HSBC’s Everyday Global Account is something super special. For starters, you can have your salary deposited into it, pay bills with it and spend at your local shops, just like you would any other everyday transaction account. There's no minimum deposit or minimum balance requirements and you can also make unlimited free transactions online, over the phone, via EFTPOS, BPAY or direct debits, as well as using HSBC ATMs fee-free.
But where the Everyday Global Account really stands out is that it allows you to keep up to ten currencies in one bank account, including AUD, USD, EUR, SGD, NZD, JPY GBP, CAD, HKD and CNY (currency restrictions apply). That way, you can use the linked Visa debit card around the world, and pay in the local currency.
There are a couple of options for how to do this - first, you can exchange currency online and access real time exchange rates. Doing this means the local currency is sitting ready in your account, and any spend will be deducted from that currency’s balance.
The other option is for the funds to be automatically converted from your Aussie dollar balance when you make a transaction. This option is handy if you aren’t able to make an exchange beforehand, or need to pay in a currency other than the 10 you can have in your account. Just keep in mind that in this case, you won’t know which exchange rate you’re getting.
HSBC won't charge you any overseas ATM fees while you're on your travels (except in Mexico and Argentina), but keep in mind that if you're using a non-HSBC ATM, the ATM owner might charge a fee for using them.
Plus you can make purchases using Paywave, Google Pay and Apple Pay and the Everyday Global Visa Debit Card also comes with the same security as a credit card, including Visa Zero Liability, to keep your spending safe.
Real time foreign exchange (FX) transactions are available 24/7 between linked HSBC Australia accounts for selected currencies using Online and Mobile Banking. Make the most of real time FX rates when the FX market is open (excluding currency holidays, NSW and US public holidays). When the market is closed set FX rates will apply to real time FX transactions, and the exchange rate will not fluctuate. If making a payment to a third party outside of HSBC Australia during currency holidays, NSW and US public holidays, the HSBC Daily Exchange Rate will apply. The HSBC Daily Exchange Rate will apply for all future-dated transactions on the future date of those transaction. The foreign exchange market is subject to risks associated with exchange rate movements. HSBC foreign currency accounts should not be used for speculative purposes. Real time FX transactions are not available to Trusts, SMSFs and non-trading accounts between 12.00am Saturday and 8.00am Monday.
On weekends after currency cut-off times, a set rate will apply that includes an additional weekend spread.