Money

Should I use my Schwab debit card to get money from ATMs or should I buy a prepaid VISA card from AAA while traveling in Scotland?

Posted by Stay-ce
Northern California
141 posts

I used my Schwab card everywhere. It was great to not pay any fees and get the best exchange rates.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2852 posts

Here is a page of links with all of Rick's excellent money tips. Read them all, and you'll be a pro: http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/money-travel-tips.htm In the US, prepaid Visa cards have very high fees, both directly and in the form of poor exchange rates. Debit cards, by contrast, have excellent exchange rates (the best available to those not exchanging millions of dollars), and low or no fees.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10883 posts

The cheapest and most convenient way to obtain local currency is a debit card at a bank owned ATM. Nothing is cheaper unless your print it yourself.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11274 posts

It used to be I could go on the AAA website and read exactly how bad their pepaid card is. Now they have hidden that information. Nuff said!

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

If you just go to the search box up top and type "AAA prepaid card" you will get very current information about the card, including a schedule of fees. The information isn't hidden, it's just not on the front page of the AAA website, but it's not a good deal.

Posted by Pam
Salem, Va, USA
2 posts

Thanks to all who replied. Just an FYI: Schwab does not charge fees worldwide if one has a brokerage account with that bank. My concern is someone stealing my password and having unlimited access to my funds.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10883 posts

Has anyone ever stolen your pass word? How are they going to steal you pass word at an ATM if you are careful? That risk is very low and near zero if you avoid using any type of a stand alone ATM.

Posted by Bruce
Whitefish, Montana
611 posts

According to the Federal Trade Commission, if you report your missing ATM card before any unauthorized transaction, your maximum out-of-pocket amount is $0. If you report within two business days after you learn of a loss or theft, then your maximum out-of-pocket amount is $50.