I just thought it was worth mentioning a product I found avail. in Australia from the ANZ bank. Its a pre-paid travel card (after some research appears to be one of the cheaper options)that is available in 7 denominations including US dollars (Perfect for my trip to Cambodia next week).
You purchase the card for $11 AUS and then load your cash onto the card at a set exchange rate (No FEE for the initial deposit) and then use it as a VISA card for purchases (no fee) or at VISA atm's (Around $2.50 USD withdrawal fee).
I have used an ANZ travelcard in Euros for a trip to Europe and it worked very well. A cost effective option compared to Credit Cards or Travellers cheques.
the website is: www.anztravelcard.com/
(BTW I don't work for the bank I just found their product very handy!)
#1 michaels57 has been a member since 14/12/2009. Posts: 6
also available from most travel agents is "travelex" which is the same pre load type card, cost zip to load and the last time I used one(2 yrs ago) it was $3 aus per withdrawal. Could be used at any visa site. Cant recall set up cost but low.
#3 muzza has been a member since 30/6/2009. Posts: 13
So I used the ANZ travel card, worked quite well used it like a VISA when I could at some resturaunts and accomodation. The first time I went to withdraw money from an ATM i decided to use the ANZ Royal bank thinking that there would be no fees, same bank, right? not so! I was charged and extra $4 US for the privelidge. Next I tried Canadia bank where there were no extra fees. Needless to say I searched out a Canadia ATM for future withdrawals!
Hope this helps.
#4 michaels57 has been a member since 14/12/2009. Posts: 6