Got a travel credit or debit card you haven't recently used?

With coronavirus halting travel for many, you might not have used your specialist travel debit or credit card for several years. 

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  • redux
    redux Posts: 22,976 Forumite
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    edited 2 December 2021 at 10:58AM
    You forgot to put the actual link 

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2021/12/got-a-travel-credit-card-that-you-haven-t-used-for-a-while--chec/

    It strikes me the list is rather incomplete, not mentioning a couple of prepaid cards that MSE used to recommend.
  • @MSE_Sophie Can you let Josh Kirby know that Chase current account does now support Google Pay, so his article is incorrect, in that aspect.

    Cheers
  • EarthBoy
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    Another rubbish MSE article. I wouldn't describe any of the cards mentioned as "specialist travel cards".  That implies they are solely intended for use abroad. They're ordinary credit cards and current accounts which offer certain advantages when you use them abroad.

    Also, any card can be cancelled if you never use it, not just one which offers benefits for travellers.
  • eskbanker
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    EarthBoy said:
    Another rubbish MSE article. I wouldn't describe any of the cards mentioned as "specialist travel cards".  That implies they are solely intended for use abroad. They're ordinary credit cards and current accounts which offer certain advantages when you use them abroad.

    Also, any card can be cancelled if you never use it, not just one which offers benefits for travellers.
    Harsh - seems to me that the cards mentioned are the usual suspects for advantageous non-sterling rates, and I'm not even aware of any UK-issued cards that are "solely intended for use abroad", do you have any in mind?

    And while you're right about the standard principle of dormancy cancellation, the working assumption here is presumably that cards acquired specifically with travel in mind are more likely than most to have been left unused during the pandemic?
  • DCFC79
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    I agree none of the cards are specialist cards, one of the benefits of the cards mentioned is they can be used abroad as well as in the UK. Revolut is one that was missed out.
  • EarthBoy
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    eskbanker said:
    EarthBoy said:
    Another rubbish MSE article. I wouldn't describe any of the cards mentioned as "specialist travel cards".  That implies they are solely intended for use abroad. They're ordinary credit cards and current accounts which offer certain advantages when you use them abroad.

    Also, any card can be cancelled if you never use it, not just one which offers benefits for travellers.
     I'm not even aware of any UK-issued cards that are "solely intended for use abroad", do you have any in mind?
    I'm not aware of any either, but the MSE article reads as if that's solely what all the cards mentioned are for.  It's very poorly written. 
  • zagfles
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    eskbanker said:
    EarthBoy said:
    Another rubbish MSE article. I wouldn't describe any of the cards mentioned as "specialist travel cards".  That implies they are solely intended for use abroad. They're ordinary credit cards and current accounts which offer certain advantages when you use them abroad.

    Also, any card can be cancelled if you never use it, not just one which offers benefits for travellers.
    Harsh - seems to me that the cards mentioned are the usual suspects for advantageous non-sterling rates, and I'm not even aware of any UK-issued cards that are "solely intended for use abroad", do you have any in mind?

    And while you're right about the standard principle of dormancy cancellation, the working assumption here is presumably that cards acquired specifically with travel in mind are more likely than most to have been left unused during the pandemic?
    Exactly, I've got 3 cards I only ever use abroad, or for foreign currency transactions, because they don't markup the VISA/Mastercard exchange rate like the vast majority of credit and debit cards do. My card for normal use in the UK is a cashback card.
    So it's a useful article. I've managed to get abroad a few times over the last couple of years so I'm OK but I guess a lot of people haven't, so a useful reminder.

  • eskbanker
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    EarthBoy said:
    eskbanker said:
    EarthBoy said:
    Another rubbish MSE article. I wouldn't describe any of the cards mentioned as "specialist travel cards".  That implies they are solely intended for use abroad. They're ordinary credit cards and current accounts which offer certain advantages when you use them abroad.

    Also, any card can be cancelled if you never use it, not just one which offers benefits for travellers.
     I'm not even aware of any UK-issued cards that are "solely intended for use abroad", do you have any in mind?
    I'm not aware of any either, but the MSE article reads as if that's solely what all the cards mentioned are for.  It's very poorly written. 
    I'm still not seeing it as negatively as you do - it's clearly identified as a companion piece to their main travel cards guide, and a quick look at the history of that shows that they've consistently labelled such cards as "specialist travel cards" for many years!  Personally I don't infer any connotations of "solely intended for use abroad" from that phrase (or from the rest of either article for that matter) but you obviously read it differently....
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