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Old 06-27-2009, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I'm sorry about another thread about this. I've looked at the older ones and nothing seems to answer my question. It's actually a question for a friend.

Once you're in canada, can you use your regular U.S. credit card to pump gas? do they have the same system as here in the U.S.? do they accept U.S. dollars or should he bring canadian money with him?

it's going to be his first time, hence all the stupid questions.

he'll be driving from columbus, OH to Homer, AK

Any other advice would be great!
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Most US credit cards will work. However, check with the card issuer. Some of them charge a foreign transaction fee every single time you use them. I found it easier and more cost efficent to just exchange US dollars for Canadian at a Canadian bank. That way when it cost me $50 to fill up the truck with gas I just handed them a Canadian $50 bill. If you give them the same in US you may or may not get change back. Some places didn't want to give you much of an exchange rate.
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Old 06-27-2009, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Most US credit cards will work. However, check with the card issuer. Some of them charge a foreign transaction fee every single time you use them. I found it easier and more cost efficent to just exchange US dollars for Canadian at a Canadian bank. That way when it cost me $50 to fill up the truck with gas I just handed them a Canadian $50 bill. If you give them the same in US you may or may not get change back. Some places didn't want to give you much of an exchange rate.
that answers my question perfectly - thank you very much!
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Most of the gas stations in Canada don't have pumps like the states do, no credit card slots, they're all old fashioned metered pumps. This is in the smaller towns the farther north you go. In cities across the borders from the lower 48 you do have some credit card pumps, but they don't take "foreign" cards from the states. You will have to bring the card in to have them turn the pump on and then pay for it inside. The credit card companies do the exchange conversion for you. If he does need cash, use the debit card in a ATM machine. I used my debit card all the way down and back to Montana last month and had no problems.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Most of the gas stations in Canada don't have pumps like the states do, no credit card slots, they're all old fashioned metered pumps. This is in the smaller towns the farther north you go. In cities across the borders from the lower 48 you do have some credit card pumps, but they don't take "foreign" cards from the states. You will have to bring the card in to have them turn the pump on and then pay for it inside. The credit card companies do the exchange conversion for you. If he does need cash, use the debit card in a ATM machine. I used my debit card all the way down and back to Montana last month and had no problems.
We used debit cards too without a problem when came up 2 years ago, but it might be a good idea to let his bank know he will be in Canada. We had 1 stopped because the bank assumed it was stolen with Canadian charges coming in.
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Yep, we contacted the bank the day we left, they appreciated it. We didn't find many places that accept Discover but Visa, MC and Amex are all taken at most places in Canada. We withdrew $300 from an ATM when we crossed the border and paid with most stuff using cash cause you get a better rate that way (our visa with Chase charged 3% on each transaction). At the last gas station before the border (Destruction Bay for us I think) I paid him the last of my cash and put the rest on credit. No problems at all anywhere in Canada (other than gas being $.95-1.20 per liter - 3.89 liters per gallon).
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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quote=quakinator;9515572]Yep, we contacted the bank the day we left, they appreciated it. We didn't find many places that accept Discover but Visa, MC and Amex are all taken at most places in Canada. We withdrew $300 from an ATM when we crossed the border and paid with most stuff using cash cause you get a better rate that way (our visa with Chase charged 3% on each transaction). At the last gas station before the border (Destruction Bay for us I think) I paid him the last of my cash and put the rest on credit. No problems at all anywhere in Canada (other than gas being $.95-1.20 per liter - 3.89 liters per gallon).[/quote]


Ya did it....
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I did the same thing at Haines Junction, I had about 40CAD's left and used it for gas and a few knickknacks.
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