Upon visiting Deep Sea Divers Den, my husband and I were also offered the option to pay in our own currency. We had already accepted this option with businesses like Europcar and Emirates Airlines, as we prefer to pay in our own currency, so we know exactly what we are spending.
Initially I too thought the exchange rate was poorer compared to the Exchange Bureau rate, however the exchange rate I was comparing it to was incorrect, as it was a cash rate and I was paying with my credit card. We found when we compared the credit card exchange rate, the rate was comparable.
More importantly I discovered that if we had chosen to pay in AUD we would not have known what we’d spent until we got home and check our credit card statement, whereas by choosing our own currency we knew exactly what we was being debited from our bank account, as soon as we signed our EFTPOS receipt.
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