Holidaymakers on the Money With Thomas Cook's Foreign Exchange Services

By Thomas Cook, PRNE
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thomas Cook's Foreign Currency Mobile App & Cash Passport Mastercard(R) Prepaid Currency Card Prove Popular With Travellers

PETERBOROUGH, England, September 30, 2010 - Following significant popularity and take-up of Thomas Cook's recently
launched foreign exchange mobile app and website (, the
travel expert who offers foreign money services as well as holidays
( worldwide, has listened to customer feedback and
is already producing an upgraded version.

In just two days, the app hit the number one spot on the iPhone App
free finance apps chart and peaked at 58 in the overall chart of all
free apps. Since its launch on 9th September, more than 25,000 people have
downloaded the free app.

The success of the app follows news that another of Thomas Cook's foreign
exchange products, the Cash Passport(TM) prepaid currency card, has also seen
a successful summer with more than 100,000 Cash Passport cards being sold
from just May to August. This means that Thomas Cook outsold its nearest
travel rival over the summer by nearly three to one, selling nearly three
Cash Passport cards every minute of the working day. Exclusive rates for
currency loaded on to the Cash Passport are available if pre-ordered through
the app.

Melanie Whitehouse, Thomas Cook's Financial Services Director, UK &
Ireland, said, "This summer has been a turning point for the way our
customers use currency and travel technology and we're absolutely thrilled
with the popularity of both our foreign exchange mobile app and our Cash
Passport prepaid currency card.

"The take-up of our app has demonstrated that there's clearly a demand
for the useful functions on it, which help travellers to make sure they get
the best rates on their foreign exchange. By listening to what our customers
are telling us about the app, we're improving it to make it even easier to

"When it comes to prepaid currency cards, as the world's biggest selling
retailer of the Cash Passport, our customers know and trust us to provide
them with convenient foreign exchange options that can be used abroad safely
and securely."

Thomas Cook's mobile app and website compare Euro and US Dollar rates
against the Post Office and M&S, and can be used to reserve currency, Cash
Passport MasterCard(R) prepaid currency cards and travellers cheques at
exclusive rates to all travellers going on holidays abroad.

Exchange rate trends for the past 14 days on over 80 currencies can be
checked and a RateWatch can be set so users receive an automatic email alert
if the exchange rate on the chosen currency hits the upper or lower limit
that has been pre-selected.

Thomas Cook's Cash Passport is accepted like other payment cards at
shops, restaurants, hotels and millions of ATMs worldwide that display the
MasterCard(R) Acceptance Mark. It is available in seven currencies (Euros,
US, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollars, South African Rand and
British Pounds) and can be loaded and topped-up with currency in store, via
internet banking or by phone.

An Additional Cash Passport card is available, which can be used by
couples travelling abroad for added spending flexibility. It is also ideal
for teenagers going on school or college trips - they take the Additional
Card loaded with spending money on their trip, whilst the parent keeps the
main Card at home to top-up if needed. For more information visit

About Thomas Cook UK & Ireland:

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is the second largest leisure travel group in
the UK with around 19,000 employees. The company has a network of more than
800 high street stores, leading websites, and some of the world's favourite
travel brands providing holiday deals to many destinations including Turkey
Holidays (

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is part of Thomas Cook Group plc. For more
information please visit

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