Category Archives: Online Money Transfers

How to use TransferWise and start saving money

Making payments with Transferwise is very easy. I will try to explain how to use TransferWise and also share my suggestions to make transfers cheaper and faster. First, you need to create an account (assuming you are a new user). You can do it on your laptop or a mobile device, they have apps both for iOS and Android. You also have a nice option to sign up with your Google or Facebook account. The signup form is soo minimalistic that it will take you less than a minute to create an account. If you don’t want to signup with a social account then you will be only asked to provide your email and choose a password for your TransferWise account. You can start sending money immediately:

How much would you like to transfer
Step 1: Enter the amount you want to send and the currency you are sending from and to. The exchange rate and total fees will be displayed instantly. You will also see:

  • How much you will save comparing to a regular bank transfer
  • The estimated delivery date and time
  • If the exchange rate guaranteed for 24 or 48 hours. More on that a bit later.
  • Option to compare TransferWise fees with other similar payment providers
(promotion applies for your first transfer only)

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How to transfer money from the USA to Australia

Australia Sydney Opera view

Sending money to Australia can be challenging and expensive, especially when making regular bank transfers. Not only money but time matters. Western Union estimates up to 7 days to complete a transfer of 1000 USD to Australia. So how to send money from the USA to Australia avoiding high fees and slow delivery? Fortunately, three are better options provided by well known and trustworthy P2P providers like TransferWise and CurrencyFair. Let’s dive deeper into the topic and see what do they offer comparing to your bank and Western Union. Continue reading

Honest opinion on changes in TransferWise fees

GBP to EUR fee dropped from 0.5% to 0.38% + 80p

Recently TransferWise announced various changes in their fees under very catchy title: “Mission Zero”. What does it mean for us who are their customers? Despite of the title you can actually get even slightly higher fees depending on currencies you convert and money upload method you use. These are main points to cover in this review post:

  • Lower fees for most popular destinations with minimal fee removed
  • Fees for debit and credit card payments increased
  • Fees for several destinations will increase as of January 2018

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PayPal vs TransferWise: Which is better for money transfers?

PayPal vs TransferWise

Do you need to send money to somebody in a different country? Do you need to pay somebody in different currency and not lose money on exchange rate? Shortly, if you use PayPal for this purpose you would have to pay much higher fees comparing to TransferWise. You should understand it’s not an alternative but different payment system. PayPal’s primary function is to make and receive payments (for goods and services) not to make money transfers. TransferWise is designed for international money transfers at first pace. In this article I’m going to explain main differences of these two providers. Continue reading

TransferWise introduces Facebook Bot to make transfers easier than ever

TranSending money abroad can be pain if you not aware of right tools. Banks, services like Western Union and other “classical” big players on the market usually have non-competitive currency exchange rates and high fees. Fortunately there is a new way of sending money overseas – peer to peer payment services. TransferWise is number one choice in most of cases. It’s online peer to peer financial service that is transparent and legally regulated business. Over £800 million passes through TransferWise every month and it’s used by private persons, businesses and banks like N26 and LHV.

Recently TransferWise announced their new feature that will allow sending money abroad event easier than before. They created Facebook chat bot application that resides in your Facebook messenger on your smartphone or tablet. TransferWise Bot is available for all existing customers and it can become your personal assistant in money transfers. It can do many things, lets quickly review how it can make your life easier. Continue reading

CurrencyFair giving away free flight home for Christmas

CurrencyFair free flight home for Christmas draw

CurrencyFair found an extraordinary way to promote their services by giving free flights home for Christmas to one of their customers. The promotion is available for new and existing customers and CurrencyFair will cover the costs up to €5,000 (or currency equivalent). From what they say you can take your partner with you as well. Not sure if you can take more family members but this sounds as great deal anyway.

What you need to do is just register an account and make your first transfer in order to enter into the draw. If you are existing customer then you can get counted in by referring a friend.

>>> Find out more and enter into the draw <<<
Be quick! The promotion is valid till December 18th!

That’s quite interesting turn that means these guys are very serious about pushing forward their P2P services. I think this is a good reason to try CurrencyFair. Why not?!

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CurrencyFair Growth Foundation In Place

Brett Meyers, the founder of CurrencyFair, has positioned his Irish-based fintech firm for growth. In a series of funding, rebranding, and recruiting, the firm has sought to garner the human and financial capital aimed at giving the company the resources it requires to grow its business.

Brett Meyers CurrencyFair at Web Summit

To this end, CurrencyFair has raised €8 million $8.8 million in its latest round of funding as well as recruited top-rated management team in Sylvie McDermott and Paul Byrne. Lead by Octopus Ventures and Frontline Ventures, the latest round of funding bring the total amount of funds raised by the Irish-based startup to roughly €20 million, giving the company sufficient funds to finance its growth ambitions. Continue reading

Western Union – Pros and Cons for sending money abroad

Western Union LogoSeveral years ago, I was using the services of Western Union to send money overseas, seeing as it is a reputable company that has been in the market since 1851 as a leading money transfer service. For the most part, I had no problems with their services, and I settled into accepting what Western Union has to offer. However, I later came across TransferWise and realized that it was possible to get better service. The rates were noticeable better, and the transfers are fast, taking a day, half a day, or sometimes, just a few hours. Continue reading

TransferWise Complaints and Quick Resolutions

transferwise complaints and resolutionBefore I make any decisions to purchase a product or try out a new service, I take the time to find out what customers have to say about the product. For me, customer reviews, especially the TransferWise complaints, give an indication of what is really happening with the company. TransferWise takes the time to listen to their customers, understand their problems and solve them as soon as possible, and better than the customer expected. It is clear to me that they place emphasis on managing their reputation. Here are some of the typical TransferWise complaints I have come across, including the steps that the company has taken to resolve the issues. Continue reading