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Old 02-01-2009, 04:13 AM   #1
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FairFX

How many of you use FairFX for your Dollars?

DO you have the card or order cash through them?

I am thinking about using them for the first time this year as the exhange rate with them is slightly better.

The card looks a good option - any one got any experiance with this?

any thoughts would be appreciated
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:27 AM   #2
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I have a fairfx card and will use it on our trip in October. I've used it in the UK too and think it's brilliant. The rate is better than anywhere else I've seen and it's much safer that carrying cash.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:50 AM   #3
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Dad and I have a Fairfx card each. We've used ours all over Orlando and California and never had any problems with them but we always have cash/other cards with us just in case.

There is a $2 fee for taking cash out of ATMs but if you take enough out to cover a few days at a time it doesn't make that much difference and there is no fee for using it as a debit card. If you won't have Internet access while you are away just keep a note of your balance on a piece of paper.
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:02 AM   #4
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I got one for our last trip last October, loaded it up and used it everywhere in Florida, found it a lot better than carrying travellers chqs around!
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:02 AM   #5
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Has anyone signed up for Fairfx going through Matalan? I have a Fairfx card that I got through Quidco and put over £500 on it so I didn't have to pay the sign up fee. However I've just tried to get one for DH and I'm being charged the sign up fee, which I thought was free if you went through Matalan!

Edited to add. There must've be some type of problem with the application as I tried again and it went through this time without the charge, but now DH has to contact Fairfx. Apparently they can't identify him well enough with the information that has been provided!!!!
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:29 AM   #6
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now DH has to contact Fairfx. Apparently they can't identify him well enough with the information that has been provided!!!!
That happened to me but all I needed to do was tell them my driving license number and then all was well and I'm currently awaiting my card. If we're happy with mine (can't see why we won't be!) we'll order one for DH too so all the money isn't in the same place.

We have a US bank account and used to use travellers cheques to transport money, it will be so nice just to withdraw cash, walk to the cashier, pay it in and not to have to sign all those travellers cheques!!! to FairFX so far!!
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:44 AM   #7
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I haven't used my in Orlando yet but have used it for internet purchases, vendor deposits etc with no problems at all.

I think we will get another for my DBF so that we don't have all the money on one card. I did check with Fairfx and they said they don't issue a second card on the account. I'm pretty sure they said you could have more than one account in your name (with separate cards) and they can transfer money between the accounts. We're thinking it would be handy just in case one of the cards goes missing.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:48 AM   #8
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We used one on the last trip just about everywhere they are brilliant and will work anywhere that takes mastercard. We also used the cash service they offer and they came straight away in the recorded post.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:46 AM   #9
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we paid our wedding on it to disney then used it in orlando and mexico on our honeymoon, will be putting more on it this year, the best thing i have got in years.

Its so much easier even with the charge for getting money at the atm I still did it
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:15 PM   #10
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We used ours on our trip back in October with no problems at all. It was extremely easy to top up and check the balance on and worked everywhere. I brought that, my debit card and $150 in cash, but didn't touch my debit card until we landed back at Gatwick two weeks later.

It was also the card I registered at check in for room charges - again, no problems.

I still had a balance on it when I got back home and had no difficulties using it in the UK.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:22 PM   #11
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for all those that use quidco, go through them for fairfx card

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Old 02-02-2009, 02:12 AM   #12
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for all those that use quidco, go through them for fairfx card

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Only if you're putting at least £500 on the card. If you're putting less than £500 on your better going through Matalan.

With Quidco you get £7.50 back but if you put less than £500 on the card Fairfx will charge you £9.95 for the card. If you go through Matalan you get your card free.
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:01 AM   #13
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Only if you're putting at least £500 on the card. If you're putting less than £500 on your better going through Matalan.

With Quidco you get £7.50 back but if you put less than £500 on the card Fairfx will charge you £9.95 for the card. If you go through Matalan you get your card free.
and also with Matalan you get £5 back if you put your first £100 in. see link on my other post
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:25 PM   #14
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and also with Matalan you get £5 back if you put your first £100 in. see link on my other post
For some reason DH didn't get the extra £5
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:03 PM   #15
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After reading all about the fair FX card, we got one for our trip last summer. One of the best things we did. We kept adding money on it every few months (especially when exchange rate went just under £1 = $2). Seemed to add to the excitement of the holiday. Used it for everything except hire car imprint.
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