Spotlight: Thomson and First Choice travel money

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The deal

Holidaymakers can now order currency and travellers cheques online from Thomson and First Choice.

The good points

Order currency by 3pm and you can get next-day delivery. The service is provided by foreign currency expert International Currency Exchange which claims highly-competitive exchange rates.

The bad points

With rates changing daily, relying on one service to yield you the most euros or dollars could be a costly mistake. So compare the rates offered at thomson.onlinecurrency.co.uk and firstchoice.onlinecurrency.co.uk with the leading online currency suppliers – postoffice.co.uk, travelex.co.uk, iceplc.com and fairfx.com. A Google check will yield others.

Conclusion

Buying currency online usually produces the best deals but as well as checking rates it's also crucial to check delivery charges as they can add to the cost, especially if you're ordering smaller amounts. Thomson and First Choice will deliver free to your home as long as you want at least £400-worth of currency, otherwise the charge is £3.95.

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