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MoneyGram®¹ offers fast, secure and reliable payments you can arrange online, in-app and in person.
Transfers can be made to bank accounts, for cash collection and to mobile wallets. But what about MoneyGram’s fees?
This guide walks through MoneyGram’s fees for sending payments from the US, and also touches on a couple of alternatives to compare - Western Union® and Wise.
MoneyGram offers an impressive range of ways to send money domestically in the US and also overseas. You can arrange your payment online, using an app, or in person by visiting an agent location.
Depending on where you’re sending money to, you may also be able to choose to have the funds deposited into a bank or mobile wallet account or collected in cash.
As you’d expect with so many different service offerings, MoneyGram also has some pretty varied fees. We’ll break down what makes a difference to the costs to send money with MoneyGram, next - but it’s worth remembering to compare different pay in and pay out methods to get the best MoneyGram quote for your needs, and then taking a look at some alternatives as a comparison too.
MoneyGram fees vary based on factors including²:
- Payment value
- Whether you arrange online or in store
- How you pay
- Collection or pay out method
- Currency and whether conversion from USD is needed
MoneyGram advises that sending money and paying by bank transfer from a US bank is usually the cheaper option, while paying by card can attract a few more fees³.
If you’re arranging your payment online or in the MoneyGram app you’ll be able to toggle between different pay in and pay out options when setting up your transfer, so you can see the fee and exchange rates that apply to all available variables.
MoneyGram offers payments to a very impressive range of countries globally, with service availability depending on the destination you’re sending to. The fees can vary based on:
- How you pay
- How you want the recipient to get the money
As well as a transfer fee, MoneyGram may also make money on currency exchange. That means there is likely to be an extra fee applied to the exchange rate you get when you convert from USD to the currency needed for delivery or collection.
This markup varies by currency - to see it you’ll need to compare the rate you’re quoted by MoneyGram against the mid-market rate for your currency pair, which you can get on Google.
The exchange rate you receive may also vary based on the way you want to pay, and the way you want the payment to be collected. Payments for cash collection - in our model payment example below - for example, came with a less favorable exchange rate compared to payments to a bank account.
|Sending 500 USD to EUR||Fee for payment to bank account||Fee for payment for cash collection|
|Pay by bank debit card||1.99 USD||9.99 USD|
|Pay with bank transfer - Express||4.99 USD||9.99 USD|
|Pay with bank transfer - Standard||1.99 USD||5.99 USD|
|Pay by credit card||20.49 USD||20.49 USD|
|Pay in cash||Variable based on send location||Variable based on send location|
Note: Fees correct at time of writing - 1st August 2023
MoneyGram domestic transfer fees may vary based on the receiver state, how the payment is to be received and how you want to pay.
Once again, let’s look at an example payment to show how this may work. You can also model your transfer and get a free no obligation quote instantly online or in the moneyGram app.
|Sending 500 USD within the US||Fee for payment to bank account||Fee for payment to debit card||Fee for payment to mobile number||Fee for payment for cash collection|
|Pay by bank debit card||8.99 USD||10.99 USD||3.99 USD||68.99 USD|
|Pay by credit card||20.49 USD||Not available||Not available||83.49 USD|
|Pay in cash||Variable based on send location||Variable based on send location||Variable based on send location||Variable based on send location|
Note: Fees correct at time of writing - 1st August 2023
MoneyGram shows you the fees they charge you pretty transparently before you confirm a transfer. However it’s helpful to know there may be a couple of other costs to consider:
These fees are outside of MoneyGram’s control - double check to see if any apply to your payment to avoid unwanted surprises later.
MoneyGram offers some new customer promotions which can help cut the costs of transfers. Or, you can compare MoneyGram against alternatives which may have lower overall costs - we’ll touch on a couple to consider later.
A smart option if you’re sending money overseas. Meet Wise.
Wise always shows you the amount you’re paying and how much your recipient will get — and you can even compare against other providers on the Wise app or desktop site. If another service is cheaper for your particular payment, you’ll be shown — so you can’t lose.
|See how Wise compares with international bank transfers in our full guide|
MoneyGram has a simple to use, transparent estimator tool on their desktop site and within the MoneyGram app.
All you need to do is to enter the amount you want to send in USD or the amount and currency you need the recipient to get in the end, to generate an instant quote.
To use the MoneyGram fee estimator tool:
You can also get information about MoneyGram fees alongside the details of how much it would cost to send your payment with an alternative service, on international money transfer comparison websites.
MoneyGram isn’t your only option. Shop around to make sure you get the best available deal. Many international money transfer companies have free no obligation estimator tools you can use to generate and compare quotes, making it easier than ever to find the best one for you.
To illustrate, let's take an example. In this case we’ll imagine you’re sending 500 USD to a friend in France. You’ll pay with a bank transfer and the money will be deposited to your recipient’s bank account in euros.
|Transfer fee||Total amount you pay||Exchange rate||Recipient gets|
|MoneyGram||1.99 USD||501.99 USD||1 USD = 0.9067 EUR||453.34 EUR|
|Western Union||0 USD||500 USD||1 USD = 0.897896 EUR||448.95 EUR|
|Wise||3.73 USD||500 USD||1 USD = 0.91085 EUR||452.03 EUR|
*Fees correct at time of writing - 1st August 2023
As you can see, different providers have their own fee structures, and use very varied exchange rates too. Comparing a few is easy to do and can save you money.
Often you’ll find that choosing a provider which uses the mid-market exchange rate - like Wise - and splits out all the costs transparently⁴, can make it easier to compare, and may also work out cheaper in the end.
MoneyGram and Western Union both offer convenient international transfers to more or less anywhere in the world.
Neither is cheaper - it all comes down to the details of your payment. Both have variable fees and exchange rates which depend on exactly how much you’re sending, the currency needed, and how you want to pay. Whether you create your transfer online or in person can also make a difference.
The best option for you will depend on the details of the payment you want to make. The best way to check which is cheaper for your specific payment is to get a free no obligation quote for several services including MoneyGram, Western Union, and Wise, and compare.
Use this guide to navigate MoneyGram US fees for payments locally and overseas - and don’t forget to compare the costs and exchange rates available from MoneyGram against alternative providers like Wise to get the best deal in your specific situation.
- MoneyGram - how to send money online
- MoneyGram FAQ
Sources checked on 08.15.2023
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