Free foreign transactions with Supercard from Travelex
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Free foreign transactions with Supercard from Travelex

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Found 5th May 2016
You can pre-register your interest for this card being launched nationwide in the summer.

You link it to your bank card (similar to paypal for instance) and can then use it for bank withdrawals and purchases abroad (worldwide, excluding UK) which you then don't pay exchange fees on as it debits your account in Pounds Sterling. The exchange rate charged on my Trial card was the Visa exchange rate so much better than buying foreign currency also.

The trial was launched last year so you can find last year's deal and more info by searching 'supercard' on HDUK. It has been great for me after using it in USA, Vietnam and Cambodia to name a couple of places and it really impressed me so thought I would actually try sharing for the 1st time.

It comes with an App which allowed me to see exactly what I was being debited for transactions, what i had saved by using it and allowed me to only have the card active whilst travelling.

Sorry if I've missed anything, as I said, never tried posting before I just took advantage of a couple of deals including this one thanks to someone else who posted

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Original Poster

sorry I meant to say this is a Visa card which is the picture I tried t add

This sounds great, planning to go abroad for a while this summer. Is there any eligibility criteria though?

Revolut already does this!
revolut.com
Edited by: "dvdphile" 6th May 2016

dvdphile

Revolut already does this!https://revolut.com


But looking at Revolut, that needs you to add money to a wallet, IE you are transferring money out of your account and into an account held by Revolut. With Supercard you are simply linking your debit card so you retain the money.

Edited by: "Reading1800" 6th May 2016

I use the Halifax Clarity credit card and get a fiver a month for doing so. But good for those who don't/can't get one. Well done OP. Heat.

I took part in the pilot scheme and this is awesome. would definitely recommend it. hot

jobibear

I use the Halifax Clarity credit card and get a fiver a month for doing … I use the Halifax Clarity credit card and get a fiver a month for doing so. But good for those who don't/can't get one. Well done OP. Heat.


How do you manage to get a fiver a month?

Have used the trial one on two occassions in Spain no issues,but it would not work in Germany\Austria last year.Always take a back up card.

Bendown

How do you manage to get a fiver a month?



Spend £300 a month plus have a Halifax reward current account (and get another £5 for that) - I know because I have this card too.

crumpetman

Spend £300 a month plus have a Halifax reward current account (and get … Spend £300 a month plus have a Halifax reward current account (and get another £5 for that) - I know because I have this card too.


Thanks

While super card exchange rate was great in the EU, not so good in Far East. Got better rate changing money with local bank.
Also had to them chase every single time for refunds, at times they took over 3 weeks before crediting money to my link card.
Card is good just hope they learned from pilot.

pilot was bad for me card got refused and blamed the link card as it was a joint account which is nonsense as each card holder has own card with separate numbers doh.

i had to pay deposit for our wedding and got refused twice as getting married abroad.

In the end had to resort to getting a thomascook cashpassport in order to pay the wedding in the end.

The app is buggy as hell a nightmare if you want to unlink a card and days for customer support to help.

Good in theory but they nees to sort out all the issues the current supercards expire 6th june

This can be linked to a Visa or MasterCard Credit card, not just a debit card. This allows you to also earn any rewards you would get by using your credit card.

dvdphile

Revolut already does this!https://revolut.com




I have both. Revolut only allows you £500 cash withdrawal per month. then 2% fees and you have to load the card first. Supercard they take from your account what you spend and you can link your credit card. Not only debit card like Revolut
Edited by: "dannyboy007" 6th May 2016

We had this on the trial. Works brilliantly for taking cash out at ATM. We did have a few issues paying for good in shops. I would recommend this for cash but have a back up such as Halifax clarity for stir transactions. We tend to work with cash abroad as we have had our card skimmed a couple of times in Europe.

duke

Have used the trial one on two occassions in Spain no issues,but it would … Have used the trial one on two occassions in Spain no issues,but it would not work in Germany\Austria last year.Always take a back up card.



​oddly Germany is way behind with credit cards. been caught before with cash only petrol stations, and unmanned pumps that refuse mastercard.

