FAIRFX Prepaid MasterCard®

Free Currency Card & Family & Friends Card *

  • Highly competitive rates
  • Convenient to use
  • Chip & PIN secure

Currency Card

*New FAIRFX customers only. You must load £50+ to qualify for a free currency card. To qualify for the free F&F card, you must load £550 or more.

You’d be mad not to FAIRFX

Use a FAIRFX card rather than exchanging money at the airport and you’ll get an extra £102 to spend on holiday. Whether it’s a meal out, a day trip or an extra night away, with FAIRFX you’ll be able to get more out of your holiday for no extra cost.

*Save £102.03! Based on converting £1000 into Euros. FAIRFX (€1.3318) versus Travelex(Heathrow)* at €1.2085 on 2 September 2015 at 4:25 PM.

Travelling within the Eurozone?

Our experts ensure you get great Euro exchange rates every time you top up.

Buy Euro today and lock in the rate before you travel.

No charge for using your card to pay in shops and restaurants, anywhere you see the MasterCard Acceptance Mark.

Only €1.50 to withdraw money from ATMs**

** Some ATMs may apply a surcharge

  • Order your card in 3 simple steps
  • Get great Euro rates with no transaction or management fees
  • Chip & PIN secure MasterCard card
  • Re-use your card for every trip and access funds instantly
  • Load funds and check your balance anywhere via our free app or online
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Travelling within the US?

Buy US Dollars today and lock in the rate before you travel.

Our experts ensure you get great US Dollar exchange rate every time you top up.

No charges for using your card to pay in shops and restaurants, anywhere you see the MasterCard Acceptance Mark.

Use throughout the US or anywhere that accepts US Dollars.

Only $2.00 to withdraw money from ATMs**

** Some ATMs may apply a surcharge

  • Order your card in 3 simple steps
  • Load funds and check your balance anywhere via our free app or online
  • Get great US dollar rates with no transaction or management fees
  • Chip & PIN secure MasterCard card
  • Re-use your card for every trip and access funds instantly
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Travelling outside the US and Eurozone?

Our experts ensure you get great rates when outside the US and Eurozone.

Load with Sterling and your funds will convert to the local currency when you use your card with only a 1.4% currency charge.

Use your card to pay in shops and restaurants, anywhere you see the MasterCard Acceptance Mark.

£1.50 Sterling, and £1 International ATM transaction fee.**

** Some ATMs may apply a surcharge

  • Order your card in 3 simple steps
  • Use the card in over 210 countries
  • Load funds and check your balance anywhere via our free app or online
  • Reuse your card for every trip and access funds instantly

How your card works

Transfer

Transfer funds from your debit/credit card to your FAIRFX card

Save

Save time and money by topping up your card instantly with great rates

Spend

Use it anywhere you see the MasterCard Acceptance Mark.

Pick from our Euro, US Dollar or Anywhere cards and choose a starting balance

Load amount:

+ free delivery

The smart way to manage your money abroad!

Trustpilot 5 top in category

“No holiday is complete without your FAIRFX card. Buying when the rate is good ensures saving on your holiday”

Mary Cory

How we compare:

Euro Dollar
FAIRFX 1.3318 1.4966
AA Travel Card 1.2805 1.4463
Post Office 1.3030 1.4720
Travelex(Heathrow)* 1.2085 1.3660

With FAIRFX, £1000 travel money get much further*:

£ 125 * on savings
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Top card tips

Activating your FAIRFX currency card

Once you receive your card, activate it before you travel. This can be done instantly by returning to the FAIRFX website and logging into your account. You will then be able to retrieve your pin and your card will be ready to use in ATMs and for purchases. You can top up money on your card in moments using the FAIRFX site or App for iPhone and Android. When topping up abroad we recommend you use a Wifi connection to avoid data charges.

Don’t worry about leftover money when you get home

If you return home to the UK with money left on your card you can either leave it on your card for your next trip, or you can use your FAIRFX Euro or Dollar card for purchases in the UK with no currency fees or penalties. If you use your card in an ATM in the UK, or abroad, a €1.50 or $2.00 fee applies.

Why are FAIRFX rates better?

FAIRFX was created to offer consumers a better deal on travel money and foreign currency than airport exchange kiosks, and banks. This is because we do not have a large and expensive branch network and we pass this efficiency on to our customers with fairer exchange rates.

Why are FAIRFX rates better

Loading using debit/credit cards

Ensure you use a card registered to the same address listed under your FAIRFX account to avoid the payment failing. Credit card loads will incur an additional 2.5% fee.

