Wells Fargo Foreign Currency

Travel Wells Fargo Foreign Currency

Traveling abroad? 

Don't spend valuable vacation time buying currency when you can arrive ready.

AAA has over 80 types of foreign currency available for purchase before you travel so you’ll be prepared for taxis, tips, and souvenir shopping. Best of all, members can avoid the long lines, high fees, and unfavorable exchange rates that can be encountered abroad.*

Available at AAA branch office locations. Please call in advance to determine availability and denominations (not available for purchase online or by phone).

Foreign Currency Tips

Ordering foreign currency though AAA.

  • All shipping is two-days, so be sure to allow enough time to receive your cash before your trip. Currency purchases less than $1,000 have a $15 shipping fee, and amounts greater than $1,000 USD are shipped free.
  • If you purchase online, via our link to Wells Fargo, you are charged $15 for amounts $1,000 or less and nothing for amounts larger. However, if you purchase in a branch and you order $200 or more, standard shipping is free. If it is less than $200, members and nonmembers pay $10.00.


Traveling with foreign currency.

  • It is suggested to take the U.S. dollar equivalent of $50 to $100 worth of foreign currency per person, per day, to meet incidental expenses. Take precautions while out exploring; carry only the amount of cash you feel comfortable with, and split foreign currency between you and a partner. In some countries debit and credit cards are not widely accepted. 


Getting additional cash. 

  • If you need to replenish your cash while traveling, making a withdrawal from an ATM is often a good option. Keep in mind fees are usually associated with each transaction.


Credit and debit cards.

  • Many cards carry a foreign transaction fee, so it is important to know your cards’ fees before traveling. Cards may be a good way to pay for large transactions and generally provide a competitive rate, which makes them a good complement to cash. Be aware of dynamic currency conversion (DCC) services where merchants convert the transaction to U.S. dollars (the rate of exchange is set at the point of sale rather than waiting for the card’s billing cycle). The merchant sets the exchange rate, which may be higher than the rate set by the issuer of the credit card and could include hidden fees.


Heading home.

  • If you have leftover foreign coins, some airlines and airports will collect these for donations to local charities or you can save them for your next trip!


* Available at select AAA Clubs. AAA only buys back paper currency, no coin. Disclaimer: All currencies are sold based upon availability. Special requests for minor and exotic currencies may require additional time to deliver, due to limited availability. All canceled orders are subject to a change fee and/or differences in currency exchange rates at the time of cancellation.


Important Notice: The exchange rate used for transactions may vary from other exchange rates in existence globally.