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High demand for international travel leads to return of foreign currency program
By AAA of Western and Central New York
AAA Western and Central New York is once again offering international travelers the opportunity to purchase foreign currency at preferred exchange rates. The announcement comes as bookings for international travel are up more than 200% this year.
Converting U.S. cash into local currency before a trip can save time and money. It limits unexpected fees from ATMs and debit or credit cards on small purchases. Foreign transaction fees can mount quickly, and banks or credit card issuers may decline transactions or place holds on your card to limit perceived fraudulent charges.
“The foreign currency service is about providing convenience and peace of mind,” said Brian Murray Sr. manager of travel at AAA Western and Central New York. “Consider how often you shop at local markets, hail taxis, stop for a sweet treat, or provide gratuity at restaurants when traveling. Being prepared with cash in hand so you can enjoy your trip from the moment you arrive is just one more way AAA ensures the best possible experience for its members and international travelers.”
AAA data shows that Europe and Canada are the most popular international destinations. London has seen the biggest increase in bookings over the past year, while Rome, Paris, Dublin and Barcelona are other European hot spots. Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary are the most popular Canadian destinations.
Through its partnership with Currency Exchange International (CXI), AAA now offers more than 80 currencies – all available at competitive rates. When traveling internationally, airports are notoriously the most expensive place to exchange currency. Travelers can avoid the potential for inflated exchange rates and fees at their destinations by securing currency ahead of time.
Ways to Order
√ Online – Order currency online at AAA.com/ForeignCurrency for home delivery, subject to a $34.95 online fee.
√ By phone – Call 888-320-3163 or a local AAA office to order by phone. Currency can be picked up at the AAA office in two business days.
√ In person – Visit a AAA Western and Central New York office to order currency. It can be picked up at the AAA office in two business days.
Currency orders under $1,000 will be charged a $12 shipping fee. A $19.95 processing fee will be applied to all phone and in-person orders for non-AAA members. AAA members can have this processing fee waived when they order via phone or in-person.
As upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA Western and Central New York provides more than 862,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.