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$941.48Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2553 USD 1701 Reviews Buy Now

Sterling

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With over 35 years experience in the foreign exchange sector, Sterling has established an excellent reputation for offering the best exchange rates and excellent customer service to a long standing and ever expanding clientele.

Sterling

105 Edgware Road
London
W2 2HX

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Get your currency delivered the next day if you order before 12pm Monday - Thursday. Delivery is free on all orders over £700, otherwise a £6.00 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

Click & Collect

You can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from Sterling's London branch at 105 Edgware Road, W2 2HX. You may get a different rate in-store that the one shown here.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Sterling accept the following payment methods:

  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit Card

There is a £2,500 limit for Debit Card payments. Orders over this amount must be paid for by Bank Transfer (up to £7,500).

$941.33Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2551 USD 1663 Reviews Buy Now

Travel FX

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Travel FX are specialist dealers in foreign currency, providing a leading alternative to Bureau de Changes for clients seeking the best exchange rates. Travel FX offer some of the best rates on the market, with free home delivery over £700 and no commission.

Travel FX

31-33 College Road
Harrow
HA1 1EJ

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Delivery is free on all orders over £700, otherwise a £5.00 handling fee will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day. Saturday delivery is available for an additional charge if you contact Travel FX after placing your order. If you are ordering multiple currencies, Travel FX treat each currency as a separate order so you will have to pay a £5.00 handling fee if any of the individual currencies on your order total less than £700.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Travel FX accept the following payment methods:

  • Bank Transfer
$939.90Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2532 USD 550 Reviews Buy Now

Covent Garden FX

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Covent Garden FX is a family-owned and operated Bureau De Change located in the heart of Central London. Established for over 20 years, we offer extremely competitive exchange rates with no commission and no fees.

Covent Garden FX

30a Jubilee Market Hall
London
WC2E 8BE

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order your currency online and get free home delivery if your order is over £750 (under this amount there is a £6.00 delivery charge). To qualify for next day delivery you must pay by bank transfer before 2pm on Mon-Thu. Payments after this time, or payments made by card, will be scheduled for delivery in two working days. Saturday delivery is available for a £12 charge, and a London courier service is also available.

Click & Collect

Don't want to wait for home delivery? No problem. Place your order online and you can collect it from Covent Garden's travel money bureau at 30a Jubilee Market Hall, WC2E 8BE. Pay now by bank transfer to guarantee today's online rate. For same day collection you must order before 1pm for euros or us dollars, and before 10am for all other currencies.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Covent Garden FX accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit Card
$939.83Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2531 USD 492 Reviews Buy Now

WeSwap

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Purchase travel cash with WeSwap, available in all major currencies at the best rates with no charge for home delivery over £750.

WeSwap

32-34 Gordon House Road
London
NW5 1LP

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Get your currency delivered the next day if you order before 1pm Monday - Thursday. Delivery is free on all orders over £750, otherwise a £6.50 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

Click & Collect

You can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from one of WeSwap's London branches. If you order online, you'll need to take the card you used pay and valid photo ID such as a passport or driving licence that matches the cardholder's address when you go to collect your order.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

WeSwap accept the following payment methods:

  • Debit Card
$939.08Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2521 USD 5443 Reviews Buy Now

Currency Online Group

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Currency Online Group specialise in providing travel money and currency buy back services. We offer exclusive, enhanced Currency Buyback rates to Compare Holiday Money customers that you won't find anywhere else.

Currency Online Group

PO BOX 56499
Blackheath
SE3 3DR

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Choose your delivery date and get your currency delivered to your home or work address for ultimate convenience. Delivery is free on all orders over £750, otherwise a £5.00 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

Click & Collect

You can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from one of Currency Online Group's collection points in central London. Their Blackheath collection point is open Monday - Friday, or you can collect from Waterloo or Greenwich 7 days a week.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Currency Online Group accept the following payment methods:

  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit Card
$937.72Inc. £2.99 Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2553 USD 3316 Reviews Buy Now

The Currency Club

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The Currency Club's travel money service makes ordering online easy and efficient. We offer the best foreign exchange rates on global currencies, charge zero commission and offer a free delivery on every travel money transaction you make. The more you order, the better the rate you'll receive.

The Currency Club

PO Box 66831
London
W2 7TB

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order by 12pm for next working day delivery. Free on orders over £1000 and just £2.99 postage charge for smaller amounts.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

The Currency Club accept the following payment methods:

  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit Card

Debit card payments up to £2500, bank transfer up to £7500.

