Just one piece of partial contention about your Sapphire post. While you are correct that the sign up bonus would get you $500 in travel…there is a much more lucrative aspect to that sign-up bonus. The beauty of the Ultimate Rewards program is in the ability to transfer points 1:1 to frequent flyer/hotel programs for an extremely higher $ value. For example. 100,000 UR points would get you $1000 in travel using the Chase travel portal…OR…you could transfer those 100,000 points to 100,000 United Miles and book a round-trip business class ticket to Europe…this ticket would be valued at between $5,000 and $10,000…a much higher payout!
Some companies want to avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law. So they'll do anything to keep their books straight. That sometimes means leaving out all other country except where they operate in. Others are not sure of the legality of their business in unfamiliar countries, and the laws that apply in order to legally do business there. So they prefer to play it safe.
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Because these small charges can add up quickly, you will probably want to withdraw larger amounts than you might normally do at home — so be sure you have a safe, well-concealed place to keep your cash. (See Money Safety Tips for Travelers for more.) When deciding how much to withdraw, try to choose an uneven amount (180 euros rather than 200, for instance) so you don’t wind up with huge bills that you’ll have trouble breaking.

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5. Fidelity: Clients with Cash Management accounts receive the following waivers: “All Fidelity ATM withdrawal fees will be waived for your Fidelity Cash Management Account. In addition, your account will automatically be reimbursed for all ATM fees charged by other institutions while using a Fidelity Visa Gold Check Card linked to your account at any ATM displaying the Visa, Plus, or Star logos. ATM reimbursements will be credited to the account when the transaction posts. Please note, there is a foreign transaction fee of one percent that is not waived, which will be included in the amount charged to your account.” In practice, however, several readers have noted being charged percentage fees of 1-3% by Visa because it processed withdrawals as cash advances, so be sure you select withdrawal and checking account from the ATM.
If you do have to use a bank card, it pays to call when you get home and register your complaint about these fees. Wells Fargo always credits me the entire amount when I call them to gripe about it. Same goes for Amex if they are charging overseas transaction fees; they know what the competition is doing so they rebate the fees with a simple phone call.
I forgot to also share that I will be starting work with On Point as an Advocacy Coordinator too. It sounds like a great job that helps our fellow Americans keep informed about political issues. On Point is the voice of the average citizens that may have an opinion to share with their politicians but have no way of knowing how to contact them. On Point makes sure those voices get heard. In orientation the trainer said she will be hiring agents again around the middle of June. If you have good writing skills and are a good conversationalist then you may want to check it out. It also seems like if you put forth a little effort, you can make decent wages with them and they do pay weekly. I’m not big into politics but excited about this new venture.

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