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Commonwealth Bank Travel Money Card

Commonwealth Bank Travel Money Card

1.8 from 288 reviews

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    2.2 (9)
  • Competitive Exchange Rate Yes (3) · No (12)


Dorothy

DorothySydney Surrounds, NSW

Terrible card!!

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Where do I start! The exchange rate was terrible, at least 4 cents less than other cards. There were several instances where I tried to transfer money on the card only to be given an error message saying that the travel card didn't exist. And finally on check out I tried to pay the bill using my travel card which had sufficient funds and it was declined. I spent almost an hour at reception trying to pay in $500 increments, half of which were declined. I tried to phone the number provided on my travel card info, which unfortunately was a general Commbank number and not a travel card hotline. Will not use it ever again!!!

CurrencyUSD

Horrible exchange rate.

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Horrible exchange rate. Not competitive at all. While easy to use, and beneficial if going multiple countries, there are better options out there. Ie. I got an exchange rate of 71 yen when it was trading at 75.

Competitive Exchange Rate No

Horrible dispute mechanism

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While it is convenient to be able to pay without fees the exchange rate is horrible.
We used it in Switzerland, Euro counties and the Czech Republic. Loaded before going with $A and Euros.
We had 2 transactions turned down that are currently still “pending”. This was 26 and 24 days ago. Have had numerous emails and 4 telephone conversations and still not resolved. The service desk was answered on all but one occasion by operators who had heavy accents and were extremely difficult to understand as I assume I was to them.
Emails were answered 3-4 days later with a pleasant but irrelevant message instructing me to call them once again.
No ability to call using WiFi call made this difficult whilst overseas.

Transparency
CurrencyAUD and EUR
Competitive Exchange Rate No
oreillysmission01

oreillysmission01South East Queensland, QLD

Simple and effective

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Strange to see so many poor reviews for this card - I have found it to be excellent through South America, Bali, Asia etc. I haven't had a single issue with it. Transferring funds is immediate on the app, and its nice and safe. Loading up with another currency, and withdrawing in that currency is a good idea to avoid extra fees.

I was only charged $3.50 for (ATM) cash withdrawals - pretty reasonable I thought. Beyond this card, its always good to have an international credit card (like 28 degrees) which can be used as back up.

you don't pay any transaction fee if you withdraw in the currency loaded on the card. I.e Load up with Euro, and withdraw in Euro and you will only pay with withdrawal fee.

Transparency
CurrencyAUD and EUR
Competitive Exchange Rate Yes

AJ59

AJ59Geelong

  • 3 reviews

No Problems at All

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Having not travelled for 20 years I was not sure what the best option for money in Europe.
I finally decided on the CBA Money Card, glad I did as I had no issues at all.

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CurrencyGBP and USD
Competitive Exchange Rate Yes

Katherine

KatherineGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

CHILE (Card won’t work)

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In Chile, I was not able to use it to pay anything. The card will only work with just one ATM (Bank of Chile) which is difficult to find one

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CurrencyUSD
Competitive Exchange Rate No

Michael H.

Michael H.Perth, WA

  • 2 reviews

Absolute Theft

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First of all i didnt want this card they CBA pushed it on me, said it would save me money that was a total lie the currency rate the give they is crap so make money there and then if tranfer the money back to its original currency they rip you off 20C in the dollar, i was not told of any of this when they pushed the card on me absolute thieves.

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CurrencyAUD
Competitive Exchange Rate No

G.L

G.LBrisbane

  • 8 reviews

Virtually useless to a couple!

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Went to a branch who said it was possible for my wife and I to get cards and link them. We have a joint account, joint home loan and joint credit card but in fact we cannot get a joint travel money card or even two seperate ones that are linked. Now I have to either give my wife cash or be with her 24/7 as the pin option on the card doesn't work 99% of the time and requires a signature! All in all pretty much useless to us!

Transparency
CurrencyEUR, GBP, NZD, SGD and USD
Competitive Exchange Rate No

Zac G.

Zac G.Sydney, NSW

Ripp off

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Ripp off. I used this card when I went to the US. Easily paid $500 or more than I needed to.

Dont waste your time. Its easy to open a bank account once you land. Then, transfer money using TransferWise. That the best app with cheapest rates and no hidden fees Ive found.

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CurrencyUSD
Competitive Exchange Rate No
Not impressed

Not impressedPerth, WA

  • 3 reviews

Misleading and deceptive

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CurrencyTHB
Competitive Exchange Rate No

Reyes

ReyesMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

  • 4 reviews

Useless

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Couldn't even use it at a large department store and for petrol. Just kept getting declined. Useless in America. Ended up having to withdraw cash and got charged almost USD$10 in fees at the ATM. Not for emergencies... it will likely get declined.

