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If you have a Bank of America ATM card you can use Westpac ATMs in Australia and New Zeeland for free. There is still foreign exchange fee, but it's a lot less than any alternative. Check with our US bank about Australian partner banks.


The best option is to sell them to someone else that is going to Japan, or use them if you got any fiends that want you to buy them rice cookers.


Currency exchanges do not seem to deal in foreign coins, at least here in New Zealand (I've exchanged US dollars and Japanese yen, personally). The exchange rate will also differ depending on exactly what exchange you use. If you're trying to maximize the amount of NZD that you receive, definitely check the exchange rates offered by various currency ...


In a lot of countries it's possible to ask your regular bank that has your bank account to procure currency for you. The exchange rate is usually pretty fair, compared to a tourist money exchange. This process often takes a day or too. Since you worked in Japan, you probably have a local bank account. I would suggest to talk to them, tell them how much ...


The usual rule of thumb is you get a better rate at the destination, but it never hurts to check beforehand. Look online for the "sell" rate of NZ Dollars from a Japanese bank and the "buy" rate for Japanese Yen at a NZ bank. Then do the math. If you choose Japan, the exchange service may not have small denomination NZ currency and definitely no coins, so ...


It is generally best to exchange direct (in other words, from USD to EUR) in a country having one of the currencies. This means, you get most out of your bucks by exchanging in Paris. In a third country, such as Australia, the banks will first change USD to AUD, and then AUD to EUR, which means a double exchange, and (most likely) a double commission. Now, ...


Usually it is better to exchange it in Paris. If you exchange it in Australia, the bank will first convert the USD to AUD, then convert the AUD to Euro. And since every time you exchange money you lose a little bit (the bank has to make a profit somehow), you are getting a double loss. Occasionally quirks in exchange rate negate this rule of thumb, say if ...


From looking at the rate history, I would say wait until the rate gets better than one to 1.15. For a year, it's been up and down around 1.1 (one-point-one) but if it behaves like it has the past month, it's likely to go up a little soon.

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