Wise at a glance
Wise (formerly TransferWise) always aim to convert money at the real mid-market exchange rate. There’s just a small, fair service fee, and it’s all shown up-front, this fee normally works out to be less than 1% of the amount being exchanged.
Exchange guaranteed within 2 business days - Pay via Bank Transfer or VISA/Mastercard debit cards.
Setup Direct Debits to Pay Bills abroad from AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP and USD accounts.
Multi-currency Accounts: Regardless of which country you live in, with a Wise Borderless Account you receive a unique set of GBP, EUR, USD, AUD, NZD, SGD, RON, CAD, HUF and TRY account details with which you can get paid like a local. Together with an account number, you’ll receive a SWIFT, BSB, routing and/or sort code and anything else needed to receive funds in those currencies.
The Wise debit card are free to set up and use. And there's never any monthly fee and minimum balance to worry about.
You get two free ATM withdrawals worldwide up to a max amount every 30 days, then a charge on additional withdrawals.
Auto-convert any currency - Spend in any currency and the Wise smart tech will auto-convert it with the lowest possible fee.
Unlike practically all other Travel cards you can pay foreign currency into this card via your own personal foreign bank accounts.
What Savings Can You Expect?
Savings on Wise money transfers are substantial relative to banks and traditional money changers, although the amounts saved will of course depend on how much is being transferred.
Wise advertises that its transfers are “up to 8 times cheaper” than those performed by banks, but what does that mean in real currency terms? How many dollars, pounds, francs or pesos are we talking about? Let’s take a look.
Using BER’s Foreign Transfers comparison table, below, we’ll pretend we’re sending 5,000 British pounds to the US. Given exchange rates at the time of writing, if sending via Wise, the recipient of funds would receive US$6,501 (rounded to the nearest dollar). If sending at the average bank rate, the received amount drops to only US$6,317, for a saving of US$184. If we bump up the transfer amount to £25,000, savings rise to US$1,026! Who wouldn’t want an extra thousand bucks in their pocket?
When compared with other FX specialists, Wise consistently ranks near the very top for savings on international payments, across a range of currencies and amounts.
Although Wise won’t be the absolute cheapest on every currency route, it will at least show you exactly how much you are being charged in currency terms before you make your decision, which is more than can be said for banks or traditional money changers, who hide all sorts of charges within the exchange rates offered.