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Holiday money from UBS?

A colleague is travelling home to the UK for Christmas on Friday morning. She has already withdrawn 4,000CHF from her UBS account to take along with her. My recommendation to her would have been to transfer the money to her UK bank account, but its now obviously too late for that.

I am not sure what her best options are: e.g. change it to pounds over here, change it out in the UK? see if UBS can give her her 4,000CHF in pounds Sterling (assuming this will involve the least commission/charges)

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Re: Holiday money from UBS?

Why not use her Maestro card if she has one? Works in Switch and EC machines mostly.

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A colleague is travelling home to the UK for Christmas on Friday morning. She has already withdrawn 4,000CHF from her UBS account to take along with her. My recommendation to her would have been to transfer the money to her UK bank account, but its now obviously too late for that.

I am not sure what her best options are: e.g. change it to pounds over here, change it out in the UK? see if UBS can give her her 4,000CHF in pounds Sterling (assuming this will involve the least commission/charges)

Any ideas?

Cheers

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Re: Holiday money from UBS?

If someone with a GA changes the money at a railway station it will be changed commission free.
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Re: Holiday money from UBS?

Depends if they want to walk round with £2000+ in their pocket, either here or in the UK. I'd stick the money back in the bank, and use a card.
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I'd stick the money back in the bank, and use a card.
I would choose that option as well. The OP was however asking about options for changing the cash.
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Re: Holiday money from UBS?

It is not £2000 any more, it is £2400. And increasing by the hour ...

When she gets to UK, she'll be able to buy a car there.
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Re: Holiday money from UBS?

Having been a Nationwide Building Society customer for many years, I really do baulk at having to pay UBS 1% + 5CHF per foreign currency withdrawal. I will however mention to my colleague that she can use her Maestro card abroad.

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Having been a Nationwide Building Society customer for many years, I really do baulk at having to pay UBS 1% + 5CHF per foreign currency withdrawal. I will however mention to my colleague that she can use her Maestro card abroad.

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I've just returned from the UK and was unable to use my Maestro card to buy a train ticket at Manchester airport as they will not except foreign Maestro cards. However was able to use it everywhere else and the exchange rate was more favourable than exchanging cash, even in the Post Offfice in the Uk which along with all travel agents don't charge commission!
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Re: Holiday money from UBS?

I've been using mine in Germany and Spain too, and only had a problem with DB.
I'm going to the UK Monday and plan on using it.

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I've just returned from the UK and was unable to use my Maestro card to buy a train ticket at Manchester airport as they will not except foreign Maestro cards. However was able to use it everywhere else and the exchange rate was more favourable than exchanging cash, even in the Post Offfice in the Uk which along with all travel agents don't charge commission!
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