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Did you know you’ll pay more when buying foreign cash at the airport than at any other location? Also debit or credit cards are usually the cheapest option for buying things overseas.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) research, to help us with foreign money purchase decisions, found:
Shop around for foreign money before you travel – loyalty to your usual supplier (big four banks) or a last minute purchase at the airport is going to cost more. Remember buying currency online in advance is an option.
Compare the total price including the exchange rate and fees. Just because a service is advertised as ‘fee free’ doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest option.
Think about best payment methods when travelling overseas – what’s accepted, certainty of price / total cost, convenience and what if it’s lost or stolen?
Beware travel money card fees as well as costs incurred for loading Australian dollars but paying in, or drawing out, another currency.
With credit or debit cards consider any interest charges and annual fees. Again selecting to pay in Australian dollars can be more expensive than choosing the local currency.
Read more at www.accc.gov.au