ladycasper

sending money to uk

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    We may want to send about $ 2000 to a relative for a flight, what is the best way ?

    an bank transfer ??

    Also, as we have run out of 50 and 20 pound notes what is the best for small birthday presents ? is paypal any good for that ?

     

    We no longer have a UK bank account..

    We do have a HIFX account, but fees for small transfers may not be worth it and I think it has to go to bank account in your own name ?

     

    What us everyone elses experience of this please ??

     

    Thanks

     

    Lyn

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    Guest Mick and Helen

    You can transfer money directly into anyones bank account with their details.

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    You can transfer money directly into anyones bank account with their details.

     

    is there not a usual $ 30 internatioanl transfer just to send my neice 30 pounds for her birthday ??

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    Guest Mick and Helen

    $22.00 with commonwealth thought you wanted to send $2000

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    We have always used our credit card to pay for relatives flights from UK and other overseas. But you have to give them the card no. or book over the internet. It is possible to give the no. directly over the phone to a travel agent.

    Best Flights or other Aus. travel agents do organise flights from Uk as well, and you can pay them by bank transfer or credit card (for a small fee).

    We have always been able to get cash foreign currency from Westpac banks, we have used the one at Edwardstown or the one at Glenelg, and also Bank SA at Glenelg. The charge is minimal if you get a few hundred at a time.

    It is expensive to transfer money through the banks to another account in UK and even worse from UK to SA.

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    We have always used our credit card to pay for relatives flights from UK and other overseas. But you have to give them the card no. or book over the internet. It is possible to give the no. directly over the phone to a travel agent.

    Best Flights or other Aus. travel agents do organise flights from Uk as well, and you can pay them by bank transfer or credit card (for a small fee).

    We have always been able to get cash foreign currency from Westpac banks, we have used the one at Edwardstown or the one at Glenelg, and also Bank SA at Glenelg. The charge is minimal if you get a few hundred at a time.

    It is expensive to transfer money through the banks to another account in UK and even worse from UK to SA.

     

    We want to send someone one fare price of a 2 fare booking, ie my partners daughters father inlaw he is paying for 2 fares and we are paying him the other, about $ 1500 to 2000 ish

     

    Also for neices and nephews etc we usually sent 20/30 pounds , now we have no sterling perhaps buying gift vouchers via M & s or paypal would work, what have others done for both senarios please ??

     

    Thanks

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    Guest kangomik

    Hi

     

    You can buy vouchers and have them delivered direct using

     

    http://www.voucherexpress.co.uk/

     

    Some other sites I've used to send gifts are:

     

    http://www.a1gifts.co.uk

    http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

    http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk

    http://www.pressies.com

    http://www.seetickets.com

     

    and of course the wonderful http://www.moonpig.co.uk for sending cards!!

     

    Louise (Mrs Kangomik)

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    Guest Carolandcraig

    I can remember reading somewhere that paypal is a cheap way of transfering funds however its very long winded.

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    Guest mikedownunder

    Hi

    I am new here, great forum. Thought I would share this with you. I may have put it in the wrong place. Sorry if I have. I am new to forums.

     

    For the past couple of years I have been using the following site to buy gifts in the UK and having them sent directly to my friends and relatives rather than risking the customs duty sending them from Australia.

     

    http://www.christmaspresent.com.au/christmas_shopping/

     

    The retailers are all UK based and most will gift wrap them for you. If they won't then I have been sending them to a friend who wrapped them and passed them on to my family for me.

     

    It also saved me having to search all over the net for good retailers in the UK as there are some top names here like Currys, Appliances Direct, Borders, Cadbury, Halfords, IWOOT, Toys R Us. That's just a few.

     

    Here is a list of the retailers

     

    http://www.christmaspresent.com.au/christmas_shopping/retailers.php

     

    Hope this is helpful to someone. It saved me a lot of time and postage costs which meant I could give better gifts. :)

     

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    Guest Sallyanne

    I'm Australian, married to a Brit and living in Kenya. The best way we have found to send money from our British bank account to our Australian bank account is by cheque. It only costs us $10 to bank the cheque and the British bank doesn't charge us. The only down side is that it takes a month to clear. Not sure what the charges would be going the other way.

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