Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • littlemoney
    • By littlemoney 13th Jul 18, 8:57 PM
    • 251Posts
    • 158Thanks
    littlemoney
    Using Clarity card and ensuring charge is in euros
    • #1
    • 13th Jul 18, 8:57 PM
    Using Clarity card and ensuring charge is in euros 13th Jul 18 at 8:57 PM
    I recently got the Halifax Clarity card to buy an item from a german web site in euros. When making payment using the only option of Paypal, whereby I selected Paypal guest log in where I entered the details of my clarity card. I was then asked the following:

    Pay in your currency using the PayPal conversion rate
      • Exchange rate: 1.0000 GBP = !!!8364;1.0822 EUR
      • This rate is 3.50% above the foreign exchange rate provided by PayPal's financial partners.
      • Amount you'll pay: 58.95 GBP
    • Pay in the merchant's currency
      • Exchange rate: Your card issuer will determine the foreign exchange rate you pay. To find out the exchange rate, contact your card issuer.
      • Amount you'll pay: Final amount determined by your card issuer, including any applicable fees.

    I am confused as to what is the difference between these two options and which I should select.

    I didn't log in to my Paypal account as I wanted to use the Clarity card especially as I can get a 20 cashback if I make a transaction in a foreign currency by 30 Sep 2018. I am unclear as to which of the two options would ensure the charge on my Clarity card was in euros

    As this is my first purchase in a foreign currency any advice would be appreciated.
Page 1
    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 13th Jul 18, 9:25 PM
    • 1,309 Posts
    • 914 Thanks
    dj1471
    • #2
    • 13th Jul 18, 9:25 PM
    • #2
    • 13th Jul 18, 9:25 PM
    The first option converts to GBP at a rate that costs about 3% (last time I checked). The second option charges you in the foreign currency allowing the Clarity to convert the currency, which is the option you always want to choose.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 13th Jul 18, 9:44 PM
    • 3,820 Posts
    • 1,989 Thanks
    eDicky
    • #3
    • 13th Jul 18, 9:44 PM
    • #3
    • 13th Jul 18, 9:44 PM
    Yes, choose the option to pay in the merchant's currency, allowing your card to convert your pounds at the ideal MasterCard rate. Allowing PayPal to convert would defeat the purpose of using a card such as Clarity.
    • littlemoney
    • By littlemoney 14th Jul 18, 8:20 AM
    • 251 Posts
    • 158 Thanks
    littlemoney
    • #4
    • 14th Jul 18, 8:20 AM
    • #4
    • 14th Jul 18, 8:20 AM
    Thanks for the advice. I have placed my order as I know what to do now.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

109Posts Today

1,677Users online

Martin's Twitter