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Canadian Credit Cards Many fuel dispensers in the USA (for sure in Hawaii, apparently elsewhere in the USA as well) accept the numbers-only from the postal code of a Canadian billing address followed by two zeros. So, if your Canadian billing address is right beside Schwartz's Deli in Montreal where the postal code is H2W 1L2, you would enter '21200'. ...


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First of all, it doesn't matter where you're flying from. What really matter is what airline you are flying with, so the short answer is: it depends. Some airlines, in an attempt to fight frauds, may ask you to show the card and if you fail to do so they CAN refuse to embark you. I once flew Royal Jordanian from Milano Malpensa to Amman and I was asked to ...


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If you pay by Dollar (or home currency) The hotel will add a charge for this, hence you will be paying more. If you pay by local currency the exchange rate will be decided by the credit card company or bank. These exchange rates are much better than the hotel rates. Check this Visa page for more information regarding this service for Visa holders. AFAIK, ...


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Try a credit union. Many of them boast surcharge-free ATMs. Lots of smaller banks don't collect surcharges either. Those that don't often will have a big sign saying so near the ATM. The Credit Union National Association, the Independent Community Bankers Association and The Co-Op Network all have ATM locators on their Web sites. Ask for cash-back when ...


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Mastercard, hands down. If you want a card to make payments abroad, your choice is between Mastercard and Visa, especially in Europe. Other cards are much less commonly accepted (and in fact quite rare there). American Express cards can be good for their perks: cash back, insurance, miles, rewards, whatever but not for convenience when travelling… You could ...


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If you try and use the contactless Oyster twice in a row (ie to let a second person through on your card) for a trip from A to B, it'll error. You're required to touch out first before you can touch in again, and then the first person wouldn't be allowed to travel as they've touched out at A. Source: TFL official site: Number of people using an Oyster ...


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Tourists planning to visit the UK can actually buy a Visitor Oyster card in their home countries, if they live in one of 24 countries where local travel agents sell the cards. For instance, people in the US can visit Rail Europe or VisitBritain Shop to purchase a Visitor Oyster card before leaving. If you aren't in one of those countries, the TfL Visitor ...


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UK Credit Cards I have a UK credit card and have had mixed results using my card at the pump. Sometimes no ZIP code is asked for and it works fine. Also, sometimes entering 00000 does work (I'm guessing because it's not subsequently using the ZIP code entered). In about 80% of cases, though (and it does seem to vary as to where in the US you are), I've had ...


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The classical way to go about this is to leave cash on the table. Your receipt will usually come in either a receipt-wallet (left), or a small plate of some kind (right): After you pay for the meal, drop the tip in there. Usually this means that the waiter who attended you will collect the tip, before clearing the table for the next customers. You can ...


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In continental Europe, use cash, nothing else. That's a simple rule you should follow, all other discussions are a distraction. There are some differences between countries but generally speaking tipping on the credit card is highly unusual, in most countries you won't find any routine way to add a tip on the bill and many people will not know what to do if ...


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First of all, it depends on why your card is retained. I can think of at least three common situations: You have entered a wrong PIN too many times. Your issuing bank has decided to cancel and retain your card, e.g. because you have exceeded your credit limit and they want to prevent you from charging the card at "offline merchants". This may of course be ...


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One Person per Journey for all Contactless Methods To add on to @MarkMayo's answer, the same rules apply for payment across all contactless methods (Oyster and Contactless-card): you can pay for only one person per journey with contactless methods. Quoting from TFL's website on the topic: Touching in and out [...] Like Oyster, you can only pay ...


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In short: no. Mostly, credit card acceptance in Germany is still the exception rather than the norm. There are a couple of places, however, where you can expect at least Visa and MC to be accepted, most notably ATMs and gas stations. Be prepared to pay in cash everywhere else.


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In general, when using your card abroad you get charged (some) of the following fees Currency exchange fee A fee levied by your bank for using your card abroad A fee levied by the ATM operator In your case (1) will not apply because the currency is the same, but (2) and (3) might still apply. (2) you need to check with your bank, and you should be ...


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Per http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/payments/crossborder/index_en.htm cross-border payments in Euro within the Eurozone must not be treated differently from national (inter-bank) transactions in Euro. This also applies to ATM fees. This means that your bank is only allowed to charge fees similar to those for national ATM use at another bank. Examples ...


