Traveller issues warning to Aussies going on a holiday after she’s charged an eyewatering airport fee
- Traveller issues ATM warning after taking money out in Morocco
- Shocked by $70 fee to use airport machine
A young woman has been left in shock after being charged $70 to take money out from an airport ATM whilst on holiday in Morocco.
The American traveller, who is currently living in Sweden, explained she had no idea how much the transaction would cost her until it was too late.
Posting her ATM receipt on Facebook the young woman asked ‘WTF’ had happened in the hopes of avoiding future payouts.
‘It doesn’t make sense. I took out 5000dr which is about $500 but got charged $548? Wtf happened? And how do I avoid this again?,’ she said.
According to the receipt she was charged a conversion mark-up of 4.5per cent.
A world traveller has been left in shock after trying to take money out in Morocco (stock image)
Other seasoned in the travellers in the group were blown away by the charge.
‘The only other time I have had heard of a charge like that is at the currency exchange – that is outrageous for just a withdrawal,’ one woman wrote.
Others were less shocked.
‘That’s why I don’t take money out at airports. High key they always charge an arm and a leg,’ another added.
‘It happened to me in Italy, ATMs can charge what they want. It is totally insane,’ one woman complained.
Some women commented on the post to share their tips with most recommending tourists steer clear of airport ATMs.
‘They will always have a higher exchange rate. There should be a tonne of ATMs in the city with a much lower rate.’
Another traveller said ATMs have high conversion fees to catch tourists out.
High ATM fees can happen anywhere – one person said it is important to choose the currency from the country you are in not the one you are from – ie Euros in Europe
Tips for taking money out abroad:
Travellers shared their tried and true tips for accessing cash overseas.
1 – Take money out in the local currency – don’t click the ‘conversion’ option or your home currency option
2 – Check to see if fees are per transaction or percentage based – if it is per transaction take the maximum you can/want out
3 – Use Western Union services where possible
4 – Pay on card and online (for things like accommodation and tickets) when possible to limit how much local cash you need
5 – Avoid ATMs with names you recognise from your own country – use a local ATM
6 – Avoid ATMs at airports and international ports
‘Always choose to charge the currency you are withdrawing, not the conversion. For example in Europe choose euros, not US dollars,’ she said.
She also suggested to avoid withdrawing on a credit card.
A third told her to be on the lookout for an ATM without fees.
The young woman admitted she thought ‘all ATMs had the same fees.
She said she felt like she had ‘fallen into the trap’ because she felt under pressure to carry cash as cards are widely rejected by store holders in the country.