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? – September 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our September 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
The following offers will end soon:
- 2,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard (ends 15th October)
- 30,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard (ends 15th October)
- 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express (ends 2nd November)
- 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus (ends 2nd November)
- 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express (ends 2nd November)
- 30,000 points on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (ends 9th November)
Here are the top current deals:
British Airways American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard
The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 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 offers.
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
60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending: