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Commonwealth Bank launches first multiple currency prepaid travel card

Sydney, 22 June 2009: Commonwealth Bank, in conjunction with MasterCard, today launched the Travel Money Card, the first prepaid travel card that enables travellers to lock in the exchange rate of up to six prominent currencies on one card, providing anyone who travels with a highly convenient, cost effective and secure way of spending and accessing money overseas.

Available at any Commonwealth Bank branch in Australia, the Travel Money Card is accepted at more than 28 million locations worldwide, including more than one million ATMs, wherever MasterCard is accepted.

Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager, Retail Products, Mr Michael Cant, said the card would change the way people transact while travelling. 

“We are committed to offering products and services that make banking easy for our customers.  The Travel Money Card is cost effective, accessible throughout the world and has the flexibility to load and transfer between multiple currencies, which has never been seen before,” Mr Cant said.

“The Travel Money Card can be loaded with US dollars, British pounds, Euros, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollars so people don’t have the hassle of changing money at their destination and can better manage their spending given the card is prepaid and the currency locked in.

“This is a great option for anyone who travels, from backpackers, business and seasoned travellers, or parents preparing their children for their first travel experience,” He said.

Mr Eddie Grobler, executive vice president, MasterCard Australasia said that the Travel Money Card provides a global payment solution while travelling.
 
“MasterCard prides itself on offering its customers convenience and peace of mind when it comes to travelling internationally, and that benefit is now extended to Commonwealth Bank Travel Money Card customers.
 
“A world first for MasterCard, travellers can now access multiple currencies on the single card and know the card will be accepted across MasterCard’s vast global network,” Mr Grobler said.

The Travel Money Card enables people to avoid fluctuating exchange rates, international transaction fees and keep track of their spending with 24/7 phone and online support and via SMS alerts.  The card attracts a flat ATM withdrawal fee.  There is no fee when using the card in-store, online or over the phone, at Point of Sale (POS) merchants, and transferring between currencies on the card does not attract a fee.

 

Other features of Commonwealth Bank’s Travel Money Card include:

  • Customers can load their preferred value – up to AUD$25,000 or foreign currency equivalent
  • Valid for up to three years and reloadable online via BPAY, over the phone, or in any Commonwealth Bank branch in Australia
  • PIN protected and signature enabled
  • Back-up card provided in case card is lost or stolen.  The card is not linked to a personal bank account
  • Flat purchase fee of AUD$15.00
  • ATM withdrawal fee of AUD$3.50 or foreign currency equivalent
  • Users can keep track of their spending from anywhere in the world with support online, over the phone and via SMS alerts
  • Those purchasing the card do not have to be an existing Commonwealth Bank customer.

 

More information can be found at www.commbank.com.au/travelmoney, by calling the Commonwealth Bank Travel Money Customer Service Centre on 1300 660 700 or by dropping into any Commonwealth Bank branch. 

          

For more information contact:

George Pank

Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9378 3944

Mob: 0422 048 659

 

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