Order in plenty of time before travelling

Our cards can take between 7-10 working days to arrive, although it is usually much sooner. Please ensure you leave adequate time when placing an order. If you are travelling sooner try our next-day travel cash service.

When NOT to use your FAIRFX card

It’s best not to use your FAIRFX pre-paid currency card when checking into a hotel or hiring a car as they may process a ‘pre-authorisation’. No money is actually taken from your card but funds are ring-fenced to cover against non-payment for up to 21 days. These funds are therefore not available to spend on your prepaid card. The best solution is to use a debit or credit card when checking in and then use your FAIRFX prepaid card with its great rates to settle your bill when you check out or settle the account.

Use your FAIRFX card to get a great deal when paying in shops and restaurants or to withdraw cash from ATMs. Try not to use it to withdraw money over the counter from a bank as this will cost €6.25/£5/$7.50 (1.5% minimum charge).

There is a service restriction on the FAIRX card at some self-service petrol pumps and motorway tollbooths, particularly in France. This is because the terminals used at tollbooths do not check the balance of a card before taking payment and could potentially take a prepaid card into a negative balance. So for this reason any such terminals are not able to accept the card.

When will you pay a fee for using your card?

FAIRFX has simple fees that it only applies when global banking and payments systems charge us. When you use your FAIRFX card in an ATM there is a flat fee of €1.50 or $2.00, so it makes sense to take out larger amounts less frequently.

Some ATMs may apply a surcharge

If you top up your card using a credit card, rather than a debit card, you will pay a 2.5% fee.

If you use your Euro card outside of the Eurozone or the UK, or you use your Dollar card outside of the US or UK, you pay a 1.40% ‘out of currency fee’.

The Sterling Anywhere card has a £1 ATM fee (£1.50 in the UK). At the point you use the card abroad the £ Sterling amount is converted to local currency with a 1.4% charge.

Try to avoid using your card over the counter in a bank to withdraw money as this will cost €6.25/£5/$7.50 (1.5% minimum charge)

What is ‘Auth Commission’

When you use your card in a currency outside of its denomination the exchange rate is calculated at the time you make the transaction. As the markets may move during the transaction process FAIRFX temporarily reserve 2% of the value of the transaction to cover the cost in case the rate changes. This will appear as ‘Auth Commission” on your statement until the payment finalises, typically one day, when any extra will go back on your card balance.

Topping up using debit/credit cards

Ensure you use a card registered to the same address listed under your FAIRFX account to avoid the payment failing. Credit cards will incur an additional 2.5% fee, so it’s best to use a debit card.

Lost/Stolen cards

If your card is lost or stolen you must tell us as soon as possible by calling our 24-hr helpline on 01753 775961 (normal UK landline charges apply) or online by selecting the 'Lost/Stolen' option in the 'Cards' tab in ‘My Account. You can also cancel your card from the FAIRFX app. We will cancel the card and freeze your balance immediately. If you do not report and cancel a lost or stolen card you may lose the money you have on it. There is a £6, €9 or $12 replacement fee to issue a new card.

Family and Friends cards

This is an easy way to give a FAIRFX card on your account to family members or friends aged 14 or over for just £6.00. You load and manage the card from your existing login, giving you control and flexibility dealing with your family member or friend's holiday money.

Find out more about our Family and Friends Cards

Pay in the local currency

Some merchants will ask you which currency you would like to pay in when abroad. Make sure you always choose the local currency and avoid paying in Sterling; otherwise you permit the merchant to choose the exchange rate, which may be a poor one.

How much can you top up on your card?

FAIRFX Currency Cards are subject to a minimum load of $75, €60 or £50 and a maximum single load of $5,000, €3,750 or £2,500. The total balance (including any pending transactions) you can have on your currency card at any one time is $10,000, €7,500 or £5,000. If your card has reached the maximum balance then you will not be able to load any additional funds onto your card until the balance has been reduced.

5-star reviews for FAIRFX's service

I used my card all over the world. I used my FAIRFX card on my gap year. It helped me to manage my money when I was abroad and was a safer alternative to travel cash. I used it in multiple countries without any problems. I highly recommend the cards for anyone travelling abroad.

Fenella St John, May 2015

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“Named one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain”

Moneynet Awards 2014

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“Best Multi-Currency Prepaid Card”

ADVFN International Financial Awards 2015

“Best Currency Exchange Service”

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