$937.50Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2500 USD 461 Reviews Buy Now

ACE-FX

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Ace FX are specialist foreign exchange dealers based in London who offer competitive exchange rates and first-class customer service. Over the years, we have established a reputation for honesty, reliability and quality of service and we are one of the few buy back providers who accept coins.

ACE-FX

5 London Bridge Walk
London
EC2P 2HU

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order online for home delivery and get your currency delivered within 48 hours. Delivery is free on all orders over £750, otherwise a £4.99 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

Click & Collect

If home delivery isn't an option, you can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from one of ACE-FX's four central London branches. Euros and US dollars are available for same-day collection after 3pm, all other currencies can be collected on the next working day. Stores are open Monday to Friday, apart from Canary Wharf which is open 7 days a week.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

ACE-FX accept the following payment methods:

  • Debit Card
$937.50Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2500 USD 737 Reviews Buy Now

AIRGOFX

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Get competitive exchange rates in the UK on all currency ordered online for delivery or pick up from your local branch. We use Royal Mail fully insured special delivery service to get your currency to your door securely, 48 hours from receiving your order. You can also use our app to order travel money while on the move.

AIRGOFX

5 London Bridge Walk
London
SE1 2SX

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

AIRGOFX home delivery is fulfilled by ACE-FX. Get your currency within 48 hours of placing your order. Delivery is free on all orders over £750, otherwise a £4.99 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

Click & Collect

You can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from one of ACE-FX's four central London branches. Euros and US Dollars are available for same-day collection after 3pm, all other currencies can be collected the next day. Stores are open Monday - Friday apart from Canary Wharf which is open 7 days a week.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

AIRGOFX accept the following payment methods:

  • Debit Card
$935.78Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2477 USD 137 Reviews Buy Now

Tesco Bank

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Tesco Bank provide a convenient and secure online ordering system where you can order your currency online for home delivery or pick it up from one of hundreds of dedicated Click & Collect stores around the UK. Note: these are ONLINE rates - you may get a lower rate in-store unless you order online in advance.

Tesco Bank

2 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9FQ

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 24 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order before 2pm for next working day delivery. Free over £500, smaller amounts incur a £3.95 delivery fee.

Click & Collect

Collect the next working day at over 400 stores for euro and US dollar. 5 days notice required for other currencies.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Tesco Bank accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
$935.55Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2474 USD 113 Reviews Buy Now

Airmoney

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We believe that ordering foreign currency should be a simpler and more enjoyable experience. We are a start-up owned by City Forex, a company based in London which has conducted over £5 billion of foreign exchange transactions since forming in 2004. All orders are fully insured.

Airmoney

146 Leadenhall Street
London
EC3V 4QT

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 24 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Delivery by Royal Mail insured post to your home or work address. You can choose a delivery date for convenience. Free on orders over £750, under this amount a £3.75 postage charge will be applied. We also offer a free same-day courier service for London clients based in the City, the West End or Canary Wharf. No need to queue in store. We will drop your order to your desk the same day!

Click & Collect

You can also collect your currency at one of Airmoney's three London locations: 146 Leadenhall Street (EC3V 4QT), Andaz Hotel (EC2M 7PY) or 1 Fenchurch Place (EC3M 4AF). You'll need to take the card you used to pay and proof of your identity when you collect your order.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Airmoney accept the following payment methods:

  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit Card
$934.95Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2466 USD 96 Reviews Buy Now

eurochange

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With over 40 years experience in selling and buying currency, nobody knows foreign exchange better than eurochange. Take advantage of great rates on over 70 currencies and use their boost your rate function to find improved rates on over 20 currencies. Order online for Click and Collect in just 60 seconds from over 175 branches, or order before 4pm for next day home delivery.

eurochange

PO Box 435
Stevenage
SG1 9GA

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 40 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order by 4pm for next working day delivery. Free postage on orders over £599 under this amount there is a delivery charge of £4.99.

Click & Collect

Order online and collect for free at 175 branches nationwide.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

eurochange accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
$934.73Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2463 USD 135 Reviews Buy Now

Sainsburys

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Nectar card holders get better exchange rates online and can collect Nectar points on every order. Sainsbury's Bank offer over 50 foreign currencies. Order online with the option to collect your travel money from one of over 250 Sainsbury's Bank in-store Travel Money bureaux at no extra cost, or have it delivered to your home with free delivery on orders over £500.

Sainsburys

33 Holborn
London
EC1N 2HT

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 24 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order before 2pm for next working day delivery by insured post. Free on orders over £500 with a fee of £4.99 below that amount. Minimum order for home delivery is £100.

