Australia Post travel money solutions: pay no commission or purchase fees for travel cards, traveller’s cheques and foreign cash orders.
Australia Post provide everything you need to prepare for your trip overseas. Australia Post can sell you foreign cash, a travel money card, traveller’s cheques and international money transfers. You can get international travel insurance from Australia Post, a special SIM to use overseas and they can hold your mail until you get back home. Read on for a review of these travel money products and services from Australia Post.
Comparison of Australia Post travel money cards
Australia Post Travel Cards
Australia Post sell three travel cards: the Load&Go Visa Travel Card, Load&Go China Travel Card and the Cash Passport Mastercard.
The Load&Go Visa Travel Card
The Load&Go Visa Travel Card is designed to take on trips to New Zealand, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the eurozone. You can load the currencies of these countries and regions and spend without paying the additional fee for currency conversion, spend in a currency not loaded on the card and Australia Post will charge the currency conversion fee of 3%. A $2 ATM withdrawal fee is charged in addition to any fees from the local ATM operator when you get cash from ATMs. You can save on the card issue fee when you purchase the card in-store at an Australia Post retail outlet and load more than $100, subsequent reloads are free.
The Australia Post Load&Go China Travel Card
The Australia Post Load&Go China Travel Card is made specifically for trips to China, so you can load Australian dollars and exchange the money to Chinese renminbi at a fixed rate. This is a UnionPay product, belonging to the card scheme with the widest acceptance in China. This prepaid travel card will not allow you to spend in Hong Kong dollars, there’s a 3% currency conversion fee if you use this product in Hong Kong, or anywhere else. Australia Post charge a $2 ATM withdrawal fee in addition to the local ATM operator fee when you withdraw cash.
The Multi-Currency Cash Passport
You can also buy the Multi-Currency Cash Passport from Australia Post. The Cash Passport supports more currencies than the Load&Go Visa. As well as US dollars, New Zealand dollars, British pounds, euros and Aussie dollars, you can hold Hong Kong dollars, Singapore dollars, Canadian dollars, Thai baht and Japanese yen. The Cash Passport Mastercard charges a fee for domestic ATM withdrawals (approximately AUD $2.95). Reloading the product using BPAY will cost you 1% of the reload amount.
Australia Post Traveller’s Cheques
Traveller’s cheques can be a secure way of taking foreign currency overseas. You get to lock in a rate when you buy traveller’s cheques, they don’t expire and you’re the only person who can cash your cheques. You can cash the cheques at hotels, banks and exchange offices all over the world.
Australia Post can sell you American Express traveller’s cheques in the following currencies: US dollars, pounds, euros, Japanese yen and Canadian dollars. There’s no commission when you buy the cheques online or in-store. Online orders can take up to four business days before your cheques are ready to collect from your nominated post office.
You will have difficulty cashing traveller’s cheques in some countries, read our travel money guides for popular holiday destinations to find out about traveller’s cheque acceptance.
Save on time exchanging cash or withdrawing from an ATM when you land in another country. Australia Post can sell you foreign cash before you leave Australia.
The Australia Post currency exchange service lets you change Australian dollars to any of the following currencies:
You can exchange cash in store, or you can place an order online. Pay with EFTPOS or cash (credit cards are not accepted) if you’re purchasing foreign cash in store (Australia Post have foreign exchange offices in Australia’s major international airports). You can use BPAY to pay for foreign currency orders placed online. There’s a cap of AUD$1,500 (or foreign currency equivalent) for in-store orders, the limit is AUD$8,500 (or foreign currency equivalent) for online orders. Online orders can take up to four days.
Australia Post travel insurance
Australia Post offer international and domestic travel insurance policies which cover you for medical, accidental and personal liability expenses when you’re abroad. You can take out domestic, basic international, comprehensive international and annual multi-trip cover. Read a detailed review of international travel insurance from Australia Post. These policies are competitively priced, but make sure to keep an eye out for promo codes you can use to get a discount on Australia Post travel insurance.
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