Tom: Hey Sarah, did you hear that the exchange rate for the US dollar has gone up again?
Sarah: No, I haven’t. What does that mean?
Tom: It means that the US dollar is now worth more in other countries, so if you’re traveling abroad, you’ll get more foreign currency for your dollars. For example, if you exchange $100, you might get 85 euros instead of 80 euros like you would have gotten a few weeks ago.
Sarah: Oh, I see. Does that mean it’s a good time to exchange money?
Tom: Yes, if you need foreign currency, now might be a good time to exchange your dollars for euros or yen. Just make sure to shop around to find the best exchange rate, and be aware of any fees or commissions.
Sarah: That’s good to know. Speaking of travel, do you have any tips for using credit cards abroad?
Tom: Yes, it’s a good idea to let your credit card company know that you’ll be traveling, so they don’t think there’s fraudulent activity on your account. Also, some credit cards don’t charge foreign transaction fees, so it’s worth looking into those before you go. And remember, the exchange rate will apply to your credit card purchases as well, so keep an eye on your balance.
Sarah: Thanks for the advice. I also heard that some countries don’t accept credit cards, so it’s a good idea to have some cash on hand. Do you know how much cash I should bring?
Tom: It depends on where you’re going and what you’re planning to do. I would recommend looking up the nominal of the local currency and figuring out how much you’ll need for things like transportation, meals, and souvenirs. And remember to keep your cash secure, especially if you’re carrying a large amount.
Sarah: That makes sense. Thanks, Tom. I’ll keep all of that in mind when I go on my trip next month.
Receptionist: Good evening, sir. How may I assist you?
Guest: Hi, I need to check out and pay my bill.
Receptionist: Okay, let me check your account. Your total bill comes to $500.
Guest: Okay, can I pay with my credit card?
Receptionist: Yes, of course. We accept all major credit cards. Can I see your card and ID, please?
Guest: Sure, here they are.
Receptionist: Thank you. I’ll just swipe your card and process the payment. It looks like there’s a foreign transaction fee of 3% since your credit card is issued from another country.
Guest: Oh, I see. Can you tell me how much that is in nominal?
Receptionist: Yes, that will be $15. So your total payment will be $515.
Guest: Alright, that’s fine. Thank you for letting me know.
Receptionist: You’re welcome, sir. Here’s your receipt. Is there anything else I can help you with?
Guest: No, that’s all. Thank you.
Receptionist: You’re welcome. Have a safe trip!
Travel Agent: Good afternoon, how may I help you today?
Customer: Hi, I’m interested in booking a vacation package to Europe. How much does it cost?
Travel Agent: Sure, we have a few options available. Our most popular package starts at $3,000 per person for a 10-day trip.
Customer: That sounds great. How much is the deposit to book the trip?
Travel Agent: The deposit is $500 per person. The rest of the payment is due two weeks before your departure date.
Customer: Okay, I see. Can I pay with a credit card?
Travel Agent: Yes, we accept all major credit cards. Do you have any preference?
Customer: Yes, I have a Visa card.
Travel Agent: Okay, I’ll process the deposit of $1,000 for two people on your Visa card. There’s a 2% processing fee for credit card payments, so that will be an additional $20.
Customer: Alright, that’s fine. Thank you.
Travel Agent: You’re welcome. I’ll email you a confirmation and a receipt once the payment is processed.
Customer: Great, thank you so much!
Travel Agent: Enjoy your trip!