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AAA Visa TravelMoney card review

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AAA Visa TravelMoney card


This travel expert can get you access to local currency from Visa ATMs around the world.

Rely on AAA for roadside assistance and travel plans — plus, foreign currency exchange. Its Visa TravelMoney card simplifies currency conversions and foreign exchange rates. And the good news is you can get it without membership.

The chip and PIN-protected AAA Visa TravelMoney card comes with the security of traveler’s checks and the simplicity of a Visa-branded credit card. Accepted all over the world, the Visa TravelMoney card will convert your USD to the local currency almost anywhere. And you’ll enjoy Visa’s zero-liability policy protecting you from fraud and unauthorized purchases.


  • Accepted worldwide
  • Travel assistance
  • Additional card
  • High balance maximum

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What is the AAA Visa TravelMoney card?

The AAA Visa TravelMoney card works like a debit card — use your card at merchants and ATM to access money when traveling abroad. But, this card isn’t attached to your bank account. Instead load the card with the money you plan to take on your trip, and use it to pay for dinner, souvenirs, excursions or anything else.

What’s more, if you buy your plane tickets with the AAA Visa TravelMoney card, your purchase is protected in case of a canceled or delayed flight. You’ll also have access to emergency cash replacement and 24-hour customer service.

Load this card with as little as $100, and as much as $5,000 at a time, with a maximum balance of $9,999. Manage your balance at your local AAA store, by phone or online.

How much will the AAA Visa TravelMoney card cost?

How much will I pay on the exchange rate?

Because your funds aren’t immediately converted into a foreign currency, you don’t have the benefit of locking in an exchange rate. Instead, Visa charges its conversion rate — typically close to the midmarket rate.

How much are the fees?

The biggest disadvantage of this card are the fees that come along with it. Each time you use the card, the AAA Visa TravelMoney card charges a 3% transaction fee and a $3 international ATM fee — typical for most credit cards. The benefit of the TravelMoney card is that because it’s your money, you won’t pay interest on your purchases.

The initial purchase price is determined by whether you’re an AAA member or not. It’s $5.95 for AAA members and $9.95 for non-members. And deactivate the card once you’re done with the card, or you’ll be charged $1.25 each month you don’t use it.

Product nameAAA Visa TravelMoney card
Card issue feeAAA members: $5.95
Non-members: $9.95
Initial load feeNone
Reload feeNone
Transaction fee$3 outside of the US
ATM withdrawal fee
  • $1.50 (domestic)
  • $3 (international)
Bank withdrawal fee$5
Inactive fee$1.25 per month


The greatest benefit to this card its its security. It’s protected by chip technology and a PIN, and because it’s not connected to any accounts, your personal information is protected. Other benefits include:

  • Accepted worldwide. Access to over one million ATMs.
  • Travel assistance. Enjoy emergency services and lost luggage reimbursement when you pay for your flight with your TravelMoney Card.
  • Additional card. Request an additional card for a travel companion or in case of an emergency.
  • High balance maximum. Load up to $9,999 — that’s more than its competitors.

Drawbacks and limits

  • Limited transactions. You’re limited to three ATM transactions and $1,000 per day.
  • Fees. You’ll pay fees for purchases, conversion and ATM withdrawals.
  • Not reliable for deposits. Use credit cards to put a temporary hold on your card, like hotels, car rentals and gas stations with automated pumps.
  • Card restrictions. Before you leave, be sure to check the AAA Visa TravelMoney website to see what countries have card restrictions — usually related to US travel and financial warnings.

Consider using the Travelex Money Card instead of the AAA Visa TravelMoney card.

A note about tipping with your card

When you use prepaid cards to pay for restaurant and bar tabs — or anywhere a gratuity is expected — budget a “tip tolerance” of 10% to 20% on top of your bill’s base amount.

When swiping your card, many establishments reserve what they expect you’ll add as a tip. If you don’t have enough money on your prepaid card to cover up to 20% on top of the base amount, consider using another card to avoid an uncomfortable card denial.

How to get a AAA Visa TravelMoney card

To be eligible for a AAA Visa TravelMoney card, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Provide personal information like name and address and a government-issued ID.

Cards can be purchased and reloaded at one of the many AAA retail offices throughout the country. The benefit of AAA membership is that you have the flexibility of reloading online at or calling 866-674-9622. Non-members needs to reload at the same location they bought the card.

I got the card. Now what?

If you’re loading funds onto your card, be aware that they might not immediately post. It could take a day or two depending on weekends or holidays.

  • Spend wisely. Keep track of your spending and balances by registering your card on the AAA Prepaid website, AAA Prepaid app or calling 866-674-9622.
  • Factor in fees. Each time you use your card, you’ll pay a fee. Be sure to factor in those amounts when calculating your balance.
  • Security. If you have any questions or your card is lost or stolen, call 866-674-9621 to get a replacement.
  • Closing your card. To avoid inactivity fees, close your card when you’re done traveling by calling card services 877-856-2471.

If your card has been lost or stolen, customer service can arrange for a replacement card to be sent to you for a fee of $5.95.To avoid waiting for a replacement card, it’s wise to initially purchase an additional card for only $1.50.

Bottom line

If you’re looking for a travel card that gives you the perks of a credit card — without the interest rates, the AAA Visa TravelMoney card is worth looking into. Before deciding on a travel money card, consider your options and compare.

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May 20, 2019

How long does an AAA Travel Card go before you consider it inactive?


Jhez Finder

May 20, 2019

Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your comment.

It will take 6months to a year for the card to become inactive. There’s an inactivity fee charged after 12 consecutive months of inactivity which is for $1.25/month.





October 22, 2018



Charisse Finder

October 25, 2018

Hi Theofanies,

Thanks for reaching out to finder.

AAA Visa travel money card’s daily spending limit is $9,999 (or amount equivalent in Euros). This spend limit refers to the maximum cumulative point-of-sale signature or point-of-sale PIN transactions you can make per 24 hours. The maximum card balance that you can have at any time is also $9,999.

You can use the AAA Visa travel money card everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted as well as for online and telephone purchases.

I hope this helps.



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September 10, 2018

Is it possible to load more money onto my AAA Visa Travel Money Card? If so, how do I do it? Thanks.


Jhezelyn Finder

September 11, 2018

Hello Daryl,

Thank you for your comment.

Yes, it is possible to load money on the AAA Visa TravelMoney card. You can reload your card at any participating AAA office, call their toll-free or through their website. Please note that the maximum balance on the card is $9,999.

Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.



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April 25, 2018

Can you obtain a AAA visa travel money card and load balances onto it from an American Express gift card?


Joshua Finder

April 25, 2018

Hi Mark,

Thanks for getting in touch with finder.

Unfortunately, you can’t use your American Express gift card. According to our page, cards can be purchased and reloaded at one of the many AAA retail offices throughout the country. The benefit of being a AAA member is that you have the flexibility of reloading online or calling 866-674-9622. Nonmembers needs to reload at the same location they bought the card.

I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

Have a wonderful day!



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January 24, 2018

How do I load my AAA visa debit card from outside USA?


Rench Finder

January 31, 2018

Hi David,

Thanks for your inquiry

If you are referring to AAA Visa travel money card, funds may be added to the card at the location where the card was purchased. However, some participating clubs allow AAA members to reload by calling them.

The AAA Visa Travel money card allows for unlimited total reloads, up to a maximum of $5,000

per twenty four (24) hours.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,


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