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Buying Foreign Currency With Credit Card ((BETTER))

Money-wise, Europe's never been easier. Thanks to the ubiquity of cash machines and the widespread use of a single currency, gone are the days of having to go to your hometown bank for travelers' checks or foreign cash, of lining up at AmEx offices overseas, or getting fleeced at exchange bureaus at every border. With the following tips, you'll make the most of every cent you spend.

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Resist the urge to buy foreign currency before your trip. Some tourists feel like they just have to have euros or British pounds in their pockets when they step off the airplane, but they pay the price in bad stateside exchange rates. Wait until you arrive to withdraw money. I've yet to see a European airport that didn't have plenty of ATMs.

Avoid (or at least minimize) cash exchange. In general, I avoid exchanging money in Europe; it's a big rip-off. On average, at a bank you lose about 8 percent when you change dollars to euros or another foreign currency. When you use an airport currency exchange booth such as Forex or Travelex, the hit can be as much as 15 percent.

If you do need to exchange money, look for places that don't charge a commission. Note the difference between the rates for buying (the bank buys foreign currency from you to exchange into local cash) and selling (the bank sells foreign currency to you). A good rule of thumb: The difference between the buy and sell rates should be less than 10 percent.

Likewise, in some non-eurozone countries, the euro is commonly accepted, but usually a bad deal. For example, in Switzerland, which officially uses Swiss francs, some ATMs give euros, prices in touristy areas are listed in both currencies, and travelers can get by with euro cash. But if you pay in euros, you'll get a rotten exchange rate. Ideally, if you're in a non-euro country for more than a few hours, head to the ATM and use local currency instead.

You don't need to constantly consult a currency converter. While you can do real-time conversion with an app, I've never bothered. You just need to know the rough exchange rates. I see no need to have it figured to the third decimal.

Plan your cash withdrawals wisely. Avoid having a lot of unused currency left over when you cross borders between countries that use different currencies. (This should also help you minimize withdrawal fees.)

Consider getting back to dollars at the end of your trip. If you have foreign cash left at the end of your trip, and some time to spare, you can change it into dollars or simply spend it at the airport before you fly home. Although you might get a few more dollars from your hometown bank for that last smattering of foreign bills, to me it feels clean and convenient to simply fly home with nothing but dollars in my pocket.

While debit cards can make decent backup credit cards (provided your card has a Visa or MasterCard logo), credit cards make rotten backup ATM cards because of their sky-high withdrawal fees and cash-advance interest rates. I'd only use a credit card at an ATM as a last resort. (Note that an extra credit card can be helpful if you rent a car and use your card to cover a collision damage waiver).

Exchange rates fluctuate, at times significantly, and you acknowledge and accept all risks that may result from such fluctuations. If we assign an exchange rate to your foreign exchange transaction, that exchange rate will be determined by us in our sole discretion based upon such factors as we determine relevant, including without limitation, market conditions, exchange rates charged by other parties, our desired rate of return, market risk, credit risk and other market, economic and business factors, and is subject to change at any time without notice. You acknowledge that exchange rates for retail and commercial transactions, and for transactions effected after regular business hours and on weekends, are different from the exchange rates for large inter-bank transactions effected during the business day, as may be reported in The Wall Street Journal or elsewhere. Exchange rates offered by other dealers or shown at other sources by us or other dealers (including online sources) may be different from our exchange rates. The exchange rate you are offered may be different from, and likely inferior to, the rate paid by us to acquire the underlying currency.

In connection with our market making and other activities, we may engage in hedging, including pre-hedging, to mitigate our risk, facilitate customer transactions and hedge any associated exposure. Such activities may include trading ahead of order execution. These transactions will be designed to be reasonable in relation to the risks associated with the potential transaction with you. These transactions may affect the price of the underlying currency, and consequently, your cost or proceeds. You acknowledge that we bear no liability for these potential price movements. When our pre-hedging and hedging activity is completed at prices that are superior to the agreed upon execution price or benchmark, we will keep the positive difference as a profit in connection with the transactions. You will have no interest in any profits.

Your Capital One credit card can be a handy travel companion as it's accepted in millions of places both at home and abroad. There are certain fees or charges which will apply if you make a transaction in a foreign currency. We'll explain the charges here, but it's also a good idea to check your Credit Card Agreement before you go.

