Compare overseas spending credit cards

Save money on purchases abroad by comparing the best credit cards for overseas spending at MoneySupermarket. Our selection features 0% deals on purchases and balance transfers, no fees or commission on foreign currency or purchases abroad, and even free travel insurance.

Featured overseas spending credit cards - sorted by lowest foreign purchase fee

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  1. Great for
    No European foreign usage fees
    But be aware that
    It is only available to over 50s

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at an annual interest rate of 11.3% (variable) your representative APR will be 11.9% (variable).

  2. Exclusive

    You won’t get this offer on any other comparison site

    Great for
    No fee to transfer a balance
    No fee to use anywhere worldwide
    But be aware that
    Interest rates range from 12.9% - 21.9%

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 12.95% (variable) your representative APR will be 12.9% (variable).

  3. Existing Customer Only

    Offer only available to existing Nationwide FlexAccount, FlexDirect or FlexPlus Account holders

    Great for
    Unlimited commission-free purchases abroad
    But be aware that
    You won’t be able to transfer a balance that’s already on a Nationwide credit card
    You will need your Nationwide current account details to complete your application

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 15.9% (variable) your representative APR will be 15.9% (variable).

  4. Great for
    0% interest on purchases for the first three months
    No fees on purchases overseas. No cash advance fee when you purchase Post Office Travel Money
    The Post Office Platinum Card is provided by Bank of Ireland UK
    But be aware that
    You must earn over £8,000 a year

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 17.8% (variable) your representative APR will be 17.8% (variable).

  5. Exclusive

    Exclusive £20 Amazon Gift Certificate for Moneysupermarket customers (T&Cs apply)

    Great for
    Helps to build your credit rating and offers FREE unlimited access to your credit report worth up to £80 per year
    Being able to reduce your interest rate to 19.9% APR (variable) by keeping to your credit limit and repaying on time
    But be aware that
    You must not have received a CCJ in the past 12 months

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.91% (variable) your representative APR will be 34.9% (variable).

  6. Great for
    £10 annual bonus if you pay on time each month
    0.5% cashback rewards on everything you buy
    A response in 60 seconds
    But be aware that
    You must have had credit in the UK before
    You must have not declared bankruptcy in the last 12 months
    You must have not had any CCJs or defaults in the last 12 months

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 34.94% (variable) your representative APR will be 34.9% (variable).

  7. Great for
    Rewards for Abroad feature
    Fraud protection guarantee
    But be aware that
    You cannot transfer a balance from another Nationwide card

    Representative Example:

    If you spend £1,200 at a purchase interest rate of 17.9% (variable) your representative APR will be 17.9% (variable).

What is an overseas spending credit card?

If you’re heading overseas for a holiday or a business trip, you probably want to take a credit card. After all, it’s a convenient way to carry money, widely accepted, and can be useful in an emergency. But did you know that your everyday credit card might not be the best option?

Most credit cards impose extra fees and charges for foreign transactions, so they can work out expensive when you buy goods and services abroad. If you are a regular traveller, it’s therefore worth considering a credit card that offers a good deal on foreign spending.

You can compare credit cards online with MoneySupermarket’s free, independent comparison service, to make sure you get the right card for your next trip abroad.

What are the advantages of overseas spending cards?

If you use your credit card abroad, the costs can quickly mount up. Most card firms levy two charges for overseas transactions. The loading or conversion fee applies every time you use your card abroad and can be as high as 2.99%. Then there’s a withdrawal fee if you take cash out of an ATM with your credit card. The withdrawal fee is either a flat rate or a percentage of the amount withdrawn, up to about 2%.

However, there are a number of credit cards that either don’t levy these fees, or charge less than the average, so they are a better option for your holiday or business trip abroad.

Are there any disadvantages to the cards?

Overseas spending cards can be a cheap way to buy goods and services abroad, but you should avoid withdrawing cash from a foreign ATM on your credit card. You will almost always have to pay a cash withdrawal fee. Plus, the interest rate on cash withdrawals tends to be higher than the rate on purchases and balance transfers – and you start to rack up interest immediately as the interest-free period does not apply to cash withdrawals. All in all, it’s a costly way to get some cash.

Are there any alternatives?

If you don’t want to take a credit card abroad, you could consider a pre-paid currency card, which works like a pre-paid gift or phone card. You basically load the card with currency before you travel and then spend or withdraw cash as necessary.

It’s safer than carrying cash: if you lose your card, your issuer will cancel the old one and send a replacement. Pre-paid cards are also easily accessible – almost anyone can get one, whether or not they have a good credit history. So they are a good option if you need your money in a hurry.

But make sure you understand and compare charges. Some cards levy an application fee of up to £9.99. Then there might be ATM withdrawal fees, top-up charges or a fee for a replacement card.

You can check out all the best travel money deals on MoneySupermarket’s online comparison service.

Your personalised chance of approval

We’ve taken the details you gave, and used them to show you personalised scores to tell you the chance that your application for each card would be successful.

Why is this important?

Every time you apply for a credit card, a mark is left on your credit score. That means it’s better to get it right first time. Your scores help you understand which cards you have the strongest chance of getting.

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The higher the score, the stronger chance you have of getting the card. If you see a very low score, you’ve probably better off choosing a different card.

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You've been pre approved

If you see a high score, you can be fairly confident. The scores aren’t a guarantee, as acceptance of your application is at the sole discretion of the card issuer, but they should help guide your choice.

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In some cases, we will not be able to display a score for a product because we do not have enough information about the card issuer’s acceptance criteria or we have not been able to match your details at the credit bureau.

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