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Tips for using your money overseas

21 May 2014 / Published in Your Money
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While traveling overseas can be exciting, it can also be stressful at times. It’s important to make sure you take the right combination of cash, cards and Cash Passport so that you’re prepared for any situation that may arise, like paying for your taxi from the airport when you arrive, to settling the bill at your hotel before you leave. We’ve worked on a range of products and services to help you use your money overseas as easily and securely as possible so you can spend less time worrying about your finances and more time exploring the world.

Managing your money
You can access FastNet Classic from any computer with internet access; be sure that you’re confident the computer you’re using is safe and secure. If you’re at an internet cafe, make sure no one is watching you, and always double check for the “https://” at the beginning of the web address. Be careful to ensure you logout and close the browser window when you’re finished. You’ll be able to access FastNet Mobile and use the ASB Mobile app from any smartphone with an internet connection. Be aware that data roaming charges may apply and can really add up.

Foreign exchange
All of our branches offer foreign exchange services so you can buy and sell foreign currency.

Most of our branches carry the major currencies – AUD, USD, GBP, EUR and JPY – while all branches have the ability to order currency for you. This includes the major currencies as well as CAD, DKK, FJD, HKD, XPF, NOK, SGD, ZAR, SEK, CHF, THB, TOP and WST.

Just drop in to an ASB branch and request the currency you need. You can also request foreign currency cash through FastNet Classic. Up-to-date foreign exchange rates are available here.

MasterCard Multi-Currency Cash Passport
The Cash Passport is a really handy way to carry up to nine currencies on a single card. All you have to do is choose from NZD, AUD, EUR, USD, GBP, JPY, CAD, HKD and SGD, and load up your card before you go. Find out more about Cash Passport here.

Using ATMs abroad
If you have a credit or debit card you’ll be able to use it to access cash from most banks’ ATMs, but fees will apply. If you’re going to Japan you’ll need to look out for an ATM in a 7-Eleven store, Post Office or foreign bank like Citibank – these are the only places non-Japanese cards can be used.

Before you head overseas be sure to let us know so that we can help make things easier for you. Find out more about using your money overseas, including what to do before you leave, here.

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