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Spending euros in France.
« on: October 01, 2008, 09:12:26 am »

Hi all, I have just had a short holiday in France.  I bought some Euros in M&S and also used my M&S credit card while on holiday.

I have just received my credit card statement and on checking the exchange rate I find that I got a  better rate of exchange on the credit card than in the store.  All transactions were within a fortnight and exchange rate steady (but awful Mr. Brown)

I also use a Nationwide debit card for withdrawing cash abroad and there is no charge for this and it delivers the local currency where ever you are.

Anyone got any tips on money and travel?
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Re: Spending euros in France.
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2008, 01:05:40 pm »

I got the same rate and no seperate charge to that of the Euro's I bought from the bank. 1.22 at the time


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Re: Spending euros in France.
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008, 01:17:50 pm »

Living down here in Spain, with a UK based pension, the exchange rate is very important to me and yes it is lousy at the moment.

Over the last ten years I have discovered that the best way to draw Euros when abroad is on your banks debit card. Now rates do vary but Nationwide have no commision charges and give you the best International Exchange rate on the day. Never buy travellers cheques or Euros in the UK as even when they say it is commision free, they will apply a worse exchange rate. Most airports have cash machines and all you have to do is go to the first one and draw your money. They are all done in various languages, including English.

Now take this from a man who really does know about this.......Nothing about model boats but plenty about exchange rates.. :D :D.



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Re: Spending euros in France.
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008, 04:55:53 pm »

I am in the same situation as Footski and today I got euro's at 1.26 via debit card, tommorow ?

at the airport they are about 1.17 better on the ferry, about 1.21, so you pays your money...

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