Posted October 11th, 2012, 03:04 PM
Hi, Larry and Ethel~~ LOL, we have to stop meeting like this!!
Below is a cut/paste from the BAC website regarding their ATM Alliance. I also did a cut/paste from the Westpac website after a search for Melbourne Airport ATMs...it looks like a couple are within the airport. The link is also below for Westpac AUS...you can also do a search for Westpac NZ. I did check already to make sure there is a branch or ATM in Queenstown for Bob and me and there is!
The exchange rate for buying AUS $ here is substantially more than the actual posted exchange rate. The banks say there is no service charge, but they deduct at least 5% from the posted exchange rates. We've decided to just wait and get cash in AUS upon our arrival at the airport.
We're in Sydney pre and Melbourne post cruise.
Woohoo, the US vs AUS $ seems to be on a gradual rise once again. It's like being in Vegas...buy now or wait and take the gab]mble of a better exchange.
The taxis can actually process charge cards, but they add on a fee for doing this, so you would end up paying their fee, your charge card international fee and exchange rate fee...it begins to add up.
See you onboard...enjoy your days in Melbourne!
What is the Global ATM Alliance?
Bank of America is a member of the Global ATM Alliance. The Global ATM Alliance is a group of financial institutions that have created the world's first international ATM Alliance.
Use your debit card or ATM card within the Global ATM Alliance in the countries shown with no ATM operator fees or Non-Bank of America International ATM Fee. International Transaction Fees of 1% for converting your currency may apply. Some members may have locations in countries other than the country listed in the coverage area. Only ATMs in the country listed are considered part of the Alliance.
Bank NameCoverage AreaBank of America
United KingdomBNP Paribas
Canada and the Caribbean. Caribbean countries include: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles (St Maarten), St Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, US Virgin IslandsWestpac Bank
Australia and New ZealandIn addition, Bank of America has arranged for you to use your debit or ATM cards in China at China Construction Bank ATMs (China Construction Bank ATMs in Hong Kong are not included) and in Mexico at Banco Santander with no ATM Operator Fees or Non-Bank of America International ATM fee. International Transaction Fee of 1% for converting your currency may apply.
What should I do if I plan to travel internationally and use my ATM or Debit Card?
To prevent an interruption in ATM or Debit Card access you must call the telephone number on the back of your card to have an agent place a travel flag on your account. Your ATM Card or Debit Card must have a primary checking account linked to it in order to have no interruption in service while traveling internationally.
Once the travel flag has been placed, if you encounter any issues, please contact us toll free at 1.877.833.5617 or internationally by calling collect 1.602.597.2395.
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