Ever been offered the opportunity to pay in Australian dollars while shopping overseas or on a foreign website? Chances are, you’ve been exposed to “dynamic currency conversion”. You might think that the merchant is doing you a favour by converting the price to your native currency, but the reality is that they’re probably ripping you off! It may sound good, but dynamic … [Read more...]
Travel Money is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. We provide tips, tricks and chat about the most convenient and cost-effective ways to obtain foreign exchange for your travels.
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Deciding how best to organise your finances when travelling overseas can be a challenge. There are a plenitude of options out there, from credit cards to prepaid travel money cards and everything in between. Each card comes with its own fee structure and unique advantages and disadvantages so sorting through all the options is a confusing task. This week our member Whipster, … [Read more...]
If you’re a first time traveller to America, chances are you will not be prepared for the tipping culture. Thanks to a lack of a standard minimum wage, tipping for many employees is the bulk portion of their wages. As a result, a wad of $1 bills is almost a necessity, no doubt also helping to keep the money changers in business. But what is the etiquette in countries that do … [Read more...]
With August 1 being D Day for credit cards to lose their signatures, there has been some speculation that we are finally entering the cashless era. Technologies such as Paywave etc. allow transactions that are quick and easy negating the need for cash. But we all need to keep those cards somewhere. Throw in the need of a frequent flyer to often carry a passport, and that choice … [Read more...]
When Qantas launched Qantas Cash last year, it quickly got the attention of our members. That attention has been both positive and negative. While our members like the ability to earn points through their own funds, getting those funds onto the card has proved to be an onerous exercise. The quickest I've experienced is 48 hours. Of course once you have any currency on the … [Read more...]