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Airports are stressful

At London Gatwick for the flight to Dublin where I will have to reclaim and store Froinlavin for that overnight. At least I will know where Froinlavin is.

When I went to buy a Thameslink train ticket the machine declined my credit card. I would like to know what's up with that but have a feeling it may be hard to check until I am back in the US. After a certain amount of traveling the feeling of hemorrhaging money gets old. I have a troublingly high credit limit so the decline makes me nervous.

Lots of places in the UK offer to convert your transaction to $USD for you. I have used a mixed strategy so I will be curious to see who offers the better rate. My credit union, most likely.

Ireland uses Euros, eh? British pounds (£) have not been a particularly good deal.

Moving house at the end of October is not going to be cheap, either.

I suspect I will feel slightly better about things once I get home and have a chance to draw up a plan.

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annikusrex
Aug. 26th, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)
I bet you don't have a chip credit card, or you don't have a chip-and-PIN credit card yet. All of Europe has switched, but it's usually only a problem for US credit cards at automatic ticket sales stations. Nothing to do with your credit limit!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 26th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
I was about to say the same thing.
I would see if there's a toll-free number you could call from the airport, though...

Hotels put a $100 a night preauthorization on your card and it can take up to a week for that to go away. It's probably $200 now, I'm thinking in 1993 terms.
rebeccmeister
Aug. 26th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)

I called my silly credit union and somehow they claimed that all the cards they issue are chip-and-pin...but they lied! After this overly angsty post I both used my card again successfully and verified that my bank account hasn't been drained. I was a little worried that they might have frozen my account due to suspicious transactions even though I had given them a detailed travel itinerary. So, phew. :-)

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