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It has neen many years since we have flown to Geneva and since we have, we have changed how we get cash out to using Reolut card at airport to extract local currency. We are staying in Italy and want Euros. I have only just twigged getting cash at airport will most likely give me Swiss Francs. I presume there aren't cash machines there which dispense euros fee free?

Second question. Having taken up Revolut free platinum upgrade trial, i could purchase lounge access for £20. In the past i would have felt that was worth as can get lunch and drink in them. However there seem to changes post Covid meaning self service of food and drink us no more. Gas anybody used any of Air France KLM, Dnata Skyview, Horizon Swissport? Who can comment on a recent experience?
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@NickyJ, cant comment on experience of the lounges but had been looking at them, they do have different opening times and some not very late so check if your flight is at an odd time which are actually available to you.
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@NickyJ, the UBS machines at arrivals give out €s. No idea what fees apply to e.g. Revolut cards.

No idea on lounges ... none were open our last run thru!
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@NickyJ, cant comment on experience of the lounges but had been looking at them, they do have different opening times and some not very late so check if your flight is at an odd time which are actually available to you.


Yes I noticed this! There was a 4th offered but that closes at 13:30. We have a 15:50 departure time
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@NickyJ, the UBS machines at arrivals give out €s. No idea what fees apply to e.g. Revolut cards.

No idea on lounges ... none were open our last run thru!


Thanks. Revolut don't charge but not all cash machines are free for debit cards.
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@NickyJ, in the grand scheme of things ...
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@NickyJ, in the grand scheme of things ...


True Smile
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Cant comment on those particular lounges mentioned above but I was in the No1 Lounge at LHR T3 in December and the only covid restriction was to wear a mask whilst walking around away from your table. Everything else was the same.
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Are you getting a private transfer to resort (Morzine isn’t it?)? If so they’re normally happy to pull over at a cash point en route. Far less stressful than trying to locate a suitable ATM with all your family and luggage in tow.
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Lounges at Geneva were all closed before a 9pm flight on a Wednesday evening in January.
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Btw, pro tip with the Revolut card on return. You can buy stuff in € or CHF in GVA, but their exchange rate is horrific between the two. Before you’re about to buy anything, transfer enough into CHF for the transaction and then just transfer any remaining balance straight back.

I saved about £10 doing this when buying lunch for 6 people!
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@Timmycb5, we have had to cancel the Morzine one (due to rest if party pulling out as they weren't going to get both vaccines in time fir 13yr olds). Now going to Champoluc. Haven't been there before, but when we stayed Gressoney side of region i wouldn't want to rely on finding cash machine in resort.
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@Timmycb5, thanks for tip. Although i tend to use Halifax mostly when cards are accepted....i will bear that in mind
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@NickyJ, I use Revolut for everything when I’m abroad. The mid price exchanging makes it the most cost effective method.
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@NickyJ, We are going to Champoluc also! Flying evening Friday 11 Feb Edinburgh to Milan with my three boys, Wife and daughter are flying from Stansted to Milan on Monday 14th to join us. Never been before but really looking forward to it!
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@NickyJ, go to the prunier caviar and fish bar and poor rates will be a distant blur as the noughts are put on your bill.
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@Timmycb5, buying anything anywhere with € in CH is going to sting!
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@zikomo, nice! Just hoping we get q bit more snow coming in, in next couple of weeks Smile

We are the week after you
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@NickyJ, Yes it looks a bit dry to be honest. You have a bit more time so more chance of there being snow before you go. I would love to see good conditions but frankly at this point I will just be glad to be back in the mountains.

Will let you know how we get on/conditions/cool stuff we find if you want?
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@under a new name, that’s what makes Revolut so good. I can have dozens of different currencies on one card with mid price exchanging. I love it.
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I was in BA lounge at Geneva at the weekend, though imagine it's similar to the other lounges. Table service was very fast. Some cold drinks (including beer) and coffee were available for self service.

One word of warning: get to the gate early. There was a big queue for exit passport checks.
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@HilbertSpace, thankyou! Reading the reviews i have found... really not sure it will be worth it and with that warning, makes it definitely a no as we are going half term i expecting queues to be worse
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For flying back from Geneva:
1. Buy/make your snacks and sandwiches in resort before you get on your transfer. GVA is one of the few times resort prices are lower then non-resort ones!
2. Even if you don't have lounge access follow the sights for it when you come out of security. There are loads of public seats up there but few down in the main concourse - and most people don't know about them.
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@NickyJ, the Air France/KLM lounge at GVA is pretty small & low-key - self service drinks, snacks/sandwiches/salads etc (at least when I have been in there over the last few months..), doesn't rank particularly high on my list (though better than Lyon where the AF lounge is still closed...).
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HilbertSpace wrote:
I was in BA lounge at Geneva at the weekend, though imagine it's similar to the other lounges. Table service was very fast. Some cold drinks (including beer) and coffee were available for self service.

One word of warning: get to the gate early. There was a big queue for exit passport checks.


It took us 40 minutes to get through the exit passport checks last Saturday. Can't imagine half term week! Shocked
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@NickyJ, the UBS machines at arrivals give out €s. No idea what fees apply to e.g. Revolut cards.


I don't know whether Revolut will be different, but I've never been able to get money from the UBS € machines at Geneva arrivals using my Travelex Cash Passport Globe card. CHF from the other machines have never been a problem.

Maybe I've just been unlucky and every machine has been out of Euros every time I've tried, but just wanted to warn you, just in case.
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@jebroni3_16, thanks for heads up!
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@jebroni3_16, I know that at busy times they do run out.
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Most Swiss cash machines will give you the option of chf or euros
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BobinCH wrote:
Most Swiss cash machines will give you the option of chf or euros


That's been my experience too. I nearly always get a €200 out at Geneva Airport, have just gone to a cash machine and tried (might well be the same one each time though!) Not been charged any extra fees (used Nationwide debit, Revolut and Halifax Clarity over the years).
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@Timmycb5, I use Revolut everywhere abroad now , when settling a hotel bill for several thousand euros it can save £50 , but here's a question for you , i have a chunk of money in a euro Revolut account and much less money in a sterling Revolut account , so when i go to settle my half term Verbier hotel CHF bill ( which will be sizeable ) do you know if it will just take it from the euro Revolut account ?
I suppose i should ask Revolut themselves but thought you might know
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