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Old 05-20-2015, 08:48 PM   #61
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Fedex really has their act together. Finalized the build sheet yesterday and sent ETI the check. Cost $43.56 and it took about 20 hours. Well worth the cost. Loren
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:46 AM   #62
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The official exchange [US to Canadian] rate about a month ago when we sent funds was 1.1954 . The rate we got with when they deposited was 1.1889 .
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:40 AM   #63
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Wow... the rate today to do a US to Canadian dollar wire transfer through Schwab is 1.24084. Schwab charges a $25 wire transfer fee, one of the cheapest I've seen. Even though our trailer isn't going to be ready until 2016, we'll be wiring a chunk as soon as we receive the wire transfer instructions from ETI.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:36 PM   #64
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That's a decent rate. The raw rate right now is 1.25, so you're just under that. The CAD was 79 cents when we bought, then it went up a bit, and now back down to 80 cents. Still a very good time for US buyers to get an Escape.
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That's a decent rate. The raw rate right now is 1.25, so you're just under that. The CAD was 79 cents when we bought, then it went up a bit, and now back down to 80 cents. Still a very good time for US buyers to get an Escape.
Im trying to figure out the best way to pay for my reservations, ETI balances, and other expenditures while in Canada. Should I pay cash, wire transfer, or debit / credit? I can get cash through my bank, Wells Fargo, right now at about 84 cents to the CAD. Is this higher cash rate just a bank markup?
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:15 PM   #66
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Fedex really has their act together. Finalized the build sheet yesterday and sent ETI the check. Cost $43.56 and it took about 20 hours. Well worth the cost. Loren
What Fedex service was this? They offer so many different types.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:18 PM   #67
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With MasterCard you get a good rate... the rate today is about 1.25. With my M/C, they take a 1% fee. All in all, very good rate and not a bad fee. I called my bank this morning to get this info while trying to decide how best to pay for our Escape coming in 2016. Give your own bank a call to see what the rates & fees will be with your credit card.

When we bought our 17B in 2005, we saved a boat-load by taking US dollars into Canada and converting at a welcome center. Got much better rates by doing that for some reason. They had a limit on how much you could convert at a time... but I can't remember what it was.

After all the calls I made, I found that doing wire transfers via Schwab (for payments to ETI... if I could pay the whole thing with M/C, that would be great (for me, not for ETI)) was the best for us. Competitive exchange rate and low wire transfer fee.

Yes, the higher (lower?) rate at WF covers their fee. Check to see what sort of rate you could get if you take US$ into Canada and convert there.
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I've found it easiest to send a personal check. It was six days from mailing until the email confirmation. ETI just cashed it at 1.23%, I missed the climbing rate but still not bad, no extra fees.
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Im trying to figure out the best way to pay for my reservations, ETI balances, and other expenditures while in Canada. Should I pay cash, wire transfer, or debit / credit? I can get cash through my bank, Wells Fargo, right now at about 84 cents to the CAD. Is this higher cash rate just a bank markup?
Hi Sean,

I would just use a check for the remaining balance. ETI can get a very good rate when they deposit it. As for hotels or expenses while in Canada, just use your card. There might be a foreign transaction fee depending on your card, but it's nominal. I have an AMEX Platinum I use whenever I'm in another country, because there are no foreign transaction fees at all.

And yes, the .84 rate through Wells Fargo reflects their administrative fees/profits from doing the exchange. A Check to ETI will probably give you a better rate.
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What Fedex service was this? They offer so many different types.
It was FedEx International Priority. Loren
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