Sainsbury’s Travel Money

Find out more about Sainsbury's travel money options with our useful guide.

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Sainsbury’s were the first UK supermarket to open a bank way back in 1997. In 2014, they took full ownership of Sainsbury’s Bank, and are now offering a full range of financial products – including travel money.

Sainsbury’s have travel money bureaux at various Sainsbury’s supermarkets across the UK. As well as picking up from the shops, you can also order by phone, online, and delivered to your home.

As you might expect, regular shoppers and Nectar card holders can receive additional points and preferential rates.

Good for any potential traveller to bear in mind, however, is that while the traditional way of getting travel money is all well and good, there’s a range of digital apps that can make the process even simpler. These include Starling, Revolut and N26. If these new age solutions float your boat, you can read our guide to learn more about them. For the best way to get travel money with Sainsbury’s, though, stay right here for all the info.

Compare travel money services

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Can you get cash? Do you get a free card? Can you load money on an app?
WeSwap
WeSwap has everything you need when it comes to travel money. It offers a debit card and app, or if you prefer cash you can get that too. Signing up takes a few minutes and the card arrives in 3-5 days.
Starling Bank
Starling offers a debit card and app (you can't get travel cash). Starling charges zero fees for spending abroad and the app enables you to lock the card if you lose it while you're on holiday. Also doubles up as a UK current account.
Caxton
Caxton's currency card allows you to hold multiple currencies in one place. You can use it worldwide and won't be charged any ATM fees. All of that can be controlled from the Caxton app.
No 1. Currency
No. 1 Currency allows you to get travel cash delivered straight to your door, or you can pick it up in store. You can also sell leftover cash back to No.1 Currency.
Currensea
Currensea allows you to link your travel money card to your everyday bank account. Get your card now and control all your spendings with the Currensea app.
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What services does Sainsbury’s offer?

Air Money offer four travel money services.

  1. Travel Money Card. You can load your currency onto a Sainsbury’s Travel Money card.
  2. Click & Collect. Order your money online and collect from any Sainsbury’s Bureau de Change.
  3. Home Delivery. Alternatively, you can have your cash delivered to your door.

What currencies can I order through Sainsbury’s?

These currencies can be used with Air Money :

  • Euro (EUR)
  • US Dollar (USD)
  • East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
  • Australian Dollar (AUD)
  • Bahraini Dinar (BHD)
  • Barbados Dollar (BBD)
  • Norwegian Krone (NOK)
  • Brazilian Real (BRL)
  • Brunei Dollar (BND)
  • Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
  • Canadian Dollar (CAD)
  • Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD)
  • Chilean Peso (CLP)
  • Chinese Yuan Renmibi (CNY)
  • New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
  • Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
  • Croatian Kuna (HRK)
  • Czech Koruna (CZK)
  • Danish Krone (DKK)
  • Dominican Peso (DOP)
  • El Salvador Colon (SVC)
  • Fiji Dollar (FJD)
  • Haitian Gourde (HTG)
  • Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
  • Hungarian Forint (HUF)
  • Iceland Krona (ISK)
  • Indonesaian Rupiah (IDR)
  • New Israeli Sheqel (ILS)
  • Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
  • Japanese Yen (JPY)
  • Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
  • Kenyan Shilling (KES)
  • Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
  • Swiss Franc (CHF)
  • Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
  • Mauritius Rupee (MUR)
  • Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Omani Rial (OMR)
  • Panamanian balboa (PAB)
  • Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
  • Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • Polish Zloty (PLN)
  • Qatari Rial (QAR)
  • Russian Ruble (RUB)
  • Saudi Riyal (SAR)
  • Singapore Dollar (SGD)
  • South African Rand (ZAR)
  • South Korean Won (KRW)
  • Swedish Krona (SEK)
  • New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
  • Thai Baht (THB)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD)
  • Turkish Lira (TRY)
  • UAE Dirham (AED)

How much can I transfer with Sainsbury’s?

