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Pre-trip Euros, where best to get

Old Jun 27th, 2008, 01:39 PM
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I am also an AAA Plus member (since 1981). On September 20th of last year, I purchased 140 GBP and paid $314.54. Don't know exactly what the exchange rate was back then, but if 1 GBP equalled about $2, that means I paid about $35 in fees...a bit more than 10%, but I think there was a delivery charge included in that as well.
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 03:05 PM
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According to xe.com/ccc, the net rate for the above transaction is 11.625%.

Maybe we can get Viajero2 to run that AAA through the calculator.
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 05:40 PM
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I am soooo loving this thread! So much fun; specially knowing none of the above will ever change the best rate I got from AAA, the GREAT deal I was able to negotiate with the rental, and the AMAZING VACATION WE ALL ENJOYED! Go ahead; your OCD is making my day!!!
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 06:25 PM
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We all think you're F.O.S.

Any proof to the contrary?
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 07:43 PM
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Viajero: as a fellow AAA Plus member, I would truly love to know how many Euros you obtained for $3000, and when this transaction occurred. If AAA is charging you a different rate than it charged me (see above), I'd like to know so I can ask them about it.

Continuing to crow about your great deal without letting others know how to obtain such a deal is a bit unkind.

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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 09:19 PM
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AAA Euros are provided by Wells Fargo Bank - so that should tell you something.
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Old Jun 28th, 2008, 02:49 AM
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When I rented an apartment last year I needed to pay 400 euro in cash. I did buy euro at my bank. They made $60 on me with the mark up. In turn, I bought piece of mind not having to worry about the exchange rate before I left for my trip. The dollar dropped further before my trip so that $60 dollars was not an issue after all.
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Old Jun 28th, 2008, 03:10 AM
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The comment above that every airport (poster has been to) has train service to downtown is puzzling. I certainly would not count on being able to buy train tickets with a credit card and hopping on the train to Florence, for example. Unless something has changed since my last visit!
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 05:37 AM
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I am soooo loving this thread!
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 09:17 AM
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When we arrived at CDG, we tried to take the RER train into the city. But the ticket machines would not accept our US credit card. The line at the office was long, long, long. So, we opted for an expensive taxi instead. By the way, I seem to remember that we had euros with us, but the ticket machine only accepted coins (or credit cards) and we didn't have enough of those.
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