nationwide to start charges for credit cards abroad

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  1. Douglas

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    With the announcement that Nationwide is to start charging a loading charge on credit cards abroad, apart from Santander does any one know of another bank that does not put this charge on card use?

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    I have an account wth both and use their debit cards.

    was unaware santander waved any loading though
     
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    when did you here this Doug? I know you pay outside of EU but is this something new? does it apply to debit cards?
     
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    I heard it on the BBC this morning, no detail other than the Nationwide has announced that it is to introduce a 2% charge and credit cards abroad. I have phoned Nationwide and the help desk say they know nothing about it!!!! other than the already established charges on non Euro countries leaving the Euro counties free, with no charge.
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    sounds like a bit of lazy journalism to me. Just a re-hash of there old statement about charging outside of the Eu.
     
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    Unfortunately its True

    I also heard and read about the change in approach Nationwide intend to remove "free" banking ie no charges from November 1st . I have read a number of articles from many sources and it seems to be true, they are offering free travel insurance instead. I started to look for a like for like replacement and Santander seems the only possible debit card replacement route at the moment. This seems to be a shame as have used Nationwide card for upwards of 5 years and feel sure they will lose a large number of customers Al.
     
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    Sorry Me Again

    The charging is on the popular Flex-Account Debit Card :cry:Al.
     
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    Thanks Al, is it definitely in the EU?
     
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    Missed it out

    Missed that bit out , Yes unfortunately EU as well . They have imho. taken a foolish step. AL.
     
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    Seen this coming for some time so I'm off to The Cumbrian B. S. :thumb: They don't charge for withdrawing from foreign cash machines or using your card anywhere in the world.

    Sorry guys, you have to live up here to have one. There are some advantages of living 'up north'. :BigGrin:
     
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    dont know of any others, but i believe santander only waive charges when using Spanish cash points and shops.
     
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    Hi Doug you have me thinking now .... credit or debit card? the info. that i have looked at is for the FlexAccount debit card . Have been digging into Santander's current account details and a couple of the accounts look reasonable. Does anyone have knowledge of the Zero Account , and finally Keith you are lucky to still have any "regional" BS. almost all i know have been taken over by the aformentioned Nationwide Al.:cry:
     
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    not sure but i think the zero account has some ties and restrictions.

    i recently took out a second santander regular current account which is fee free and if you credit £1000 per month it pays 5% interest.

    simply transfer £1k from another account then transfer it back again. (on the advise of the lady who dealt with my app :thumb:)

    it only need to go in during the month....not stay in for the month.
     
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    Did you have to go in-branch or was it possible to do on-line? seems a good deal whatever !! Ta Al.
     
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    Hi, Thanks for all your info guys and a worthwhile topic from Doug. I have sadly see the article in the daily mail,,, TBH I have had enough of nationwide this week when they refused to allow me to take out 5k in cash as they wanted 48 hours notice. They were so unhelpful and really inpolite.

    It appears this charge is for DEBIT cards, thats what the article says anyhow.

    Time to get a French bank account, I wonder how I do that? or a Spanish one for all you winter sunners.
     
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    i went in-branch to a 'private' desk and it took around 15 mins plus queuing to make an initial deposit at the tills.

    i wouldnt do something like this online as you cant ask questions if you want a sensible answer.
    an on-line app wouldnt tell you to deposit then withdraw to get the higher % :Wink::BigGrin:
     
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    just last week i needed £2600 in cash and they (santander) said if they had it spare i could have it, otherwise i would need to order the cash.

    IF THEY HAD IT SPARE !!!!!. i though it was a bank :Eeek:

    i ordered it anyway as i didnt need it for a few days.
     
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    when you get it can you lend me a fiver?:Wink:
     
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    I had the same problem , when i bought my van. The reason Nationwide gave, was, they are not a bank, but a building society. Therefore do not like a bank, hold a lot of cash, which is the reason for 48 hour notice.
     
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    already converted into a Volvo V70 estate john....sorry. :Rofl1:
     
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