how to carry money?
Replies: 86 - Last Post: Oct 26, 2012 3:08 AM Last Post By: BOOMER1
Oct 8, 2012 7:40 AM
30#30 What's happening at "BAC" is not Skimming, pin-hole cameras ect, their Data Lines have been compromised very different. They by-pass The Daily Limits and PayPal has also been used. What bothers me is that this has been happening for years and as far as I know it still happens. I personally know of 6 people who were severely ripped-off. My bank will reimburse but after 90 days, not good sitting here for 3 months w/o $$$
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Oct 9, 2012 3:54 AM
35Currency or Pre-Pay cards are a good idea but offer exactly the same protection of your funds as any others. Their main benefit is excellent exchange rates and no ATM charges but NOTE: you can't use them to "hold" charges such as hotel reservation or car hire as they will only work where the system debits the card in full immediately...
Oct 9, 2012 6:38 AM
36The biggest problem I had in Antigua was not being able to get ENOUGH money for something (can't remember what.... Shipping maybe?) because of the interlinked 5B network. Use the ATMs. Cover your hand when you put your PIN in. Have an alternative esp a different network ie a visa and a MasterCard. Carry a bit of backup cash in USD and Q. Travelers cheques? No.
Oct 9, 2012 7:08 AM
37indocinedreams - Not being able to get enough money from ATMs would be an ongoing problem for me when I'm traveling with a group in tow. That's where traveler's checques come in handiest. Surprisingly, quite a few places in CA still accept them and there's nothing easier than signing over traveler's checques when it comes to paying a big tab at a Spanish school, hotel, or dive shop. They're a pain to cash in a bank (I haven't done that for years) but I'll continue to pack them along for places that accept them and for back up since they're replaceable if lost or stolen. They're like dinosaurs that aren't quite extinct yet. ;-)
Oct 9, 2012 7:26 AM
Oct 9, 2012 10:07 AM
39Stacey it shocks me to learn that you of all people frequent dive shops, and even more shocking is that such places would even consider cashing a travelers cheque.
Jewelry shops probably, any shop within two blocks of Parque Central in Antigua, of course, the McDonalds in Xela, without a doubt. But dive shops? I'd sooner try to pass one off on a pupusa vendor along Calle Santander.
Oct 9, 2012 10:15 AM
40Now as for answering the pertinent OP question, I never go into an ATM without one of these babies .
Oct 9, 2012 10:43 AM
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Oct 9, 2012 5:37 PM
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