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    We took $1500 in cash and charged the rental jeep. Worked out pretty good.

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    Ask yourself: how much can you afford to spend a day, plus $50 for food in Airport, on the way home.....: doh:

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    I don't mean this to be rude or insulting, but it seems to me travelers checks are outmoded. What's the benefit of TC over a credit card? A disadvantage is that you have to pay for TC. Some places that take credit cards won't take TC.

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    benefit of TC
    if lost they can be replaced

    some places issue them free (my credit union issues up to $5000 ) without a fee

    credit cards......some cards have a foreign transaction fee

    you are not being rude
    legit questions!!
    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    I don't mean this to be rude or insulting, but it seems to me travelers checks are outmoded. What's the benefit of TC over a credit card? A disadvantage is that you have to pay for TC. Some places that take credit cards won't take TC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    I don't mean this to be rude or insulting, but it seems to me travelers checks are outmoded. What's the benefit of TC over a credit card? A disadvantage is that you have to pay for TC. Some places that take credit cards won't take TC.
    I don't use them, but I think the rational behind them is its to replace the use of cash for people who are not using a credit card... I personally don't use credit cards on vacation (actually ever) because I seem to stick to a budget better with cash... but if you have more discipline then me then it seems like credit cards are probably the way to go

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    Travelers Checks

    No worry about getting lost or stolen.
    No fee to turn into cash (need cash for taxis, casino).
    Free at many banks or AAA.
    Makes it easier to track trip budget.
    Fraud free.
    Some credit cards have international fee mark-up.

    Last trip I took (for two weeks, party of 4):
    $2000 travelers checks
    $700 cash
    credit card
    debit card

    spent all of the travelers checks
    had $300 cash left over at end of trip
    charged about $700 (jewelry, timeshare check-out)
    also charged my Surf Club timeshare purchase with my Marriott Black Card, got over 120,000 bonus rewards points!
    Please contact via e-mail at arubarennowner@gmail.com



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    Travelers Checks were the way to go before CC became so commonplace. Now I see them as no longer needed. However, if they are what you are most comfortable with, there's no reason to change.

    If my CC gets lost or stolen, a phone call cancels and replaces it. If you pick the right CC there are no foreign Txn. fees. I get a printed statement of all my charges for the trip or I can go online at any time and view charges. I get points for using my CC. Those very same points are going to pay for this winter's airfare to Aruba!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    Travelers Checks were the way to go before CC became so commonplace. Now I see them as no longer needed. However, if they are what you are most comfortable with, there's no reason to change.
    So there you have it....there is no right answer! Travelers Checks and Credit Cards both have their place. You should consider one, the other, or a blend of the two! Debit Cards and Cash work too.

    I'll stand behind my recommendation of a blend of all of the above....we typically use travelers checks, cash and credit cards each trip, using the debit card for a back-up only.

    Two important things to note:

    1. Inform your credit card (or debit card) company of your travel plans before you travel or you may find yourself "shut off".

    2. Personal checks are worthless.
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    Most credit cards have a 3% international fee for all charges. Make sure to call and check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trip-planner View Post
    Most credit cards have a 3% international fee for all charges. Make sure to call and check.
    Capital One Venture Card. Double points and no international currency conversion fee. Besides, just about all places in Aruba charge your CC in USD.

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