Revolut Card in Australia – Review

Revolut - Multi-currency Cards & Accounts

  • Revolut is a multi-currency account
  • Send and spend money in 24 currencies at the real exchange rate on amounts less than £5,000 per month
  • Larger transactions are subject to a 0.5% charge
  • Revolut accounts only take minutes to open

We review Revolut, a digital bank that allows users to receive, send and spend money at the interbank exchange rate.

Revolut has finally launched its service in Australia. Up to 20,000 Australians — the first that joined the company’s long waiting list — now have access to an e-money account that provides free international money transfers, a multi-currency account and travel card.

Revolut is among the world’s hottest fintechs, having already secured 5 million customers in Europe and valuations near $2 billion.

The company has said that it will run its Australian operation from Melbourne but will also have presences in Sydney and Perth.

From Revolut’s multi-currency wallet, “Standard” account holders can send money to bank accounts around the world in 110 currencies at the interbank exchange rate — that’s an exchange rate without the usual markups — and without transaction fees, subject to a monthly transaction limit of AU$9,000.

For higher-value payments, Revolut offers a “Premium” account, costing AU$10.99 per month, for which no-fee international transfers are unlimited.

Since banks usually apply costs worth 3–5 percent on such transfers, money saved with Revolut and other cheap foreign transfer providers can be substantial.

“Sending money between the UK, Europe and Australia has traditionally been costly and time consuming,” the man in charge of Revolut’s APAC expansion, Will Mahon-Heap, said in a statement. But no more, he implied, when he said that Revolut was “tearing down financial borders and will keep money in the pockets of our customers.”

Revolut Travel Card Rates & Fees - Compared

The below live Foreign Transfer comparison table shows how much you could save on your next trip by using a Revolut card.

Travel Card Providers Amount USD(U$)Exchange RateFee AUDTotal CostDeal Links
649.50 U$
Best Overall
646.60 U$
U$2.9 less
638.60 U$
U$11 less
635.10 U$
U$14 less
0.6351$0 BPay, Card 0.72%-1%2.26%
623.90 U$
U$26 less
Revolut: Travel Card AUD→USD
From Amount (AUD)A$1,000
Exchange Rate:0.6495 (-0.05% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD)649.50 U$
Total Cost:0.05%
Card Facts/Fees:
See our Reviews for the different fee structures for Standard (Free), Premium and Metal account subscriptions.
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Physical or Virtual cards
Delivery/Collect:Card delivery 3-5 days
: 4/5.0
TransferWise: Travel Card AUD→USD
From Amount (AUD)A$1,000
Exchange Rate:0.6466 (-0.49% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD)646.60 U$
Total Cost:0.49%
Card Facts/Fees:
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Multi-currency debit card with linked foreign bank accounts
Delivery/Collect:5-7 days
: 4.6/5.0
ANZ Bank: Travel Card AUD→USD
From Amount (AUD)A$1,000
Exchange Rate:0.6386 (-1.72% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD)638.60 U$
Total Cost:1.72%
Card Facts/Fees:
10 Load Currencies Withdrawal : AUD USD GBP EUR NZD CAD HKD SGD THB JPY
ATM Withdrawal : AUD3.50 USD2.50 GBP2.00 EUR2.20 NZD4.50 CAD3.00 HKD20.00 SGD4.00 THB95 JPY260
Card Purchase Fee: AUD 11.00
Maximum Load Amount: AUD 80,000
Monthly Fee : AUD 3 (after 12 months inactive)
Rate Fetched: website - Fri Feb 28 2020 11:03:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Branch
: 3/5.0
Travelex Money Card: Travel Card AUD→USD
From Amount (AUD)A$1,000
Fee:$0 BPAY, 0.77% MasterCard debit, 0.94% MasterCard credit, 0.72% Visa debit and 1% Visa credit
Exchange Rate:0.6351 (-2.26% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD)635.10 U$
Total Cost:2.26%
Card Facts/Fees:
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee: FREE
Card Purchase Fee: $5.00
Maximum Load Amount: $100,000
Monthly Fee : $4 (after 12 months inactive)
Currency Conversion: 5.95% (when you withdraw
a currency not loaded on your card)
Offers 24/7 Global Emergency Assistance service with fee free emergency funds up to the available balance on the card
Rate Fetched: Fri Feb 28 2020 12:00:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
: 4.3/5.0
Commonwealth Bank (CBA): Travel Card AUD→USD
From Amount (AUD)A$1,000
Exchange Rate:0.6239 (-3.99% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD)623.90 U$
Total Cost:3.99%
Card Facts/Fees:
ATM Withdrawal Fees: AED 10.00, CNY 15.00, HKD 17.00, SGD 3.50, VND 50,000, AUD 3.504, EUR 2.20, JPY 220, THB 80.00, CAD 3.00, GBP 2.00, NZD 3.50, USD 2.50
Card Purchase Fee: AUD 15.00
Maximum Load Amount: AUD 100,000
Monthly Fee : none
Rate Fetched: website - Fri Feb 28 2020 11:02:01 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Branch
: 1.2/5.0
Snapshot 02/28/2020 - View latest rates

From the Revolut app, users can make instant transfers to phone contacts, can target improved exchange rates using Auto Exchange and can receive card payments from non-Revolut users by way of payment links. Shopping internationally is also a breeze using Revolut’s multi-currency travel card which grants free overseas ATM withdrawals up to AU$350 per month (AU$700 for Premium accounts).

Perhaps the most disliked feature of Revolut is the customer support, which comes in the form of in-app text chat — Revolut offers no phone or email support, not even for business customers.

Due to its successes in Europe and the hype that surrounds the service, Revolut is expected to steal market share from Australia’s established financial services firms at a much faster pace than local neobanks such as Xinja, Volt and 86 400.

“[Revolut] is a different animal,” a source at a major bank told the Australian Financial Review. “This could be a bigger threat [to the banking sector] than the home players,” the source said.

Revolut has also announced the addition of Apple Pay as a funding option but, for the time being, only for users in 15 European countries: the UK, France, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Those in Australia will have to wait for Apple Pay and must instead add money to Revolut balances with a domestic debit card or bank transfer.

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