Travel Smart This Eid: How Cashless Travel Cards Can Make Your Trip Hassle-Free

Are you planning a trip this Eid? Whether you're heading out to see family or taking a vacation, there's one thing you don't want to forget – your travel money. While packing your bags might be left until the last minute, it's important to plan ahead when it comes to your finances. One way to do this is by using a cashless travel card like BFC Pay Travel Buddy.

In this blog, we will explore the benefits of using BFC Pay Travel Buddy and how it can make your trip hassle-free. From the ease of adding money to the card to tracking your transactions, this travel card has it all.

So, let's dive in and discover the many benefits of using BFC Pay Travel Buddy on your next trip.

Say Goodbye to Cash Hassles

One of the biggest hassles of traveling abroad is dealing with cash. You have to carry large amounts of money with you, find exchange bureaus to convert your currency, and constantly worry about theft or loss. With BFC Pay Travel Buddy, all of these worries disappear.

Our cashless travel card is accepted at over 80 million Visa-powered terminals around the world. You can use it to make purchases at shops, restaurants, and even online stores. Plus, you can withdraw cash from ATMs with pin protection, making it a convenient and safe way to carry money when you travel.

Lock in Your Exchange Rate

When you travel abroad, currency exchange rates can fluctuate greatly, sometimes even within a single day. This can make it difficult to budget and plan your expenses while traveling. Fortunately, using a travel card can help you avoid this problem.

With a travel card, you can lock in the exchange rate at the time of loading your card with foreign currency. For example, if you're planning a trip to Europe and you see that the Euro is currently riding high, you can load up your Euro wallet with a good rate and take advantage of that price for your future travel. This way, you won't have to worry about sudden fluctuations in the exchange rate while you're on your trip.

BFC Pay Travel Buddy offers a lock-in feature for US Dollar (USD), UK Pound (GBP), Euro (EUR), Saudi Riyal (SAR), UAE Dirhams (AED), Turkish Lira (TRY), Georgian Lari (GEL), Thai Baht (TBH) and Omani Rial (OMR). You can still use other currencies around the globe with the BHD currency wallet directly, which is very attractive compared to many other credit and debit cards.

Avoid Pesky Currency Conversion Fees

When you use your usual debit or credit cards overseas, you could be charged a fee every time you transact because you are essentially spending in foreign currency. Some card companies charge you an exchange rate of up to 3%, and really greedy ones go up to 5%. Some cost you flat fees on international transactions. In Travel Buddy, once you load your preferred currency, you don’t have to account for any extra fees or exchange rates while transacting. You can decide when the rate favors you, so you get the best deal on your travel expenses.

When you buy currency and spend from the Travel Buddy card, it is more economical than using a credit card.

Real Time Transaction Tracking

One of the best things about BFC Pay Travel Buddy is the ability to track your transactions in real time. The BFC Pay mobile app gives you a clean and neat transaction history with filters that enable you to see how much you spent on coffee or souvenirs during your travels. This feature helps you stay on top of your expenses and manage your budget better.

Easy Money Management

Managing your finances while traveling can be a headache, but with BFC Pay Travel Buddy, it's a breeze. You can easily load your card using the Benefit Payment Gateway (Debit/ATM Card), Benefit Pay app or BFC Pay wallet and keep a balance of up to BHD 2500 on your card. Once your balance is low, you can reload the card at any time.

Easy Card Block, Freeze and Security Controls

One of the biggest concerns when traveling is the safety of your money. With a travel card like BFC Pay Travel Buddy, you can easily block, unblock your card or change PIN from the BFC Pay App itself, in case it gets misplaced or stolen. The app gives more controls like temporary freeze, switching off Online or Specific channels, etc. Trust me, you try it, and you will love it.

Additionally, some travel cards offer extra security features like chip and PIN protection, fraud monitoring, and 24/7 customer service. This can give you peace of mind and help you enjoy your trip without worrying about your money's safety.

Travel Card Offers and Rewards

Finally, using a travel card can sometimes come with extra perks and rewards. BFC Pay Travel Buddy, for example, offers various discount offers for car rentals, hotels, restaurants, and other travel-related expenses. These offers can help you save money and make your trip more enjoyable. You can also win BFC Points every time you add money in BHD wallet or buy forex. BFC Points can be redeemed for gift cards or cashbacks on the BFC Pay app itself.

Tips on How to Use Cashless Travel Cards Effectively

Using cashless travel cards is a convenient way to make payments when traveling. Not only does it eliminate the need to carry cash, but it can also help you stay within your budget. Here are some tips on how to use cashless travel cards effectively:

Allocate a budget for cash and travel cards

While cashless travel cards can be used for most transactions, it is always a good idea to carry some cash with you. This will come in handy when you need to make really small transactions (like fees to use the toilet????). To make the most of your cashless travel card, allocate a budget for both cash and card payments.

Monitor your transactions

To avoid overspending or unauthorized charges, it's important to monitor your transactions regularly. Most cashless travel cards offer online or mobile banking services that allow you to check your balance and transaction history. Make sure to review your transactions frequently and report any suspicious activity immediately. With Travel Buddy card, detailed transaction history can be checked on BFC Pay app.

Notify your bank or card issuer before traveling

If you're planning to use your cashless travel card abroad, it's a good idea to notify your bank or card issuer beforehand. This will help avoid any issues with your card being declined or blocked due to suspicious activity. You may also want to inquire about any foreign transaction fees or exchange rate charges.

Keep it safe

Just like cash, it is important to keep your cashless travel card safe. Avoid leaving it in your hotel room or in an unsecured bag. Instead, keep it in a secure place such as a money belt or a concealed pocket.

If you're planning a trip this Eid, using a cashless travel card like BFC Pay Travel Buddy can make your journey hassle-free and more enjoyable. With the convenience of instant top-ups, competitive exchange rates, and worldwide acceptance, you can easily manage your travel expenses and focus on enjoying your trip to the fullest.

So, pack your bags, download the BFC Pay app, apply for Travel Buddy today and get ready to explore the world with ease and convenience. Happy travels!