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NEW FairFX Expense Platform feature: Top-up requests

The latest FairFX Expense Platform feature makes it even easier to give employees access to the funds they need, when they need them. Plus, there’s no need for long email chains. Employees can now request top-ups directly from the platform and app, and company controllers can review, approve or reject the requests just as easily. It takes just a few taps for the employee to ask for the amount they need and the reason for it, and just a few taps for the controller to approve or reject the request on the platform or app (whichever they prefer). Whether its […]

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FairFX Study Abroad Cost Calculator

The cost for UK students wanting to pursue higher education in Europe is revealed in our comprehensive cost calculator. Analysing the tuition fees and living costs of the European universities that made it into the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, our research reveals the most affordable destinations to study based on tuition fees, living costs and currency rates. The average cost of attending university in the UK has reached in excess of £18,000 a year, combining average tuition fees of £9,234 and average living costs of £9,526. There are many alternative European universities which offer a degree at […]

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Where to travel in 2018 – the best value holiday destinations

Brexit talks caused another up and down year for Sterling in 2017, with many holidaymakers being hit by sudden drops in exchange rates over the summer. But as always, those that plan ahead are able to avoid fluctuations and uncertainty about how far their pound will go abroad. Thinking about currency before you’ve chosen your destination means you can pick a country where the exchange rate is in your favour and accommodation, shopping and dining out will cost you less. Rather than opting for your usual European spots this year, why not tick off some more far-flung destinations or secret […]

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Relaxed expenses versus perks – which leads to a happier workforce?

Job perks are more important than they’ve ever been. According to employment website Glassdoor, more than a third of employees say extra benefits are among their top considerations before accepting a new job, while research by merchant services provider Paymentsense shows 77% of potential employees have been put off accepting a new job because they felt the perks weren’t up to scratch. Providing extra benefits for your staff can boost morale and improve productivity, especially in cash-strapped times where pay rises aren’t feasible, but they also present challenges. What should you offer, and how do you get it right? Extra […]

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Take your travel money further in the USA 🇺🇸

Travelling to the USA? Take your travel money further on your trip with our tips on ways to pay in the US, how to get around and when to buy your US dollars. Currency US currency consists of bills in denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10, $5, and $1 and coins in denominations of $1, 25 cents (quarter), 10 cents (dime), 5 cents (nickel) and 1 cent (penny). All of the bills are the same size, so make sure you don’t get them mixed up. Getting the best exchange rate Get more travel money for your trip without spending an […]

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Moving abroad? Here’s the checklist to help you plan smarter

Deciding to move abroad will not be a split-second decision for most people. If you’re thinking of becoming an expat you probably have a destination country in mind, but you’ll also be thinking how you make the move a success and how you make sure it doesn’t cost you your life savings. With the help of our handy checklist and a little smart planning, moving abroad doesn’t have to be difficult. 1. Choosing the right destination A really important part of moving abroad is choosing the right place to move to. You may have already fallen in love with a […]

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How to lock in the best Money Transfer rates

Whenever you need to make an international money transfer you obviously want the best exchange rate possible, but what if  the pound has a great day today and you only need to send money next week? That’s the trouble with leaving your currency conversion until the day you need to make the transfer – you’re at the mercy of the market. And if the pound is having a bad day, shopping around will only take you so far. “So can I buy currency when the rate is good and only transfer it later?” Yes! With our latest Buy & Hold […]

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How to stop staff splashing the company cash

The cost of travelling by car, plane and train continues to rise year after year and keeping a lid on travel spend is no mean feat. Harder still for smaller firms who rely on staff to organise their own travel. So, how can you ensure staff look to save money where possible when the company is paying and clamp down on those urges to splash the cash? Boosting their salary Psychologist Nigel Nicholson says that employees taking a lax attitude to the way they spend on things like travel expenses can be a symptom of a deeper problem within the […]

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Exclusive Christmas experiences for FairFX customers

There’s just enough time to tick a few final things off of your Christmas list. So you can still book yourself a little Christmas break, upgrade your existing travel plans or grab some last minute gifts. To take the pressure off you we’ve handpicked some of the best exclusive experiences from Mastercard Priceless® Cities, available to you as a FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® customer.   Luxury stays… Whether you’re squeezing in a break before the big day or planning something special for the New Year, FairFX Mastercard customers can get access to some exclusive hotel stays. Private Spa at the Grand […]

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Global guide: key budgeting considerations when sending staff abroad

Preparing a budget for staff travelling abroad can be challenging as costs and logistics are often unknown until they arrive. Plus, prices for business travel necessities vary widely between countries. Our guide gives you an overview of the key things you should know when planning for staff overseas expenses. Use the links below to jump to the country that you’d like to know more about. Argentina 🇦🇷 Australia 🇦🇺 Brazil 🇧🇷 Canada 🇨🇦 China 🇨🇳 Denmark 🇩🇰 Finland 🇫🇮 France 🇫🇷 Germany 🇩🇪 Iceland 🇮🇸 India 🇮🇳 Iran 🇮🇷 Italy 🇮🇹 Japan 🇯🇵 Mexico 🇲🇽 Morocco 🇲🇦 New Zealand 🇳🇿 […]

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Congratulations to our £2,000 winner

Congratulations to Mark, our lucky competition winner, who won £2,000 on his FairFX Card just in time for some Black Friday shopping. Mark was one of many FairFX customers that entered the competition by simply topping up their card on Wednesday 22nd of November or Thursday 23rd of November. Whilst he isn’t sure how he’ll spend the £2,000 just yet, Mark reckons half will probably end up going towards Christmas presents or a winter holiday, and the other half will be saved until next year. Perhaps he’ll take another trip to Hollywood Studios, where he first ventured with his FairFX […]

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Ted’s Smart Travel Notebook: Abu Dhabi 🇦🇪

FairFX is an official sponsor of Sky Sports F1® for the 2017 Formula 1 season, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. Head to our Sky Sports F1® hub to see the latest videos and tips >> Formula One heads to the United Arab Emirates this weekend for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Whilst it’s the final race of the season and the championship has already been decided, it’s still set to be an exciting race with drivers and teams […]