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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
60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months
5x points on Lyft, 2x points on travel and dining and 1x points on all other purchases
This popular travel card's signup bonus is worth up to $750. Get even more value out of your travel, dining, and Lyft rewards by transferring them to miles.
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
Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months
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
Earn valuable cash back on everyday purchases at gas stations, restaurants and Costco as well as eligible travel with no foreign fees.
Luxury Card Mastercard® Titanium Card™
None
N/A
1x points on all purchases with 2% point value when you redeem for airfare and 1% for cash back
Enjoy unique excursions, privileged access to exclusive events and insider opportunities.
The World of Hyatt Credit Card
None
25,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. 25,000 points after spending another $6,000 in the first 6 months
9x total points at Hyatt hotels as a World of Hyatt member, 2x on gyms, commuting, dining and airlines and 1x on all other purchases
Earn 25,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. 25,000 points after spending another $6,000 in the first 6 months.
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Our pick for a prepaid travel card
Travelex Money Card

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