Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 1
Member since 12 Feb 2015
Total posts 61
'Yes' was my reply, but the minimum allowable is 10 characters!
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 12 Jan 2016
Total posts 32
Much better to just use your debit card. Make sure it's a visa/master card debit card as you'll be fine.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 146
I think travel money cards are worth it: you potentially get more FF points than on some other cards (QF gives 1.5 points per $A, VA gives 2 points per $A). The exchange rates are OK, depending on the card and the currency, but it's worth comparing them against what your credit card offers.
Member since 15 Jan 2015
Total posts 11
I travel to HKG once a year for the races I normally use my Qantas card with a few hundred $A which I convert. My friend takes cash and changes at whichever currency exchange has the best rate. I top my card up overnight from my phone app. I only use a credit card for the hotel deposit then top up the Qantas two days before I check out. For a week and what you are going to spend Qantas or Virgin work well over there.
Member since 03 Nov 2014
Total posts 130
I'd say no - there are a number of credit cards now available with no FX fees & you're not losing any margin on the buy & sell. Team a FX free Credit Card with a Citibank Plus account & you're on you're way to fee free travel.
Member since 26 May 2014
Total posts 307
Travel cards are useful if you want to lock in an exchange rate for future travel, but otherwise I prefer to use an FX fee free credit card. I still get points and I pay it into credit before I leave, so there are no interest charges on cash withdrawals.
Member since 13 Jan 2015
Total posts 80
Travel cards are a rip off. If you're bothered about points then you're better off using a points earning credit card. I worked it out to save easily more than 1% using amex/visa credit when compared to QF and VA travel wallets. Otherwise if you don't care about points then use the citibank debit card with no FX fees and save another 3%.
Member since 18 Nov 2015
Total posts 111
Unless you're worried of currency fluctuations, and you have a credit card that doesn't charge international fees, then do NOT use a Travel Money card.
Member since 17 Mar 2016
Total posts 17
I am traveling to Hong Kong & China next year & have been thinking about this. Usually I take Qantas Cash Card, credit card & a lot of cash particularly when traveling in US always tipping therefore hand in pocket all the time. I have decided to take Qantas Cash Card, Credit Card with no transaction or exchange fees, some Chinese YEN in cash for incidentals. In Hong Kong they will accept USD, HKD & any credit card, so I will have small amount AUD on my Qantas Card & can top up as required & I have my Credit Card. I use CC at Hotel & keep Qantas Cash card for shopping. I have found Qantas cash card is good when I travel is easy to use & I can top up when necessary, even if I don't have enough in other currencies Qantas moves money from AUD into that currency when used. Although cash in hand is much easier for small purchases, major purchases Credit Card is best.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 07 Sep 2012
Total posts 8
Agree with all those who've advised against using money cards. In addition to appalling exchange rates, Travelex have some truly obnoxious practices. For instance, if you load AUD onto your money card, as well as the foreign currencies you want, you will be charged almost double their usual rip-off rate if you attempt to exchange those AUD on the money card for additional foreign currency down the track. Just stick with your normal cards, even if they do charge you a fee, because you'll still get a better overall rate than the money card gives, and you'll get FF points if your normal card offers them.
Member since 06 Mar 2017
Which is the best FX-free CC that also earns points?
Member since 23 Feb 2017
Total posts 15
When I travelled extensively I always used FX-free credit. I used a Travelex ATM card for small change pulling out US$100 equivalent in one hit to minimise handling fees. The exchange rate on the Travelex was always better than a bank rate. However some ATM's gave a better rate than others? This maximised the FF points received on the credit card.
Member since 21 Jan 2017
Total posts 44
the rate is a rip off, just get a 28 degree, coles master or something like that.
Comm Bank Diamond Amex - $1AUD = 1.2 QFF, and no foreign transaction fees.
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