Click & Collect

Order online for collection at any Sainsburys Bureau de Change. Next day collection for euros and US dollars and 3 days for other currencies.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Sainsburys accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
$934.53Inc. £5.00 Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2544 USD 15 Reviews Buy Now

John Lewis

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John Lewis price match their rates every day. Visit a Bureau de change in your local John Lewis and Partners shop. Same great rates with 0% commission in store and online.Euros, US Dollars and 28 other currencies available instantly at our Bureau de change.

John Lewis

171 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 5NN

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 40 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Delivery by insured Royal Mail post. Minimum online order £500. Delivery free over £1000 under this amount £5.00 delivery charge is applied.

Click & Collect

Order online for collection at any John Lewis and Partners Bureau de Change.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

John Lewis accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
$934.35Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2458 USD 416 Reviews Buy Now

Post Office

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Rate Sale! Even better rates when you buy online before Monday 27th May. Available on Euro, USD, HRK, AUD and AED. Order your travel money online with the Post Office and collect it in any Post Office branch or get it delivered to your door for free. Note: these are ONLINE rates - you may get a lower rate in-store unless you order online in advance.

Post Office

20 Finsbury Street
London
EC2Y 9AQ

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 24 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order for home delivery with Royal Mail special secured delivery. Delivery is free on orders over £500 and £4.99 under that amount.

Click & Collect

Order online for collection at over 11,000 branches. Over 3000 are open 7 days a week. With our euro and US dollar click and collect express you can pick up in 2 hours.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Post Office accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
$933.75Free Delivery 1 GBP = 1.2450 USD 48 Reviews Buy Now

Whitehall FX

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A long standing Central London based Foreign exchange company with over 25 years experience and a 5 star rating. A quick and easy service to use, we offer next day delivery for orders placed before 4pm and a pick up point in Trafalgar square. No commission on any of our services.

Whitehall FX

3 Whitehall Trafalgar Square
London
SW1A 2DD

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 24 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Home delivery orders sent by Royal Mail insured post. Free over £750, £6.50 delivery charge under this amount.

Click & Collect

All orders can be collected free from Whitehall FX's Trafalgar Square branch.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Whitehall FX accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Bank Transfer

Travel Money Club

146 Leadenhall Street
London
EC3V 4QT

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 2 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

The Travel Money Club offer two options for ordering your currency: standard home delivery in two business days for a one-off delivery charge of £9.95, or free next day delivery if you become a premium member for £5.99 per month or £60 a year. Premium membership includes enhanced exchange rates, unlimited free deliveries and delivery to any address in the UK (not just to your home address).

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Travel Money Club accept the following payment methods:

  • Debit Card

Travelex

90 York Way
London
N1 9AG

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 24 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order your travel money online, and have it delivered right to your home. Or, if you're in central London, we also offer delivery right to your office! Free on orders over £600 with delivery costs from £2.99 to £7.49 for smaller orders.

Click & Collect

Order online and collect from your nearest Bureau de Change in as little as 4 hours dependent on availability. Our online price promise will guarantee you the best rates.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Travelex accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card

ICE PLC

19-21 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
W1D 7ED

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 24 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order over 50 currencies for home delivery with same day despatch if ordered before 3pm. Free delivery on orders over £700. Various delivery charges apply below this amount.

Click & Collect

Apply for a voucher to print off and take to your chosen pick up location to get the discounted click and collect rate of the day. Pay on collection.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

ICE PLC accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit Card

RBS

36 St Andrew Square
Edinburgh
EH2 2YB

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 34 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order before 2pm for next working day delivery to your home or nearest branch, or select convenient delivery a date up to 10 days in advance. Orders over £500 are delivered free, otherwise a £5.00 delivery charge will apply. Preferential exchange rates are available to Reward Silver, Reward Platinum and Reward Black account holders.

Click & Collect

If delivery to your home isn't an option, RBS will deliver your currency to your nearest branch so you can collect it at a convenient time. Just select Branch Collection when placing your order and follow the instructions.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

RBS accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card

NatWest

135 Bishopsgate
London
EC2M 3UR

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 34 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order before 2pm for next working day delivery to your home or nearest branch, or select convenient delivery a date up to 10 days in advance. Orders over £500 are delivered free, otherwise a £5.00 delivery charge will apply. Preferential exchange rates are available to Reward Silver, Reward Platinum and Reward Black account holders.

Click & Collect

If delivery to your home isn't an option, NatWest will deliver your currency to your nearest branch so you can collect it at a convenient time. Just select Branch Collection when placing your order and follow the instructions.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

NatWest accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash (in-store collection only)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card

Barclays

1 Churchill Place
London
E14 5HP

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 34 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Currency can be ordered for home delivery but payment must be made with a Barclays debit or credit card. Minimum order £50 with no delivery charges. Order by 1pm for next working day delivery.

