Holiday money?

Old Dec 30th 2007, 5:00 pm
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We are travelling over for 3 weeks, never been before.

Can you use travellers cheques like in America, where you can use them like a cheque.

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Old Dec 30th 2007, 5:12 pm
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Don't waste time with traveller's cheques - get a Nationwide account and use the ATMs free of charge anywhere in the world!
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Originally Posted by Bodger1694 View Post
We are travelling over for 3 weeks, never been before.

Can you use travellers cheques like in America, where you can use them like a cheque.

Regards
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Yes. You can exchange travellers' cheques at any bank. However, I've never seen anybody use travellers' cheques to purchase anything in a shop or to pay for a meal. The Nationwide ATM thing that was mentioned is probably a better option because you can access cash when the banks are closed.
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I read some where the UK debit and credit cards wont work in New Zealand, not sure if thats right. We are comming over in February so dont hink there will be time to open a Nationwide account????!!
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I read some where the UK debit and credit cards wont work in New Zealand, not sure if thats right. We are comming over in February so dont hink there will be time to open a Nationwide account????!!
if you apply now you will get your nationwide card in time. British cards do work, I used mine when I was over there. It just charges you 2% each time if you use any bank but nationwide
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I used my barclays normal debit card in westpac no problem (we also used travelers cheques aswell which can be cashed at all banks.
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We took cash for spending money and paid for accommodation and some meals with a CC that racked up air miles for us.
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Originally Posted by cappuccino View Post
Don't waste time with traveller's cheques - get a Nationwide account and use the ATMs free of charge anywhere in the world!
Better still- get a Post Office Credit card without needing to open a current account with them- set up DD with own bank and all credit transactions are free of fees.
Only PO and Nationwide do it.
Still take a few Tr. Ch. they can be cashed just about anywhere I think- but I tended to use banks. They liked the Sterling Notes in some places and I got a really good deal re- exchange rates- but that was back in the days when the £ was strong and the dollar weak. Looks like it's the other way round now and likely to stay that way for a while.
Hope the PO info helps.
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Originally Posted by cappuccino View Post
Don't waste time with traveller's cheques - get a Nationwide account and use the ATMs free of charge anywhere in the world!
Saved us about 3000 quid over 18 months of travelling..
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Originally Posted by sparkywater View Post
I read some where the UK debit and credit cards wont work in New Zealand, not sure if thats right. We are comming over in February so dont hink there will be time to open a Nationwide account????!!
my friend applied online (very recently) and got her card about 10 days later. You don't need the full current account, just a debit card that will allow you to use ATMs.
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