Orders for collection at any Sainsbury’s Travel Money bureau are subject to a maximum value of £2,500 per person per day, whereas orders for home delivery are subject to a maximum value of £2,500 per person per day.

All home delivery orders are subject to a minimum order value of £100. There is no minimum order value for orders for collection.

How soon can I get my money?

Orders for collection at a Sainsbury’s Travel Money bureau

If you choose to place an order for collection, you can order up to 14 days in advance from today. You can also order Euros or US Dollars for next day collection. Some locations also offer other currencies for next day collection, the earliest date available will be selectable after you have entered your currency and collection location on the order screen.

Orders for home delivery

If you choose to place an order for delivery to your home, you can select a specific working day for delivery up to 14 days in advance of this delivery date. Please note that Saturday deliveries are not guaranteed. If you have chosen a Monday delivery, Royal Mail may attempt delivering on Saturday. The earliest day you will be able to select for delivery is:

Order DateDelivery Date
Before 2pm, Monday to ThursdayNext working day before 1pm
After 2pm, Monday to WednesdayTwo working days later before 1pm
After 2pm on Thursday, and before 2pm on FridaySaturday or Monday before 1pm (no guarantee on Saturday deliveries)
After 2pm on Friday and any time on Saturday
and Sunday
Tuesday before 1pm

How safe is my money?

Your money is insured by Royal Mail Special Delivery. If your order isn’t delivered, contacting Sainsbury’s at the beginning of the dispute process is the best course of action.

Are there any fees I might have to pay?

Home delivery is free for all orders of £500 or more. For orders below £500 the fee is £5.

Compare the best banking apps for going abroad

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Foreign ATM withdrawals Foreign transactions fee Card cost Delivery speed
Starling Bank
Free
No fees
Free
Between 3-5 working days
Everything you get from a current account, but with new features for mobile living. (E.g. Goals for saving, spending catgorisation, interest on your balances)
WeSwap
Withdrawals of £200/$200/€200 or more – free
smaller withdrawals – a charge of £1.50 per withdrawal

No transaction fees (if you spend in one of the 18 wallet currencies)
Free
Between 3-5 working days in the UK, or within 10 days if you live outside the UK
Tandem (Credit Card)
No ATM fees. However you'll be charged interest from the day you withdraw cash.
No fees
Free
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Tandem's credit card doesn't charge fees on purchases abroad, leaving you with more money for your travels.
Loot
Two free cash withdrawals per month, £1 thereafter
No fees
Free
-
App-based current account that keeps you on top of your spending. You can set goals and Loot will help you get there.
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What’s a good alternative?

As mentioned above, digital banking apps are a great option for any traveller to consider. Most won’t charge any withdrawal or transaction fees and can be managed entirely from your phone. There’s also great security measures to protect against fraud or thievery.

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4 Responses

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    NeilJune 12, 2019

    I put in my Sainsbury’s nectar card number in the box but it keeps saying “Please put a valid number to get member rates on Euros.” I’ve done it 6 times.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      CharisseJune 13, 2019Staff

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

      If you are trying to get member rate for currency exhange to Euros on Sainsbury’s website, you need to enter the last 11 digits of your Nectar card number and click ‘Confirm’.

      If you have double checked that the numbers you have put in is correct but you are still unable to proceed, please contact Sainsbury’s Bank directly so they can assist you further on this matter.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    AliJanuary 19, 2019

    I have some Ugandan shillings left from my holiday. Will Sainsbury’s change them back to Pounds?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      CharisseJanuary 21, 2019Staff

      Hi Ali,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      Yes, Sainsbury’s Bank will buy back notes in most foreign currencies and denominations that they sell. You just need to bring your unused Ugandan shillings into one of their travel money bureaux and they can exchange it back to Pounds for you.

      Please note that their exchange rates vary from day to day.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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