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How to claim money remaining on your travel card

Home from vacation and have some cash left on your travel money card? Learn how to put it back in your pocket.

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So you didn’t get the time to shop as much as you’d planned and you’ve still got preloaded foreign currency leftover on your travel money card. All isn’t lost — you can still get that money back.

How to get the remaining funds off your travel money card

The Travelex Travel Card:
You can close your card at any distribution outlet or call Card Services to move you remaining funds to your bank account for an extra fee of $20. It’s important to note that the Travelex Travel Card card attracts a monthly inactivity fee of $3 after 12 months of no usage, which can slowly chip away at your balance.

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Some mistakes to avoid with leftover funds in your travel card

If you have money left over on your travel card, be sure to take note of and avoid the following possible pitfalls:

  • Leaving your card open. If you’re not traveling anytime soon, you should withdraw your funds and close the account. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay an inactivity fee.
  • Expired cards. Most providers send a heads up email to remind you of your card’s expiration date. If you’re done using it, request to close the account. Failure to do so will result in unclaimed money.
  • Unclaimed funds. If you think there may be some of your money floating around in the abyss, you can run a free search of all unclaimed funds on MissingMoney.com or USA.gov.

It is important to understand the rules and conditions of your travel card. Depending on the fees and limits set by your provider, it may make more sense to withdraw the remaining funds and close the account.

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Compare prepaid travel money cards

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Name Product Foreign transaction fee Welcome offer Rewards Filter values
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
None
80,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months, a value of up to $1,000 through Chase Ultimate Rewards
5x points on Lyft, 2x points on travel and dining and 1x points on all other purchases
Earn a huge signup bonus worth $1,000 with this popular travel card. Combine with other Chase Ultimate Rewards cards for even greater value.
American Express® Gold Card
None
60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
3x points on directly-booked flights; 4x at restaurants; 4x at US supermarkets on up to $25,000 annually (then 1x points)
Earn up to 4x points on select purchases, a bevy of travel perks, and a welcome offer worth up to $600 with this upper-mid tier travel card. Rates & fees
Petal 2 “Cash Back, No Fees” Visa® Credit Card
None
N/A
Up to 10% cash back from select merchants, on other purchases earn 1% back, 1.25% after six on-time payments and 1.5% after 12 on-time payments
Build your credit with rewards and no fees: Apply if you're new to credit or have a fair to good score of 600 or higher. See if you prequalify with no impact to your score.
Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi
None
N/A
4% at gas stations on up to $7,000 annually (then 1%), 3% at restaurants and on travel, 2% at Costco and 1% on all other purchases
An impressive cashback card that offers up to 4% back on everyday purchases like gas, travel and dining all for the cost of a Costco membership.
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
None
50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
10x points on Lyft rides, 3x points on dining and travel after earning your $300 travel credit and 1x points on all other purchases
Get a generous $300 in annual travel credits, 3x points on travel and dining, and a 50% bonus on point redemptions with Chase's premier card.
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Travelex Money Card

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