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Hi All,

 

About to jet off to Greece for some sun, what's the best bet for holiday money, i have no concerns that Euro's

will remain spendable for the next couple of weeks, its whether to buy them here or at our destination (Rhodes).

 

Anyone any pointers or recent expierence?

 

thanks

 

Sean 

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RE: Holiday Money

I would buy the Euros online, or use a card that does not charge for exchange. Money saving expert website would possibly help you out the best.

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RE: Holiday Money

Exchange rate is quite good at the moment, i would get the Euro from the Post Office, no commission when bought and they change back to the Pound if you have any left, free oc.

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RE: Holiday Money

Smile I'm in the process at looking at holiday money at the moment and the best are either the post office or, slightly better, ICE. Both offer free delivery Smile

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RE: Holiday Money

Best deal I always found was with Thomas Cook. You order it online and then collect it at the airport:

http://www.thomascookmoney.com/

You get better rates than if you just buy it on the day. Also if the exchange rate moves against your favour they will give you the better rate.

 

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RE: Holiday Money

I am going on Holiday to Florida soon and am in the middle of searching through a few travel sites to get my Dollars. I have found a cheap rate at www.icicibank.co.uk but have never heard of them. Has anybody on here used them before to buy currency with? Also I know its a bit off topic but its my first time with Thomas Cook and was wondering what their flights are like? Have they got good leg room? 

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RE: Holiday Money

A second for MSE

 

http://travelmoney.moneysavingexpert.com/

 

Always an eye opener when you see the difference between the best/worse rates

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RE: Holiday Money

I have a Natiowide credit card which charges no commission. You can't beat that and you don't end up with unwanted currency.

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RE: Holiday Money

I use this http://www.fairfx.com/ as recommended to me on this forum... 

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RE: Holiday Money

roger06 wrote:

I use this http://www.fairfx.com/ as recommended to me on this forum... 

+1 - have used in the past and very good rates although you do need to pay delivery. They also do a cash card type thing you can load up like a pre-pay thing.

I must confess though that I use a local independant travel agent near where I live. No commission on notes or TC's and he always gives me a very very good rate (comparable with fairfx) and I dont have to mess with delivery

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RE: Holiday Money

be wary of any place that advertises "no commission" as a selling point.  They may not do commission, but they do build-in the same costs (or worse) to their rates!  Generally speaking, buying at the airport or your destination will mean a poor rate, as by that stage you're running out of options (i.e. the seller has little competition).

If you're in central London - these guys have amazing rates - www.bestforeignexchange.com/contact-us.html

But M&S Money isn't bad either.  Try and avoid using a debit card abroad also, as they charge you a fixed fee per withdrawal, and have a pretty rubbish rate also!

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RE: Holiday Money

dkershaw683 wrote:

I am going on Holiday to Florida soon and am in the middle of searching through a few travel sites to get my Dollars. I have found a cheap rate at www.icicibank.co.uk but have never heard of them. Has anybody on here used them before to buy currency with? Also I know its a bit off topic but its my first time with Thomas Cook and was wondering what their flights are like? Have they got good leg room? 

ICICI bank is a very reputed bank in India, one of the best there. Until April 2012, for a number of years, their credit worthiness was higher than Indian Government's.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Moodys-downgr...

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RE: Holiday Money

I flew Thomas Cook on a ski holiday a few years back.  They charge £30 to book the emergency exit rows!  I ended up in the last row of the aeroplane - by the toilets... As the final row was jammed against the back wall, my seat didn't recline, but the one in front of me did.  And leg-room was pretty poor.  I recall that there's a website that compares short/med/long haul leg-room for all major airlines, so maybe google that.

 

Re icici bank, they're definitely reputable, and do rather good savings accounts.

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