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Foreign Currency Offer at John Lewis - Higher Exchange Rate Than Elsewhere
Foreign Currency Offer at John Lewis - Higher Exchange Rate Than Elsewhere

Foreign Currency Offer at John Lewis - Higher Exchange Rate Than Elsewhere

John Lewis are running a promotion until 5th Feb giving a better exchange rate than elsewhere, and if they aren't they will still better what you've seen elsewhere.

This is online and instore.

It really is a good deal if your going on holiday soon, they even send the money via Special Delivery Royal Mail or you can pick up in a John Lewis or Waitrose store.

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can try online?

Currently the best for $ at 1.2496.

Good rate but just compared £500 in Euros against Tesco Bank and they work out better due to free delivery and zero credit card fees

Moneycorp offer a better rate for the Hungarian Forint.

Just ordered some euros which are highest rate at the moment 1.1575. Gonna collect it at my local Waitrose on Saturday.

Thank you for posting

Best rate I can find for the $

Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some plastic with you.

ezzer72

Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some … Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some plastic with you.



Buying small things, like a bottle of water, etc. Giving the kids a few euro for....well you get the picture!

johnraggett

Buying small things, like a bottle of water, etc. Giving the kids a few … Buying small things, like a bottle of water, etc. Giving the kids a few euro for....well you get the picture!



I just draw some local currency out when I get there, with the right cards/accounts there are no (or tiny) charges, and you don't need to bring any home that you didn't use if you withdraw as you need it.

ezzer72

Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some … Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some plastic with you.



I usually get a couple of hundred Euros. At today's rates that would be £174. If I waited until I was away then it would cost me £170 on my clarity card. For £4, I'd rather have some spare cash on arrival. After that, it's Clarity card all the way!

smk77

I usually get a couple of hundred Euros. At today's rates that would be … I usually get a couple of hundred Euros. At today's rates that would be £174. If I waited until I was away then it would cost me £170 on my clarity card. For £4, I'd rather have some spare cash on arrival. After that, it's Clarity card all the way!



It's not the cost, it's the messing around going to sort the cash before you go away. Within minutes of getting off the plane you will find an ATM at the airport.

I still think my suggestion is the best solution.

smk77

I usually get a couple of hundred Euros. At today's rates that would be … I usually get a couple of hundred Euros. At today's rates that would be £174. If I waited until I was away then it would cost me £170 on my clarity card. For £4, I'd rather have some spare cash on arrival. After that, it's Clarity card all the way!


Clarity plus a backup! My clarity got wiped whilst I was away by a fraudster... not sure how or when it was cloned but it was all instore purchases. I was helpless as my card was dead... took a spare visa with rubbish rates but saved my bacon in Tanzania!

Not better than the revolut rate i bet!

ezzer72

It's not the cost, it's the messing around going to sort the cash before … It's not the cost, it's the messing around going to sort the cash before you go away. Within minutes of getting off the plane you will find an ATM at the airport.I still think my suggestion is the best solution.



best solution for you...

Last year our luggage was last off the plane. We walked out to get our coach just as it was moving away. Fortunately the rep pulled it over. Had I stopped to find an ATM we would have missed the coach for sure.

ezzer72

I still think my suggestion is the best solution.


Then you would be wrong.

smk77

best solution for you...Last year our luggage was last off the plane. We … best solution for you...Last year our luggage was last off the plane. We walked out to get our coach just as it was moving away. Fortunately the rep pulled it over. Had I stopped to find an ATM we would have missed the coach for sure.


That's just like saying you'll never eat a curry before a flight. Because if you had you'll have needed to take a dump in the airport and missed your coach.

This is still a good deal as posted by the OP., People may have found alternative reasons for other ways of doing this, but of course depends on your personal circumstances. Thanks to the OP for a good deal.

Use a revolut card = you get the interbank exchange rate, which no one can beat

joshy9891

Moneycorp offer a better rate for the Hungarian Forint.



Just got back from Budapest, not sure what money corp are offering, but the rates there were much better then I could find at home

Original Poster

dbone79033

Good rate but just compared £500 in Euros against Tesco Bank and they … Good rate but just compared £500 in Euros against Tesco Bank and they work out better due to free delivery and zero credit card fees



John Lewis is free for currency over £500 or free delivery to store. Plus they will beat any price you've seen elsewhere I believe.

Red.Devil

That's just like saying you'll never eat a curry before a flight. Because … That's just like saying you'll never eat a curry before a flight. Because if you had you'll have needed to take a dump in the airport and missed your coach.