Click & Collect

Order for collection at any Barclays Bank branch.

Payment Methods

The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

Barclays accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card

US dollar travel money rate over the past 90 days

-2.74%

The US dollar exchange rate is currently 2.74% lower than it was 90 days ago, having dropped from 1.2906 on the 22nd February to 1.2553 today. This means £750 will buy you $26.47 less right now than it would have back in February. During this period, the lowest rate we recorded was 1.2873 on the 21st May and the highest rate was 1.317 on the 27th February.

Get a better deal on your US dollars

We compare the best pound to US dollar exchange rates from dozens of the UK's biggest currency suppliers including the Post Office, supermarkets, high street banks and specialist online travel money providers so you can see in an instant who is offering the top deals.

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If you've returned from holiday with some leftover US dollars, exchange them back into pounds sterling at the best buy back rate. Post your currency or exchange it at your nearest store, no receipt necessary.

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How do I buy US dollars?

Using our comparison form at the top of the page, enter the amount of US dollars you want to buy, select your preferred payment method(s) and click 'Compare Deals'. We'll return a list of UK currency suppliers who are selling US dollars right now along with their latest exchange rates and delivery information. The results are sorted in order of who is offering the most US dollars after all fees and delivery charges have been added which means the best deals are always at the top of the table. Choose the supplier you want to order with and follow the link to their website where you can place your order with them directly.

When is the best time to buy US dollars?

It is impossible for us to predict the best time to buy US dollars. We provide some historical exchange rate data in the chart above so you can see the overall trend, but beyond that we cannot offer any advice on when to buy. Our advice is to not worry too much about trying to perfectly time the market. Unless you are buying tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of currency, the daily changes in exchange rates do not make a huge difference to the amount of currency you'll receive.

Can I collect my US dollars in person?

Yes, some currency suppliers do allow you to collect US dollars from them in person. We have a dedicated Click & Collect page where you can find the nearest supplier in your area. If you plan on collecting in person, we recommend ordering or reserving your US dollars online first on the supplier's website to guarantee the exchange rate. Some suppliers offer lower exchange rates if you walk in off the street, but you can usually order online in advance and collect your currency in store at the better online rate.

How long does Delivery take?

Most currency suppliers will dispatch your order on the same or next working day after they receive your payment, and all orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a fully-insured and guaranteed Next Working Day service. However, just in case any unexpected delays crop up we recommend ordering no later than 3 working days before you are due to travel. If you've left it too late for home delivery, check out our Click & Collect page to find a local US dollar supplier near you. We cover most UK airports, so in the worst case scenario you can reserve your currency online (at the better online rate) and pick it up from the departure lounge before you fly.

Do I have to be at home when my currency is delivered?

No. All currency is sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a fully-insured and guaranteed Next Working Day service. Somebody at your address will need to sign for the package but if nobody is home when the postman attempts to deliver, they'll leave a missed delivery card and you can either collect the package from your nearest sorting office or arrange for it to be re-delivered on a more convenient day.

Can I have my US dollars sent to a different address?

Generally, no. This is ultimately at the discretion of the currency supplier, but most suppliers will only deliver to the home address of the person paying for the currency (i.e. the card or bank account holder's address). This is for security reasons because a signature is required when the currency is delivered, and signatures from work or other addresses can be unreliable and difficult to prove.

What happens if the package goes missing during delivery?

All currency is sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a fully-insured and guaranteed Next Working Day service. This type of postage is more secure than standard post and is meant specifically for high-value and important items because tracking is enabled by default and a signature is required as proof of delivery. It is very rare for a Special Delivery package to go missing, but in the unlikely event that it does you will be completely reimbursed by Royal Mail for the full value of the currency and the cost of postage.

What payment method should I use?

The payment method you choose is important because it affects whether or not you pay any extra fees during checkout, and also whether you are financially protected in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with the supplier. We have written a more detailed guide about choosing a payment method on our blog: A guide to payment methods.

Are there any limits on the amount of US dollars I can order?

Most, but not all, currency suppliers have a minimum and a maximum amount you can order from them, however we automatically factor these into our comparisons so if you tell us exactly how much you want to spend we'll only return suppliers that can fulfill your request. Most suppliers also have a minimum amount that you can order from them to qualify for free home delivery; if you order less than this amount you can still get your order delivered by you'll have to pay for postage. Again, we automatically factor these charges into our comparisons so you don't need to worry about any hidden costs during checkout.

Is ordering online safe and secure?

