This ATM reimbursement works at ATMs anywhere in the US or abroad. This means even if you don’t have international travel coming up soon, you can be saving on ATM fees in the US as well. There are also no fees for having a Schwab checking account. It’s easy to apply: simply open a checking account with Charles Schwab and receive your debit card that unlocks free ATM use everywhere in the world.
Axos Bank (formerly Bank of Internet USA) has a rewards checking account with no monthly fees, minimum balances or overdraft fees. You can earn up to 1.25% interest by meeting certain goals and can be reimbursed for an unlimited number of domestic ATM withdrawals. Foreign transaction fees apply. Free online bill pay, mobile deposit, and mobile banking are available.

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Even if you follow the advice in tip #3, it’s possible your card could get locked anyway. On top of that, it’s easy to find yourself in a situation where an ATM accepts only one network and not the other. For example, when we travelled in Japan, the only ATMs we could find that would even accept international cards were at 7-Eleven, and they only worked with cards on the Visa/Plus network. I speak from experience – there’s nothing more stressful than needing more cash and not being able to withdraw it, so be prepared and bring multiple cards on multiple networks.


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.
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