SANTANDER ELIMINATES ATM FEES FOR TRAVELERS
Customers Visiting Mexico and Puerto Rico Can Use Over 5,300 Local Santander ATMs Free of Charge
BOSTON, February 14, 2014 – Santander Bank, N.A., one of the largest retail banks in the United States by deposits, announced today that its customers can use Santander ATMs in Mexico and Puerto Rico free of charge.
One of Santander's affiliated banks maintains over 5,200 ATMs across Mexico including top travel destinations such as Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Cozumel, Mazatlán, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta. There are 130 Santander ATMs in Puerto Rico operated by another affiliated bank, including many popular vacation destinations such as Arecibo, Fajardo, Ponce and Old San Juan. Santander Bank customers will be able to make withdrawals free of ATM charges in Mexico and conduct all transactions free of charge at ATMs during their travels in Puerto Rico.
"This is another example of the value Santander brings to its customers," said Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander US. "We are a local bank that is very much focused on the communities we serve—and we are also part of a strong and diversified global group. We're pleased to be able to extend this advantage to our customers."
The ATM fee waiver comes just in time for the peak of the busy winter travel season and before spring break, when millions of Americans will seek an escape from cold weather by travelling to warmer climates. Elimination of these fees follows the Bank's change of name from Sovereign to Santander in October, which included $200 million in investments in enhancements for its customers.
Today's announcement is part of a series of new offerings from Santander, including Santander Bravo MasterCard®, paying triple points without expiration on gas, groceries and restaurants up to 15,000 points per calendar quarter.
Santander Bank, N.A. is a top 25 retail bank in the United States by deposits, with a presence in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander's 9,571 employees serve the financial goals of American consumers and businesses through its 706 branches and 2,084 ATMs. Headquartered in Boston, Santander is supervised by the Office of the Currency of the Comptroller and is FDIC insured under its legal name, Santander Bank, N.A. Santander in the United States is a wholly-owned, financially autonomous subsidiary of the Santander Group, a global commercial and retail bank. For more information about Santander in the United States, visit www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265.