”

It’s been a better few months for savers with interest rates on the up for the first time in a few years, but it’s not just personal customers who are benefitting from better savings deals, rates for business savings are looking healthier too.

Many businesses keep too much money in their current account rather than using some of it make a bit of interest on cash they don’t need immediately.

There are a range of savings options to suit all businesses, from instant access savings to notice accounts where you typically can access your cash in 1 to 3 months and then there are fixed rate bonds paying higher still returns if you’re able to lock some cash away for a little longer.

If you leave the money in the business current account then it’s your bank who benefits and not you, so why not make some of your money work for you by generating some additional interest income.

Here are some of the best deals available today 10th May:

Easy Access Savings

Notice Savings Accounts

Fixed Rate Savings (no early access)

Checkout even more more business savings deals here