Ok.... not so much that you get money for nothing but I found a card (if you live in the UK) that will allow you to withdraw your cash abroad without charging you for it: the Nationwide FlexAccount.
Happy travels, peeps! I'm about to start my PhD (no more travelling for 3 years ) so wish me luck!! xx
If i got it right then it's not allowed for banks in the eu to charge a fee for
withdrawels in other eu country's
So no worry's there (if you use a real bank atm)
And blobbybob goodluck with your Phd
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Your right Blobbybob, in spite of the EU we in England are charged. By co incidence I checked with my bank last week. They say they still charge.
The bad news, Bob, is the Nationwide Flexi is not available to all. I asked for one 3 weeks back for the same reason as you write about.
Nationalwide told me I couldn't have one - I'm a bad customer!!!!!
But, I told them, I always pay off my credit balance each month and never owe on my card. Exactly they told me - they want people who will run up a balance on their credit cards and pay them lots of exorbitant interest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like, dare I say this Bob, students doing PhD?! Still, your tip is a good one for those who can get the card.
I've got a Visa debit card from Lloyds TSB and i don't think they charge me when I use it overseas - at least I hope they don't, because I've just been using it in greece.
Bad news for the big-man, Lloyds TSB charge a 2.75% currency conversion charge and a 1.5% additional charge taking cash out of ATM's, nightmare!! I've heard quite a few good things about that Nationwide FlexAccount, it's too late for me to change accounts as i leave in a few days but those who can, save yourselfs!!!!
Happy Travels All