PayPal charges

cybernurse Forumite Posts: 19
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Hi all - I have a PayPal account.  I want to pay a USA holiday company in dollars for an upcoming trip. They sent me a link to their PayPal account. I have been in contact with the help centre and I’m told “personal payment sent to international account, there will be a fee of 5% of the transaction amount. The minimum fee is GBP0.99 and the maximum fee is GBP £2.99. 
Has anyone made such a payment and does anyone know the true transaction costs?


  • born_again
    born_again Forumite Posts: 11,741
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    Can't comment on the fee's but it should be on the PP site the charges.
    Just make sure the payment is not via friends & family. As you lose any cover.
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  • sausage_time
    sausage_time Forumite, Ambassador Posts: 569
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    Don't they take credit or debit cards?  (Use one of the travel ones if so!)   
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  • artyboy
    artyboy Forumite Posts: 612
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    Is this some sort of specialist trip that only a US based company is offering? I'd agree with the previous comment that if they don't accept credit cards then I'd be very wary of paying this way - yes PayPal have their own buyer protection offering but it's not S75. 

    And that's before even considering the charges - does PP give a near perfect FX rate like the travel credit cards, or will you lose out there?
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