Sainsbury’s Bank Records Best Ever Summer For Travel Money Sales

25 September 2013



Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money recorded its best ever summer for foreign currency sales, seeing a 23%(1) year on year increase in sales during  June, July and August.

The supermarket bank, which is committed to offering customers competitive rates and market leading deals, said it was buoyed by an 18% boost  in customer transactions compared to the same period last year(1).

Euros and dollars remained the most popular currencies with Sainsbury’s Bank customers. However the greatest year on year increase recorded was for South American currencies with the Peruvian Nuevo Sol, Costa Rica Colon and Chilean Peso best sellers from the continent. Demand for these currencies was 400% higher this summer compared to the same period last year(1).

James Carter from Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money commented: “This summer Sainsbury’s Bank has seen demand for travel money reach record highs, benefitting from savvy holidaymakers shopping around for the most competitive rates. We’re constantly striving to offer our customers a better deal, so we were delighted that more customers than ever turned to us for their foreign currency needs this summer, giving them more money in their pockets on holiday.”

Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money provides customers with the option of ordering foreign currency online, over the phone or in-store at one of the bank’s 128 bureaux at selected Sainsbury’s stores across the UK. Customers also have the convenience of ordering currency online or over the phone and collecting it in-store or having it delivered directly to their home. Charges may apply when selecting home delivery, see for full details. Cash Passport™ pre-paid MasterCard® currency cards can be ordered online and in-store(2).

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For further information, please contact:

Ian Morris / Tom Wilson                                                             Lorna Gilmour
Citigate Dewe Rogerson                                                            Sainsbury’s Bank
020 7282 2842   / 0161 932 1618                                     0131 338 2863

Notes to editors:

(1) Figures relate to Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Money sales  from 1st June until 31st August 2013.

 (2)Delivery charges apply: £4.75 on minimum orders of £100-£299.99; £2.35 on orders of £300-£499; and free delivery on orders of £500 or more. A £1.99 administration fee applies to all online orders under £100 for collection in store. See for full details and terms and conditions.

Sainsbury’s Bank:

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Sainsbury’s was the first major British supermarket to open a bank, commencing trading in February 1997. Benefiting from a fantastic, trusted brand that enables us to combine the shopping experience with personal finance, Sainsbury’s Bank provides a range of quality products including insurances, credit cards, savings and loans. Our proposition is to make shopping more rewarding by offering customers great products at fair prices, while consistently rewarding shoppers for their loyalty and being easy to do business with at all times. Our products consistently top best buy tables and regularly win awards for quality, price and service.

This year, the Bank has been awarded ‘Personal Loan Provider of the Year’ – Consumer Moneyfacts, ‘Best Loan Provider’ – Money Supermarket Supers and ‘Best Credit Card for Rewards’ – Moneynet.

Sainsbury’s Bank has its own banking licence, is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (register no. 184514), except for Credit Cards and Loans where it is licensed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) license no. 421897. The Bank has an independent membership to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

About Travelex:

Travel Money online and instore is provided by Travelex Agency Services Limited, registered number 4621879. Sainsbury’s Travel Money ordered by telephone is provided by Travelex Currency Services Limited, registered number 03797356. Registered office for both companies: 65 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TD.

Cash Passport: Cash Passport™ is issued by R. Raphael & Sons plc, pursuant to license by MasterCard International. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.

Travelex In 1976, Lloyd Dorfman opened the first Travelex Bureau de Change on Southampton Row, London. He is now the Chairman of the world’s leading foreign exchange specialists. We trade in over 80 currencies and in 25 countries.

Customers can find Travelex online and in over 1,000 stores, including all the major airports. Travelex has over 500 ATMs around the world and takes care of foreign currency services for partners including banks, supermarkets and travel agencies, extending our reach to over 100 countries and 20,000 locations.

Travelex continues to grow the geographic reach, both organically and through targeted acquisitions in growth markets. Recent acquisitions include FX Africa in South Africa and Grupo Confidence, the largest consumer foreign exchange specialist in Brazil.