CurrencyCAD and USD
Competitive Exchange Rate No

Thathya Venu A.

Thathya Venu A.Sydney, NSW

Not worth it if you are travelling to Vietnam or Cambodia !

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Over a 2-week holiday covering Vietnam and Cambodia we paid about a total 23 USD (about 35 AUD) of bank fees for 4 withdrawals @ ATMs. Expect to pay about 50,000 dong per cash withdrawal in Vietnam in addition to the excess fees the local bank will be charging (depends on your transaction). In Cambodia cash withdrawal fees were about USD 2.50 and the local bank will keep another USD 5.00. In Vietnam, when the card was used in stores an additional 3% tax (VAT) was charged. It felt like daylight robbery. The only positive about the card was the relative ease in which you could use the CBA App to load money in different currencies with a WIFI connection.
Next time I travel to these countries I will be taking cash and exchanging there.


Unreliable

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I travelled to Chile. I needed to pay the hotel but it didn't work. I tried then in restaurants, shops, supermarkets, all at different cities, but nothing.
I called customer service and the only solution was to issue new cards which would arrive by the time I was back from my trip.
I strongly recommend not to rely on this card, choose a different one or take cash.


Wendy

WendyGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

Cancelled travel card rip off

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My travel card expired and the money which was left on the card went to unclaimed money. I don't understand why the bank would not have tried to transfer it to the account it was linked to or contact me to advise me. Shows they don't care about their customers. Unable to access how much was in the account. Called customer service who had a don't care attitude and advised I need to go into a bank to make a claim through unclaimed moneys. Difficult when working full time but went to my local branch to lodge a claim. No idea why the bank has to make this so difficult but they have lost me as a customer. I will find another bank who does not do this and cares about their customer.

Transparency
CurrencyUSD
Competitive Exchange Rate No

Monet

MonetGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

Dud card

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We used this card in USA gets rejected often and works sometime worst was checking in to American Airlines wouldn't work at all ever!! Embarrassing and frustrating tried to contact Com Bank ha,ha good luck with that might as well be on Mars

Transparency
Competitive Exchange Rate Yes
Viva Espana

Viva EspanaSurfers Paradise QLD. 4217

  • 14 reviews
  • 18 likes
  • Verified customer

NO GOOD- ABSOLUTE RIPP-OFF

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CurrencyEUR
Competitive Exchange Rate No

Holly

HollySydney, NSW

Lost $750 before I even went overseas, given misleading information about this card

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I transferred $8200 to Euros from AUD and received $5000 which seemed about right. It wasn't until I decided i wanted my money back in AUD that I lost just over $750 in fees and conversion rates. Essentially if you don't spend all your money overseas, you loose it! Massive rip off and was told I could convert easily and conveniently back to AUD, no mention of the massive fees associated with this type of transaction. Lucky I didn't discover this overseas, will be cancelling the card immediately after trying to recoup my money.

CurrencyAUD, EUR and GBP
Competitive Exchange Rate No

PAUL

PAULHobart

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 likes

The bank stole my money

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My card expired whist I was travelling I could not get a replacement sent to Europe so stuck with no money , then my money just vanished 2 months ago and I had to go to the back to reclaim what was mine over 6000 dollars do not get this card theives

Competitive Exchange Rate No

Inflexible and high fees

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Have USD loaded on the card. About to travel overseas and wanted to withdraw USD to have some cash on hand. Went to George and Market St Sydney foreign currency deal in branch to be told you can’t withdraw USD in Australia. Card can only be used overseas to withdraw cash. Useless.
Have also travelled with it to a few countries now to be slugged fees higher than stated on its website!! Time to look for a better card!!


No confidence in combank

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Was charged 11 1/2 months later for an overseas transaction, but my concern is how do you know it hasn’t already been deducted from your money card? ! Filed a dispute with combank but did not hear anything from them. Very poor customer service!


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Questions & Answers

Noelia P.

Noelia P.asked

Hi, the card was used to withdraw $100 USD from an ATM in Walmart in Kentucky USA. Was charge $2.50USD by the Commonwealth , but then charged an additional $18.36 USD. So a $100USD withdrawl cost $20.86USD , About $30 AUS. Is this right? How do we avoid this.

1 answer
John
John

It was probably a private ATM. Always use recognized banks. I would suggest only withdrawing when you need cash and don’t do this often. Use the cash card to pay for as many of your transactions as possible as there is no fee for payments.


Linda

Lindaasked

Will commbank be offering $0 international transaction fees on the travel money card again this December?

2 answers
Fired Up
Fired Up

Why ask the public, who wont know, in a review forum ?

Linda
Linda

Because I cant get any answers.


jillmacc

jillmaccasked

Why would my travel cards disappear from my CommBank app and Netbank say it cannot display the cards?

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