Airwallex vs Payoneer: compare on price, FX rate and benefits

Tilly Michell
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Airwallex vs Payoneer: compare on price, FX rate and benefits
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So, you’re looking for a payment platform that will allow you to open local accounts in several currencies, accept payments from international customers (without auto-converting the money), and send money across borders without excessive fees.

Airwallex and Payoneer both offer these services, but which is the better choice for your business? Obviously we think Airwallex is, but we’ll admit that we’re biased. So we’ve created this blog to help you make up your own mind. 

Compare Airwallex vs Payoneer 

Use our table to compare Airwallex and Payoneer on price, fees, FX rates and benefits.

Airwallex vs Payoneer comparison table

What is Payoneer?

Payoneer is a payment platform that enables businesses to collect, hold and payout funds in multiple currencies. The platform can also convert funds from one currency to another, offers prepaid debit cards, and integrates with marketplaces such as Airbnb, Amazon and eBay for easy payment acceptance. 

Payoneer’s transaction and FX fees are relatively cheap when receiving and paying funds from another Payoneer account. However, fees are considerably higher for transactions to and from other accounts. 

What is Airwallex?

Airwallex is a multi-currency business account and payment solution. Like Payoneer, we allow businesses to receive, hold and send funds in multiple currencies. But unlike Payoneer we do not charge transaction or withdrawal fees. That means you can manage your money across borders and currencies for less. Airwallex FX rates are also more competitive than Payoneer.

Airwallex and Payoneer share many of the same features, including the ability to open multiple foreign currency accounts, exchange currencies, and transfer and accept payments internationally. Airwallex also offers virtual debit cards as well as various online payment solutions. 

Payoneer alternatives 

If you’re looking for an alternative to Payoneer, there are a few options to choose from. As well as Airwallex, Payoneer’s competitors include Wise, Revolut, PayPal and Starling.

If you’d like to see how Payoneer stacks up against the competition, you can check out our business account comparison table and compare different providers on fees, FX rates, customer support and account benefits. 

Payoneer’s fees explained  

Transaction fees

Payoneer offers free transactions to and from other Payoneer accounts. For all other transactions, they charge a fee. So, unless your clients and suppliers also use Payoneer, you will be charged whenever you collect or send money from your account.

Paying in: 

If your clients pay by credit card, Payoneer will charge you 3% of the transaction value. If your clients pay by ACH bank debit, you’ll be charged 1%. 

Payoneer has a relationship with companies including Fiverr, Upwork and Airbnb. The cost of accepting payments from these companies varies depending on each marketplace. You can check their websites for more details.

Paying out: 

Payoneer charges a 2% fee unless you’re sending money to another Payoneer account. You will be charged an additional fixed fee of £1.50 to make a USD, GBP or EUR payment:

  • in the same currency as your balance

  • to a country which has the same local currency as your balance

  • to an account in the same country where your Payoneer account is registered

For more information on Payoneer’s transaction fees, see the fees page of their website.

Withdrawal fees

Payoneer will charge you to withdraw funds from your account into another bank account.  

If you’re withdrawing funds into a bank account of the same currency, i.e GBP into a pound sterling account, Payoneer charges a fixed fee of £1.50.

If you’re withdrawing funds into an alternative currency account, i.e. USD into a pound sterling account, Payoneer charges 2% of the transaction value. You will have to pay this fee in addition to the FX rate. 

FX & Transfer fees

Payoneer charges a currency exchange fee of 0.5 - 2% above the mid-market rate. The 0.5% rate applies only if you’re transferring funds to another Payoneer account. For all other transfers, the higher rate applies. 

Card fees

Payoneer charges an annual fee of $29.95 for their prepaid MasterCard debit cards. They also charge ATM withdrawal fees, card activation fees, and a fee each time you load the card with money.   

Additional fees

  • Payoneer charges a 0.5% fee to move funds between your currency balances. That’s on top of the FX fee.  

  • If your account is inactive for 12 months, you will be charged a $29.95 fee.

Airwallex fees explained

Zero transaction fees 

Airwallex does not charge transaction fees, no matter the currency. This means you can use your Airwallex account to collect, hold and send multiple currencies at zero cost. 

We also don’t charge withdrawal fees, meaning you can move funds from your Airwallex account to another bank account for free. 

FX rate

Airwallex charges 0.5 - 1% above the interbank rate for currency exchange.

