Post Office Money Travel Credit Card September 2020
Avoid fees when you're spending money in a foreign currency.
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Doing its job: 4/5
In a nutshell:
Foreign transaction charge
Up to 56 days
Interest-free each billing period
|Balance transfer fee||2.9%|
|Purchases interest-free period||Up to 56 days|
|Min credit limit||£500|
|Max credit limit||Subject to status: £6,000|
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The Post Office is a go-to when it comes to commission-free holiday money, so it’s no surprise that the brand should issue a credit card to help people save on their non-sterling spending. Most debit/credit cards charge a fee of around 3% of the value of the transaction when you spend in another currency, so the savings from choosing a specialist travel credit card can soon rack up.
However, cash withdrawals abroad will be subject to a currency conversion charge of 3% (minimum £3) with this card, so if you’re heading overseas, you’ll probably want to arrange to have some local currency in cash too.
When you use the card abroad, don’t forget that if a merchant offers to bill you in sterling, you should decline – otherwise it’ll be their bank’s currency conversion fees that will apply and not yours.
But aside from the fee-free currency conversion, this card doesn’t offer a huge amount to write home about. When you’re back from your hols, you may wish to consider your other options.
Important: From the start of October, all Post Office Money credit card accounts will be transferred to the provider Jaja Finance. If you’re an existing Post Office Money card customer, you will automatically be sent a new card, and your current card will cease to work 30 days afterwards. Your card account terms, including your PIN and credit limit, will not change.
Pros and cons
- Avoid currency conversion charges when spending abroad.
- No annual fee.
How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?
Post Office Money’s card
Other travel credit cards
When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online, over the phone () or set up a direct debit. A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment as well as from damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee or losing any promotional rates as a result. You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.
Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:
|Minimum amount||Fixed amount||Fixed percentage||Full amount|
How to apply for the Post Office Money Travel Credit Card
You can apply at the Post Office Money site, and it takes about 10-15 minutes. Before you can apply, you’ll be prompted to use the “QuickCheck” eligibility checker. This will give you a clear picture as to whether it’s worth applying, without hurting your credit rating. If it’s good news and you opt to proceed, Post Office Money will run a full credit check, which has a small (and usually short-lived) impact on your credit score.
Following approval, it takes up to two weeks to receive your new credit card. You’ll get your PIN first, then your card a day or so later. When you’ve got your card, you can activate it and register for online banking (then you can start tracking the card in the app too).
The first time you use your new card, you’ll need to enter the PIN – from then on, you can go contactless to your heart’s content (unless your heart wants to spend more than £30, in which case, you’ll need that PIN again).