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STACK Prepaid Mastercard Review ($5 Bonus)

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Discover the STACK Prepaid Mastercard: no monthly fees and no ATM withdrawal fees.

STACK has just started in Quebec after being launched in 2017 elsewhere in Canada. This is a prepaid Mastercard, with no monthly fees and no ATM withdrawal fees.

STACK, a prepaid card with zero fees

STACK is a prepaid Mastercard card with:

  • no monthly fees
  • no ATM withdrawal fees

As of February 2022, the STACK card has a 2.5% conversion fee for foreign currency transactions.

However, if you spend between $350 and $1,000 per month in foreign currency, the effective rate will be 0%: Stack will deposit 2.5% cash back into your account on these purchases.

But if you spend less than $350, you will be charged a 2.5% fee. And if you spend more than $1,000, you will also be charged a 2.5% fee on the excess amount.

Besides, with STACK, you can set a savings goal, and each purchase will be round to the next $1, $2, $5 or $10 and add to your savings.

Finally, while STACK cannot provide reward points like credit cards, STACK members get special offers at many retailers.

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Here are some offers available in my STACK account at the time of writing this review.

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Open a STACK account

Getting a STACK prepaid Mastercard is easy.

First, you’ll need to download the STACK mobile app and then you’ll create an account. Because it’s a prepaid card, it does not affect your credit score (no inquiry).

However, PDF documents will need to be submitted proving your identity with your home address.

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Then, before receiving your STACK prepaid card in the mail, you can immediately enjoy a virtual prepaid card:

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You can even add this Virtual prepaid STACK card to your Apple Pay wallet (yes, I have a lot of American Express cards!)

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STACK - Apple Pay

This virtual prepaid card has some limitations, as long as the physical card has not been activated:

Limits Amount
Maximum Daily Cumulative Amount, Direct Deposit Loads $250
Maximum Monthly Cumulative Amount, Direct Deposit Loads $1,000
Maximum Daily Amount per Single Point of Sale Transaction $250
Maximum Monthly Spend Limit $1,000
Maximum Daily card-to-card Transfer $250
Maximum Monthly card-to-card Transfer $1,000

Recharge a STACK prepaid card

There are a number of ways you can top up your STACK prepaid card:

  • Interac E-Transfer
  • Payroll deposit
  • Cash Load (Canada Post and some businesses like Mobil, Canadian Tire)
  • Add STACK as a provider for bill payment
  • Add STACK for your CRA Direct Deposit

The simplest is, of course, the Interac e-transfer, which only takes a few minutes.

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Limitations of STACK prepaid card

Seeking to know everything about the product, I became aware of physical card limits, available on this page, and transcribed below:

Limits Amount
Maximum Card Balance $20,000
Maximum Number of Loads per Day 4
Maximum Number of Loads per Month 20
Maximum Amount per Single Direct Deposit Load Transaction $8,000
Maximum Number of Interac e-Transfer Loads per Day 10
Maximum Number of Interac e-Transfer Loads per Month 60
Maximum Amount per Single Interac e-Transfer Load $3,000
Maximum Daily Cumulative Amount, Direct Deposit Loads $8,000
Maximum Daily Cumulative Amount Interac e-Transfer Loads $4,000
Maximum Monthly Cumulative Amount, Loads (including Interac e-transfer Loads) $20,000
Maximum Number of Point of Sale (POS) Transactions per Day 15
Maximum Amount per Single Point of Sale Transaction including Bill Payments $2,500
Maximum Daily Cumulative Amount POS, including Bill Payments $5,000
Maximum Monthly Cumulative Amount POS, including Bill Payments $20,000
Maximum Number of ATM Transactions per Day 2
Maximum Amount per Single ATM Transaction $500
Maximum Daily Cumulative Amount ATM $1,000
Maximum Monthly Cumulative Amount ATM $2,000
Maximum Amount per Single Card to Card Transfer Transaction $2,500
Maximum Daily Cumulative Amount Card to Card Transfer $5,000
Maximum Daily Combined Spend and Cash Withdrawal $5,000

While most of these limits seem reasonable for a prepaid card, only one of them may be a concern in some situations: the maximum monthly amount of ATM withdrawals ($2,000).

In some countries, it is virtually impossible to pay other than with cash. If you had planned to withdraw more money over a month, then that is a limit to have in mind.

My intended use of the STACK card

Living in Quebec, I just received my STACK card and therefore, could not try it abroad or even in stores, given the COVID-19 restrictions.

I have a credit card with no foreign currency conversion fees, the HSBC World Elite Mastercard. So I see two scenarios for which the STACK prepaid card can be used for my travels abroad:

  • No ATM withdrawal fees (but the ATM operator may charge a fee): this will always be a saving compared to the $2 to $7 fees charged by the most Canadian banks for withdrawals abroad
  • A Rescue option in case of a malfunction or a decline of my HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®

If not, you’re better off with real credit cards that don’t charge foreign currency conversion fees.

STACK referral system

STACK offers a referral system.

For each user refered, they will receive $5 in their new STACK account, and you’ll earn $5 for each referral.

$5 bonus!

Download the STACK app to your smartphone with our referral link, and get $5 after you activate your account!

Conclusion

The STACK prepaid Mastercard is simple to use.

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