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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Flights, Currency & Car Hire
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SeanpSeanp Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Flights, Currency & Car Hire
Hello,


I'm a bit of a novice at this and really unsure of how I go and convent my money. Times before I have just used Debenhams but now I've looked on money comparison websites where they say they want a direct bank transfer of money(travelfx travel money) and the travel debit card (Weswap) but never used that before. Has any one used travelFX or Weswap before. If so how was it? I see on the travel credit cards are mentioned but really don't want to do that and if any one has any other hints and tips that would be great.


Thanks

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  • EveryWhereEveryWhere
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    https://www.starlingbank.com/travel/

    It's a debit card, not credit.

    If you want to change to US$ before you arrive; https://www.revolut.com
    You can search for a promo link in order to receive the card for free. The caveat with this method, will be that you can only withdraw US$200 per month for free. Purchases cost nothing.

    The biggest problem you will have in refusing to carry a credit card, will be hotel deposits, fuel etc
    The hotel/petrol station will put a hold on your money wherein you won't have access to it for up to two weeks.
  • edited 19 August 2019 at 3:49PM
    SeanpSeanp Forumite
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    edited 19 August 2019 at 3:49PM
    Thank you luckily all hotel payments have been paid and I don't need money for fuel(all public transport for me) At the moment I want to give a pre-card/Debit card first to give it a try and use for uber so I don't get charged twice. I will have a look at those.


    Has any one here used Weswap at all and have any good/bad reviews about them. I had a friend tell me about them. I love him to death but he has been scammed before. The reviews look good on trustpilot but wanted to see other peoples views.
  • eDickyeDicky Forumite
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    WeSwap is unnecessary complication, having to exchange in advance at less than perfect rates, then change back again what you don't use.

    Keep your money in pounds until each transaction with the simplicity of the Starling Bank account, Monzo as backup.
    Evolution, not revolution
  • steve1500steve1500 Forumite
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    The hotel will still want a card to swipe. Mini bar /bar tab/ damage etc
    Private Parking Tickets - Make sure you put your Subject Access Request in after 25th May 2018 - It's free & ask for everything, don't forget the DVLA :D
  • SeanpSeanp Forumite
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    Has any one got any reviews on the starling bank? I see lots of good review but there are some bad ones in the mix.


    Thanks
  • alwaysskint96alwaysskint96 Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
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    Seanp wrote: »
    Has any one got any reviews on the starling bank? I see lots of good review but there are some bad ones in the mix.


    Thanks


    Used all the time for loads of trips- never any issue
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