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    • MSE Helen Saxon
    • By MSE Helen Saxon 28th May 15, 11:15 AM
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    Prepaid Travel Cards guide
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    Prepaid Travel Cards guide 28th May 15 at 11:15 AM
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    • Juicy_fruit
    • By Juicy_fruit 21st Sep 17, 10:09 PM
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    Hi

    Apologies if a repeat post but we're due to visit Hawaii (Oahu) in 3 weeks time and we want to get a couple of pre paid cards. I'm thinking of getting one Visa and one MasterCard but seem to be having difficulty finding a Visa travel money card. Can anyone recommend/suggest one?

    Thanks in advance
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 22nd Sep 17, 11:38 PM
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    Hi

    Apologies if a repeat post but we're due to visit Hawaii (Oahu) in 3 weeks time and we want to get a couple of pre paid cards. I'm thinking of getting one Visa and one MasterCard but seem to be having difficulty finding a Visa travel money card. Can anyone recommend/suggest one?

    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by Juicy_fruit
    https://www.barclaycard.co.uk/personal/platinum-travel-credit-card

    If you apply now you may get it in time. But I cannot imagine there will be an issue with just having Mastercards.
    If you were travelling throughout South America, then perhaps.
    • admiral_traveller
    • By admiral_traveller 2nd Oct 17, 7:27 AM
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    Use Monzo prepaid travel card to pay for flights?
    Hi there,
    I have a Monzo pre-paid travel card and am looking to book some flights with Eurowings. The flight costs and payments are in euros and I wondered if it was wise to use my Monzo travel card to pay for these flights as it will give me the best exchange rate.
    However, I am worried about the security of doing so - should I be??! The Monzo card doesn't have my name on it - would that cause a problem?
    My other alternative is to use my normal Barclaycard and accept the not so good exchange rate but have the protection of using a credit card ..

    Any advice would be appreciated!
    Thanks
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 2nd Oct 17, 8:25 AM
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    Hi there,
    I have a Monzo pre-paid travel card and am looking to book some flights with Eurowings. The flight costs and payments are in euros and I wondered if it was wise to use my Monzo travel card to pay for these flights as it will give me the best exchange rate.
    However, I am worried about the security of doing so - should I be??! The Monzo card doesn't have my name on it - would that cause a problem?
    My other alternative is to use my normal Barclaycard and accept the not so good exchange rate but have the protection of using a credit card ..
    Originally posted by admiral_traveller
    No problem to use your Monzo for the flight purchase in euros, the lack of your name on the plastic is not relevant. Beware that their system may try to bill you in pounds at a unfavorable rate when it detects UK card details entered, if so look for an option to opt out. You will lack S75 protection but a chargeback is possible in case of failure to supply, but that's unlikely.
    • Pedrobandito
    • By Pedrobandito 9th Oct 17, 10:05 AM
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    Am off to Vegas this week and taking my Monzo & Starling cards. I haven't used them abroad before so what do I need to do when spending on them or getting cash out to make sure I get the best rate?


    Thanks and sorry for being an idiot
    • heatherw_01
    • By heatherw_01 9th Oct 17, 10:49 AM
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    Am off to Vegas this week and taking my Monzo & Starling cards. I haven't used them abroad before so what do I need to do when spending on them or getting cash out to make sure I get the best rate?


    Thanks and sorry for being an idiot
    Originally posted by Pedrobandito
    Haven't used Starling, but with monzo if you are using a device that used the magstrip and not chip and pin then you need to activate the magstrip in the app which lasts 24 hours
    I'm the Board Guide on Quick Grabbit, Freebies, Overseas Holidays & Travel Planning and the UK Holidays, Days Out & Entertainments boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge posts there. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com.
    • Pedrobandito
    • By Pedrobandito 10th Oct 17, 1:58 PM
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    Thanks, didn't know about that but have had a look through the app and found this option so I know where it is now if I need it.
    • taylaz41
    • By taylaz41 11th Oct 17, 5:27 PM
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    Help with what to use on a backpacking trip
    Hello all,

    My partner and I are having a break from work life and going backpacking for 6+months in January 2018. We've been researching into whats the best way to spend/withdraw cash whilst we're out but we've hit a bit of a stumbling block with whats the best to take.

    FYI - I don't want to use my debit card to withdraw/spend

    I was thinking of either;
    1. Using prepaid travel cards, we've got a Revolut card already but also thinking of using Monzo & FairFX (realise we need to act quickly if we want to use a Monzo card)

    OR

    2. Go for the 'specialised' credit card (Barclays or Halifax) and just set up a direct debit to repay our outgoings each month. We are going backpacking so the max credit limit (which I believe is around £1200) should be fine per month.

    Does anyone have any recommendations of which one we should go for? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 12th Oct 17, 1:41 AM
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    Does anyone have any recommendations of which one we should go for?
    Originally posted by taylaz41
    Relying on only one card for such a trip would be a serious mistake, any card can fail, be lost or stolen, or be declined for some reason occasionally. Take the Revolut, Monzo and/or Starling Bank, and a specialist credit card or two. Pay by card whenever possible.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 12th Oct 17, 1:33 PM
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    Hi all

    If you're looking to get a Monzo prepaid card if you apply via the link in our guide by Tuesday you can skip the queue. There's full info in the guide:

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/prepaid-travel-cards#monzo
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 13-10-2017 at 10:41 AM.
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    • Pedrobandito
    • By Pedrobandito 13th Oct 17, 8:37 AM
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    Help, am I supposed to choose to pay in £ or $ when the option comes up on my Monzo & Starling
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 13th Oct 17, 9:59 AM
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    Help, am I supposed to choose to pay in £ or $ when the option comes up on my Monzo & Starling
    Originally posted by Pedrobandito
    Always pay in dollars if the choice is given, so that your card does the currency cinversion, as intended. Never choose pounds and allow the merchant or ATM to convert at their own adverse rates. But I don't think this 'service' is as commonly offered in the US as it is elsewhere.
    • Pedrobandito
    • By Pedrobandito 13th Oct 17, 12:47 PM
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    Thanks eDicky ��
    • gregdfc
    • By gregdfc 23rd Oct 17, 1:45 PM
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    Hello,

    I'm struggling to find the close to perfect travel card.

    Going to Norway (Bergen) for a few days. Thinking of getting a travel card. but would like a travel card with no or very low fees. Easy to use, and one that could be topped up by family (in case I run out money), back home in the UK. I do travel a lot and never really thought of a travel card before.

    Any ideas on which ones are good? I leave 6th Nov.


    Thanks

    Greg
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 23rd Oct 17, 8:26 PM
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    EveryWhere
    Hello,

    I'm struggling to find the close to perfect travel card.

    Going to Norway (Bergen) for a few days. Thinking of getting a travel card. but would like a travel card with no or very low fees. Easy to use, and one that could be topped up by family (in case I run out money), back home in the UK. I do travel a lot and never really thought of a travel card before.

    Any ideas on which ones are good? I leave 6th Nov.


    Thanks

    Greg
    Originally posted by gregdfc
    starlingbank.com/travel/

    If you run out of money, they can transfer money to your bank account.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 24th Oct 17, 12:54 AM
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    Any ideas on which ones are good? I leave 6th Nov.
    Originally posted by gregdfc
    You are leaving it a bit late, sign up for the best ones and hope you receive a card or two in time - Starling Bank, Loot, Revolut.

    In SE England you can open a Metro Bank account in branch (only) and be issued with the debit card immediately, fee free in Europe.
    Last edited by eDicky; Today at 1:05 AM.
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