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    • Rob321
    • By Rob321 17th Jun 17, 12:23 PM
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    Overseas Debit Card
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    • 17th Jun 17, 12:23 PM
    Overseas Debit Card 17th Jun 17 at 12:23 PM
    Now N&P are closing their current accounts, which is the best debit card to swap to to use overseas (outside europe included)?

    Thanks in advance...
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 17th Jun 17, 12:30 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 12:30 PM
    Guide includes debit as well as credit cards
    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/travel-credit-cards
    Also http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/overseas-card-charges
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    • Rob321
    • By Rob321 17th Jun 17, 12:45 PM
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    Thanks, I saw that already, but its 12 months out of date, just wanted to know what other people were using or planning to use in the near future when n&p closes their current accounts soon.
    • YorkshireBoy
    • By YorkshireBoy 17th Jun 17, 12:55 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 12:55 PM
    Thanks, I saw that already, but its 12 months out of date, just wanted to know what other people were using or planning to use in the near future when n&p closes their current accounts soon.
    Originally posted by Rob321
    Whilst the second article is dated June 2016, the first article is "updated weekly". It says so at the very top!

    Indeed, Starling Bank (recommended for worldwide) has only been around a few weeks.

    Maybe read the first one again?
    • eskbanker
    • By eskbanker 17th Jun 17, 1:01 PM
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    • 17th Jun 17, 1:01 PM
    I suspect OP was referring to the second one (covering debit cards) which does indeed state that it was last updated in June 2016. That doesn't necessarily make it out of date though, if there are no significant changes to credit and debit card charges since then....

    OP, you might wish to read the thread from when this was originally news as various ideas were kicked around then: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5592031

    Edit: I now see that the first piece, despite its title, includes debit cards as well!
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 17th Jun 17, 1:56 PM
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    just wanted to know what other people were using or planning to use in the near future when n&p closes their current accounts soon.
    Originally posted by Rob321
    I'm already using Starling Bank, the card has been working perfectly in various countries. Transactions appear instantly on the excellent app, with the rate and details updated on settlement a day or two later. Also Monzo, Revolut, Clarity etc.
    • Rob321
    • By Rob321 20th Jun 17, 2:22 PM
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    I'm already using Starling Bank, the card has been working perfectly in various countries. Transactions appear instantly on the excellent app, with the rate and details updated on settlement a day or two later. Also Monzo, Revolut, Clarity etc.
    Originally posted by eDicky
    Unfortunately MasterCard debit cards arent as widely accepted at ATM's throughout the world (particularly in Asia) as Visa, so would be an issue using Starling, Monzo or Revolut.

    The Clarity you mentioned is the Halifax Credit Card? If so they charge daily interest on cash withdrawals.

    Are there no financial institutions that offer a free Visa Debit Card worldwide withdraw now n&p are closing?
    • mt99
    • By mt99 20th Jun 17, 3:45 PM
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    • 20th Jun 17, 3:45 PM
    a flex plus debit card allows you to withdraw cash abroad without any charges however this is a packaged account - albeit a good one - so may not be for you

    however it does also allow you to apply for a select credit card which doesn't charge you anything for Purchases abroad
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 21st Jun 17, 3:48 AM
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    Unfortunately MasterCard debit cards arent as widely accepted at ATM's throughout the world (particularly in Asia) as Visa, so would be an issue using Starling, Monzo or Revolut.

    The Clarity you mentioned is the Halifax Credit Card? If so they charge daily interest on cash withdrawals.

    Are there no financial institutions that offer a free Visa Debit Card worldwide withdraw now n&p are closing?
    Originally posted by Rob321
    In some African countries Visa is accepted and not MasterCard, but in Asia I've never noticed any lack of acceptance, except in China where neither are generally useful.

    The only remaining VISA card suitable for overseas is probably the Barclaycard Platinum travel card, which uniquely for a CC does not charge daily interest after a cash withdrawal. The Halifax Clarity does, but it's insignificant if you pay it off asap. The Virgin Money Essential account card (£1.50 overseas atm fee) has been VISA but they are changing to MasterCard.
    • catspyjamas21
    • By catspyjamas21 2nd Aug 17, 12:31 AM
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    Now that Virgin Money's debit card is MasterCard rather than Visa does this mean it will attract the slightly better rates?
    • jamie_02
    • By jamie_02 2nd Aug 17, 3:16 AM
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    When I visited Ecuador I found Mastercard accepted at every ATM and Visa machines were as rare as hen's teeth. Was some years ago so may have changed, but there are countries where MC is more common.
    • PinkChampagne
    • By PinkChampagne 3rd Sep 17, 9:49 PM
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    I wouldn't recommend virgin money to use abroad. Unfortunately they don't have 24/7 customer service. I've run into troubles using my card in South America and the response I got from their lost and stolen department was call back tomorrow at 8am. That's 13 hours wait, I've never had this problem with the other major high street banks, they actually want to help you.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 4th Sep 17, 1:55 AM
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    I wouldn't recommend virgin money to use abroad. Unfortunately they don't have 24/7 customer service. I've run into troubles using my card in South America and the response I got from their lost and stolen department was call back tomorrow at 8am. That's 13 hours wait, I've never had this problem with the other major high street banks, they actually want to help you.
    Originally posted by PinkChampagne
    The last thing that you should be doing when you 'run into troubles' using the Virgin Money card (or any other) is to spend your time and money trying to phone customer services. You can email them or wait until you're home, but meanwhile abandon its use and deploy the alternative card(s) that you have taken with you... haven't you..?

    PS - I wrote before seeing your other post.
    Last edited by eDicky; 04-09-2017 at 2:27 AM.
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