If you want to get one, click here to download the app and apply.
I would move quickly as the company has told me that it expects a backlog to build up due to the physical constraints on producing the cards. I imagine that moneysavingexpert.com will give it a big push tomorrow as they have promoted it in the past and their Wednesday newsletter goes to 10m people ……
Note that, if you were on the pilot programme, you must still make a fresh application via the app.
I will do a full article on Supercard tomorrow. It is, in essence, a Curve-style product which allows you to make purchases which are recharged to an underlying Visa or MasterCard.
Supercard is aimed primarily at overseas use. It allows you to bypass the 3% foreign exchange fee on almost all UK credit and debit cards.
You pay with your Supercard, the transaction is converted to £ by Travelex using the standard MasterCard wholesale rate, and it is recharged to your underlying Visa or MasterCard.
Here is a summary of the card benefits and how it differs from the pilot programme:
Supercard remains totally free. Free to apply, free to use – although it requires a smartphone to operate. I must be honest, I expected them to start charging but I was wrong.
It is a MasterCard. This is a change from the pilot programme which operated on Visa. As MasterCard FX rates are generally better than Visa, this is to your advantage.
There are NO FEES when using the card for purchases abroad.
There is a 2.99% fee for ATM withdrawals abroad. This is a change from the pilot programme where ATM withdrawals were free. Halifax Clarity, Creation Everyday and MBNA Everyday Plus are, I think, the only UK credit or debit cards which allows fee-free global ATM withdrawals.
Supercard is not a credit card so there is no credit check. They will take steps to verify your identify to comply with general money laundering and compliance rules.
Whilst UK use is not banned, purchases or ATM withdrawals will incur a £1 plus 1% fee which makes them relatively pointless. The only exception would be if you had a generous card like my old ‘2.5 Avios per £1’ bmi MasterCard – I could withdraw £200, pay £3 in fees and earn 500 Avios.
Transaction limits are generous – £500 cash per day, £50000 in total annual spend and various daily / monthly caps
I will write more tomorrow, but you have nothing to lose by heading to the website to check out the full details and then clicking here to download the app to order a free Supercard. Even if you already have a ‘no FX fees’ credit card, Supercard could still be a better deal if you link it to a Visa or MasterCard which has richer rewards.
Don’t ask me how Travelex makes any money on Supercard because I don’t know! There is probably an arbitrage on the interchange fees and some data mining opportunities. The pilot programme must have convinced them that it does have serious long term potential.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2020 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my December 2020 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.