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Mastercard bans Dynamic Currency Conversion on prepaid cards

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Your travel life gets a tiny bit easier from Friday.  Anyone with a prepaid Mastercard will no longer be offered Dynamic Currency Conversion.

Dynamic Currency Conversion is when a shop or hotel offers you ‘the convenience’ of paying in your home currency, whilst failing to mention that a charge of 5% or so will apply. 

To add insult to injury, your credit card will often add an additional 3% foreign currency surcharge – even though you paid in Sterling – because the transaction originated outside the UK.

From Friday, prepaid Mastercard products – which includes loadable cards such as WeSwap – will be blocked from DCC.  The card terminal will block it at the point of payment.  This may also include the Miles & More Mastercard which is technically a prepaid product.

The easiest way to avoid DCC is to pay with an American Express, since Amex bans the practice entirely.  Unfortunately, UK American Express cards charge 2.99% foreign exchange fees so it makes more sense to pay with a specialist Mastercard or Visa which waives this. has more details on this story here.

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