MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17824 posts, RR: 46 Posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3016 times:
I just got back from Burkina Faso and I have about 45,000 FCFAs ~ $90USD in my pocket and I'm not sure where/how to exchange them. I thought for sure I could have exchanged them at ADD but they wouldn't take them, neither would anyone at CDG--which surprised me since both airports have a lot of West African traffic. I thought about just going to the checkin line for all the West African flights and asking around but I thought there might be a law against that . I stopped by my bank here (Chase) and she wasn't sure she could take them, but the currency was in her big manual of currencies. Anyone know where I can exchange FCFAs?
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4063 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3003 times:
You can always try Bank of America. I came back from French Polynesia a couple of months ago and they were able to exchange Pacific Francs (a fairly exotic currency) for me, and the rate was half-decent, too.
To be fairly honest the cashier was somewhat incompetent and was not sure what she was doing but after half an hour I did manage to get my $15. She did have to phone someone at the bank to get the rate, though, as it wasn't in her computer system. If I were you, though, I would try another cashier at Chase first - maybe the one you got just couldn't be bothered to do the work.
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