Travel Money - USA

US Dollars

A perennially popular destination for British travellers, the US offers plenty of ways to enjoy a Hollywood experience on an indie budget.

Travelling to the USA

America’s got everything. Family fun in Florida, grown-up entertainment in Las Vegas, golden beaches and Hollywood glamour in California and the bright lights and shopping of New York. With the pound growing stronger against the dollar, these American dreams are tantalisingly more affordable for us Brits.

The US dollar exchange rate

UK travellers have traditionally enjoyed good rates against the dollar, but the economic downturn in 2008 meant rates fell from around 2 dollars to the pound to a low of 1.4. But recovery has been strong since. With a rate of 1.5 more common at the end of 2014, it means that shopping trips to the US are once again becoming better value. This rate may change so you should always check for the latest rate.

Click here for an up to the minute exchange rate from the Post Office Money®

Tips for getting more dollars for your pound

  • If you are travelling to America, pre-order your dollars before you get to the airport to save money by getting a better dollar exchange rate with less commission
  • Dollar bills come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations. There is also a 2-dollar bill but it is fairly rare
  • You’ll usually only see 1, 5, 10 and 25-cent US coins, but there are also 50-cent and 1-dollar coins
  • When you order your currency ask for lower-denomination dollar bills that are more widely accepted in taxis and smaller shops. $50 or $100 bills won’t always be accepted, so when you exchange pounds to US dollars ask for smaller bills, like $20s and $10s. Tipping is widespread, so make sure you take plenty of $1 bills for taxis, hotels and bars.

US dollar – currency tips

  • To get competitive rates on US dollars head to the Post Office and change your money before you get to the airport.
  • Dollar bills come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations. There is also a 2-dollar bill but it is fairly rare
  • You’ll usually only see 1, 5, 10 and 25-cent US coins, but there are also 50-cent and 1-dollar coins
  • 1, 5, 10 and 25-cent US coins are referred to as pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, respectively
  • There are plenty of slang terms for US dollars, but the ones you’re most likely to hear are bucks, referring to dollars in general, and singles for $1 bills

Want to keep track of your spending?

One pound is currently worth around 1.5 dollars. Therefore, the easiest way to get a rough idea of how much something costs in pounds is to divide the dollar cost by 1.5. Remember that exchange rates can vary, so the rate given is only approximate, and make sure you keep an eye on exchange rates before and during your trip to know how much you’re spending.

Get your dollars from us

We make it easy to get dollars before your trip:

  • Order dollars online up to 5 working days in advance – minimum order value of £400 applies online
  • Pick up your dollars at a Post Office  branch or have them delivered to your home
  • Orders placed before 3pm, on a working day, can generally be delivered to your home the next working day. Where an order is placed on a Friday and delivery is required on a Saturday, there will be a charge of £1.50
  • Pick up your US Dollars 'on demand' at over 4,000 Post Office branches. Search for nearest branch here
  • Show us your Post Office Money receipt and we’ll buy back any left-over dollar notes commission-free

Where next?

Get a great rate by ordering your US dollars from us

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