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travels checks? #101391
06/26/2016 10:39 PM
06/26/2016 10:39 PM
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EDARGUS Offline OP
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Leaving in a week- my question is it still a bit of a problem using travels checks on the island? Thanks

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Re: travels checks? [Re: EDARGUS] #101392
06/26/2016 10:50 PM
06/26/2016 10:50 PM
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Brookfield, CT.
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During our December trip I had a few hundred dollar denomination checks left from a previous trip and I had no problem using them. We did find a few places that didn't accept them but those places all accepted credit cards so it wasn't a big deal. You can definitely still cash them at the larger grocery stores and at the casinos but you must provide your picture ID if I'm not mistaken. One of the places that wouldn't accept them any longer happened to be our favorite restaurant and he explained to us it wasn't his policy but the policy of the bank he does business with and we subsequently heard this from several other businesses, too, so I suspect that is the reason though I really don't understand the banks reasoning in the first place.

While I have no problem getting them from our local Webster Bank, and free of charge at that, I'm told lately the hardest part of using TCs these days is finding them in the first place. So good luck on all counts. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."
Re: travels checks? [Re: pat] #101393
06/27/2016 04:50 AM
06/27/2016 04:50 AM
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Conway, SC 29526
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AAA supplies TC's <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Joy.gif" alt="" /> free of charge.

Re: travels checks? [Re: bigbobthib] #101394
06/27/2016 08:20 AM
06/27/2016 08:20 AM
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Traveler's Checks are going the way of the dinosaurs.

I travel all over the world and hardly carry any cash. I use a combination of credit cards (with no foreign transaction fees), debit cards and my ATM card for those few instances when I need cash in local currency.

Re: travels checks? [Re: Fletch] #101395
06/27/2016 09:14 AM
06/27/2016 09:14 AM
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Brookfield, CT.
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Fletch said:
Traveler's Checks are going the way of the dinosaurs.

I travel all over the world and hardly carry any cash. I use a combination of credit cards (with no foreign transaction fees), debit cards and my ATM card for those few instances when I need cash in local currency.


Fletch is absolutely correct but there are still a few of us "human Dino's" still able to travel and for which old habits die hard. It's far easier and more comfortable to transport cash in the form of TCs for some of us at a certain age level. Truth is, whatever your choice, make it be comfortable for yourself because in the end, it really is a matter of whatever works for you.


Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."
Re: travels checks? [Re: pat] #101396
06/27/2016 10:33 AM
06/27/2016 10:33 AM
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I have to chuckle a bit because I'm one of those "human Dino's" (and know how old habits die hard) but I managed to make the leap to being "almost" cashless.

Re: travels checks? [Re: Fletch] #101397
06/27/2016 10:39 AM
06/27/2016 10:39 AM
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Fletch said:
I have to chuckle a bit because I'm one of those "human Dino's" (and know how old habits die hard) but I managed to make the leap to being "almost" cashless.


We're workin' on it........ <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/jester.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/jester.gif" alt="" />


Respectfully,

pat



"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat
them."
Re: travels checks? [Re: EDARGUS] #101398
06/27/2016 11:07 AM
06/27/2016 11:07 AM
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We use ATM's.
We don't like using credit cards any longer. Someone is always having a problem with fraudulent charges.

We decided to use one (one time) on our last trip and the card got shut down due to fraud. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Yikes.gif" alt="" />
We always alert the CC company, so that they know we are away and there was still a problem.

Re: travels checks? [Re: bigbobthib] #101399
06/27/2016 11:24 AM
06/27/2016 11:24 AM
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Royersford, PA (30m NW of Phil...
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Our local AAA hasn't had them for a few years. Our bank stopped offering them even before that, as did the Amex store in the mall and even the Amex website. We always felt that they were the safest, most convenient way to go. Currency has been made harder and harder to counterfeit, I wish TC's could also.


"In a yellow El Camino, listening to Howlin' Wolf" - Lucinda
Re: travels checks? [Re: Biturbo] #101400
06/27/2016 03:14 PM
06/27/2016 03:14 PM
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Virginia
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I can't believe they are still around. I thought they went out with pagers.

Re: travels checks? [Re: Artemus] #101401
06/27/2016 03:28 PM
06/27/2016 03:28 PM
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Yup...still around...and you know what I heard the other day? There are still some people that actually travel to A BANK to deposit a check....how weird is that? <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/duh.gif" alt="" />

<img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" />

Last edited by boucharda; 06/27/2016 03:29 PM.
Re: travels checks? [Re: boucharda] #101402
06/27/2016 03:36 PM
06/27/2016 03:36 PM
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Most places on the French side don't take them because the places where they bank don't take them.

Last edited by JulieandKarl; 06/27/2016 03:37 PM.
Re: travels checks? [Re: boucharda] #101403
06/27/2016 04:54 PM
06/27/2016 04:54 PM
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Rhode Island
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boucharda said:
Yup...still around...and you know what I heard the other day? There are still some people that actually travel to A BANK to deposit a check....how weird is that? <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/duh.gif" alt="" />

<img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" />


we do that. And guess why? We don't have a smart phone. Heck, we don't even use social media. This forum is as far as we get. LOL

Re: travels checks? [Re: RonDon] #101404
06/27/2016 05:04 PM
06/27/2016 05:04 PM
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I definitely don't do social media but I wouldn't be a happy person without my smartphone.... <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/toast.gif" alt="" />

Re: travels checks? [Re: RonDon] #101405
06/27/2016 05:04 PM
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EDARGUS Offline OP
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Thank you all for your thoughts- I will now join the new age of traveling- no more dino

Re: travels checks? [Re: EDARGUS] #101406
06/28/2016 04:38 PM
06/28/2016 04:38 PM
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Rhode Island
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Good news is haven't heard lately of any fraud at the arm's in SXM. One year it was rampant.

Re: travels checks? [Re: RonDon] #101407
06/29/2016 10:19 AM
06/29/2016 10:19 AM
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We have had more credit card fraud incidents in the states. Never a problem in 15 trips. We only use two ATM's. At the airport when we arrive and the one at Credit Mutuel (sp?) in Hope Estates


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