Best Card to use abroad

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My new job is taking me across scandinavia a lot along with Holland and I have been horrified by the "Commision Charges" that Barclaycard add on top of the poor exchange rate. Can anyone recommend a card that gives reasonable charges?
My other card BTW is a Sony card (worst computer controlled customer services menu in the world before you speak to someone) and they heft and extra 2.99% on top as well:mad:

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  • BenL
    BenL Posts: 3,189 Forumite
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    Here is a link to the article you need

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money

    Nationwide
    Santander Zero
    Post Office

    These 3 are the top players for foreign usage
    I beep for Robins - Beep Beep
    & Choo Choo for trains!!
  • chattychappy
    chattychappy Posts: 7,302 Forumite
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    Yep.... agreed. Zero, PO, Nationwide. I go with Nationwide in Europe and Zero outside.

    Card declines are a risk, so take backups - though the above have been trouble free for me. PO online system is dire.

    Take a look at this thread too...

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2178549
  • JohalaReewi
    JohalaReewi Posts: 2,614 Forumite
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    Don't forget Saga.

    Also, the Nationwide now charge 1% on forex transactions that are not Euro so not as good as 0% but a lot less than other banks.
  • Degenerate
    Degenerate Posts: 2,166 Forumite
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    Also, the Nationwide now charge 1% on forex transactions that are not Euro so not as good as 0% but a lot less than other banks.

    To clarify this, the 1% charge applies to transactions outside of Europe, not just the Euro currency area. Eg Hungarian Forints, Polish Zloty, Czech Koruna and others are all still fee-free too.
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