ANZ customers can reclaim funds from expired travel cards

Sally McMullen 26 August 2015 NEWS

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Following an ASIC investigation, ANZ will allow customers to reclaim funds left on expired travel cards.

Have you ever lost track of your travel money card and then found that you can’t access your leftover funds after the card has expired? This is no longer an issue for ANZ Travel Card customers.

What has changed and what this means for you

As of August 25 2015, ANZ is now one of three travel money card issuers that will no longer try and reclaim leftover funds once the card expires. The switch in policy follows an Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) investigation. ASIC that if ANZ had not altered its terms and conditions, $3.5 million would have been forfeited three years after the cards expired.

ANZ aren’t the only provider to be caught out on this technicality. ASIC also reported that Cuscal, the issuer of Westpac’s Global Currency Card, and Bank of China, issuer of Australia Post’s travel money card, had made similar changes to their terms and conditions. In October last year, the Commonwealth Bank was also forced to return $2.2 million sitting in 45,000 expired travel money cards following a similar investigation.

In an obvious win for consumers, all 16 travel money cards available on the Australian market now allow customers to reclaim leftover funds. While ANZ confirmed that customers had always been able to claim their money after the card expired, the process is explained much more clearly clearer in an updated version of the terms and conditions for the cards. Cardholders will also be notified before and after their cards have expired and will be provided with the instructions necessary to reclaim their funds.

Other changes to come

With the use of travel money cards increasing by 70% over the last two years, ASIC believes that this review will result in other positive changes to protect consumers. Some of these potential improvements include:

  • Improved transparency in Product Disclosure Statements (PDS) about how customers can reclaim funds after expiry
  • Removal or reduction of fees such as inactivity fees
  • Improved communication to notify customers of impending expiries and explain how they can reclaim any remaining funds

How do I reclaim my funds?

You can reclaim your funds by logging into the ANZ Travel Card portal on this page.

While this change is an undeniable improvement for travel money card customers, reading the terms and conditions of the relevant PDS is the best for cardholders to avoid nasty surprises in the first place. At the very least, familiarise yourself with the costs of the card and how your funds will be managed – before and after your holiday.

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Rates last updated May 24th, 2018
Name Product Description Available Currencies ATM Withdrawal Fee Reload Fee Initial Load Fee
Hold up to 10 currencies and lock in your exchange rate. No load, reload or transaction fees on purchases and part of a worldwide ATM alliance.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD
AUD 3.50, USD 2.50, GBP 2.00, EUR 2.20, NZD 4.50, CAD 3.00, HKD 20.00, SGD 4.00, THB 95, JPY 260

0%
$0
Load up and lock in up to 10 currencies and benefit from no fees for reloading funds. Comes with a secondary card for added security.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD

Overseas: $0 per withdrawal via international ATMs


Domestic: $3.75 fee applies

$0
$0
Hold up to 11 currencies, with $0 reload options and get a locked-in exchange rate. Use everywhere to earn Qantas Points on eligible purchases.
AUD, AED, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD
AUD 1.95, CAD 2.00, EUR 1.50, GBP 1.25, HKD 15.00, JPY 160, NZD 2.50, SGD 2.50, USD 1.95, THB 70.00, AED 6.50

1%
$0
Until 12 June '18, get $50 cashback on a new card when you load AUD$3,000+ in foreign currency. $0 withdrawal fees within the Global ATM Alliance.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD, ZAR

Non-partner: AUD 2.00, USD 2.00, GBP 1.50, EUR 2.00. NZD 3.00, CAD 2.50, HKD 15.00, SGD 3.00, JPY 200, THB 75.00, ZAR 20.00

0%
$0
Offers $0 reload options and locked in exchange rates. Use the Currency Pass to spend in up to 10 currencies everywhere Mastercard is accepted.
AUD, USD, EUR, GBP, NZD, THB, CAD, HKD, JPY, SGD
AUD 3.50, USD 2.50, EUR 2.50, GBP 2.00, NZD 3.50, THB 80.00, CAD 3.50, HKD 18.00, JPY 260.00, SGD 3.50
1.1%
$0
Until 12 June '18, get $50 cashback on a new card when you load AUD$3,000+ in foreign currency. $0 withdrawal fees within the Global ATM Alliance.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD, ZAR

Non-partner: AUD 2.00, USD 2.00, GBP 1.50, EUR 2.00. NZD 3.00, CAD 2.50, HKD 15.00, SGD 3.00, JPY 200, THB 75.00, ZAR 20.00

0%
$0
Until 12 June '18, get $50 cashback on a new card when you load AUD$3,000+ in foreign currency. $0 withdrawal fees within the Global ATM Alliance.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD, ZAR

Non-partner: AUD 2.00, USD 2.00, GBP 1.50, EUR 2.00. NZD 3.00, CAD 2.50, HKD 15.00, SGD 3.00, JPY 200, THB 75.00, ZAR 20.00

0%
$0
Until 12 June '18, get $50 cashback on a new card when you load AUD$3,000+ in foreign currency. $0 withdrawal fees within the Global ATM Alliance.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD, ZAR

Non-partner: AUD 2.00, USD 2.00, GBP 1.50, EUR 2.00. NZD 3.00, CAD 2.50, HKD 15.00, SGD 3.00, JPY 200, THB 75.00, ZAR 20.00

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