Visa Electron Card

Discussion in 'Banking, credit cards, etc' started by z101, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. z101

    z101 Guest

    Is it possible to get the Visa Electron card in Ireland?? The Post Office in the UK give them out and they are supplied to them by Bank of Ireland. Why dont bank of Ireland supply them here then??
    Is it possible to get them through the UK?
     
  2. ClubMan

    ClubMan Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    43,689
    A friend of mine had some compensation due to flight problems (lost baggage or something) paid to him via a VISA Electron card in the US (c. $50-$100) and he could find nowhere to accept the card here in Ireland. However I noticed recently that McDonald's posters suggest that they accept them! :)
     
  3. IWONDER

    IWONDER Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    64
    BOI have a joint venture with the P/O in the UK which is why they can supply them there. That's about all I know though :)
     
  4. Delber

    Delber Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    30
    MBNA supply them here I think
     
  5. z101

    z101 Guest

    MBNA do supply them - thanks for that. They cost 5 Euro to purchase and are a one off. By this I mean you cant put more money on them. They allow you to put on a maximum balance of €350. The are called a gift card and are meant as a means to give cash gifts without giving cash. Below is a link with card for anyone interested, which if you take a few Ryanair flights you may. However please note the ceiling on the account amount. But if you like to pop across to footie games or take up on special offers when flights are really cheap then it may be worthed.
    https://www.mygiftcard.ie/
     
  6. bond-007

    bond-007 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    3,179
    Yes, many merchants in Ireland can accept the Visa Electron card. I certainly can accept them but I have never seen one. As you saw McDonalds do accept them.
     
  7. budapest

    budapest Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    934
    There's no way of getting a proper Visa Electron card in Ireland at the moment. We're stuck with Laser for the time being at least. It's a pity as transaction charges for using Mastercard or Visa with e.g. airlines can be substantial.
     
  8. NorfBank

    NorfBank Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    2,112
    Before I buy one of these gift cards, has anyone actually used one to book Ryanair flights and avoid the credit card charge?
     
  9. z101

    z101 Guest

    like i said - MBNA do them
     
  10. dubwx

    dubwx Registered User

    Posts:
    10
    Just like norfbank, I am wondering if anyone has actually used one of these cards, obtained in the Republic, to book a Ryanair flight and avoided the credit card charge.
     
  11. bond-007

    bond-007 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    3,179
    Yes I have. But it is a long winded and time consuming method to save a few euro. €5 for the MBNA gift card, wait for arrival of card. During that time price of the flights may have moved upwards.
     
  12. eileen alana

    eileen alana Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    479
    Is there a time limit on which to use up the credit on the card?
     
  13. bond-007

    bond-007 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    3,179
    Yes, afaik it is 3 months.
     
  14. z101

    z101 Guest

    Are you saying the money on the card has to be spent within 3 months?? that cant be correct?? Can anyone who has one of these cards say how long the normaly last for?
     
  15. bond-007

    bond-007 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    3,179
    If you buy one from MBNA if must be spent within 3 months.
     
  16. Geraldine2

    Geraldine2 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    36
    But can nobody tell me where you can actually physically buy a mbna visa electron?
     
  17. bond-007

    bond-007 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    3,179
    MBNA don't sell them anymore.
     
  18. TarfHead

    TarfHead Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    1,614
    have a read of this
     
  19. bond-007

    bond-007 Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    3,179
    Thanks for that. Very interesting indeed. :)
     
  20. askU

    askU Frequent Poster

    Posts:
    247
    Has any one here used EntroPay ?