Prepaid currency cards are a safe, cheap and convenient way to spend abroad. Intended to be a replacement for Travellers Cheques, prepaid currency cards offer the flexibility and chip-and-pin security of a standard UK bank card, but with much better exchange rates and no fees or commission. We compare some of the top prepaid currency cards on the market so you can find the best card to suit your needs.
When you apply for a prepaid card, you typically load it with an initial amount of money which is added to the card balance in electronic format. If you are applying for a card in a specific currency (e.g. Euros), you will be offered an exchange rate similar to if you were buying cash. This exchange rate is used to calculate the amount of funds that will be added to your card. If you opt for a multi-currency card, your balance will remain in Pounds Sterling and will be exchanged into the local currency when you make a purchase.
Purchases made on the card will be deducted from your overall balance, and once your balance reaches zero you will be unable to use it again until you reload it. You can top-up again at any time using a variety of different methods including by Phone, Internet, and Credit/Debit Card. This feature makes currency cards perfect for travelling on a budget or as a family because you know exactly how much you are spending and won't be greeted with any bills when you return home!
All of the prepaid cards we compare can be used anywhere in the world that accepts Visa or MasterCard. Anyone who is over 18 can obtain a currency card, and most do not require you to have a bank account or undergo any credit checks because they are all paid for in advance. There is no risk of going overdrawn with a prepaid card, and you cannot get into debt with them.
Posted by Matthew Weston on 24th March 2017
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