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    Weird Prepaid Travel Cards

    Anyone using these?

    I've just signed up for a Revolut card to see how they pan out for me. You can get it for free if you go through a link from MSE ([Only registered and activated users can see links. ]) and not pay the £4.99 delivery for the card. I get the feeling that it would be hard to really tell how better off you are over a long period from using whatever method you currently use.

    That said I figured I'd try it and see how it compares on each individual transaction. Mostly this will be used when I go to see my folks in Spain, so be interesting if its better than using my santander credit card, or converting Euros at the post office the week before I go.

    Monzo is another card I looked at.


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    Default Re: Prepaid Travel Cards

    The wife opened a Starling Bank account and you get paid interest and you can use the card any where with no fee, worked very well when we were away in Lanzarote in September

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    The card I have been using for years is Halifax Clarity mastercard. It's a credit card but you don't get charged any fees for spending abroad or cash withdrawals (you will pay interest from day 1 on withdrawals though but use internet banking to pay it off as you go) and it's not got a weighted exchange rate. I've not exchanged any money for years, just withdraw cash when I land at an airport cash machine so I have some and spend on the card where possible. I also use it for when it's cheaper to pay for goods in USD than GBP on shopping sites.

    I do have a Revolut though as they offered it for free and I've got several friends with Monzo, also read good things about Starling too.


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    Nationwide credeit card for me, 0.5% cashback on sterling, fee free on currency.

    know many people who swear by revoult.

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    I use curve, no need to preload, it piggybacks any card you have and gives you MasterCard's best exchange rate.

    It's free too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonEp View Post
    I use curve, no need to preload, it piggybacks any card you have and gives you MasterCard's best exchange rate.

    It's free too.

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    Can you link American Express to the curve card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ss30 View Post
    Can you link American Express to the curve card?
    Looks like Visa/Mastercard only, never heard of it before but looks good!

    Edit: Maybe their site is just out of date though as looks like it takes Amex, could be a good way for me to use my Amex where places don't accept it!
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    Will read this properly later as mine gets rinsed each month and looks like it may charge a small fee for those payments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    Looks like Visa/Mastercard only, never heard of it before but looks good!

    Edit: Maybe their site is just out of date though as looks like it takes Amex, could be a good way for me to use my Amex where places don't accept it!
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    Will read this properly later as mine gets rinsed each month and looks like it may charge a small fee for those payments.
    That's what I thought, for all of the cash back

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    Default Re: Prepaid Travel Cards

    I use Starling Bank. Much better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Sanchez View Post
    I use Starling Bank. Much better!
    In what way ?


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    I have used both revoult and monz in in Spain, Dubai, India...9 times out of 10 they work just great but very occasionally the payment scanner in stores does not recognise them so handy to have a backup card. Both work great with uber too. In Spain I withdrew £100 from an ATM and I was given E100 so the conversion did not work, I chased this with revoult who gave me back the difference, would haply use them again.

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    Just looked at Starling bank - no way you can open an account without uploading a selfie video of yourself.

    Guess I'm never opening an account with them then.

    Thanks to Northernbloke

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    Default Re: Prepaid Travel Cards

    I have Revolut and Monza, Revolut being the card of choice

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    Default Re: Prepaid Travel Cards

    I did notice on the way back from a recent trip, easyJet wouldn’t accept my Revolut card In flight. But weird...

    Still interested to see what’s better about starling??


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    Default Re: Prepaid Travel Cards

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Overdose View Post
    I did notice on the way back from a recent trip, easyJet wouldnít accept my Revolut card In flight. But weird...

    Still interested to see whatís better about starling??


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    Iíve got both and still use Revolut just seems better to use, maybe itís familiarity.

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