Find out how to use your Commonwealth credit card when travelling overseas, and the pitfalls to watch out for.
Where credit cards are concerned, travelling overseas can cause a few problems unless you are clued up about how best to use your credit card abroad, and what precautions you should take before and whilst travelling.
Which card should you take when travelling overseas?
Where are Commonwealth credit cards accepted?
- MasterCards are accepted at any ATM displaying the MasterCard and/or Cirrus logos, and at any merchant location displaying the Maestro logo.
- Visa credit cards are accepted at any ATM displaying the Visa or Plus logo, and at any merchant location displaying the Visa or Visa Electron logo.
- American Express credit cards are accepted at any ATM displaying the American Express logo, and at any merchant location displaying the American Express logo.
Not all foreign ATMs will provide you with a receipt when abroad so it is advisable to make a note of any transactions. Your available daily withdrawal limit when travelling overseas is the same as it would be in Australia.
Commonwealth Bank credit cards also include complimentary travel insurance which provides cover in events such as cancellation and rearrangement expenses, trip disruption and loss of luggage and personal items.
Accessing linked accounts with credit cards
If your credit card is linked to your main savings or cheque accounts, you can access these with your Commonwealth Bank MasterCard or Visa card through any overseas ATM that displays the MasterCard, Cirrus or Maestro logos. However, this does not apply in Europe, where you can only use your credit card to access your credit card accounts. Whatever selection you make on-screen at an ATM or merchant terminal – savings, cheque, or credit account – your withdrawal will be treated as a cash advance.
A foreign transaction fee will be applied when travelling overseas with your credit card.
- Transactions converted by MasterCard or Visa – 3.00% of the total transaction
- Transactions converted by American Express – 2.00% of the total transaction
- Transactions overseas, but in Australian dollars – 2.00% of the total transaction
American Express transactions are also subject to a 1.50% American Express currency conversion factor which is included in the converted transaction amount. Be careful of Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) when travelling overseas with your credit card. This is where you are charged in Australian dollars rather than the local currency. Transactions made in Australian dollars will attract a DCC fee of 4% or upwards from the foreign retailer or bank. Which currency you are charged in is 100% your choice by law.
What you need to do before going overseas
Activate your PIN
Many places abroad use PIN verification rather than signature, so you should make sure you have a PIN on your card or you may not be able to use it at certain merchants abroad.
Tell Commonwealth you are travelling overseas
Before your travel overseas, Commonwealth Bank should know your travel plans and how long you should be venturing abroad.
Note your card details
Make a note of your credit card numbers, including emergency contact numbers in case you quickly need to contact Commonwealth Bank should your credit card be lost or stolen. Visa, MasterCard and American Express all offer a zero-liability guarantee, but you should still inform the bank the moment a credit card goes missing.Back to top