That's the (insert alternative word for faeces) analogy I've ever read.

Be prepared and take some Imodium if you react that way to a curry. X)

Edited by: "smk77" 2nd Feb

theroman

Just got back from Budapest, not sure what money corp are offering, but … Just got back from Budapest, not sure what money corp are offering, but the rates there were much better then I could find at home



Going in April, recommend taking £ to swap there or €?

MichaelJames1995

Going in April, recommend taking £ to swap there or €?



You get much better rates there, there are little kiosks all over. I did find a website that compared their rates

benlondon

Use a revolut card = you get the interbank exchange rate, which no one … Use a revolut card = you get the interbank exchange rate, which no one can beat



I second that !

MichaelJames1995

Going in April, recommend taking £ to swap there or €?



You get much better rates there, there are little kiosks all over. I did find a website that compared their rates

If you just get the Revolut app surely you get the best rate (better than even this as you get a bank rate) every time?

has sure saved me a lot of money, having a long distance gf and liking to travel a bit, I recommend Revolut highly

exchange rate not the best better change abroad

ezzer72

Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some … Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some plastic with you.



Best option is obviously a fee free card and local ATM, but I don't think I'd go anywhere other than western Europe without carrying a small reserve of US dollars or euros.

In the past few years I've had cards eaten by an ATM at the airport in Buenos Aires, skimmed on two separate occasions in Brazil and once in Indonesia. Carrying some USD or local currency on arrival just insures against that possibility of arriving in a foreign country where you don't speak the language and being stuck with no cash to help solve the problem if your card gets eaten / stolen / doesn't work.

Thanks for sharing. Did a quick calculation between the John L offer, M&S Bank and my Halifax Clarity. Because I have a John L Mastercard I would get points for each pound I spend on currency, so when you factor in the £5 in points I would gain on a £500 purchase of EURO, this brings it in-line with what Halifax Clarity would bill me. Halifax would bill roughly £498. M&S bank about £506. John L would charge me £503. (plus gain £5 gift voucher) - My brother is 40 next month and I needed 200 EURO in notes to put in his card, so this is ideal for me and I can take the rest of the cash with me on holiday. Ordered and heat added.

Just get a revolut card and draw out cash when you're there!

chineseguyuk

Just ordered some euros which are highest rate at the moment 1.1575. … Just ordered some euros which are highest rate at the moment 1.1575. Gonna collect it at my local Waitrose on Saturday.


1.165 on revolut

ezzer72

I was suggesting withdrawing some local currency when you get to your … I was suggesting withdrawing some local currency when you get to your destination, not actually paying on your card every time.



Can you share what the "right card/account" would be that you claim is better than the cheapest exchange rate?

As others have said, this might be the best option for you, not necessarily for everyone.

MCGONIS

Thanks for sharing. Did a quick calculation between the John L offer, … Thanks for sharing. Did a quick calculation between the John L offer, M&S Bank and my Halifax Clarity. Because I have a John L Mastercard I would get points for each pound I spend on currency, so when you factor in the £5 in points I would gain on a £500 purchase of EURO, this brings it in-line with what Halifax Clarity would bill me. Halifax would bill roughly £498. M&S bank about £506. John L would charge me £503. (plus gain £5 gift voucher) - My brother is 40 next month and I needed 200 EURO in notes to put in his card, so this is ideal for me and I can take the rest of the cash with me on holiday. Ordered and heat added.



Are you taking applications for new brothers?

Which is the best card to take to America? And for Europe?

If you have a partnership credit card you also received points, 1 point per £1, 500points = £5 so worth doing.

MichaelJames1995

Going in April, recommend taking £ to swap there or €?




You can do either way but no point to change your euro from pound then to change it to Hungarian forint. They usually exchange it good. I am Hungarian and always exchange my pound there

I would never carry only a credit card on holiday with me! I always have some local currency to hand for little shops that don't accept cards/card is blocked/stolen! I wish they did this promotion a week ago when I was buying my currency - hot!
Edited by: "Biioniic11" 3rd Feb

saj_87

Which is the best card to take to America? And for Europe?


Halifax Clarity card

ezzer72

Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some … Why do people exchange money before going away these days? Just take some plastic with you.


Personally, I like to arrive with a couple of hundred Euros in my pocket precisely so I can go to the ATM of my choice, rather than that at the airport.
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