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    i had a visa gift card for $50, tried to use it at one of the restaurants (i think it was amadeus) and was not accepted, but our credit card was accepted.

    see if those gift cards can be turned into amex travelers checks prior to leaving ?

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    hmmm... OK thanks - I will see what I can do.
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    We had AMEX gift cards to certain restaurants - like Benihana and Ruth Chris. Neither would except them. I then looked into it and the AMEX restaurant gift cards could only be used in the U.S.

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    I might have a reason why gift cards aren't accepted. I recently found out that if a gift card is used at a business where tipping is involved (i.e., restaurant, hair salon, etc.), the gift card company allocates/figures in the tip (15% or 18%) when the card is processed. For example, if your bill came to $45 and you have a $50 gift card, it won't go through because $5 isn't a 15% or 18% tip on $45. If the gift card isn't used for the tip, the allocated amount for the tip will be "credited" back to the card. Hope that makes sense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Maine View Post
    We had AMEX gift cards to certain restaurants - like Benihana and Ruth Chris. Neither would except them. I then looked into it and the AMEX restaurant gift cards could only be used in the U.S.

    Thanks Kenny - I had a feeling I would have trouble with them down there.

    I will find another use!
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    Unhappy Amex

    I tried to use a amex gift card in Terra Del Sol would not accept, So I read the packet that comes with the gift it states not accepted internationally.....which stinks..

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