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June 28, 2016
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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?
Cheers

July 3, 2016
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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.

Jim

July 4, 2016
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I'd like to say thanks for that tip too.

Maureen doing the route next month!!!

July 6, 2016
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wanted33 said

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.

Jim

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.

July 7, 2016
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If you happen to run short on cash along the way, most any bank in the USA can help. And there seems to be an ATM machine on every corner you pass, not literally but there are great many out there.

July 24, 2016
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We have just been , and rode Route 66...
We found all the motels took the cards .. But it does help to have cash for the tips and mostly when you get gas you have to leave the credit card with the attendant while you fill your tank...
Awesome ride .. You'll love it

August 15, 2016
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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.

August 16, 2016
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BM007 said
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.

August 20, 2016
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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.

Hylton
ps - doing 66 Chicago to LA in September this year and will be taking the cards again.

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