italian apartment wants cash. OK???

Sep 6th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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Thank you all for your responses.

We will be spending a week in Paris before we travel on to Rome, so I think my best bet is to ATM the cash.

NeoPat: I also bank with BofA, and will definitely check with them ahead of time about foreign withdrawals and upping my ATM limit.

Sandi, LA, and Julia: We will be taking a shuttle from the airport to the apartment, so I think the private transfer/money belt combination will help.

Doofus: I had bookmarked that same apartment from Roman Reference as a backup. How was it?
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Sep 6th, 2007, 11:28 AM
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Being in Paris first means you can take money from BNP (Paribas) bank ATMs for no fee and just a 1% conversion charge with a BofA card. In Rome you will pay $5 plus the conversion charge for each withdrawal from an ATM as there are no partner banks in Italy for BofA.
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Sep 6th, 2007, 11:33 AM
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Pat -- You are a banking angel! Thanks much for the heads-up on that one.

I used my BofA card many times in Paris/London a few years ago, but I couldn't remember if they charged me anything extra than the going exchange rate (which was painful enough, thank you!).

As an aside, on the way to London, my husband mentioned maybe finding a BofA branch in London for an ATM, and I stupidly answered, "Why would there be a Bank of AMERICA in England?" Two minutes later, we saw a giant BofA building off in the distance.
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Sep 6th, 2007, 11:36 AM
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But I don't think that BofA office in London has ATMs, does it? I thought it was only offices. In any case, Barclay's in the UK are BofA partners and you won't pay a fee withdrawing from them.
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Sep 6th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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We just saw the building, but never used one of their ATMs. I don't remember which bank we used. It may have been Barclays.

After stupidly changing money at an exchange in Paris and getting a pathetic amount of Euros for our dollars, we were just happy to be able to get the money straight out of an ATM.
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Sep 6th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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getting that much cash out of ATMs may be iffy unless you notify your ATM bank before hand - otherwise many have about a $300 or less max daily amount.

So take either two or three ATM cards or increase your limit if possible or you will get a lousy exchange rate perhaps by obtaining cash in other methods - like at banks.
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Sep 6th, 2007, 12:05 PM
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PQB: 73106 asked this 3 months ago. We are now on to answering shelly_m who will not have any such problem. They will be in Paris first so will have several days to amass enough cash for the Rome apartment . . . .
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Sep 7th, 2007, 05:11 AM
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That's way I always call the bank and verify the day before I leave.
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