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Another question mainly for Brits.

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Another question mainly for Brits.

Has any used the prepayment type holiday cards from Thomas Cook or Thomson where I can put my Dollars on before I leave, I was hoping to bring most of my spending money this way and just bring a few hundred Dollars in small bills for tipping and small buys.

I have been told recently even though they are accepted every where in Florida and New York they are not widely used in Las Vegas.

Thanks Sue.

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1. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

Couple of my mates used one of them cards.

You get charge $4.99 per transaction (from US cash point) and you dont get a balance. They say they text you your balance - no one got a text. It was a pain as they never knew how much they had left AND because of the time difference to the UK you can only take out $300 a day. A day being in UK time NOT VEGAS.

For the sake of a couple pounds just use your cash card.

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2. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

I was planning on using one for our trip next year, but there seems to be bad reviews on here for them in vegas...... not sure what to do.... as we dont want to be carrying loads of dollars about??

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3. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

I was planning on using one for our trip next year, but there seems to be bad reviews on here for them in vegas...... not sure what to do.... as we dont want to be carrying loads of dollars about??

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4. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

I recommend the Caxton Card which offers a higher rate (usually, at least), no charge for using the ATM and where you can get a balance and see your transactions online. You can also load your card by phone, text or online.

I had no problems using it in Vegas - unlike my bank card from home thanks to the bank not recording that I was going to use it in Vegas! The Caxton Card is great, very easy to use. I just checked my balance on my iPod in wi-fi areas and loaded the card with more money when necessary.

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5. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

I used a fairFX one last time, mostly due to the cashback offer(currently £5 on topcashback, theres another that gives £7).

Used it to buy things with but only used it to take cash out with once (due to not being able to work out the fee situation).

Might take another next time for food/shopping, but will mostly take cash.

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6. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

Ive not heard of a "caxton card" before... are they UK based... where do you get one of those?

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7. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

http://www.caxtonfxcard.com/

Foreign currency experts Caxton FX receive top marks from consumers in Which? Magazine’s latest foreign currency report.

Caxton FX went head to head against big named brands such as M&S Money, the Post Office and Travelex and were voted the number one foreign currency outlet by its customers.

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8. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

I have used a Thomas Cook cash passport and never had any problems. They are good to use in shops and restaurants. Just dont forget your pin! We had a mad panic in Manchester airport trying to find out what our pin was thinking we were going to be hundreds of dollars down all holiday! I gave him one job...! Ha ha.

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9. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

Moneycorp do an Explorer Card.

it is Visa based and can be used wherever Visa is accepted.

You can load 200-1600 quid on it and no ATM charges.

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10. Re: Another question mainly for Brits.

So I'm an old-fashioned AmEx Travellers Cheques gal :)

I always buy them in US Dollars, usually from the Post Office or M&S. I like the fact that they can be spent like cash almost everywhere - I can't recall ever having one refused. Change is paid in dollars, and they're easily cashed, (without having to worry about exchange rates) at any casino cage, if you want to have some 'real money'.

The security aspect also appeals to me. You lose cash, it's gone. Lose your TC's and they'll bring replacements to you within 24 hours or less.

I quite like having my holiday spending budget completely separate from my bank account - I'm not keen on having the ability to 'top-up' from my debit card at any time ;)

A combination of USD Cash and USD TCs works for incidentals, but the majority of our spending on restaurants, shows, etc happens on our Credit Cards.