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NZ Credit cards

  • shambles

    Joined Travelfish
    12th July, 2011
    Posts: 7

    I'm currently doing research into credit cards/debit cards.
    Are there any Kiwi's here who can recommend a cheap option?
    At the moment most seem to charge $5 Atm fee plus 2.5% pluse the local banks atm fees?

    Am I missing something, Is there anything cheaper than this

    Thanks in advance

    #1 Posted: 20/2/2012 - 19:17

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  • stefanw

    Joined Travelfish
    10th December, 2010
    Posts: 50

    I think all the banks are pretty much the same. I would suggest looking at AirNZ OneSmart card.

    It doesn't charge commission on currency conversion and no transaction fees (obviously you still have to pay the local fee at the ATM you withdraw from). I don't know much about it or anyone that actually uses it but it could be good. You should probably check what currencies can be loaded on to the card and also their conversion rates.

    #2 Posted: 20/2/2012 - 21:27

  • busylizzy

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    I haven't found a cheaper option in NZ so far. But when using my EFT Pos card overseas, I always search for banks that will give the highest amount of cash (in can carry in countries by banks, or even bank locations... so ask around). And then I pull out the maximum amount of cash - even if it means I'm carrying a few hundred dollars around.

    I also thought the Air NZ OneSmart card could be good option (after an initial cursory look) and would that I would investigate further to use on my next trip. But you need to know whether or not overseas banks will charge an additional fee (as some bank did with a Travelex card) - as well as currency conversion rates, etc. But in principle, it could be a good option. I believe you would have to join the Air NZ Airpoints program to get it.

    #3 Posted: 20/2/2012 - 21:37

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