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Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

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Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

Hi all

I know they're pretty old fashioned now but are travellers' cheques still easily changeable in Vegas casinos? Over the last few years I've found the ATM's to be hard to track down there and when I have found one I've had problems with cards being blocked despite letting the banks know where I was. I found travellers cheques to be the best option but what does everyone else think?

Many thanks in advance for your help

Iain, London

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1. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

They're easy to cash at casino's. Casino's are keen for you to have money in your pocket, at least at the start of your night !

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2. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

My recent experience is that they are still widely accepted but not as commonly used as in the past - because they are not used as frequently I've found more places ask for photo ID when you try to use them.

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3. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

I always bring them - I've never had a problem cashing them.

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4. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

No problems at all. We get ours in $500 denominations. Husband has his & I have mine. I just cash one each morning at cashier window. Easy to keep up with my daily allowance.

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5. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

No problems in Casino's & covered by insurance if lost

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6. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

We had no problems using them last year and will get them again. To me they are the best way to go to prevent theft like some are saying is happening.

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7. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

.. I have seen people on TA having problems with ATM's but I have never had a problem with them.. Do you get a worse rate cashing cheques than ATM's..

I haven't travelled with them in years

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8. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

We go to Las Vegas 2-3 times a year and have done so for the last 15 years. We have used travellers cheques each and every time in Las Vegas with no problem whatsoever. ID is sometimes asked for and maybe an occasional request for a fingerprint protects our cheques IMO.

Our credit union does not even charge for them. I have heard that some banks balk at the purchase request of those, but our credit union happily complies with my request to purchase them without comment.

My opinion is that this is safest way to bring money to Las Vegas.

Edited: 29 July 2012, 14:45
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9. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

Thanks guys for your advice,

I've taken them in the past but I just needed to check after hearing they were becoming much less common these days.

I will definitely bring some travellers cheques this time too.

Many thanks

Iain, London

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10. Re: Are travellers' cheques still widely accepted in Vegas?

As long as you can get them Iain, you will be fine. In many places in the U.S. you can no longer even purchase them. Even many AAA offices no longer carry them (like my regional ones). But if you can get them and fees are not excessive - DO!

Do NOT get a 'travel card' - this is what our travelers check company went to instead of checks - however you had to pay very high fees if you used an ATM, high fees to cash out the final value, etc. Those were so unpopular with our customers we finally discontinued them. No one in town sells TC's any longer & the two AAA offices 50 miles away do not either.

As always make sure you keep the register/numbers separate from the checks. People used to keep them all together & then when they were stolen, they had no information to get them re-issued!!! I think I would probably e-mail myself the information if I were buying them now so I could obtain the numbers at a computer at a business center if I needed to replace them.

You should be fine at an ATM if you contact your bank prior to leaving. Many times foreign countries are blocked (with us even Canada is blocked) by default. It's a lot easier to call them prior to leaving than when you arrive. Make sure you know your PIN number for a withdrawal. Fees at most ATMs are about $5 for a withdrawal. If you do NOT know your PIN & have to do it as a cash advance, then you are subject to % fees & this is where people are complaining about fees like $40. Also make sure you know what the fees your own bank charges are before you use the ATM. Most all card networks are accepted at Vegas ATMs - there are TONS of them displayed on the machine.

Also - Casino Royale I believe has an ATM with a lot smaller fee, but for me it's never been worth it to walk that far to save $4.

If you can't find the ATM at the casino - just ask. Sometimes it's actually in the same machine as the ticket redemption near the cashier. Other times there is one in a separate area too (like Paris - in the back hall bathrooms near the theater).