Which is the better multi-currency travel wallet to use in Malaysia? Which suits your travel needs best? Which has the best rates? Read on to find out!
We all know and love JB for the shopping haven it is (and for its affordable eats!). Last weekend a friend and I headed into JB for a short getaway, each with one multi-currency card on hand, and compared both YouTrip and Amaze to see which card would get us the best rates. Read on as we compare the pros and cons of each to find out which is the better travel wallet to use in Malaysia!
YouTrip Vs Amaze
|Currencies Available In Wallet||10 |
✅ SGD, USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, HKD, AUD, NZD, CHF, SEK
✅ EUR, JPY, GBP, AUD, CHF, NZD, USD, CAD, THB
|Transaction Fees||–||2% fee on transaction amounts (min. fee of S$0.50) including SGD transactions involving GrabPay, prepaid cards, & other e-wallet top-ups|
|Maximum Top-Up Limit At Any Time ||S$5,000||S$3,000|
|Top-up Fees||✅ No fees involved when topping up with Mastercard credit/debit cards, Visa debit cards, and PayNow. |
✅ 1.5% service fee for top-ups using Visa credit cards
|✅ No fees involved when topping up with Mastercard credit/debit cards |
✅ 1.5% fee for top-ups using Visa debit & credit cards
|Daily Withdrawal Limit||S$5,000||S$1,000|
|Overseas ATM Withdrawal Fees||✅ Free monthly S$400 in ATM withdrawals and a 2% fee thereafter. |
✅ Resets on the first of every month
|✅ 2% fee on the value of all amounts withdrawn|
|Rewards & Cashback||✅ Promotional offers and discounts of up to 20% off when spending on YouTrip Perks |
✅ Cashback of up to 12% off when spending on YouTrip Perks
✅ Monthly cashback campaigns
|✅ 1 InstaPoint earned for every S$1 spent on the Amaze Wallet as long as your transaction is worth more than S$10|
✅ 0.5 InstaPoints for every S$1 spent in foreign currency with your linked bank card as long as your transaction is worth more than S$10
✅ 1% cashback when you redeem your InstaPoints for cashback
❗To note: There’s a min. redemption of 2,000 InstaPoints which adds up to S$4,000 in foreign currency. InstaPoints also have an expiry of 12 months from the date of issue.
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YouTrip Vs Amaze: Pros & Cons
Image credits: Instarem
While the Instarem Amaze Card offers amazing features including allowing you to link up to five Mastercard debit/credit cards and add your Amaze card to Google Pay to view all your spending in one place for online and overseas transactions, it might not necessarily suit a variety of needs as a travel card. Here’s why 👇
Amaze charges a 1.5% fee for top-ups using both Visa debit and credit cards. Whereas, YouTrip only charges a 1.5% fee that only applies to Visa credit cards. Other than Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards, Amaze has no other top-up option compared to YouTrip which enables you the option of topping up your wallet via PayNow. Amaze cardholders are also limited to a top-up cap of S$3,000, whereas YouTrip users are able to top-up S$5,000, which might come in handy if you’re looking to spend big on your upcoming trips.
Although Amaze charges a lower admin fee and markup compared to banks and charges no fees for transactions made in foreign currency, a 2% fee (min. S$0.50) will still apply to SGD transactions involving e-wallet top-ups such as GrabPay and prepaid cards.
If you’re looking to save up more on overseas ATM withdrawals, YouTrip might be better suited for your travel needs as you’re entitled to a free monthly S$400 in ATM withdrawals. The 2% fee only comes after you’ve used up your monthly quota but this resets on the first of every month. However, Amaze charges a flat 2% fee on all ATM withdrawals.
Lastly, let’s compare the exchange rates my friend and I got when shopping with both Amaze and YouTrip in Malaysia last weekend. These transactions were made at the same time and here’s the breakdown:
|Tried & Tested Exchange Rates in Malaysia |
As Of Last Weekend (SGD>MYR)
|📅 Fri, 21 July ‘23 |
🛍️ Massage at Bangkok Spa
|📅 Sat, 22 July ’23|
🛍️ Snacks at Avery-Day Convenience Store
|📅 Sun, 23 July ’23|
🛍️ Pastries at Lavendar Bakery
Need we say more? 👀
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What’s The Verdict?
All in all, after a side-by-side comparison, this makes Amaze a bit more limited as compared to YouTrip when travelling. So, if you’re looking for an option that allows you to save more with the best rates while shopping or if you need to make any ATM withdrawals in Malaysia, check out YouTrip!
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