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    • savvy
    • By savvy 17th Feb 14, 4:47 PM
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    Flights, Currency & Car Hire Board Index
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    Flights, Currency & Car Hire Board Index 17th Feb 14 at 4:47 PM
    This is an index to the previous stickies and important threads on this board:

    Cheap Travel Money Discussion Area


    Cheap Car Hire Article Discussion

    Everyone Needs ESTA for US Travel

    Feedback on Bureau de Change Providers


    When Should I Buy My Currency?

    US ($) Currency Thread 2
    Last edited by savvy; 18-02-2014 at 2:53 PM.
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    • u202908
    • By u202908 15th Jul 17, 3:21 PM
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    book on overseas sites - cheaper flights
    I just booked a flight from Edinburgh to Billund Denmark and paid 145 pounds via skyscanner uk.
    I now discover the same flight is 35 pound cheaper if using skyscannerdansk and paying in danish krone. I have no problem paying in Krone since I have a debit card with zero conversation or transaction fees. One thing that did worry me was that the ticket might be printed in Danish - would that be a problem for UK airport staff . Does anyone have any experience or advice about buying flights this way.??
    • KoCoda
    • By KoCoda 30th Sep 17, 12:38 PM
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    Free Currency Exchange
    There is a new Currency Exchange website called ‘Globetrotter Currency’. It allows free currency exchange with anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world.

    It’s worth checking out! Just Google 'Globetrotter Currency'.
    • hamish63
    • By hamish63 8th Feb 18, 4:15 PM
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    I do not bother with the cards and send money to my friends bank account directly using a FX Broker. If you have a bank account yourself or are travelling to visit a friend I would suggest you do the same, I use IFX and can highly recommend their service. You get much better rates than a card and as it is a direct bank to bank transfer its incredibly secure.
    • martynh99
    • By martynh99 13th Feb 18, 4:29 PM
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    Just been booking flights for Sep for the family holiday, 8 of us with Ryanair.
    Checked prices for 1 person, £88 return , increased this to 8 people - £130 each.
    Played about with numbers and found that 3 people is where the price jumped.
    Now I understand that so many tickets go on at 1 price and when they are gone the next tier comes into play but why couldn't I take 2 @ £88 and 1 (or 7) @£130 ?
    So I started playing about with numbers and splitting the trip into outbound and inbound trips.
    In the end I made 4 bookings, 2 in £ and 2 in Euro and brought the price down from £1036 to £853 for about 30 mins effort.

    Also one thing to beware of is when booking a flight with Ryanair that is charged in Euros, they default to doing the conversion for you from Euro to £. On my 2 inbound bookings they were giving me rate of 1.059 but on my Halifax Clarity card I got 1.132 which saved me £40.53
    • alfista
    • By alfista 21st Feb 18, 4:07 PM
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    Cash Passport Horror Story
    I will try to keep this brief :
    In 2013 I took out a Thomas Cook "Euros" Cash Passport, which I used with some success until September 2017.
    The only issues I had with the card were (a) fees being charged when I took out cash abroad, and (b) keeping track of the balance on the card (no statements are ever issued).
    A few weeks ago I loaded some extra money onto the card.
    Going through some paperwork I discovered that the card had in fact expired at the end of September 2017 (no notification of this was received).
    I took this up with the local Thomas Cook office , who said "we can't help, call customer services".
    Now the horror story starts :
    The call centre first of all said they would issue replacement cards, then said they couldn't because old card was T Cook, then told me to take out a new card, call them back and they would transfer the balance. I took out a new card (which I had to load with a min of £50), and called them. Oh no, the new card is not issued by T Cook, so we can't transfer. After much more discussion they agreed "exceptionally" to issue me new T Cook cards. After a few days, more calls to contradict previous statements, and suggesting I go to T Cook and get new cards myself ! At this stage I gave up and asked for them to transfer the balance of the "dead" card back to my bank. More telephone calls... eventually I gor the balance back in my bank, less £58 lost as a result of them playing fast and loose with exchange rates.
    Never again - be warned - I'll stick to wads of Euros in future.
    PS This saga involved literally hours of phone to call centres which are staffed with people who have a poor command of English and appear to have very poor job skills.
    PPS The last call involved me giving them my IBAN number - how many people in the UK even know what an IBAN number is ?
    It's only rock 'n' roll ...
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 21st Feb 18, 4:36 PM
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    I'll stick to wads of Euros in future
    Have you considered joining the 21st century and seeking out value at the same time?

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cards/travel-credit-cards
    • john bzc
    • By john bzc 23rd Feb 18, 8:01 PM
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    thanks
    thanks thats useful
    • russbailey
    • By russbailey 19th Mar 18, 6:28 PM
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    find flights
    Try google.com/flights - best prices and very easy to use.
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