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WorldFirst vs TransferWise

Both beat the banks, but how do WorldFirst and TransferWise compare against each other when it comes to exchange rates and fees?

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WorldFirst and TransferWise are two strong contenders in an increasingly crowded market for money transfers. Let’s compare their fees, exchange rates and transfer speed to see which one comes out on top.

The fees and rates used in this comparison are accurate as of 31 October 2018.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.7 USD
7,001
Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates and no fees. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 1 - 2 days AUD 45.00 0.703 USD
6,997
Make online transfers at the mid-market rate with transparent fees in 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details

Compare up to 4 providers

The "Rate" and "Amount Received" displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention "Finder" before you commit to a brand.

Which has lower fees?

WorldFirst

WorldFirst doesn't charge fees on any international transfers out of Australia, whether it be a business transfer or a personal one. However, keep in mind that your recipient's bank may charge a receiving fee.

TransferWise

TransferWise charges a percentage fee as well as a small flat fee. The flat fee is around $1–$2 for a lot of the main currencies but can reach as much as $15 if you want to send money to South Africa, for example. The percentage fee ranges from 0.45–1.5% of your transaction amount.

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Winner: WorldFirst

WorldFirst offers no fees, making it a clear winner in this category. However, keep in mind that this doesn't necessarily mean your transfer will be cheaper with WorldFirst. Each provider offers different exchange rates, which we'll go into below.

Let's crunch the numbers: Sending $1,000 and $10,000 to the UK

To show you how the two providers stack up, let's take a look at how WorldFirst and TransferWise compare when sending two different amounts to the UK. We're also going to add in a column with the preferential exchange rate WorldFirst is offering Finder customers on their first transfer. Keep in mind, rates vary for other countries.

In our imaginary scenario, we'll be using a bank transfer.

Sending $1,000 to the UK
WorldFirstWorldFirst deal for Finder usersTransferWise
Transfer fee$0$0.00$5.97
Exchange rate1 AUD = 0.549 GBP1 AUD = 0.554 GBP1 AUD = 0.552 GBP
Transfer speedSame daySame day1 day
Total British pounds receivedGBP£549GBP£554GBP£548.70
Sending $10,000 to the UK
WorldFirstWorldFirst deal for Finder usersTransferWise
Transfer fee$0$0$50.75
Exchange rate1 AUD = 0.549 GBP1 AUD = 0.554 GBP1 AUD = 0.552 GBP
Transfer speedSame daySame day1 day
Total British pounds receivedGBP£5,490GBP£5,540GBP£5,492

On a $1,000 transfer, WorldFirst's preferential rates for Finder customers mean your recipient will get GBP£5.30 more than if you'd used TransferWise.

The $10,000 transfer works out similarly. With Finder's first transfer deal, you'll end up sending GBP£50 more than if you went directly through WordFirst. However, if you've used WorldFirst before and are ineligible for the deal, TransferWise works out fractionally better at GBP£2 more.

Which offers better exchange rates?

WorldFirst

WorldFirst makes its money off the margin it charges on top of the standard mid-market rate, as opposed to a transfer fee. This margin can range from 0.6% to above 1%, depending on the currency you're sending to. However, for your first transfer with WorldFirst, Finder users get access to a smaller margin on the mid-market rate, equivalent to 0.4%.

TransferWise

TransferWise converts money at the mid-market rate, with no added margin on top. Just watch for the percentage fees charged for transfers.

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Winner: TransferWise

TransferWise offering the mid-market rate is hard to beat. It means you'll get a better exchange rate than you would with WorldFirst, no matter where you transfer to.

Which is faster?

WorldFirst

If you’re sending to British pounds, US dollars or euros, WorldFirst will make a same-day payment once it receives your money, though it may take up to one business day for your account to be credited.

For all other currencies, it takes one to four days for the money to reach your recipient. To transfer US dollars to other countries, it may take up to four days.

TransferWise

Transfer time with TransferWise depends a lot on how you pay. Credit or debit card is the fastest way to send money and can be instant to a lot of currencies. Bank transfers will take longer, but shouldn't be more than four days.

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Winner: Tie

Both WorldFirst and TransferWise offer instant transfers for a lot of the popular currencies, but may take several days. However, the most accurate time frame you'll get is when you're booking your transfer. There are lots of things that will affect the transfer time, from the country you're sending to, to how you want to pay.

General features

Payment methodsMinimum and maximum transfersDelivery methodsTransfer speedsCurrenciesSafety
WorldFirstOnline bank transfer, phone, appMinimum: $2,000

Maximum: No limit

To bank account1 day60+ currenciesRegulated by: ASIC, FCA, FINTRAC, FinCEN, C&ED, MAS
TransferWiseOnline bank transfer, app, credit or debit cardMinimum: $1

Maximum: $1,800,000

To bank account1 - 2 days20+ currenciesRegulated by: ASIC, FCA, FINTRAC, FinCEN, C&ED, KLFB, DIA, MAS

WorldFirst

WorldFirst has money transfer options for businesses, online sellers and for your own personal use. For a personal transfer, you tell WorldFirst how much you want to send, then it quotes an exchange rate. After you send your money, WorldFirst will convert the funds and send them to your recipient’s bank account.

TransferWise

Sending money through TransferWise is a similar process: Input how much you want to transfer, then send your money to TransferWise. Your money will be converted and sent to your recipient's bank account.

Bottom line

There's no clear winner. While WorldFirst wins on its $0 transfer fees, TransferWise's no-margin exchange rate means you shouldn't overlook it. Ultimately, the best service for you depends on the currency you're sending and the payment method you choose.

Looking for more options?

Use our comparison calculator below to weigh up the fees, exchange rates and other details of money transfer providers out there.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.7 USD
7,001
TorFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. Conditions apply.
Send money overseas in 30+ currencies with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.
Go to site Show details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.7 USD
7,001
SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
Go to site Show details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.7 USD
7,001
Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates and no fees. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
Go to site Show details
AUD 250 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.7 USD
7,001
$0 transfer fees for Finder customers.
No-maximum limit transfers with competitive exchange rates for 100+ currencies. No transfer fee over AUD$10,000.
Go to site Show details
GBP 3,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.7 USD
7,001
Global Reach will match any competitor's exchange rates. Conditions apply.
Get no fees for both business and personal transfers when you send your money overseas with Global Reach.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 1 day AUD 52.00 0.699 USD
6,957
Pay no fees on your first two transfers, up to $3,000.
SingX offers the real exchange rate every time you make a transfer and can help you send money across the world.
Go to site Show details
AUD 0 Same day AUD 2.99 0.695 USD
6,950
Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Affordable transfers around the world with both express and economy options. Express transfers delievered in as little as 10 minutes for an extra fee.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 Same day AUD 0.00 0.699 USD
6,994
Get fast transfers with no fees and a range of foreign currency tools. Go to site Show details
AUD 200 1 - 2 days AUD 50.00 0.702 USD
6,984
Exclusive: Use code FINDER10 to receive US$10 off your first transaction.
Quick and simple international money transfers with a flat 0.5% transfer fee for most transfers. Zero-margin rates on some currencies.
Go to site Show details
AUD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.696 USD
6,957
Special offer: Zero fees on your first 10 transfers.
Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 Same day AUD 3.99 0.694 USD
6,942
Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee. Conditions apply.
An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 1 - 2 days AUD 45.00 0.703 USD
6,997
Make online transfers at the mid-market rate with transparent fees in 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details

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The "Rate" and "Amount Received" displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention "Finder" before you commit to a brand.

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