How to buy US Dollars

Whether you’re taking the family to the Big Apple or you’re living out your country star dreams down South - no matter where you are flying to, a holiday to America requires a lot of planning. We can help tick off that one thing on your USA to-do list when you order US Dollars online from us.

Competitive rates

We monitor the currency exchange market daily to ensure we offer you great rates when you buy US dollars online.

Delivered to you

Order online for next working day home delivery, or click and collect at a Waitrose or John Lewis near you.

Commission free-fees

You never have to pay a commission fee when you buy US dollars from us.

Start your American adventure today

Your children won’t stop talking about their holiday to Orlando, or your partner keeps sending you pictures of viral foods to try for your trip to San Francisco. Regardless, a trip to America is always something to look forward to. The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. There are so many things to explore across the 50 states, like sun-kissed beaches, thrilling theme parks, legendary road trips, world-famous landmarks, awe-inspiring national parks and quirky tidbits in between. 

Give yourself some extra time to put the final touches on your American itinerary. Order dollars online with next working day home delivery, or Click and Collect at your nearest John Lewis or Waitrose. Online purchases are free when you order £500 or more.

Sell your leftover USD

When you’ve made it back home safely, you can sell any US Dollar notes you have left and we’ll exchange them back into pounds. Just stop by a John Lewis Bureau de Change branch with your ID and US Dollars. 

If your American holiday had to be cancelled, you can return your US Dollars for a full refund within 35 days of the purchase date. Bring your original order receipt or order confirmation with you. 

Returns can only be made in-store.

Frequently asked questions

The US Dollar is the official currency used in all 50 states in the United States of America. US Dollars are also used in US territories:

  • Puerto Rico 

  • The U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Guam 

  • The Northern Mariana Islands

  • American Samoa


The US Dollar can also be used as official payment in the following countries: 

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • The Marshall Islands

  • Micronesia

  • Palau

  • East Timor

  • Zimbabwe

When exchanging pounds for USD, we’ll only be able to offer you notes. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accept coins if you do decide to sell your leftover US Dollars and other currency.

Exchange rates in-store may vary from those offered online. You can use our rate table to check today's online rates, and today’s in-store buy and sell rates on the bureau de change store locator.

For online orders, you can buy between £250 to £2,500 worth of US Dollars. If you’re travelling to the US, you must declare cash that exceeds $10,000 when entering the American border.

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John Lewis Finance and John Lewis & Partners Bureau de Change are both trading names of John Lewis plc. Registered office: 171 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NN. Registered in England (Registered Company Number 233462). John Lewis plc introduce the panel of carefully chosen providers in Bureau de Change products and services, whom each hold the appropriate licences with the Financial Conduct Authority and HMRC.

Foreign Currency online from both John Lewis Finance and John Lewis & Partners is provided by First Rate Exchange Services Limited registration number 04287490 (Money Service Business licence number MLR-64068), whose registered office is at Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, West London, TW8 9DF England.

For UK clients: International Payments at John Lewis Finance is provided by HiFX Europe Limited. HiFX is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2017, registration 462444, for the provision of payment services. HiFX is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 3517451. Registered office: Maxis 1, Western Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1RT.

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