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moneysupermarket.com has got an offer for ESCAPE prepaid mastercard.

It costs £9.99 but if you top up your card with a minimum of £100 in the first 90 days they will refund your application fee.

Transaction Fees

UK purchase transactions Free
UK ATM withdrawals* £0.99
Overseas purchase transactions Free
Overseas ATM withdrawals* n/a £2 £2
Top Up Fees
Phones 4u – Cash Free
Phones 4u – Credit Card 4% of load
Phones 4u – Debit Card 99p
Bank Transfer (BACS) Free
PayPoint 3% (max £2.49)
Post Office £0.99 (max £250)
Online Credit Card 4% (max £750 load per 24 hour period)
Online Debit Card Load 99p (max £750 load per 24 hour period
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1 Like #1
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A free SIM card for fifteen squid!

I'd be surprised if there weren't ongoing costs associated with this prepaid card. If not break it down why I haven't got one already.

Seven quid per journey saving. #@$ Where's the pound sign today?
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I wont ever fly with them after i foofed up my booking. I didn't read the T&C's, (thought i knew it all).
But what really got me was the charges that got added on because i used my Visa card. The extra costs were more than the flight. I didn't notice the very small writing that told about the charges. Then i realised i had made a mistake and they wouldn't let me cancel the flight and changing the date would have cost me double the flight price.

Sooooo, i will never use Ryanair out of principle. It seems to me that their site was set up to trap numpties like me, lol


I wont vote yet until i know how this works but i feel better now i have said my bit :D

Edited By: mymymy on Jun 20, 2011 08:32
#3
I voted hot as I have this card. I travel by RyanAir a lot so it has saved me lots of payment fees. I suspect people are voting this cold because of RyanAir.

However there are other good things about the card. The exchange rate is good and you can share money with anyone in the world easily and avoid money transfer fees. Just add another card to the account and send them the second card.
#4
I am gutted that Ryanair now charge to pay with Visa Electron. Let me just tell you about my experiences of Ryanair and the pre-pay Mastercard during the last few days.

A week or so ago I started checking online for flights to Spain. My in-laws live there and I usually end up having to go twice a year.

I found some reasonably good flights from 19th - 29th July - the total came to £183 before adding on a suitcase (£40) and then they were trying to charge me another £48 for the privilege of paying by debit card, credit card, or blood. £48 on top of a £183 total? Ouch.

I decided to apply for the pre-pay Mastercard. What an absolute nightmare. It cost £9.99 to buy the thing in the first place, and it didn't arrive for over a week. By which time the flights had gone up by £100. Oh, and to transfer funds onto it online it takes 3 days.

So you apply for the card, wait for it to arrive, activate it, transfer the funds onto it and wait 3 days for it to clear, try to book the flights and realise there isn't enough money on the card because the prices have increased. So you transfer more funds over. Another 3 days. And so it goes on!

Also, I activated the card at the post office, with the "minimal loading fee" of £20 and I have no idea where this money has gone, because it hasn't appeared on the card.

As a result of all of this, I am worse off by about £60 and have flights on dates and times that are not as convenient as if I'd just booked the ones I saw originally, and paid the £48 fee.

I hope this bloody card comes in useful in the future.

My advice is avoid the pre-pay Mastercard. It is way more trouble than it is worth. Avoid Ryanair if at all possible!


Edited By: Badbear on Jun 20, 2011 14:16
#5
Badbear
I am gutted that Ryanair now charge to pay with Visa Electron. Let me just tell you about my experiences of Ryanair and the pre-pay Mastercard during the last few days.

A week or so ago I started checking online for flights to Spain. My in-laws live there and I usually end up having to go twice a year.

I found some reasonably good flights from 19th - 29th July - the total came to £183 before adding on a suitcase (£40) and then they were trying to charge me another £48 for the privilege of paying by debit card, credit card, or blood. £48 on top of a £183 total? Ouch.

I decided to apply for the pre-pay Mastercard. What an absolute nightmare. It cost £9.99 to buy the thing in the first place, and it didn't arrive for over a week. By which time the flights had gone up by £100. Oh, and to transfer funds onto it online it takes 3 days.

So you apply for the card, wait for it to arrive, activate it, transfer the funds onto it and wait 3 days for it to clear, try to book the flights and realise there isn't enough money on the card because the prices have increased. So you transfer more funds over. Another 3 days. And so it goes on!

Also, I activated the card at the post office, with the "minimal loading fee" of £20 and I have no idea where this money has gone, because it hasn't appeared on the card.

As a result of all of this, I am worse off by about £60 and have flights on dates and times that are not as convenient as if I'd just booked the ones I saw originally, and paid the £48 fee.

I hope this bloody card comes in useful in the future.

My advice is avoid the pre-pay Mastercard. It is way more trouble than it is worth. Avoid Ryanair if at all possible!




What a crap experience! If i was going to get one of these cards i wouldn't now. I bet you needed a holiday after all that . :D
#6
Why not just get FairFX card which is free with link (which I forget but is easily findable) ?
#7
Rom
Why not just get FairFX card which is free with link (which I forget but is easily findable) ?


'Cos of this "The £ card incurs 1.4% cost on all transactions" - no transaction fees with Escape. You can buy an Escape card at Phones4U then top it up there and then for free and book flights straightaway if you wanted to.
#8
shirlsky
Rom
Why not just get FairFX card which is free with link (which I forget but is easily findable) ?


'Cos of this "The £ card incurs 1.4% cost on all transactions" - no transaction fees with Escape. You can buy an Escape card at Phones4U then top it up there and then for free and book flights straightaway if you wanted to.

I see. Thanks for pointing that out :)
#9
I am nowhere near a Phones4U!
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Best way is to use Travel Republic....you can book the Ryanair flights through them and only get a £7.00 booking fee, if I had booked the same flights with Ryanair it would of cost me £60.00
#11
Great card I have to say... Just received my £9.99 back. And When I went to a phones4u to pay some money in it was on my card within 30 minutes, No charges for paying with cash. Paid for my ryanair flights and saved some money.

Really recommend this one!!
#12
Just heard a ryanair puppet on BBc breakfast today. "The OFT are wrong in saying it's a credit card charge, we don't charge for credit cards because the fees are clearly avoidable by using a prepaid mastercard".

Which isn't a credit card. So they DO charge for credit cards ....

MUPPET!

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