You may not have noticed but we have made a couple of subtle changes to our site recently. At the top of the page it used to read ‘Exchange Rates‘, ‘Travel Insurance‘ and ‘Currency Cards‘. If you look now you will see that currency cards have over taken travel insurance, we are also linking to them in our main navigation on the left which is also new. These are not big changes and one would have thought not much to warrant writing a blog about.
The thing is that we think that currency cards are finally coming of age and you should really be considering one if you think you will be spending more than a few hundred pounds on holiday. It is the combination of better exchange rates, chip and pin security and the separation from your bank account (if you lose your currency card you do not have to cancel all your bank cards) that make a winning package. We recently featured on BBC’s rip off Britain as the currency comparison site they chose to show in their consumer advice and they also made the case for using a currency card. The same was true on Channel 4’s Waste Not Want Not.
It has taken a long time for a really viable alternative to the travellers cheque to emerge but that is the role that currency cards fit into and they do the job well. As with travellers cheques you would not take them as your sole form of currency and you should not do the same with currency cards but the combination works perfectly.
We have recently upgraded our comparison page and now it is the most authoritative card comparison page on the web and every week we are signing up more card providers. So before you buy your travel money at least consider whether a card plus cash may not be a better option.