Unlock the full potential of Suncoast Credit Union international wire transfers with our comprehensive guide.
A wire transfer is a fast and easy way to send money from your bank account to another. This electronic process often comes at a cost, though.
Typically, each transfer you make will incur fees, so it’s best for situations in which you value speed over cost-effectiveness.
Wiring money can be intimidating if you don’t know where to start.
This post will go through how to wire money step-by-step and inform you of everything else you might need along the way.
If you have any doubts about wire transfers and how to wire money online or in-person, read on for a comprehensive guide of the process.
The first step is to choose a provider, which can either be a bank or a nonbank.
Going through a bank is the most common method for wiring money. This process will involve both the sender and the receiver’s bank.
The transaction fees will depend on whether the money is sent domestically or internationally.
The alternative to a bank wire transfer is to go through a financial firm, such as Western Union® or PayPal®. The process is similar, although you may have to pay additional fees compared to a bank wire.
The length of time you’ll need to wait for the transfer to go through will depend on the location of the recipient’s account.
The most important part of the process is to check the costs before you make the transfer. If you don’t, you could get hit with hefty fees and hidden expenses.
If you’re using a bank, the fees will come straight out of your account when you make the transfer. When you use a nonbank service, it could come out of your credit card, debit card, or bank account.
Make sure you’re getting the best deal by checking if there’s a difference between in-person and online wire transfer fees.
|💡 With Wise, you can check the fees before you make a transfer. The transparent pricing ensures you don’t get hit with hidden fees, saving you money for your transactions.
The information you’ll need to make a wire transfer may depend based on the bank you use, but usually, it’s as follows:
When it’s time to fill out the form, be sure to check the information you enter at least twice.
Unfortunately, it can be a real pain to try and reverse a wire transfer, so make sure you put in the information meticulously.
When you receive a receipt for the wire transfer, store it somewhere safe in case you need it in the future.
For example, you could create a folder in your email inbox with the title ‘wire receipt’ and some information about the transaction.
This way, you’ll have proof on your end that the transaction went through. While it shouldn’t be necessary, it’s always good to keep track of your outgoing payments with receipt confirmations.
|If you're making an international transfer, make sure to request a MT-103 document if you need to track it
Yes, in most cases you should be able to wire money online.
If you’re not sure, check with your bank or financial institution.
Generally, though, you will be able to wire money online, via your online banking platform. If not, you’ll have to go in-person to a branch of the bank.
Making wire transfers online is often cheaper and more convenient than doing it in-person at a bank branch.
If you need to move money across borders, you should give Wise a go.
Wise transfers are fast, low cost and secure — and you always get to know in advance how much they'll charge you.
|Besides that, with a Wise account you can:
The one downside to the otherwise convenient wire transfers is the fees.
Fees will vary between providers, and can change according to whether the sender is making a domestic or international wire transfer.
Typically, domestic wire transfers fall in the range of $25 - $30, while international transfers are more expensive at around $35 - $50.
|You can find a full breakdown of different bank's wire fees in our guide
The easiest way to wire money is to do so online. If your bank offers online transfers, the process should be straightforward, and you won’t have to wait in line at a branch in-person.
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