When you use your Capital One card to make a purchase abroad in a currency other than sterling, we will charge you a Non-Sterling Transaction Fee. You can check your Credit Card Agreement to find out how much the Non-Sterling Transaction Fee as it may vary, depending on the card you have. You will also incur this fee if you buy something in a currency other than Sterling, even if you physically make the purchase in the UK. For example, this could happen if you bought something online from a non-UK website. You'll see this fee on your statement as 'Non-Sterling Transaction Fee' and in your Credit Card Agreement as 'Non-Sterling Transaction Fee'.

As well as the Non-Sterling Transaction Fee, foreign cash withdrawals will also incur a Cash Fee of 3% (minimum charge of 3 applies). This will show on your statement as 'Cash Fee' and in your Credit Card Agreement as the 'Cash Withdrawal Handling Fee'. You'll need to take into account any other restrictions when withdrawing cash - such as daily cash withdrawal limits. You should be aware that this fee also applies to cash-like transactions such as buying foreign currency. There is no interest free period for cash withdrawals and cash-like transactions, and interest is charged from the date of the transaction. Please see your terms and conditions for more information.

Our advice? Use a credit card with no foreign transaction fee when possible. Or get your cash as local currency from a local ATM when abroad or from your bank before your trip. If you do decide to use a currency exchange, do your research and assess the exchange rate and other fees beforehand.

They are safer than cash, easier to use than traveller's cheques, and cheaper to use than credit or debit cards. These ForexPlus cards are available for transactions in all the popular foreign currencies. They are widely accepted and protect you from fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.

We ask our Honor members to let us know they are traveling internationally so we can put a note on file to help you avoid having your card being flagged for fraudulent transactions. If you stop by a local member center two to three weeks before you travel you can buy foreign currency (fees may apply).

Foreign affairs and international markets drive the exchange rate. Keeping an eye on these subjects gives you the best opportunity to get your currency at the best price. For example, Brexit in the U.K. drove the exchange rate to $1.21 for one pound as of August 2019, the lowest in 30-months. The lower exchange rate means you are getting more foreign currency for your dollar, making the goods and services overseas less expensive.

Qantas Travel Money is a prepaid Mastercard payment facility built into the back of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Membership Card. To be eligible to receive the Qantas Card with the option of Qantas Travel Money you must be an Australian resident Qantas Frequent Flyer member 16 years of age or older. Heritage and People's Choice Limited trading as Heritage Bank ABN 11 087 651 125, AFSL 244310 (the Issuer) issues Qantas Travel Money under arrangements between it, Qantas Airways Limited (AFS representative number 261363) and Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd (AFSL 386837) (a Mastercard business). Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd distributes Qantas Travel Money (together with Qantas which is an authorised representative of Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd for the purposes of providing general financial product advice with respect to Qantas Travel Money).

Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd and Qantas earn foreign exchange revenue from Qantas Travel Money transactions. Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd receives a processing fee from domestic Qantas Travel Money "point of sale" transactions. Qantas receives revenue generated by Qantas Travel Money transactions based on interchange fees paid to the Issuer, deposits held by the Issuer, cardholder fee and certain rebates and incentives from Mastercard Asia Pacific/Pte Ltd.

Qantas Travel Money is unable to be used for purchases related to gambling or adult entertainment. Currently Qantas Travel Money cannot be used in the following countries and geographical regions due to sanctions that are currently in place: Crimea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Donetsk and Luhansk. If you attempt to withdraw cash from an ATM or use your Card at merchants in any of these countries and geographical regions, your request will be declined. Additionally, all Mastercards will not work at Russian merchants or ATMs. In addition, ATMs or POS terminals may not be owned or operated by the Issuer or Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd and the Issuer and Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd are not responsible for ensuring that merchants will accept the Qantas Travel Money card. For example, the Issuer and Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Ltd cannot control when an ATM or POS terminal is due for maintenance or is faulty or if a merchant chooses not to accept the Qantas Travel Money card. In such cases, your Qantas Travel Money card may not function properly or may be declined. For more information please see the Product Disclosure Statement at 041b061a72


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