Prepaid cards Sterling prepaid cards reviewed
Best sterling prepaid cards
If you're travelling abroad to a country that doesn't use the Euro or US Dollar as its main currency, or if you're travelling to more than one country, a sterling prepaid card with low top-up fees and foreign exchange markup could offer great value.
Alternatively, a credit card with low fees on overseas spending can work out as the best option for purchases made abroad, as long as the bill is paid off in full each month.
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Table last updated in March 2016. Next update due September 2016.
|Sterling prepaid cards|
|Card name||Foreign exchange mark up||Foreign ATM fee||Top-up fee - debit card||Reload options||Scenario 1 - euros||Scenario 2 - dollars|
|FairFx Anywhere card||1.4%||£1||Free||Internet/Phone/SMS||£276||£255|
|CaxtonFx Global Traveller||2.49%||Free||Free||Internet/Phone/SMS||£2771||£2561|
|Travelex Cash Passport Globe2||2.49%||Free||Free||Internet/Phone/Branch||£277||£256|
|ICE Travellers Cashcard £ Card||0%||Free||2.85%||Internet||£278||£257|
|Monarch Worldwide GB £ Card||2.99%||Free||Free||Internet||£279||£257|
|My Travel Cash Multi-Currency Card||2.99%||Free||Free||Internet/ mobile phone app||£279||£257|
|Escape Travel Money Multi-Currency Card||n/a||£2.253||Free||Internet/ mobile phone app||£283||£260|
|Thomson Sterling Prepaid card||3%||£1.50||2% (£5 min)||Internet/Branch||£287||£265|
|Travelex Cash Passport (GB£)||5.75%||£1.50||2%||Internet/Phone/SMS||£292||£269|
|Endsleigh Prepaid MasterCard||n/a |
Scenario 1: Total cost of making six €25 purchases and two €100 cash withdrawals from an ATM abroad, based on the exchange rates offered on the 1 March 2016. We also factor in load and cash withdrawal fees.
Scenario 2: As scenario 1, but making six $25 purchases and two $100 cash withdrawals (provider's fees included).
1) Based on the MasterCard version of the card.
2) £9.99 cost of the card.
3) Refunded if withdrawal £100+
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