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German Credit Cards I've had mixed results with German credit cards. Since we also have 5 digits ZIP codes, the match should be fairly easy. However, on some occasions it worked perfectly, while on others it didn't and I had to see the cashier. All in all, there doesn't seem to be any kind of rule or system - at least not to me.


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When paying for a purchase, be sure to make the cashier aware that you are using a U.S. style credit card which requires them to swipe the card and for you to sign for the purchase. Although U.S. style credit cards are no longer issued in the United Kingdom and Ireland, most cash registers are still equipped to process transactions this way. You may, ...


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Credit cards are definitely NOT widely accepted in Japan. It was slightly better than I'd heard - I'd heard not at all, but I went last year (including Osaka). Essentially, it was easiest to take some cash (As much as you're willing to have on your person), and then go to either a post office or 7-Eleven shops - they have ATMs that allow you to use foreign ...


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One option would be to bring cash with you, convert it to Iranian currency and then buy something called "Gift Card" from a bank. You can easily obtain them from most of the well-known banks without having an account. You can use these cards to buy stuff almost anywhere within the country. They are also password protected and only the owner can use them. In ...


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Short answer: no. Even paying with a credit card at all is optional as American Airlines accepts PayPal. Your mother may be asked to present a credit card if she is presented with the option of an upgrade and wants to take advantage of it and she may be asked for a credit card if she wants to buy snacks on the flight but she does not need to present the ...


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If only need a "OV-chipkaart" for the train, you don't actually need one. can just order the train tickets online and print it at home on paper. If you need it for the busses, metro, and tram, you indeed need to charge it. Personally I have a OV-chipkaart which is connected to my train reduction card. For about 50 euros per year, you get 40% discount on ...


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I would be very surprised if you managed to find an ATM that did not charge you a fee. US card holders are also charged fees if we use an ATM that is not the same bank as our card. Then we usually get a fee from both banks: the ATM's and our bank (for not using one of their ATMs). Some non-US banks that branches in the US; I think that would be the only ...


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You're confused: requiring the expiration date and the 3- or 4-digit code at the back has nothing to do with being a “US credit card”. Girocard is a German payment network. It can only be used to pay for things in Germany. You can't use it in other countries, European or otherwise. Many Girocard cards are simultaneously Maestro or V PAY cards. Those are ...


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According to several sites online, most taxis will take credit cards in Frankfurt. However, as the third link suggests, it's always worth checking with the driver first to ensure that a) they take credit cards and b) whether or not there are any fees associated with doing so: Always confirm with your Frankfurt Airport taxi driver if they take credit ...


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In the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany its very common to tell the waiter, make it (Price+ Price * 5-10%) euro. Then they will simply input this in there credit card reader, and it get's sorted at the end of the day. (Your tip is divided along all staff working during your visit.) Source: I live in The Netherlands close to the Belgium and German border, ...


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What Mark Mayo said is basically correct. Some other tips/notes: You should have no problems making purchases with a credit card in any petrol station in Bulgaria. Same applies to international chains such as McDonalds, Subway, Billa, Metro, Lidl etc. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants, as well as clothing and apparel stores will usually accept credit ...


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I have a friend of a friend who used a prepaid AMIGO TRAVEL CLUB card in Cuba. They are a bank in Antigua and he was able to open an account online as an American citizen. I think this also involved e-mailing them a copy of his passport and driver's license. Once the account is open, you can charge the account by wire transfer from your bank and then ...


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Some airlines do some silly restrictions, Check this FAQ: Can someone else purchase and pay for my ticket on line?. They do this to fight unauthorized usage of credit cards. It is silly because you can buy the same airline ticket from other airline tickets website without this credit-card restriction.


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According to the online instructions (English or Dutch), you can only pay with iDeal, which is a system for online bank transactions in the Netherlands. From this, I conclude that it is not possible to pay with credit card (this is surprising to me) and thus not without a Dutch bank account. Additional info: online tickets are not cheaper in the ...


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It is indeed impossible to buy tickets online at the website of the Dutch railways. One exception is maybe the international subdivision HISpeed, but only if your journey involves crossing a border. You could though buy your Dutch railway tickets online at the Belgian Railways. They use the same booking systems, and the online tickets have the same format. ...



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