ICE urges students to travel safely with the ICE Travellers Cashcard
Keeping a handle on the kids’ gap year spending can be done from the comfort of home thanks to prepaid currency cards such as the fee free ICE Travellers Cashcard from travel money expert ICE – International Currency Exchange. Parents are being urged to do their homework and choose a provider that offers a free supplementary card for their son or daughter to take abroad and doesn’t charge for a replacement card if the first is lost or stolen.
According to a recent Latitude Global Volunteering blog, British parents spend as much as £995 million between them each year helping to fund their children’s gap years*. Prepaid cards provide a secure way for them to keep tabs on spending, loading funds as necessary from home while reducing the security risk of their kids carrying too much cash.
“Part of the learning experience from gap years can come from them being on a shoestring, necessitating careful budgeting. Prepaid cards can make this easier by removing the temptation to be slapdash with cash. It’s important when choosing a prepaid card, however, to check whether you can order an extra card for free, and to be aware of any additional charges there might be; for account inactivity, for example”, says Tom Johnson, Head of ICE’s Online Business.
The ICE Travellers Cashcard is a fee free PIN-protected card, offering gappers a safe and convenient payment method to use while exploring Europe and the US. Using the ICE prepaid currency card is simple and allows both the gapper and parents to keep a close eye on the account. Card holders are provided with an emergency back-up card along with their active card, so if the card is ever lost or stolen, there’s no delay in access to funds.
Key benefits such as 1% cashback on all purchases, and free cash withdrawals from ATMs abroad, mean that cash is accessible at the tip of their fingers, without the worry of an accumulation of huge debts – other than to the bank of mum and dad!
“Parents deserve that extra peace of mind when their gappers set off on their ventures. By using the ICE Travellers Cashcard, they can manage and top-up their account easily online, while keeping an eye on their spending,” adds Tom Johnson.
“The convenience and flexibility means that mum, dad and their wandering offspring know there is a back-up plan if money becomes too tight to mention.”
About the ICE Travellers Cashcard
The ICE Travellers Cashcard is a completely fee free prepaid currency card, available in Euros, US Dollars and Sterling. Unlike many competitor currency cards, the ICE Travellers Cashcard is free to purchase, charges no fees for ATM withdrawals** or point of sale transactions, and is offered with a free back up card which can be activated if the first is lost or stolen. There are no penalty fees if the card isn’t used for a length of time, top ups are free and it’s easy to check balances online or at an ATM.
Delivered within just 5 days of order, the ICE Travellers Cashcard is PIN-protected, providing greater security than carrying cash, and is accepted wherever the MasterCard® Acceptance Mark is displayed. As an additional incentive, cardholders earn 1% cashback on all point of sale purchases when using the Euro or US Dollars cards, and can apply for a free supplementary card for a family member.
**Some ATM operators may levy their own fee for this service.
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