I was very surprised to have been able to open a Wells Fargo "checking" and savings account in the US last month. It comes with a Visa debit card.
Beware...I did this many years ago with a nominal sum deposited in same bank. A deposit book, a cheque book and debit card were issued but over a period of 12-24 months all of the balance disappeared in bank charges. It may not be the case now.
Interesting, did you open it in person or online?
From my perspective the biggest advantage will be purchasing TCs in Australia in the months leading up to my travel then depositing them all at once into my WF account
Just curious why TC's and why not do a transfer to the account electronically? There are a range of foreign exchange dealers that offer such a service for very little commission/exchange rate differential (eg ozforex).
That's not something I'm familiar with but maybe I need to do some research.
Going to start applying for HKG CCs soon. There are actually too many promotions/offers/schemes in HKG!
Haven't found a free forex fee one yet though.