It began as the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company in 1851, with the goal of unifying telegraph systems to streamline communications. Money transfers were introduced in 1871 and stock ticker tape and standardized time were services offered over the years too. Western Union has always embraced new technology the moment it has come through, from the telephone to the teletypewriter, intercity fax to microwave communication and it even became the first company to use a geosynchronous communications satellite in 1974.
It was in the 1980s that transferring money became the central part of the business and in 1993 it introduced a phone card for this very purpose, followed by the unveiling of web transfers in 2000. On top of the website, today there are over 500,000 agent locations helping millions of people transfer money in person, via mobile, on the app or using social media. You can pay with a credit or debit card or bank transfer and you can even track your transfer once it has been sent. Whether you’re sending or receiving, do yourself a favour and do it with the best.
- Click on the offer of your choice at vouchercloud and copy the code if provided
- Follow our link to the Western Union website and browse for your service
- Click ‘Send money’ and enter the amount
- Click ‘I have a promo code’, enter your code and click ‘Apply’
- Click ‘Continue’ to complete your purchase
- Any offers which don’t require a discount code will be applied automatically
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Where is my nearest Western Union agent?
You can search for your nearest agent here.
How much can I send online with Western Union?
You can send up to £800 within a 12 month period before your identity will require verification. After that, your send limit will increase to £4000 per 3 day period.
Can I change the name on the Western Union money transfer?
You can only make minor typographical corrections to the receiver's name on a regular money transfer if it hasn’t been picked up. This can’t be done on a money order, bill payment or prepaid money transfer.
The ‘Money in minutes’ function takes just a few minutes with credit card, debit card or mobile transfer.
If you send to a bank account, the money is generally available within 1 or 2 days.