All of the currency suppliers we compare use SSL encryption as standard on their ordering pages. This means that when you place an order, a secure connection is created between you and the supplier and your personal and payment details are transmitted using the same level of encryption as online banking.

Am I financially protected if something goes wrong with the supplier?

The level of financial protection you receive is determined by the payment method you choose. For more information see our FAQ above: What payment method should I use?

What checks does Compare Holiday Money carry out on the listed suppliers?

All currency suppliers are required to complete a comprehensive onboarding questionnaire before we list them on the Compare Holiday Money website. This questionnaire provides us with information on the supplier's background, financial history, directors and technical capabilities, as well as document any legal and regulatory requirements the supplier may have. Our compliance team verify the answers by cross-referencing them with various online registers such as Companies House, the Supervised Business Register and the Financial Conduct Authority, and we then make a decision as to whether to list them. Once a supplier has been listed we run regular audits to check the ongoing status and accuracy of the information provided, and if any issues are flagged up we immediately suspend the listing until the supplier corrects the issue or provides us with clarification. Despite these stringent checks, we cannot guarantee the solvency of any suppliers who appear on the Compare Holiday Money website and we urge all customers to conduct their own research before transacting with a company.

Do I need to provide ID or other documents?

It depends. You may need to provide some ID, typically a copy of your passport or driver's licence, depending on how much currency you are ordering. Most suppliers won't ask for ID if you're ordering less than £1,000 but most will if you're ordering £2,500 or more. If you're ordering £10,000 or more you may need to provide additional information on the source of the funds. The exact requirements vary from supplier to supplier, but they will make it clear what form(s) of ID and other documents they require before you place an order.

Can I sell back any unused US dollars?

Yes, we have a section of our website dedicated to currency buybacks: Exchange US dollars for pounds sterling.

Can I send money to a bank account in the USA instead?

Yes, we can facilitate the transfer of currency into an overseas bank account; see our Money Transfers page for more information.

The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States of America and numerous other countries and territories including the British and US Virgin Islands, Purto Rico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Haiti, Guam, and Panama. Many other countries also unofficially accept the US dollar alongside their own official currency. US dollars use the currency code USD and the symbol $. One dollar can be sub-divided into 100¢ cents, and for accounting purposes it can also be sub-divided into 1000₥ mills. US dollar banknotes are printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and issued by the Federal Reserve of America. Coins are minted by the U.S. Mint. The US dollar is the most traded currency in the world and is often used to set the price of major global commodities such as oil.

It is not known how the dollar $ symbol came to be associated with US dollars. One of the most popular theories is the symbol is an amalgamation of 'U' and 'S', although use of the dollar sign predates the formation of the United States so this casts major doubt on the theory. The first dollar coins were based on the look and value of the old Spanish 'pieces of eight' dollar; a 15th century coin made of solid silver which remained legal tender in the United States until 1857. The first US Dollar coins were struck in 1792 by the newly founded U.S. Mint.

By law, US banknotes must only feature portraits of deceased individuals, and during modern times this dubious honor has usually reserved for former president. US banknotes are produced in the denominations of $1 (showing George Washington), $2 (Thomas Jefferson), $5 (Abraham Lincoln, $10 (Alexander Hamilton), $20 (Andrew Jackson), $50 (Ulysses S. Grant), £100 (Benjamin Franklin). Coins are minted in denominations of 1¢ (called a penny), 5¢ (a nickel), 10¢ (a dime), 25¢ (a quarter), 50¢ (a half) and a $1 dollar coin.

Most British passport holders can obtain entry to the USA with an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). This will allow entry to the country for up to 90 days for tourism, some business visits and onward travel to another country. You can arrange your ESTA through the US Customs website. Your passport must describe you as a "British Citizen" or be a ePassport with the correct symbol on the front - for more information see the U.S Department of Homeland Security.

Your entry to the USA may be restricted or refused under certain criteria or conditions, including if you have ever arrested for or convicted of certain crimes, or if you are a dual national of, or have travelled to certain Middle East countries. Be aware that obtaining an ESTA is separate from providing advance passenger information with your airline and you should allow at least 72 hours to complete the process before you depart. If you travel to certain other countries from the USA, you should be able to re-enter on the same ESTA proving it is within the 90 day limit. If you don't qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program you can apply for a visa from the US Embassy where you will also find a lot more information about entering the country.

You should also be aware:

  • You cannot travel to the United States on a UK Emergency Travel Document (ETD).
  • There are restrictions on certain types of prescription drugs and medicines that you can take into the USA.
  • If you are travelling with children under 18 you may be asked to provide extra documents.
  • If you travel from Cuba you may be asked to provide evidence of your purpose for visiting Cuba.