Option for money other than CT cards?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2012 4:43 PM Last Post By: sayeh
Nov 5, 2012 10:30 PM
Nov 5, 2012 11:07 PM
1just recently signed up to aisremesas from here in Oz, and my bloke picked up the card in Santiago yesterday, though he didn't withdraw any money. The website isn't as glossy as CT was, but it all seems to work well. And wysiwyg in terms of cost, nothing hidden.
Nov 6, 2012 2:14 AM
Nov 6, 2012 4:26 AM
Nov 6, 2012 11:59 AM
4I use AISremesascuba for sending funds to Cubans and it generally works fine. There was one time that for a few days it would not let me send anything, and a couple of times, it has said the payment wasn't made then a few hours it has gone through.
Oddly, with the final payment being in GBP, it usually seems slightly better to select USD not EUR - perhaps AIS has an extra margin in their euro rate.
Nov 6, 2012 2:30 PM
Nov 6, 2012 2:49 PM
6Thanks for that update B. We'll have to wait for a few brave souls to use it but even then you say the doubt will linger that the operation could again be closed down. Presumedly the 'old' card still works via this site?
ps this is an active link to the new site
But also to reiterate Ais is definately cheaper than CT's if comparing credit card transactions.
Edited by: johnabbotsford
Nov 6, 2012 6:05 PM
7I checked Western Union here in the US and they have simplified their processes. They now have an electronic affidavit meaning that any terminal can send funds to Cubans, rather than just designated vendors who were few. Funds can be sent to a large number of places, not just the WU office, which had been notorious for charging a percentage to pick up money. Now can p/u at the Cadeca or bank. This is only in the US, however. their prices are less than CT. To send $300 WU charges $24 and CT $51.
Nov 6, 2012 6:46 PM
8So amarilla if you mean to send 300 CUC to Cuba costs 324USD via WU then these would be the 3 comparisons for that 300CUC amount
WU (but ONLY from US) = 324USD
AIS = 343USD
CT's =351USD (the latter 2 via credit card)
Note I have also just received the following advice from CT's
We have made small changes to our website, including its domain name, but we will continue providing the same services, and the website options are the same as before.
Customers can log in using their credentials and will have access to their transactions history, personal data and payment information.
We are sending emails with the news to every registered customer of our service.
Edited by: johnabbotsford
Nov 6, 2012 7:23 PM
Nov 7, 2012 7:23 AM
Nov 7, 2012 4:25 PM
11amarilla - yes we've has 2 (C-A) friends in very different parts of the US soley using WU for some time now.
From Oz we are lucky that our family has an Oz debit card into which we can electronically transfer funds instantaneously and at virtually zero cost.
Of course as B suggests for travel to Cuba as opposed to sending money to Cuba then for USA'ers requiring an alternative or emergency fallback to cash/TC's then the other 2 companies are more the go. Although a USAer who runs out of money whilst there could of course have a Cuban friend receive some funds via WU?
B- CAD is what your credit card is debited in when using CT's hence the Forex fee that some banks charge to convert that back to say USD or AUD.
Nov 7, 2012 9:27 PM
12J - OK - but AIS charges in USD or EUR nothing to do with CAD.
As my credit card is in GBP, if I choose EUR, it then offers me the choice of EUR or GBP - but their forex charge for converting to GBP is more than my bank charges for converting the euros. However, as mentioned, it seems that the USD route works out cheaper for me anyway. Go figure.
Nov 9, 2012 2:56 PM
13Update on Caribbean Transfers now 123envialo.com
I took a chance and I just successfully sent a transfer so it looks good. It also went fast - about 17 hours start to finish.
The website is exactly the same just a new url.
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