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Old 23 July 2010, 10:50   #11
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Just back in uk after a week in Ibiza,when i was at various travel agents looking for the best exchange rate before we went all of them were trying to get me to take out the latest tempory debit card that they said could be used in any ATM machine anywhere in the world ,,,
me been a yorkshire man from the old school and thinking what happens if the atm machine then decides to not give your card back for some reason leaving you without money in another country ,,so i went for the cash option .

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Old 26 July 2010, 04:37   #12
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Originally Posted by m chappelow View Post
me been a yorkshire man from the old school and thinking what happens if the atm machine then decides to not give your card back for some reason leaving you without money in another country ,,so i went for the cash option .
Natwest decided to block my card when I used it in Crete as they thought it had been stolen, the fact I booked the holiday on the same card was a give away!
They also decided to send me a new card and cancel my old one which wasn't due to expire when I was away with work.

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Old 29 July 2010, 18:44   #13
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barclays have stopped my debit card a couple of times abroad, they never stopped credit cards though, kind of forces you to draw cash on credit card, but to be fair if you tell the card security dept you are abroad they dont stop your debit card, i think its a mixture of arse covering and profiteering at the same time, a handy card to have is a newish credit card that you have not activated, carhire companies and the like will accept it as deposit or security etc. but you wont get any ripoffs or fraud
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Old 31 July 2010, 10:24   #14
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I have Caxton FX

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I'm off on a big trip around the med this August and was wondering what the best way to carry my dosh was - I don't really want to take loads of cash for obvious reasons (wet, mostly) and the thought of being ripped off by my bank isn't great. Anyone any ideas?

I have read recently about a prepaid card from a company called Caxton FX. Has anyone else got one of these and if so, what's the verdict?

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Hello, I travel all over the world and I have three Caxton FX cards. The Euro Card, Dollar Card and Global Traveller Card.
I also have a couple of credit cards as well as back up.
I have had no problems with these cards and have found them to be superb. You can also take advantage of currency fluctuations if you are sharp.
They are easy to use and load with money, I do it all online but there are other options as well.
You also do not get charged at ATM's.
I used to use a Nationwide card which was free but they have changed it now and you cannot withdraw money abroad with it any more.
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Old 03 August 2010, 10:41   #15
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Caxton Fx card

Hi! I used my Caxton FX Euro cards recently in Ibiza--->Barcelona---->Valencia--->and finally Paris. I got adviced to get two caxton cards in case I lost one, so I applied for 2 cards. I had no problems whatsoever as it got accepted everywhere, the exchange rate was always bank beating, and most important of all: commissions and fees on ATM withdrawals as well as other transactions made with the card were free of charge. Absolutely brilliant, safe and convenient.
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Old 06 August 2010, 16:34   #16
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Travelex Cards

I am off to the States and Canada and was considering one of these preloaded debit cards. Our local co-op does Travelex and their post office have their own brand which they are always trying to persuade me to take when I pop in to buy € or $.

Neither will do Canadian $ cards (although they say they do on their websites)and are suggesting I take one in £ but if you look at the Travelex small print it

“Merchant transactions and ATM withdrawals in a currency other than the currency of the Card will be exchanged to the currency on the Card at an exchange rate determined by MasterCard on the day the transaction is processed, increased by 5.75%”

That’s a killer. Are the Carton cards the same? Are people paying these fees?


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