Abbey credit cards make Santander switch


Abbey credit cards get rebrandedLow rate credit card provider Abbey is to undergo a rebranding exercise.

Beginning June 15, 2009, Abbey credit cards will be re-named after their Spanish parent company Santander.

Next year, Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley Savings -- also Santander-owned -- will undergo a similar rebranding of their branch networks.

A temporary suspension of foreign exchange fees will also be put in place on all of the credit cards for June and July, making it cheaper for customers to use their credit cards abroad.

Commenting on the move, Roger Lovering, managing director of Santander Cards, said: "We are delighted to rebrand Abbey's credit cards as Santander."

He added: "Operating as part of Santander, we will be able to leverage a global brand that represents strength and financial security to customers in today's difficult economic environment."

The Spanish group took over Abbey in 2004 and acquired Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley Savings in 2008.ADNFCR-2308-ID-19214602-ADNFCR

Published: 12 June 2009