R visa prepaid gift cards hard to use? Especially at resturants ?
good question kath2me
could you email and ask the restaurants where you think you may use the gift cards?
supposedly, the VISA prepaid gift cards "should work" wherever VISA is accepted. they are supposed to be rung up just like a credit card. but what about the 2 or 3 or 4% foreign transaction fee? (i know some credit cards do not charge a foreign transaction fee) i have a Visa gift card in my wallet that i got from Bluegreen and I have been using it for grocery shopping.
I am not sure though i would chance it in Aruba.
some gift cards are useless in aruba
Dunkin Donuts Aruba does not accept the Dunkin cards for payment in Aruba.
Subway gift cards are also useless in Aruba.
(or at least in December they did not)
QUOTE=KATH2ME;220876]R visa prepaid gift cards hard to use? Especially at resturants ?[/QUOTE]
I just read the T&C that came with a VISA gift card I have. It says VISA will convert foreign currency charges using their conversion rates and may charge a 3% conversion fee.
Since many establishments in Aruba charge you in USD, this may not even be an issue.
I think these should work but individual businesses may not accept them.
So I wrote to Passion and Windows - they do not accept gift cards
Being I'm staying Radisson, I wrote them also - they do accept
Also the Radisson Larmiar spa, does not accept the Spa Finder gift cards, like they use to ( found that out my last trip )
I can't answer about using the gift cards in Aruba or the conversion fee.
I know here in the States if you use a visa gift card at any place where tips/gratuities are accepted (i.e., restaurants, hair salons), visa will automatically figure in the gratuity amount even if you pay the gratuity in cash. For instance, if you have a $50 gift card, and your tab comes to $50, you can only use the card for $41. The $9 (18% gratuity) is still on your card, but will have to be used in another transaction.