Getting started with the TransferWise card

Getting started with the TransferWise card

The TransferWise card lets you spend money around the world with low conversion fees and zero transaction fees. It’s currently available for borderless account-holders in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and EEA (with the exception of Greece).

Here are some tips to help you get started.

Leave the conversion to us

If you spend money in a currency you already have in your balances, we’ll deduct the amount for free.

If you don’t have the currency in your account, we’ll automatically convert the amount for you. We’ll take it from whichever available balance has the cheapest conversion fee. So there’s no need to worry about converting money before travelling.

Always choose the local currency

Sometimes, ATMs, shops, and online stores are sneaky — they try to charge you more when you withdraw cash or buy something abroad. They do it by offering to charge you in your home currency, then marking up the exchange rate.

Avoid these hidden fees by always choosing to be charged in the local currency of where you are. 

Withdraw up to 200 GBP/250 USD/350 AUD/350 NZD for free

You can withdraw up to 200 GBP, 250 USD, 350 AUD, 350 NZD, or your currency’s equivalent, every 30 days for free. After that, we charge a 2% fee. You can see how you're tracking against your limits in the app.

Some ATMs charge an extra fee as well, but they’ll always let you know beforehand. 

Make sure you're withdrawing from an ATM that accepts Mastercard — withdrawing at the supermarket won't work.

Wait for payments to be complete

When you buy something with your card, the payment will be listed as pending at first. That means we’ve reserved the payment amount, but haven’t debited your account yet. Once you’re charged in full, we'll mark the payment as complete. That usually takes 3–4 working days.

Payments start out as pending because some purchases ― like petrol/gas, hotel reservations, and car rentals ― need to be preauthorised, then adjusted when the final amount is determined. So, you might see a higher amount at first.

Card lost or stolen?

If you lose your card or it’s stolen, the first step is to freeze it. You’ll see this option in your TransferWise account under Debit card (both in the app and website). You can unfreeze it anytime, too. 
You can also block your card permanently in the app, but not the website. You can do this by going to your account, clicking the arrow next to your card details, and choosing Replace card. 

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