Something that will no doubt appear on BW next julember...
"Britain's biggest building society is abandoning its 'no-fee' policy on overseas debit and credit card transactions. We tell you why holidays will no longer be as rosy with Nationwide...
Nationwide dealt a blow to its four million FlexAccount customers this week, as it announced it was scrapping the no-fee overseas transaction policy on its debit and credit cards.*
Until now, the brand famous for its 'proud to be different' motto has absorbed any extra overseas charges. However, from 6th May, it will start to pass on fees charged by Visa for transactions abroad - currently 0.84% (rising to 1% in July).
Nationwide has also been criticised recently for failing to keep pace with cuts in the Bank of England base rate, with both mortgage holders paying more, and savers getting less from the interest rate shake-ups.
Favourites such as Nationwide's e-Savings account, which used to feature regularly in best buy and consistency tables have started to lag behind, with the rate now standing at just 0.95% - pretty uncompetitive when you compare it to Egg's current offering of 3.35%."
Pah! no easy way to save money in a foreign land these days.
PLEASE READ FULL ARTICLE - in particular this information below, omitted from OP:
The first thing worth mentioning is that for transactions made within most European countries, the status quo remains. So whether you buy something from a European website, or pay for goods on the Continent, you will not be charged any additional fees.