I leave for R66 in about 3 weeks and have a question about card acceptance on the road. I have a decent credit card that doesn't charge for use abroad. My plan is to get a few dollars ($50 or so) at the airport for tips etc but mainly use the creditcard for everything else. Its a Mastercard if that matters.
So was wondering if most hotels/motels/restaurants/Gas stations will accept card? Should I get the dollars before I leave?
Mastercard is accepted everywhere in the USA my friend. However, I suggest you get a little more cash to have on hand. Some of the older establishments ran by individuals may not accept any type of credit cards. They operate on a small profit, and can't afford the fees. Enjoy your journey.
So Mastercard is accepted everywhere except some places....hah.
I get what you mean though, thanks for the advice 🙂 I shall get some more cash out at the airport then.
I ended up taking some cash but found almost everywhere took card but at the Gas stations they all seemed to require entry of a Zip code and of course I didnt have one not being a US citizen so I would go in and prepay for Gas and then any left over money gets refunded back to the card.
I forgot about the gas pumps needing the zip code. I'm happy to hear you found a solution for that. I hope you had a great trip my friend.
Our last USA trip saw us taking 'Cash Passports' which essentially are pre-loaded cash payment cards. Load up your ££ (or whatever currency you have) at home and off you go. Can use cashpoints (auto tellers), payment in shops, cafes, bars, hotels etc.... and we NEVER had them rejected once anywhere.
Good thing is you get 2 cards...both with individual pin numbers. And if you happen to lose both they guarantee you a 24 hr turnaround for replacements.
This may help those in the UK who are venturing west this year.
ps - doing 66 Chicago to LA in September this year and will be taking the cards again.