U Account axes prepaid card service from today – here's what you need to know
U Account holders can no longer access their accounts or use their prepaid cards to spend or withdraw cash as the digital bank closed the service from midday today (3 May).
3 May 2022
Martin Lewis: 'Signs that Pockit, Anna Money, Fair FX and other Wirecard accounts may be unlocked this week'
Thousands of prepaid card users have been left unable to access their own cash after the Financial Conduct Authority today ordered Wirecard Card Solutions Ltd to suspend its operations in the UK and freeze customer funds, after a major accounting scandal at its German parent company.
29 June 2020
Got a prepaid Mastercard? You won't be offered rip-off currency conversions from this week
We've long warned travellers to pay in the local currency rather than pounds to avoid hideous exchange rates - and from Friday, if you've a Mastercard prepaid card you won't be offered transactions in pounds at all
8 April 2019
Monzo users left unable to use prepaid cards after new outage
App-based bank Monzo experienced problems today, with many prepaid card users unable to make payments
25 October 2017
Ukash travel cards to close next month
Ukash cardholders will have to pay a fee to transfer money back to their bank account if they don't spend their balance
9 January 2017
My Travel Cash axes prepaid travel cards – what to do if you've got one
My Travel Cash withdraws prepaid cards so you've until 4 October to withdraw or spend your money
22 August 2016
Ukash U-turn over closure charge as prepaid travel card adds fees
Travellers with a Ukash prepaid card will be hit with a raft of new charges from April
16 February 2016
The 10 travel must-knows before you go
The great jet-away has started so I've compiled a list of need to knows to get the maximum bang for your bucks
30 July 2015
The pound hits an eight year high buying €1.43 – here's how you get that rate
Tourist rates can be rubbish, so here are our top 10 tips to max your rate
21 July 2015
Is it worth changing euros for the summer holidays now?
The euro has weakened even further over the last week and £1 can now buy you €1.34 at the spot rate
26 January 2015
18 May 2022
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Two MoneySavers reclaim £1,000+: How to check and challenge incorrect water bills if you use a soakaway or septic tank19 May 2022Two MoneySavingExpert.com users have secured refunds and compensation worth thousands - and reduced their waste water bills - after arguing their bills should have been lower as their homes aren't connected to public sewers. Here's how others in England and Wales can maybe do the same.
Over 100,000 Vodafone customers unable to redeem Airtime Rewards to put towards their phone bill – here’s what you can do18 May 2022More than 100,000 Vodafone customers have been unable to redeem Airtime Rewards against their mobile phone bill since the start of May due to a technical glitch. The cashback scheme has implemented a temporary fix, which sees cashback paid into your bank account, for now. Here is all you need to know.
Lloyds Banking Group to shut another 20 Lloyds branches and eight Halifax outlets - here's what's happening18 May 2022Lloyds Banking Group has announced a further round of branch closures, with 28 more outlets being shut across the UK between August and November this year. The closures are made up of 20 Lloyds Bank branches and eight Halifax outlets.
17 May 2022With record numbers lodging passport applications after putting off renewals during the pandemic, delays at the Passport Office are threatening to derail holidays for many. We round up your travel and compensation rights.
Households should ignore scam emails WRONGLY telling them to claim council tax rebates from energy regulator Ofgem17 May 2022Beware scam emails wrongly telling you to click a link to sign up for both a council tax rebate and an energy bill discount. It comes as MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) has received several reports from individuals who've received these emails. Here's what you need to watch out for.
6 May 2022I set up MoneySavingExpert.com nearly 20 years ago – when arguably the modern web was still in its infancy. With an abundance of self-belief (something I had too much of then, as I realise now) I decided not to read any books, or follow prevailing wisdom on how a site should operate – and just do it my way.
3 May 2022Press the rewind button and go way back to April 2015... Possibly on the telly in the corner of your living room, I was on-air at the time urging savers as usual to use their new tax-free cash ISA allowance – because 'money was nicer in an ISA'. But things changed in 2016.
26 April 2022It's hard to believe the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) charity is now six years old. As the chair of trustees, each year I write the foreword to its annual report – and today the 2021/22 report is out, so I thought I'd blog my formal chair's foreword here.
Martin Lewis: What happened to my pledge to give £10m to charity – 2022 update (spoiler: it's now £20m)11 April 2022Nearly a decade ago, in June 2012, MSE joined the MSM Group and I pledged £10m to go to charity. As that was a public pledge and I feel I've a duty of transparency, every year or two I bash out a blog report to explain where I'm up to, and who's got what money.
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