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The countries where your strong dollars (and miles) go furthest in 2015: get to Brazil, Australia, Canada now

by on Tue February 17, 2015 • 3 Comments


The American dollar has appreciated substantially since last Summer.

And when you’re traveling with miles, it pays to save everywhere you can, including your time on the ground.

So if you’re flexible with where you can travel, a great way to get a good deal on your trip is to follow the dollar and where it’s appreciated most.

We looked at currency changes since last Summer for several top travel destinations, and some of the winners are great travel destinations, not just global political hot spots.

  • Russia -46%
  • Brazil -22%
  • Sweden -19%
  • Australia -19%
  • Poland -18%
  • Norway -18%
  • Denmark -17%
  • Croatia -17%
  • Colombia -16%
  • Eurozone -16%
  • Japan -14%
  • Canada -14%
  • Israel -14%
  • Iceland -14%
  • Turkey -13%
  • Mexico -13%
  • New Zealand -12%
  • Chile -11%
  • South Africa -10%
  • UK -8%
  • Singapore -8%
  • Argentina -6%
  • Switzerland -4%
  • India -3%

So this year is a great time to head to Brazil, the Nordics, or Australia.  The timing is great for a Spring Break to Brazil or Australia.

And closer to home, Canada is a deal like it hasn’t been for a very long time, with the Canadian dollar down almost 15% since last summer, and the exchange rate now down near 0.80, a great bargain for a close trip.

Just make sure you pack a card with no foreign transaction fees along. Our CardFinder tool lets you filter for cards that have no foreign transaction fees, and offer EMV chips to make payments easier when you’re abroad.

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3 thoughts on The countries where your strong dollars (and miles) go furthest in 2015: get to Brazil, Australia, Canada now

    1. amour zahir al bimani

      Hi Dr Rita,
      Well from one perspective i would say the dollar does expire since most countries do not accept old notes since it very hard for them to trade it within the country.

      But US Banks accept them.

      I was in machester when you were study there. If you would like to chat here is my number 00 968 99856356


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