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Exchange rates are volatile and can move considerably on a daily basis. Setting up FX Alerts will help you decide the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction. These daily alerts can notify you either when an interbank exchange rate makes a significant UP or DOWN move or when a rate reaches a HIGH or LOW for periods from 14 to 90 days.

FROM / TO 90 DAY TRENDLATEST RATERECENT ALERTS

GBP / EUR
1.1669
90-DAY HIGH 🔔

GBP / USD
1.285
14-DAY LOW (4d)

GBP / AUD
1.8778
14-DAY LOW (5d)

GBP / TRY
7.423
14-DAY HIGH 🔔

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  • Transferwise
  • OFX
  • World First
  • TorFX
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Our comparison tables for transfers, travel cash and cards help you find the best value on offer by making it easy to compare each provider's margins to each other and to bank rates.

  

GBP to USD International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive USD(U$)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
WorldFirst logo
U$6,393.5
Best Overall
1.278700.5%
TorFX logo
U$6,333
U$60 less
1.266601.44%
OFX logo
U$6,374
U$19 less
1.2748£0^0.8%
HSBC logo
U$6,206.18
U$187 less
1.2431£7.53.41%
Natwest Bank logo
U$6,171.93
U$222 less
1.2381153.95%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
U$6,143.72
U$250 less
1.2317124.39%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo HSBC logo
U$6,143
U$250 less
1.2322154.4%
Santander International Money Transfers
Santander logo
U$6,108.47
U$285 less
1.2266204.93%
Lloyds TSB logo
U$6,083.07
U$310 less
1.2215205.33%
 

WorldFirst logo

WorldFirst: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:1.2787 (0.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,393.5
Total Cost:0.5%
Time:20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 

TorFX logo

TorFX: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:1.2666 (1.44% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,333
Total Cost:1.44%
Difference:
U$60 USD less than using WorldFirst
Time:20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 4.7/5.0
Reviews:
 

OFX logo

OFX: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:£0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally 7GBP for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:1.2748 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,374
Total Cost:0.8%
Difference:
U$19 USD less than using WorldFirst
Time:
Rate Fetched: 20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logo

HSBC: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:£7.5 GBP (.15%)
Exchange Rate:1.2431 (3.27% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,206.18
Total Cost:3.41%
Difference:
U$187 USD less than using WorldFirst
Time:20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Natwest Bank logo

Natwest Bank: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:1.2381 (3.66% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,171.93
Total Cost:3.95%
Difference:
U$222 USD less than using WorldFirst
Time:20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 

Citibank logo

Citibank: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:12
Exchange Rate:1.2317 (4.16% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,143.72
Total Cost:4.39%
Difference:
U$250 USD less than using WorldFirst
Time:20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:1.2228 (4.85% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,143
Total Cost:4.4%
Difference:
U$250 USD less than using WorldFirst
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Santander logo

Santander: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:1.2266 (4.55% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,108.47
Total Cost:4.93%
Difference:
U$285 USD less than using WorldFirst
Time:20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
 

Lloyds TSB logo

Lloyds TSB: Foreign Transfer GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£5,000
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:1.2215 (4.95% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$6,083.07
Total Cost:5.33%
Difference:
U$310 USD less than using WorldFirst
Time:20:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 11/12/2019 - See full table
 
Travel Money ProvidersAmount USD(U$)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
Travelex Online UK logo
U$1,252.2
Best Overall
1.2522£0^2.56%
Post Office Money Foreign Currency
Post Office Money logo
U$1,231.4
U$21 less
1.231404.18%
Citibank Foreign Currency
Citibank logo
U$1,209.29
U$43 less
1.2215£105.9%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo
U$1,199
U$53 less
1.2122£106.73%
Lloyds TSB logo
U$1,197.01
U$55 less
1.2091£106.85%
Santander Foreign Currency
Santander logo
U$1,197.01
U$55 less
1.2091£106.85%
Natwest Bank logo
U$1,190.96
U$61 less
1.2091£157.33%
 

Travelex Online UK logo

Travelex Online UK: Travel Money GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:1.2522 (2.56% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,252.2
Total Cost:2.56%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Tue Nov 12 2019 20:15:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 

Post Office Money logo

Post Office Money: Travel Money GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:1.2314 (4.18% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,231.4
Total Cost:4.18%
Time:20:20 Local
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Citibank logo

Citibank: Travel Money GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2215 (4.95% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,209.29
Total Cost:5.9%
Time:20:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2091 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,199
Total Cost:6.73%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Lloyds TSB logo

Lloyds TSB: Travel Money GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2091 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,197.01
Total Cost:6.85%
Time:20:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 

Santander logo

Santander: Travel Money GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2091 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,197.01
Total Cost:6.85%
Time:20:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
 

Natwest Bank logo

Natwest Bank: Travel Money GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:£15 GBP (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:1.2091 (5.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,190.96
Total Cost:7.33%
Time:20:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 11/12/2019 - See full table
 
Travel Card ProvidersAmount USD(U$)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
U$1,277.1
Best Overall
1.277100.5%
Post Office Money Travel Card
U$1,263
U$14 less
1.26301.6%
U$1,252.2
U$25 less
1.252202.44%
 
TransferWise: Travel Card GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:1.2771 (-0.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,277.1
Total Cost:0.5%
Card Facts/Fees:
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Multi-currency debit card with linked foreign bank accounts
Delivery/Collect:5-7 days
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
Post Office Money: Travel Card GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:1.2630 (-1.6% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,263
Total Cost:1.6%
Card Facts/Fees:
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Travelex Money Card: Travel Card GBP→USD
From Amount (GBP)£1,000
Fee:undefined
Exchange Rate:1.2522 (-2.44% from mid-rate)
To Amount (USD) U$1,252.2
Total Cost:2.44%
Card Facts/Fees:
10 Load Currencies: AUD USD EUR GBP NZD HKD SGD CAD JPY THB.
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
Time:
Rate Fetched: Tue Nov 12 2019 11:45:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 11/12/2019 - See full table
 

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