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    Marriott Black Visa also has no international use fees. Used it to buy timeshare at Surf Club and got quintiple Marriott Rewards points, about 120,000 points!
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    We budget $100 per day for casinos and we bring that in cash - gambling is a guilty pleasure for us, but on 2 trips to Aruba we haven't used the full gambling budget - there are too many other things to enjoy. We like fishing so I bring cash for the amount of the trip and tipping. For a weeklong trip I also bring $300 in small bills, broken down in 10's, 5's, 1's for taxis, bus, tipping, and miscellaneous purchases, maybe at a beach bar or Scott's Brats, or the stands over by Smokey Joes, or riding the tubes that are towed behind boats along Palm Beach. I prepay before we leave, online for Jolly Pirates - a must do for us. We put most of our meals on a credit card that earns cashback on every purchasee, which is more than the foreign transaction fee so I just don't worry about the fee. On our last trip, it ended up being about $10 in fees, which for the convenience of using our card, was fine with me. We set aside money in our savings to pay off the credit card when we get home.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Discover doesn't charge any foreign fees and I did give them my travel dates. Also taking a Mastercard as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    Discover doesn't charge any foreign fees and I did give them my travel dates. Also taking a Mastercard as well.
    Following the advice of all the savvy travelers here while getting ready for our trip next Friday (), we checked our credit card companies' transaction fee policies to figure out which ones to use while in Aruba. As posted above, Discover card was the only one we have that does not impose a fee on purchases. I was concerned that there might be limited restaurants that accept Discover, so did some research at the very helpful restaurantsaruba.com and found out that a few of the places we hoped to visit will take it. However! something that I didn't know until I was talking to the friendly Discover person, is that, if a restaurant accepts Diners Club cards, they should accept Discover. Turns out that Discover owns Diners Club and there is, in fact, a surprise for me, a little Diners Club logo on the back of our Discover card. So, the good news for us is that we'll be able to charge the cost of meals at several more of our possible restaurant choices without an extra ~3% fee being exacted. This may be old news for many here, 'cause apparently Discover bought Diners Club back in 2008, but thought it might be helpful for others who were similarly uninformed.

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    thanks for the info!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by janscaped View Post
    Following the advice of all the savvy travelers here while getting ready for our trip next Friday (), we checked our credit card companies' transaction fee policies to figure out which ones to use while in Aruba. As posted above, Discover card was the only one we have that does not impose a fee on purchases. I was concerned that there might be limited restaurants that accept Discover, so did some research at the very helpful restaurantsaruba.com and found out that a few of the places we hoped to visit will take it. However! something that I didn't know until I was talking to the friendly Discover person, is that, if a restaurant accepts Diners Club cards, they should accept Discover. Turns out that Discover owns Diners Club and there is, in fact, a surprise for me, a little Diners Club logo on the back of our Discover card. So, the good news for us is that we'll be able to charge the cost of meals at several more of our possible restaurant choices without an extra ~3% fee being exacted. This may be old news for many here, 'cause apparently Discover bought Diners Club back in 2008, but thought it might be helpful for others who were similarly uninformed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    thanks for the info!!!
    Andrea, Did you do an emoticon search?

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    hit POST REPLY

    then look to the right at the SMILIES
    click the [More]
    you will find some extras in there (for example)

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    Never Enough

    How much do we take---never enough A few years ago the casino gods were looking down on me so we came home with more than we went down with after all of the cash expenditures. That was probably a once every few years experience. We shall see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    hit POST REPLY

    then look to the right at the SMILIES
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    .... now I remember.... thx!

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    As a reminder, most restaurants charge your credit card in USD so there would be no currency conversion fee charged.

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