Prepaid cards Euro and Dollar prepaid cards reviewed
Best Euro and Dollar prepaid cards
If you're heading to a country that uses the Euro or US Dollar as its currency, the prepaid cards in the table below are ranked by a combination of exchange rate, load and ATM fees. By loading the card with Euros or Dollars before you travel, you can set the exchange rate at a time when rates are in your favour.
Sterling prepaid cards are not restricted to a particular currency and our analysis shows in some cases they can work out as better value than their Euro/Dollar counterparts.
A credit card with low fees on overseas spending can offer the best solution on card purchases made abroad as long as the bill is paid off in full each month.
Scenario 1: Total cost of making two €50 purchases and three €50 cash withdrawals from an ATM abroad, based on average exchange rate offered over 5 separate days in February 2014
Scenario 2: As scenario 1, but making two $50 purchases and three $50 cash withdrawals (provider's fees included)
The table is ranked by Scenario 1
Key: DC = Debit Card
- £10 deposit paid for card, repaid in your first balance
- Also available in Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, South African Rand
- There is an inactivity fee of $3.50 for the Dollar card and €3 on the Euro card if the card is not used for 12 consecutive months
- Top up fee may vary according to branch
- 1% cashback can be earned on purchases. Cashback goes back on the card in the following month
- There is a €2.50 inactivity fee for the Euro Currency Card and $3 for the US Dollar Currency Card
- £0.99 to load debit, 4% credit card
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