Post Office Money Travel Credit Card July 2020

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Avoid fees when you're spending money in a foreign currency.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.93% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).

24.9%

Representative APR

0%

Foreign transaction charge

£0

Account fee

Up to 56 days

Interest-free each billing period

Details

IssuerCapital One
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£0
Balance transfers24.93%
Balance transfer fee2.9%
Purchases24.93%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Money transfers24.93%
Cash advances24.93%
Min credit limit£500
Max credit limitSubject to status: £6,000

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Expert review

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.

How does this card compare with other similar cards on the market?

Post Office Money’s card

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Name Product Foreign usage charge (EU) Foreign usage charge (rest of world) Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
Post Office Money® Travel Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
24.93%
£0
24.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.93% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
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Other travel credit cards

Table: sorted by length of 0% balance transfer offer, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Foreign usage charge (EU) Foreign usage charge (rest of world) Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
Tandem Bank Journey Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
24.9%
£0
24.9% (variable)
No fees for making purchases or withdrawing cash abroad – currencies are converted at the standard Mastercard exchange rate.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 24.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 24.9% APR (variable).
Ulster Bank Credit Card Mastercard
0%
0%
9.9%
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
The Royal Bank Credit Card
0%
0%
9.9%
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
The NatWest Credit Card
0%
0%
9.9%
£0
9.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
Metro Bank Personal Credit Card Mastercard
0%
2.99%
14.9%
£0
14.9% (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 14.9% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The APR shown represents the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.

Repayment options

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).

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