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Discussion in 'Japan' started by mrtonya, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Froff Life

    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Minimum exchange amount of $2k. Must ring up and book an appointment in advance
     
  2. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    On my way to Sydney branch right now
     
  3. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    no good then - only need a few hundred AUD changed for my trip
     
  4. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Alternative if you want to avoid those variations is to just pay the extra Y1000 and purchase in arrival in Japan.
     
  5. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm confused. Why do you have to buy it directly? Are you saying you can't get it locally?
     
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  6. Joe

    Joe One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    After withdrawing from St George bank yesterday the teller wrote us a note as a referral to a local money exchange on the same floor in Westfield's....Exchanged $2K, the referral gave us $50 Auz.....
     
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    The local area versions of the JR passes are available to purchase in Japan, or you can purchase overseas via travel agent or via the JR east online booking - pre purchase price is discounted by 1000yen. The issue is their exchange rate is making this discount worse off than the higher priced in Japan purchased tickets. Thats why I was asking if anyone knows if they bill you in yen (for the actually ticket amount) or the AUD price as shown.
     
  8. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    If I convert jpy19000 to Aud on my phone at the current exch rate I get $244.86. You can purchase a JREast Tohoku pass from HIS in Sydney for $246 currently. And they'll post it to you. What's wrong with that?
     
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    Didn't realise you could get them elsewhere than the official site. Sounds great, thanks for that!
    Edit- all purchased and emailed to me. Thanks again PMG!! Saved a fair bit when buying for the family.
     
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  10. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    So if KVB is not an option, whats the next best if you only want a few hundred AUD converted??
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Why not just do it at a local money changer stand. Local shopping center should have something? If it’s only a few hundred you’re paying for the convenience so you won’t get the best rate. Just go for convenience and find your closest.
     
  12. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you have time before you go get a citi bank card, doesn't charge fees and you withdraw in Japan ATM at rate of the day
     
  13. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Dont have time for that but Qantas sent me this card thing which is supposed to be for foreign currencies but I have no idea how it works.
     
  14. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you have a debit card/master card, you could just use a ATM to withdraw cash, for a couple of hundred dollars I don't imagine its big difference in cost. Not sure on the Qantas thing, probably need to load cash, then pay a small transaction fee each with each with draw. doing it once wouldn't be a bank breaker, IMO..
     
  15. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its called qantas money - they sent it without me asking for it...
     
  16. PerthBoarder

    PerthBoarder Hard Yards

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    The last time I looked the rates on the qantas card were rip off!
     
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  17. Froff Life

    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't use it, crap exchange rates and they charge fees for atm withdrawals. When do you depart? Apply for a citibank card this weekend and it will arrive by Friday
     
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  18. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Leaving early friday morning
     
  19. travelislife

    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do not use! Better just to use your normal ATM card rather than that.
     
  20. Froff Life

    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Probs too late then. Next time get organised earlier and jump on the joy that is citibank debit card! We have been trumpeting it's uses for many years on this very thread :)
     
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  21. 2ESki

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    I just take a bucket load of Yen with Master Card for back up[never needed] and when you come back with a whole heap of Yen you've got an excuse to go back the next year :p
     
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  22. Shrike

    Shrike Hard Yards

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    Bite the bullet yesterday and ordered 40000yen at 75 yen to the dollar via Anz will pick it up later this week also got 200usd at $0.70 as im coming back to Melbourne via Vietnam

    If the yen goes up ill buy some more but I fly out in 2weeks from Thursday. Will probably just use my citibank card when I am over for top ups.

    Was getting 85-90 when I went sep-oct 2017 and still have 5000yen and change
     
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    Thommo79 Hard Yards

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    I used the Citibank card in Japan last year, it was excellent! The rates where almost the same as the official exchange rate. I used it in 7/11 atm and never got charged a fee.
    I now use it for all of my overseas internet purchases and accomodation deposits etc.
    no fees, no hassle, Citibank card for the win!
     
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  24. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is the 'Citibank's Everyday Plus account'?
     
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  25. Froff Life

    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep it's the freaking best! LOL
     
  26. Thommo79

    Thommo79 Hard Yards

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    Yes I think that’s correct. It comes with a MasterCard debit card. Quick look on the Citibank web page will get you sorted. It has to be ordered on line.
     
  27. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nothing is to everyone's liking. I've had a card with them for at least 4 years and never had a problem using it in Japan.
    It may be a good idea to inform them that you will be using it in Japan initially though.
     
  29. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Too late - I fly to Japan on Friday.
     
  30. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    A follow up to this. I've used a few different ATM's on this trip so far and I've found the JP Bank(Post Office ATMs) and the Lawson ATMs charge a 216yen fee, but none of the 7-Bank (7-11) ATMs have charged the fee.
     
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  31. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Got 75.68 in Melbourne CBD which I think is not bad given I left it this late.
     
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    Better now than two weeks ago! You'd had to have pulled the trigger around mid December to have done better....

    [​IMG]
     
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  33. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Using Citibank debit card for Japan in a couple of weeks. Is the quoted sell price of 79.34 the exchange rate I pay when withdrawing cash from ATM.. sorry if its a dumb question..
     
  34. d15812

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    If you want to sell yen then they will give you AUD$1 for every 79.34 yen
    If you want to buy yen (withdraw from ATM) then for every AUD$1 you get 76.18 yen
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thank you..
     
  36. gaz35

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    and if you were to use something like Qantas cash you'll be lucky to get 73 yen
     
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    I.e. today you should be getting about 78.25, but it all depends on the time the transaction actually posts, as they will take the average of the day rate generally.

     
  39. gaz35

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    ie just transacted on my Citibank card - rate was 78.2 (ie 6457 yen cost AUD82.57. This is in between Citibank's published buy/sell rates today which I feel is pretty reasonable. Naturally no "conversion" or any other fee on top of that
     
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    where abouts in the CBD? i leave next week, should prob get round to getting some yen....
     
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    Its better than reasonable! Its pretty bang on the rate on xe.com today. It has to be costing Citibank something for that transaction and you are way ahead against anyone using a card from the big 4.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thank you for the info.:thumbs:
     
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  43. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Really it doesn't matter what the rates are , were still going to spend it and do the same things.. but also good to know. Im not one to check the rates each day..im on holidays in the snow...:D:D:DLOL
     
  44. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Anyone used this? Sounds pretty good but interested to hear what others may think


     
  45. gaz35

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    today's HSBC rate is worse than Citibank's (ie 76.01 v 77.47)
     
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    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Literally just the Citibank card from a different bank. Good to see the market catching up though
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's huge. :eek: I figured there'd be something like that. So much for award running rates! However as I'm a Premier customer I might check to see if rates are more favourable for us than the hoi polloi.

    Where do you find the comparative rates?
     
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    Which has zero relevance to what you get out of the ATM. You need to compare MasterCard and Visa rates.
     
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  49. dmz

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    red rate exchange in russel st. Checkout wexchange in exhibition too.
     
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    just info mate - chill