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How to use ApplePay without an expensive Credit card even in Switzerland and other countries

Those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook have already seen that I promoted the Revolut card multiple times. This was just as a happy customer! When I’m really convinced of a product I love to spread the word and want that others also can use the new cool stuff! I was a Revolut User since the beginning of 2018 and until today I spend over 8000 CHF over Revolut in 8 countries.

Yesterday 2 very important things happened

#1 Revolut introduced ApplePay for every customer (Standart, Premium & Metal).

#2 Revolut added me to the Pioneer Programm.

#1 Means you can now open a Revolut account in seconds and you are ready after some minutes to use ApplePay!

#2 Means not only that I receive from Revolut nice influencer perks, but it also means when YOU open a Revolut account with my link, but you should also receive your first physical card free of charge. Now you ask yourself why a physical card when you have ApplePay …Ok, first, a backup is always good, e.g. what if your iPhone battery is discharged. Also, you need the card if you want to pull money from an ATM. Revolut does not charge you until up to 200.- month on Standard for cash withdrawals at ATMs!

Ok, wait… was is Revolut precisely?

Revolut is an e-money service, which means app plus physical or virtual card. With Revolut, you can spend at home or abroad at the real interbank exchange rate (without unfair bank fees), set spending budgets, split bills, exchange currencies and withdraw from foreign ATMs for free (up to £200 month on Standard). With Revolut you can freeze/unfreeze your cards at the tap of a button. And with Premium and Metal account, where you pay a monthly fee, the possibilities are even more. But start with the Standard, you can do every time later an upgrade if you need.

Insider Tipps?
  • If you have to choose the currency during payment or at an ATM, ALWAYS choose the currency of the country you are currently in, so you avoid bad conversion rates outside of the force of Revolut.
  • You are on a weekend trip and use your Revolut card during the weekend in a foreign currency? Exchange the money you need on the weekend already on Friday and avoid “weekend-fees” from Revolut.
  • There are ATMs which have fees for the transaction by the ATM carrier, you will see this before of the transaction, keep an eye on it, I see fees between 0.- and 5.-! This is outside the force of Revolut.
  • If you are in a Hotel or a Car rental and you want to use the Revolut card, consider that they may block a larger amount of your money!
  • Don’t top up the Revolut card with a classic Credit card, there are Banks (e.g. Corner in Switzerland) who charge 5.- CHF fee to charge Revolut.
How to start?
  1. Click the link
  2. Enter your phone number (a text will be sent upon completion)
  3. To Download the app
  4. Create a new account in minutes
  5. Verify your account and top-up at least €10 or local currency equivalent
  6. Order your physical standard card for free
  7. You can create virtual cards and use those asap!

This Service is not yet available in all countries, but if you are not able to use the service you will see this already in Step 2. As I know there are some readers of my blog in the United States of America I have bad news … Currently, it’s not yet possible to open a Revolut account living in the US. As soon this will be available I will update this blog post.

And how can I use now ApplePay?

iPhone X with Revolut AppYou need a device that supports ApplePay e.g. an iPhone 6 or higher or an AppleWatch. Also, it’s mandatory that ApplePay is enabled in your resident Country.

ApplePay can be added directly in the Revolut App or in a classic way in the Apple Wallet app.

By the way, to use Revolut (even without ApplePay) you need a smartphone on which you can install the Revolut App!


Disclaimer: Some months ago I was pretty sure to never write a blog post about money or a Fin Tech company. Because this is about YOUR money YOU have to make your own decisions and be careful. What I suggest is to start with a free Standart account and just start with some pocket money. Revolut does not replace your today main account!

2 Responses to How to use ApplePay without an expensive Credit card even in Switzerland and other countries

  • Hi Sacha
    I use Apple Pay with two different virtual credit cards. The first one is boon (boonpayment). I‘ve used boon since a while and I‘m very satisfied with it. Monthly fee is CHF 1.49, but on every top up, you‘ll get 2% on top. So if you top up at minimum CHF 100 per month, then you‘ve already got CHF 0.51 „for free“. I use boon for everything. Food, clothes, at the gas station etc… so I‘ve way more top up‘s than only 100… 😉
    I‘ve installed revolut 2 days ago, to see what it brings. The app is very nice with all the budget stuff and categories etc.
    Do you have experience with boon or do you know the advantages from boon ober revolut and vice versa?
    Take care,
    Räffu

    • I used boon also about 3 years ago, before my regular credit card was able to do ApplePay, it was very nice to have a way using ApplePay, even when it was Prepaid. Or maybe I need to say, I like it more when it’s prepaid, so you only spend to money you have and don’t get in a financial trap. Honestly I stopped using boon about 2 years ago, so I don’t know about the latest features and it would not be fair to compare now.

      I can just say, Revolut was so comfortable that I also used it for regular payments with the card. I took money from the ATM without any fee. Where I work is a Raiffeisen ATM, with my Postfinance card, which is my regular account, I pay every time for a withdrawal 2.20, but it’s free with Revolut (200/month with Standard, 400 with Premium, 600 with Metal). Now I just put at the beginning of the month my pocket Money on Revolut and use it on daily bases. Now with ApplePay I will use it even more.

      I’m often aboard, travel for work and vacancies so I also love the No hidden fee approach from Revolut in other countries.

      Another feature I use often is to send money to my friends, I had Twint for this some months ago, but I had to much issues with Twint, so I also almost stopped to use it.

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