Travel Money & Foreign Exchange – Birmingham Airport Guide
Before you go on holiday you need to get your travel money sorted – but do you know the best method for you? Changing your cash may seem straightforward but ordering it online, grabbing it at the airport, taking a currency card or using your credit card are just some of the options available!
Order online for best, locked in rates ? You’ll save time at the airport ? You avoid those inflated airport rates ? It’s much more convenient
It can be pretty expensive to pick up your current at the airport itself, although sometimes you just don’t have much choice! However, if you order it online beforehand and pick it up at the airport, this avoids the inflated prices but you keep the convenience of collecting it before you go!
There are several bureau de change desks throughout Birmingham Airport where you can order currency, all run by ICE. Whether you are before or after security control, or have just arrived at Birmingham Airport, you will find a number of foreign currency exchange outlets ready to provide you with your holiday cash! Over 50 currencies are available at competitive exchange rates and you can pay with debit cards, credit cards or cash.
Currency Exchange outside of Birmingham Airport
Travelex don’t have an outlet at the airport but you can order currency online with them with great rates and get it delivered to your home. If you aren’t so keen on handling cash, why not opt for a Travel Money Card? All the same benefits, but with the added bonus of 24hr assistance, free ATM withdrawals and locked in exchange rates.
Although there is a Post Office branch in SPAR, they don’t offer currency exchange services. However, your local highstreet branch may very well do, so head to one and check out their rates. Alternatively, head online to see what they currently offer and pick up one of their Travel Money Cards!
What is a Prepaid Currency Card?
There are now many of these cards available, and they work very much like a debit card. You load them up with money – either in one single currency, or sometimes you load them with sterling and are then able to use them in multiple currencies.
If you have time to order one of these cards online for delivery before you travel, it can be one of the cheapest ways to take your holiday money with you. You will usually need to leave around 7 days for delivery of your card to your home to get the best rates, but you can sometimes purchase the cards from providers operating a bureau de change at your airport.
They are often much cheaper to use abroad than using your normal debit card, and are now offered by several different foreign exchange providers, including Travelex. Click on the image on the left to check out their Money Card.
Credit and Debit Cards
Using your credit or debit card abroad can be very risky. Some credit cards offer huge fees for transactions abroad, and you may find your holiday getting very expensive very quickly!
There are some credit cards that offer great deals when they are used abroad, but if you sign up for one of these it is best to keep it for use when abroad. They can compensate for their fabulous international rates by charges large fees for use in the UK. Our number one tip with credit and debit cards is to do your research, and know exactly what the fees and charges are before going away.