Travel Tips & Trip Ideas Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Travel Tips & Trip Ideas activity »
  1. 1 What's the most expensive country you have been to?
  2. 2 Packing Cubes
  3. 3 Roadtrip/Vacation Advice Needed
  4. 4 What to do on long flights?
  5. 5 Vacation for two
  6. 6 What itinerary should I pick for Europe ?
  7. 7 What's your favourite beauty/grooming tip when travelling?
  8. 8 Luggage Set - hardshell or softshell?
  9. 9 Eastern Europe ~ Help Please!
  10. 10 Some tips when using Air BnB
  11. 11 Packing must haves for the summer?
  12. 12 [ GEAR HELP ] -- what is the most effective WHITE sun hat
  13. 13 Female Traveling Solo to Moscow and St.petersburg
  14. 14 Mobile Apps for Travel
  15. 15 Motorcycle trip
  16. 16 Suggestions for family w/teenagers trip out West - never been there!
  17. 17 Travel to North carolina from NJ
  18. 18 Transportation between Granada, Nicaragua and Ometepe, Nicaragua
  19. 19 Why Do A Cycling Tour?: A review of various tour companies and general tips
  20. 20 Boston to Bermuda Cruise in June
  21. 21 Newbie Using Whats App
  22. 22 super fun vacations...
  23. 23 International Wire/Bank Transfer to Guide Using Third-Party Service?
  24. 24 replace my Nikon d90 by rx100 ?
  25. 25 Traveling Solo with 9 month old
View next 25 » Back to the top

International Wire/Bank Transfer to Guide Using Third-Party Service?

Jump to last reply

My private tour guide in Europe is asking me to remit a 30% deposit via wire transfer to a European bank. My small community U.S. bank does not offer outgoing international wire transfers, although they accept incoming international transfers as well as receive and send domestic transfers. I opened an account with a larger national bank in my area, but learned too late that they will not send an international transfer until I have 6 months of account history. Has anyone used a money transfer service such as Xoom, Transferwise, XO, or Western Union to make an international transfer? Those companies offer transfers from a bank account or credit card, but the limited reviews I have read are not positive. I am concerned that if I use a credit card to pay, it will be treated like a cash advance, and I don’t want to pay unnecessary interest. I was all set to use Xoom (because they are owned by PayPal), but that service is intended for person-to-person transfers. (The name on my guide’s bank account begins with her company/business name, so I am concerned that my transfer won’t be processed.) My guide does not accept PayPal, which is generally how I send deposits to my guides. I am not concerned that this is a scam or that the request is not respectable. The guide will allow me pay my balance in person in Euros when I arrive, I just need to make the bank transfer to give my deposit. Because I am using the guide and a car with a driver for several days, the deposit is substantial even though it is only 30% of my total bill, so I don’t want anything to go wrong with the transfer. Thoughts/experiences using a third-party to send an international wire/bank transfer?

6 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.