|By Henry (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 9:12 am:|
|By Gail Thomas (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #593) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 9:53 am:|
I've never been able to use my Discover card there. Take a Master Card or Visa.
|By Faith M. Senie (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #628) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 10:13 am:|
American Express is gaining acceptance, too.
|By Henry (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 11:59 am:|
Thanks for your responses. I prefer to use Discover, but was concerned it would not be widely accepted in Bonaire. Thanks again
|By Geoffrey (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #121) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 12:27 pm:|
I would also suggest contacting your CC companies and tell them of your travel plans. This will avoid the problem of suspecting fraud when your card is processed far from home.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #13688) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 3:16 pm:|
Henry, also keep your credit card reciepts with your "valuables" a lot of places still leave the full credit card number on the reciept, and if you throw it away without destroying it first, it can be problem. There was a gal a while back who had her receipts in the bags with her purchases, and when she arrived home the bags were gone, and her credit card had been charged for a variety of internet purchase (and not by her)...
|By michael gaynor (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1905) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 4:47 pm:|
Discover is not accepted at a whole lot of places and American express while most places have the logo they will ask for another card since it takes so long for mercants to get paid and also if there is a dispute, it is next to impossible to settle that merchants would rather avoid them like a palague. Yes, do be sure to notify your card company that you will be using the card outside of the US since it is difficult to call them using WATS numbers.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5465) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 6:15 pm:|
I'm not sure what the fuss is about AMEX - we started taking credit cards for our art sales company (Bonaire Creations B.V., which offers the credit card processing at the Cinnamon Art Gallery on Bonaire), and the difference in time between processing AMEX and MC/VISA is about 2 days (AMEX taking longer). That's no great shakes, and we do find that most people making larger purchases seem to prefer using AMEX (I know I prefer using AMEX when I travel). In terms of the merchant percentages, it's about a .1% difference in fees - pretty negligible if it's going to make the customer feel more comfortable making a purchase. (I should note that we use MCB for our merchant card processing - maybe it's more difficult for merchants who use RBTT Bank.)
|By Ruth van Tilburg (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #366) on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 6:38 pm:|
Don't forget to check w/your CC co. re: foreign currency exchange "commissions." Some VISA cards are now charging the credit card holder a 3% fee on top of purchases made outside the USA (even if a purchase is charged to the VISA in US$, like most are here). Not exactly a nice souvenir of your trip.
|By Bill and Donna Goodwin (BonaireTalker - Post #97) on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 3:27 pm:|
Also you can get US dollars at the ATMs with no fee - maybe they get it in the exchange rate but it's not much if they do.
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