Free AA Travel Prepaid Card £9.95 or free if you load £100+
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Free AA Travel Prepaid Card £9.95 or free if you load £100+

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Found 8th May 2014
I've just come accross the AA Travel Card deal. If you top up £100 the card is free! I've also looked at the FX rates and they are very competitive, way better than taking cash or travellers cheques. I've just ordered one and will be using it in Barcelona in a few weeks!!

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Better with CaxtonFX. Their current rate is 1.191

After many years of handing our petty cash and matching receipts together the pre paid card has solved
all of our issues. They can't overspend and you can manage this from your desktop.

A perfect business solution and very happy.

stick with Kalixa. best exchange rate

Looks awful to me...

"Unlike other payment cards, we do not use MasterCard’s exchange rates when you use your card outside of the denominated currency zone. Instead we set a fixed 'day rate' which we publish on our website, via automated phone line, and is
available over the phone via customer care"

Todays rate for Euros is £1=€1.1548. The current mastercard rate is £1=€1.2253, giving a mark-up of about 5.75% - and who knows what it will be tomorrow considering it changes daily with no transparent method of how it's calculated. You'd be much better off just using your normal credit/debit cards which will only mark-up about 3%, or better yet a fee-free card like the Halifax Clarity.

Sorry but cold from me! There are better cheaper options out there.

As pointed out in the MoneySavingExpert link, the Halifax clarity credit card wins hands down for me. I have been using it since many years now and is perfect. No charges for using abroad and nor any charges for withdrawing cash. Works out at around £1/month in interest per £100 withdrawn.

Also spend £300 and you get £5 cashback (which works out roughly 1.6%).

The only thing you need to do is call the customer service before you leave and tell them that you are travelling and you will use the card in another country. They will then remove the restriction for that country (to avoid fraudulent use).
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