Money for 8 week break (1 Viewer)

Jan 21, 2013
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We are going to Europe later this year and would like to Know how you more experienced travellers manage over a long period. ie Cash/ Debit cards/ Credit card.
 

Xabia

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I always use a Caxton card which I charge up with Euros when the rate is relatively good and I can withdraw cash at any ATM without charge. For fuel, shopping etc I use a Nationwide credit card and get a commercial rate of exchange.

You can top up the Caxton card by text, Internet or phone from anywhere and get the cash within a couple of hours.
 

Brian_K

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It may be worth considering getting one of the credit cards that don't charge for foreign transactions (and give a relatively good exchange rate). They tend to have a higher rate of interest so make sure you pay it in full when due.

I have one from Halifax, but I'm sure there are many others. Whatever you do don't use your debit card - charges are painful.

Brian
 
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Jan 21, 2013
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Many thanks for your quick replies..Looks like my recently aquired Nat West credit card charges 2.75% so it may be ditched in favour of Nationwide.

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Mar 11, 2014
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I use post office credit card - no charges on purchases abroad, or on foreign cash purchase from the post office in the UK (use quidco and get £27.50 cashback if you're a new customer when applying for the card and also use quidco for post office cash purchase and get £3 cashback). And N&P debit card - no charges on cash withdrawal abroad.
 

ASel

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I have one from Halifax, but I'm sure there are many others. Whatever you do don't use your debit card - charges are painful.

Brian
No charges with Cumberland BS Visa card, but they only open accounts for people living in Cumbria and D&G.
 

PJGWiltshire

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UKASH offering a little more than Caxton but appears to have a small none use charge so not much between Caxton. I have used Caxton for a while and never encountered any problems although be mindful you will still be charged by a few banks to withdraw cash and is only a small service charge, so I normally take out a few hundred Euro at a time thus avoiding repeat visits to ATM.
 

cruiser

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thanks funsters. more info that we need.

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PJGWiltshire

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Sainsbury to bring out multi currency cash load card on 4th April with no usage charges abroad. Shall be interesting to see what rate they will give when loading up
 

Lenny HB

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The nationwide Select Credit Card is the one that gives commission free transaction, but it's only available to current account holders. on their standard card for every £100 per month you spend in the UK you get a £20 commission free allowance for spending abroad.
We have the select card and try to buy everything with that. Nationwide flex account has charges for drawing out abroad (£1 + 2%) but gives you the commercial exchange rate so overall will not cost much more than a pre-loaded card who exchange rates are not as good. Nationwide Flex Plus account gives free withdrawals abroad.
 

denisejoe

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We have 3 no charge credit cards for use abroad - Metrobank; Saga & Nationwide. For no charge debit card we use Metrobank (only use this to withdraw cash from ATM). Of course all cards need to be paid off in full every month.

Denise
 
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Like ASel we use a Cumberland Building Society Visa Debit card from a current account we have with them. They don't charge for foreign transactions and are quite security conscious in that if you don't tell them online before you use it abroad they won't allow the transaction.
I never use this account for anything else and only keep a small balance in it. but transfer funds into to as I need it so if the card was ever cloned, all they would get is the £100 or so that I have in it

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funflair

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Credit card for tolls and fuel and cash for day to day stuff.

Not telling where we hide it though.
 

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