Jetstar drops its Travel Card
Jetstar has cancelled its Travel Card. Compare other travel money options and prepare for your next overseas trip here.
Jetstar has announced the closure of the Jetstar Travel Card. The airline is no longer accepting new Jetstar Travel Card applications, and the card will be removed from the market from 30 November 2015.
Jetstar hasn't announced a replacement for its multicurrency travel card at the time of writing. Current cardholders will need to look elsewhere for a travel card. If you're interested in keeping it in the family, you might want to consider getting a Qantas Prepaid Travel Card. We've rounded up other options for you to consider as a replacement.
Finding a replacement
If you’re looking to replace your Jetstar Travel Card with a similar offer, compare cards with these features:
- Multiple currencies. The Jetstar Travel card supported nine currencies: Australian Dollars, United States Dollars, Euros, Great British Pounds, New Zealand Dollars, Hong Kong Dollars, Singapore Dollars, Canadian Dollars and Japanese Yen. Most Australian travel money cards support these currencies though the range will often vary.
- Locked-in exchange rates. Funds loaded on the Travel Card were locked into the exchange rate that was in place at the time of loading. Most other cards offer this feature, protecting your funds from fluctuating exchange rates while travelling.
- No annual fee. While the Jetstar Travel Card didn’t charge an annual fee, some other travel money cards do. Compare cards and consider the annual fee if you’re looking to cut your travel costs.
Other features to consider
- Loading fees. The Jetstar Travel Card charged AUD$15.00 when you first loaded funds onto the card. Cardholders were then charged 1% of the load amount every time they topped up their card. If you’ll be loading funds on your card regularly on your trip, you might want to consider a card that doesn’t charge reload fees.
- Rewards. Some travel money cards, such as the Qantas Cash card and Velocity Global Wallet Card, let you earn rewards points as you spend. If you belong to a rewards program and will be making a lot of purchases using your card, this could help you rack up rewards fast.
- ATM fees and alliances. ATM withdrawal and balance enquiries fees can eat into your travel budget. Some cards offer no fees on all ATM withdrawals, and others are connected with an ATM alliance that allow you to avoid fees if you use ATMs from specific banks overseas.
- Complimentary insurance. Organising insurance can offer peace of mind if you run into an emergency while on holiday. If your card offers free travel or purchase insurance, this can save you the time and money involved organising your own insurance.
If you were planning to use the Jetstar Travel Card on your next trip, it’s time to start comparing your options. Consider your travel plans, your budget and how be accessing your cash to determine which card offers you the most value.