I'm leaving for the U.S. in a couple of days, and have started to wonder if I should bring with me a little more cash than the $250 "pocketmoney" already withdrawn from a local ATM here in Norway. I'm planning on mostly using credit cards throughout the trip, but of course one can't get past the need for cash in some circumstances, so I'll also be bringing my VISA debitcard to do some ATM withdrawls locally.
I've been reading a little bit about ATMs in the States and how different ATM-providers (local banks, national banks etc.) can vary greatly in the fees/surcharges they demand for foreign debit- and creditcards, but that most tend to think they are pretty high. But then I started thinking that withdrawing foreign currency locally here in Norway often also carries with it a somewhat substantial fee, depending on which bank you're a customer at, and which banks ATM you withdraw the foregn currency from (The bank I'm a customer at does not have any ATMs of its own, so for my $250 pocketmoney withdraw I was charged a fee of approx $5/£3.2/€3.8 at another banks ATM)
My own bank does not apply any fees when using ATMs abroad (apart from a 1,75% overhead charge on the amount withdrawn), so what I'm curious about now, is this: I know the fees may differ greatly between the ATM-providers in the States, but how large do these fees for withdrawls with foregin debit/credit-cards tend to be on average?
EDIT: I post this in the California forum since we will be flying into LAX, and spend most of our time in California and Arizona.Edited: 12 September 2013, 10:15