Nationwide or halifax credit card for tranactions and nationwide flexplus debit for worldwide atm or metro debit for euro atms.
tried supercard but failed because I did not have the right version of Android at the time

I had difficulties with the Android app, but by logging in to the website I was able to achieve the tasks that failed on the app (like activating the card, or setting the temporary block).

smithy_0007

I took part in the pilot scheme and this is awesome. would definitely … I took part in the pilot scheme and this is awesome. would definitely recommend it. hot



Ditto, a great product!

mr-big-d

Ditto, a great product!



I still have the trial scheme card and it's been declined more times than accepted.
Just used online so now use VPN and regular cards direct.

Great card, but echo-info others about it getting declined far too often.

After asking the customer support line they say it happens if the terminal takes longer than 3 seconds to receive card authorisation as a security precaution, so apparently depends on the connection speed of the terminal.

Was fine when merchants have a good internet connection and online, but when they have those old dial ups it didn't work at all.




Yeah have also had issues abroad with the card and they are also woeful at processing refunds.

Ok so no exchange fees but presumably you get stung for the ATM fee overseas?

Had the one year trial card. Worked well for me both transactions and atm withdrawals. Link just seems to take you to the travelex site nothing about the card

ronaldmacdonald

Ok so no exchange fees but presumably you get stung for the ATM fee … Ok so no exchange fees but presumably you get stung for the ATM fee overseas?


I was on the trial too. Used it abroad in supermarkets, hotels & ATMs. No transaction or ATM fees. It doesn't treat foreign ATM transactions as cash advances either. Whilst the app was buggy, the basic product was good.
Also used the card for non-sterling payments online. Overall a good experience with no costs.

A question for those already trialling this card:

If you purchase something in dollars from a US website (while being physically located in the UK), does that count as a foreign transaction or must you be on holiday abroad?

Thanks

cb-uk

A question for those already trialling this card:If you purchase … A question for those already trialling this card:If you purchase something in dollars from a US website (while being physically located in the UK), does that count as a foreign transaction or must you be on holiday abroad?Thanks



You don't have to be abroad. You just need to pay in a foreign currency when in the UK.

Thar

You don't have to be abroad. You just need to pay in a foreign currency … You don't have to be abroad. You just need to pay in a foreign currency when in the UK.



Thanks Thar - brilliant

I already posted this several days ago in the competition board.

cb-uk

A question for those already trialling this card:If you purchase … A question for those already trialling this card:If you purchase something in dollars from a US website (while being physically located in the UK), does that count as a foreign transaction or must you be on holiday abroad?Thanks



​That won't work, as the card is used with a pin number, its not for online transactions.

It's only any good for in person where you can type your pin and at ATMs.

The people mentioning declined transactions may not have appreciated that and it may explain some failures (but I appreciate it may not be perfect).

Great card. Faultless throughout France, Greece, Austria and Spain. A bit glitchy in Venice. This for cash and a Halifax Clarity for purchases do for me.
Edited by: "bobmccluckie" 6th May 2016

Where's the link?

Had a transaction declined when I used it Singapore but it still appeared in triplicate on my account. Took months to sort it out and customer service seemed to be run by one guy who kept repeating the same incorrect information, clearly reading from a script. Paid with another card and found the transaction cost were identical on both cards including charges. Would not use it again.

Original Poster

Re above comments. I used it online whilst in UK for my Esta visa application and also a couple of other US websites with no problem. ATM fees depends on individual cashpoint machine like it does in UK. In my experience they always warn if they will charge. HSBC Bank cashpoints were a good bet. link I gave to pre-register was following or in 2nd comment but for some reason when loaded

response.travelex.co.uk/Sup…490

used the trial version on my travels. worked like a charm in many obscure Asian countries. Looking forward to the launch. heat

Bau

ATM fees depends on individual cashpoint machine like it does in UK. In … ATM fees depends on individual cashpoint machine like it does in UK. In my experience they always warn if they will charge.


This is more believable.

parky200

This can be linked to a Visa or MasterCard Credit card, not just a debit … This can be linked to a Visa or MasterCard Credit card, not just a debit card. This allows you to also earn any rewards you would get by using your credit card.


Nor an Amex

Saved a fortune in transactions fees in USA last month, but...
the transactions appear on your source credit/debit card as "Tuxedo Money, Chester", which MBNA thought was fraudulent so they kept blocking our card.
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