Mastercard and Canada Post, today announced the launch of Cash Passport, the latest payment solution for smart and simple travel. The contactless (tap) card, which allows you to load up to seven currencies at a time, is a convenient and secure alternative to pockets full of cash or travelers’ cheques and can be used at millions of ATMs and merchants worldwide anywhere Mastercard is accepted. (CNW Group/Canada Post)

TORONTO — Mastercard and Canada Post, with collaboration from Payment Source Inc. and Peoples Trust Company, today announced the launch of Cash Passport, the latest payment solution for smart and simple travel. The contactless (tap) card, which allows users to load up to seven currencies at a time, is a convenient and secure alternative to pockets full of cash or travelers’ cheques and can be used at millions of ATMs and merchants worldwide anywhere Mastercard is accepted. Cash Passport can be purchased using debit or cash at 2,600 Canada Post locations and reloaded at 6,000 locations or online.

Take control of your budget
Pre-loading your Cash Passport gives users more control of their travel budget. By locking in foreign currency exchange rates in advance, Canadian travelers need not worry about currency fluctuations during their trips. Fixed ATM fees and no transaction fees on international purchases make it easy to keep track of exactly what they’ve paid in local currency and how much they have remaining on your card. They can also manage your money online, move money between currencies and check their balance whenever and wherever after registering a card on cashpassport.ca.

“Whether you’re a globetrotter, an exchange student, or someone who shops online from international merchants, Cash Passport is the smart and simple solution that allows you to better manage your overseas spending,” explains Donna Kinoshita, senior vice president, global products & solutions, Mastercard Canada. “Together Mastercard and Canada Post are making this a winning experience for Canadians by offering cardholders the ability to purchase and reload via Canada’s largest retail network.”

“Adding to the convenient payment solutions available at our post offices, we are pleased to be working with Mastercard to offer the Cash Passport that will help our customers simplify their shopping at global retailers, whether online or abroad,” says John Reis, general manager of retail, Canada Post. “We are continually evaluating the changing needs of Canadians to provide them with this kind of relevant and consumer-friendly product that can be accessed at local post offices across Canada.”

Travel with confidence
Cash Passport holds up to seven currencies (CAD, USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, AUD and MXN). The flexibility and added functionality of the multi-currency Cash Passport means that as long as there is more than one currency loaded, the card will automatically select the next available currency if you have insufficient funds of the currency you need. And if users do not have the currency of the country you are visiting on your card at all, they can still use Cash Passport to make a payment.

Choose convenience and safety
Cash Passport is not linked to a bank account or a bank card, which means loading and reloading is not confined to a cardholder’s banking relationship. Canadians can purchase and reload a Cash Passport by visiting their local Canada Post outlet and the card is ready to use immediately. The card is chip and PIN enabled for added security and can be used at millions of ATMs, points of purchase and online anywhere that accepts Mastercard. If a Cash Passport is lost or stolen, a dedicated team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help users wherever they are in the world.

Cash Passport is made available at Canada Post through collaboration between Mastercard and Payment Source Inc., Canada Post’s partner for retail products distribution.

Further details on Cash Passport are available at www.cashpassport.ca.

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