A fresh face for comment on Travel Money Monday 19 October 2015 PDF Print Koko Sarkari, of iceplc.com can provide expert comment and valuable tips on foreign currency www.iceplc.com Following a seven year high in the summer, the Pound has now weakened against the Euro and those heading to the USA will also need to stretch budgets further as the Pound buys 1.49 USD* compared to 1.65 USD back in May 2014. For great ways to buy foreign currency and to make the most of less favourable rates, speak to Koko Sarkari, COO of ICE – International Currency Exchange. With over a decade’s experience in foreign exchange, Koko is an expert commentator for live, recorded or print media interviews, providing the sound bites and insight you need. ICE can also supply year-on-year and month-on-month analysis of foreign exchange orders, rate variations, case studies and information on: • Destinations where travellers can get more for their money • How much we’re taking away with us and how that compares year on year • How to arrange your travel money if you’ve left it to the last minute • Why exchange rates vary from location to location and online vs over the counter • The value of the pound against all major and exotic currencies and how rates have fluctuated year-on-year • Preferred destinations for holidaymakers revealed by currencies ordered • Prepaid cards and options for how to avoid debit and credit card charges • Options for how to protect funds from exchange rate volatility • What to consider before choosing a prepaid card and the benefits of using them when travelling abroad 10 Facts about ICE 1. ICE offers currency for 60 destinations worldwide 2. The ICE Travellers Cashcard is the only prepaid currency card to offer 1.5% cashback on point of sale purchases and won Best Free Prepaid Card at the 2015 Prepaid365 Awards 3. The prepaid ICE Travellers Cashcard is available in Pounds, Euros and US Dollars 4. This summer the average transaction value for travel money orders on iceplc.com was £1026.30 The average transaction for Euros was £1070.75 (€1400)) 5. ICE offers holidaymakers flexibility and convenience with a choice of options to access their currency – online, in-branch, at the airport, trains station or from a growing number of ATMs 6. The ICE Click and Collect service gives holidaymakers highly competitive, discounted rates and convenient access to currency at key UK travel hubs 7. ICE’s most popular currencies this summer, excluding the Euro and US Dollar, were Australian Dollar, South African Rand and UAE Dirham. 8. This summer the average Euro ICE Travellers Cashcard top-up was £421.00* (€550) 9. This summer, the average US Dollar ICE Travellers Cashcard top-up was £564.00*($802) 10. There are 45 ICE branches located in the UK, making it easier for consumers to find competitive rates for foreign exchange Please contact the ICE Press Office at HSL – Parm Heer or Alison Reeson on 020 8977 9132. firstname.lastname@example.org Key Benefits of the ICE Travellers Cashcard|iceplc.com/cashcard • 1.5% cashback on all purchases of £50/$50/€50 or more on the respective cards • No commission • Free to obtain if the initial load is £700 or more. £4.75 if the initial load is less than £700. • Free cash withdrawals from ATMs 1 • Free backup card in case of loss/theft • Free supplementary Family Cards for up to two family members • Free to top-up the Euro and US Dollar cards 2 • Free balance enquiries either online or at ATMs 3 • Free seven day same rate buy-back guarantee – funds can be converted back to sterling at the same exchange rate 4 • No penalty fees, e.g. no charge if you fail to use your card for long periods of time and if you lose your card and need a replacement ICE will replace it for free • Accepted wherever the MasterCard® Acceptance Mark is displayed 5 • Cardholders also enjoy a range of discounts to help budgets go further including car hire, hotels and airport parking. *ICE plc rates for September 2015 for travel money. 1 Some ATM operators and merchants may charge a fee or set their own limits 2 A 2% fee will be levied if topping-up with a credit card 3 Some ATM operators may levy their own charge for checking account balances 4 Up to $100/€100, 7 days from the date of the last top up 5 The card cannot be used for participating in online gaming websites, at casinos or other gambling institutes, or to make regular money transfers This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Harrison Sadler in the following categories: Men's Interest, Personal Finance, Travel, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.