The 0.5% rate applies to Euro, USD, AUD, HKD, CNY, JPY, CAD, CHF, NZD, SGD. The 1% rate applies to other currencies. 

Zero card fees

Airwallex multi-currency cards are free and unlimited. Reward every member of your team with their own physical or virtual debit card to use at home and abroad with 0% transaction fees. 

Create new cards in a tap, set spending limits and track spending at a card level in the app. 

Payment acceptance

With an Airwallex account, you can accept direct transfers from customers and collect funds from platforms such as PayPal, Shopify and Stripe in multiple currencies at zero cost.  

If you have an ecommerce store, you can integrate Airwallex with your checkout for cheaper Online Payments. You can also create multi-currency Payment Links that allow your customers to pay you securely in a click. 

Airwallex charges a fee for Online Payments and Payment Links. Fees are cheaper than competitors like PayPal and Payoneer, making this a cost-effective way to accept card payments.

  • 1.3% + 20p for UK/EU cards

  • 2.8% + 20p for international cards

Payoneer vs Airwallex account features compared

When choosing a payment platform for your business, we know that price is top of mind, which is why Airwallex is committed to providing businesses with the best rates on the market. 

But price is not the only consideration. You also need to ensure that your chosen payment solution suits your business’ needs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the Airwallex and Payoneer platforms compare on features and benefits.

Currency accounts

Airwallex

Open local accounts in 11 currencies.

Image of Airwallex's available foreign currency accounts

Payoneer 

Open local accounts in 8 currencies.

Image of Payoneer's available foreign currency accounts.

Transfers & FX

Airwallex

  • Transfer funds to 130+ countries

  • 0% transaction fees

  • 0.5 - 1% FX rate

  • Batch payments up to 1000 (free)

  • Flexible transaction limits

Payoneer

  • Transfer funds to 195 countries

  • 2% transaction fee unless sending to another Payoneer account

  • 0.5 - 2% FX rate

  • Batch payments up to 200 (2% fee)

  • £10k transaction limit (this can be increased on request)

Payment acceptance

Airwallex

  • Free multi-currency collection from platforms including: PayPal, Stripe, Shopify, WooCommerce, Afterpay, Klarna, Amazon and eBay

  • Free payment collection via bank transfer

  • Send multi-currency Payment Links to customers for faster payment (1.3% + 20p for UK/EU cards, 2.8% + 20p for international cards)

  • Integrate Airwallex Online Payments with your ecommerce store (1.3% + 20p for UK/EU cards, 2.8% + 20p for international cards)

Payoneer

  • Collect funds directly from eBay, Amazon, Klarna, Wish, Airbnb, Lazada, Fiverr and 20 other marketplaces (rates vary by market) 

  • Send multi-currency payment requests to customers (3% fee for cards, 1% fee for ACH bank debit - unless your customer has a Payoneer account, in which case collection is free)

Cards

Airwallex

  • Borderless Visa debit cards

  • No transaction fees

  • Pay directly from your multi-currency balance at no cost

  • 0.5 - 1% FX fee applies when converting currencies 

  • Issue unlimited virtual and physical cards to your team instantly, set spending limits on a card level and freeze cards in a tap

  • Track spending on a card level in the app

  • Use anywhere Visa is accepted 

Payoneer

  • Pre-paid MasterCard debit card

  • Annual fee of $29.95

  • 3.5% fee on transactions not associated with the card’s currency

  • $2.75 ATM withdrawal fee

  • $3 fee each time the card is loaded

  • Use anywhere MasterCard is accepted 

Accounting software integration

Airwallex

Integrates with Xero and NetSuite. Quickbooks is coming soon.  

Payoneer

Integrates with Quickbooks. 

Conclusion 

Payoneer offers its customers good value transfers and FX rates when sending and receiving money from another Payoneer account. But when dealing with clients and suppliers who don’t use Payoneer, things can quickly get expensive. 

Airwallex offers competitive FX rates and zero transaction fees no matter where you're sending or receiving money from, along with a range of additional benefits that can help you manage your money efficiently across borders. 

If you’d like to learn more about Airwallex, sign up for a free account today or click below to watch a 3-minute demo. 

Related article: Compare UK business bank accounts

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Tilly Michell
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Tilly manages the content strategy for Airwallex UK. She specialises in content that supports businesses in their growth trajectory.

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