I am on the mailing list for Crown Currency Exchange (they do some very good exchange rates and lots of people I know have used them with no problems at all).
Crown Currency is an online currency exchange company. The rate they are currently offering on Travelex for US Dollars today is 1.63 and Crown are offering 1.72 for the next few days at least!
The emails says:-
Due to the current market turmoil we have had a number of customers who have had to cancel their travel plans due to changes in their circumstances.
As a result of this we have forward contracts for US Dollars and Euros which we will be selling back to the currency markets if they are not filled.
First come, first served! Telephone orders only.
Customers can order any amount of the contracts below - but hurry...grab a bargain while stocks last!
The rate depends on when you want them, but if travelling in Dec they are very good deals, esp for dollars.
Delivery Date Contract Amount Amount Remaining Rate
02/11/09 36,000.00 36,000.00 1.1699
16/11/09 29,500.00 29,500.00 1.1749
14/12/09 42,000.00 42,000.00 1.1771
Week Ending Contract Amount Amount Remaining Rate
09/11/09 28,000.00 28,000.00 1.7103
30/11/09 47,500.00 47,500.00 1.7187
14/12/09 39,250.00 39,250.00 1.7207
I order some dollars for my trip to New York in Dec earlier - no probs at all. If you look on the website you will see the latest prices, this offer is not mentioned. You need to phone them to get these prices.
The number for ordering is 0800 612 7273. I think they are closed Sunday and open 8am Mon morning. Check the website for times.
Hope it helps someone out.