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DCC Alert

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We encountered DCC twice during our recent trip.

The first time was at checkout from the Ibis Amiens Centre Cathédrale. No verbal request was made to charge us in USD, but I noticed it on the screen before pressing the button to validate and refused to proceed. The transaction was canceled and redone in euros. The desk clerk seemed completely surprised and said no one had ever objected before. She said that it was automatic and that they never asked before processing the charge. We stayed in two other Ibis hotels (Arras and CDG) and the charges were done in euros.

Next, we purchased food in the food court in the airport at Keflavik for our flight back to Boston. This time DH paid the cashier and handed me the receipt. The charges are listed as Purchase Amount USD 29.60 and Commission Fee USD 0.89. There was also a statement that said: "I have chosen not to use the mastercard Currency conversion process and agree That i will have no recourse against Mastercard concerning the currency Conversion or its disclosure." There was no verbal request to charge in USD, but DH admits to not paying attention to what was written on the screen before pushing the green button.

These are the first and only times I've experienced DCC, and I'll certainly be a lot more watchful before validating charges next time.

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