The 19th FIFA World Cup 2010, the world`s chief and largest football tournament, is expected to attract not only sports fans but shopping enthusiasts as well. However, initial warnings on credit card expenditures have been advised to the millions of people who will be flocking to South Africa.
The United Kingdom has estimated that the prestigious tournament will bring in 135 million English credit card holders to the event. Since the South African policy allows only £450 of cash expenditure, an average English citizen is forced to use his debit or credit card unaware of the added foreign exchange rates that come along with it. An estimated amount of £2,700 is likely to be spent by each English citizen in the course of the month-long tournament.
Meanwhile, Spanish football aficionados are also advised by the Spanish Bank Santander, Spain's most important private bank and its network of branches, that they should keep an eye on their credit card usage. Bank Santander conducted a study indicating that a simple visit to the Automatic teller Machine (ATM) will cost 2.75 percent foreign exchange fee and 1.5 percent in cash withdrawal fees which sums up to 4.25 percent of added charges. Bank Santader further explained that the said charges usually leave the consumers unaware of it and will only be taken into account once statement of accounts has been issued.
This case holds true not only to foreign visitors but to South Africans as well. The credit card rules have been imposed to all users and are expected to give a large blow on the unwarranted credit card charges. Cardholders are still advised to try out all the other available cards that will give them the least additional fee without having to sacrifice the convenient access to purchasing. Credit card applicants are also cautioned to seek for the company that will give them enough protection from the unnecessary excess fees. However, instead of paying for these fees, the best advice still to get away from the additional charges is to use currency when paying for your purchases.
South Africa`s tourism and economy is expected to take a rise this year with the flock of foreign spectators. Establishments, meanwhile, will take profit of this sales boom brought about by the build-up of the said event which ends in July. Credit card users must not forget to take into account the extra fees they pay for, which are neglected most of the time.