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Taking currency

We are coming from the UK - what is best way to take your money? Used to take travellers cheques but don't think these exist anymore?

Penrith, United...
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Travellers cheques do exist, personally i just take cash and keep it in the safe . I'd also take a credit card.

Newcastle, United...
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They still exist and never go out of date!

You can change them at the casino cage without a problem but aren't as popular as they were.

Most people take a credit card which doesn't charge fees in the US or a pre paid cash card.

You'll need some cash too of course!

Liverpool,
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Oh any idea where I can get them from

Newcastle, United...
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I personally use the Thomas Cook cash passport. It's loaded with $5,000 which I use for shopping, restaurants and show tickets etc.

We're also taking $3,000 in cash.

If I need to get more cash off the card, I take $500 at a time out of the ATM as you get charged $5 for each transaction.

Others suggest the Fairfax pre paid card(amongst others) instead.

There's also a variety of credit cards which don't charge a fee for use in the US such as The Post Office credit card.

There's loads of different ways to take your money and there's lots of threads on here. Try doing a search, but I'm sure there'll be plenty along soon to help you further.

Cheers

Davy !!!

Liverpool, UK
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"Oh any idea where I can get them from"

Numerous locations such as Post Office, Thomas Cook or any major bank - you can even order online from the likes of Marks and Spencer's or Sainsbury's and have then delivered to your home.

Sturgeon Bay...
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I now take most of my money in the form of travelers checks. Extremely safe and easily cashed in any casino. I do take some cash to get me to the hotel and to the airport for tips. have fun

Phoenix, AZ
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Heading the other way, USA to UK, I rely on my credit cards almost exclusively (especially the ones with no Foreign Transaction Fees), and then about £400 for incidentals. Now, after a week, or so, I usually have plenty of £'s left over, but know that in six mos. I will be back in the UK.

Good luck and travel safely,

Hunt

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Hi leanne_gerrard,

My wife and I were in Vegas for the first time in April and we took a little money changed to dollars and the rest on a pre-paid Thomson Dollar travel card.

This is the up to date version of travellers cheques, you simply pre-pay your spending money onto the card and use it like a credit card.

Since the card is the American dollar version (you can get Euro Card etc) then you will not get charged when using it to pay for things, very simple and a good way to keeping it seperate from your bank account or credit cards you use at home.

Again like travellers cheques it will be covered if you lose it.

the only time you get charged is when using ATM to lift money i think it was $3 per transaction, i minimised these charges by lifting the full daily amount when using it, this way i had $300 that i could use for smaller purchases i.e. buying drinks or food instead of using the card or using it for gambling.

if you use your credit card in vegas you will get charged a transaction fee depending on your bank etc and you will get charged a conversion fee from dollars to pounds so it worth looking around to see whos cards are best for you!

hope this helps

Mark

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have a look on moneysavingexpert.com there is loads of advice about how best to get travel money

Luton, United...
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For my upcoming Vegas visit I will be taking a chunk of cash in dollars for gambling (divided into envelopes for each day), plus I have a Halifax Clarity CC which charges no transaction or conversion fees, plus a separate stash of £ as emergency money. Usually I don't need the £ and bring them home again, and pay for meals etc with the CC.

I tried a pre-paid debit card before, but found it difficult at times to find an ATM that would accept it. Mind you, we were touring in a fairly rural area....