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Australia's first and oldest bank, Westpac also boasts one of the country's most extensive ATM networks and, through its global ATM alliance, the largest international ATM network of any Australian bank. As a Westpac cardholder, you can make free withdrawals at selected ATMs in most continents around the globe. This makes Westpac an appealing travel money provider if you're looking for a travel card, credit card or debit card to use on your next trip. Read on to compare Westpac travel money products to see if they'll work for your next overseas trip.

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Travel card

The Global Currency Card (Discontinued) is Westpac's prepaid Visa card designed for overseas use. Load cash onto this travel card and hold multiple foreign currencies securely which you can spend overseas without incurring currency conversion fees. This card also benefits from free ATM withdrawals at over 50,000 ATMs via Westpac's Global ATM Alliance partners. You can load up to five of the following 11 foreign currencies on the Westpac Global Travel Card at any one time: AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD, ZAR. This is a fairly competitive selection of foreign currencies compared to some of the other travel cards on the market. Do note however that you will be charged a 3% currency conversion fee when you spend in a currency that is not loaded on your card. This card can be conveniently topped up via Westpac online banking, mobile banking or BPAY, and is easily managed using the Westpac Global Currency Card - Discontinued app. Find out more about the Westpac Global Currency Card - Discontinued

Traveller's cheques

Westpac offers traveller's cheques in partnership with American Express. You can pre-order amounts between $250 and $20,000 online at the Westpac Travel Centre, and collect them three working days after payment is made from a Westpac branch or American Express Foreign Exchange branch of your choice. The ordering process takes only a few minutes to complete, and you can make payment via BPAY using internet banking or telephone banking. American Express applies a fee of $4 to online orders. Westpac recommends that you make your order more than a week before departure, because if you miss the specified payment cut-off time, your order will be delayed an extra business day. For enquiries, call American Express directly on 1300 133 289.

Currency exchange

It's usually a good idea to have some of the destination currency on hand, including even your layover country's currency. You never know when you might need the cash for a hot meal or a taxi, and you definitely want to avoid overpaying for your foreign currency at any airport exchange office. As with traveller's cheques, Westpac offers foreign currency through the Westpac website in partnership with American Express. The process for ordering foreign currency and traveller's cheques is similar. You can check the latest foreign exchange rates before placing an order for your chosen currency and denominations online. Payment must then be made through BPAY within 24 hours of placing your order, including a $4 online order fee levied by American Express. Again, Westpac recommends that you make your order more than a week before departure, because your order will be delayed an extra business day if you miss the specified payment cut-off time. You are to personally collect your order thereafter from the Westpac or American Express branch of your choice, bringing with you either your passport, drivers licence, birth certificate or other government-issued photo ID. See our frequently asked questions section below for a list of available currencies or call American Express directly at 1300 133 289 for further enquiries.

Travel insurance

The Westpac travel money product range would not be complete without its healthy travel insurance options. While complimentary travel insurance is a standard perk among Westpac premium and Platinum cards, you too can get complimentary overseas travel insurance by satisfying certain criteria: having an international return travel ticket before leaving Australia and having prepaid $500 of your international travel costs using an eligible card (e.g. return travel tickets, airport taxes, prepaid accommodation, prepaid tours). Otherwise, Westpac standalone travel insurance can also be purchased to cover international and domestic travel on both single and multiple trips.

warning Finally, some good news! Domestic travel is picking up, so some insurers have started offering cover again 🦘
Just remember, you won't be covered for any pandemic related claims if you do take out domestic travel insurance.
International travel insurance is limited and sometimes unavailable at this point.

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    GabiMay 30, 2016

    Hello! I just wanted to know if you have to pay a fee when purchasing things online from overseas sellers? such as making bookings to overseas hotels or companies that are not based in Australia. Thanks a lot!

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      SallyMay 31, 2016Staff

      Hi Gabi,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you have the local currency you’re making the booking in loaded on your card, you won’t be charged a foreign currency conversion fee. However, if you’re spending in a currency that isn’t supported or loaded on the card, you’ll pay a currency conversion fee of 3%.

      I hope this has helped.



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