Pre-paid Visa?

Old Jun 17th, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Pre-paid Visa?

I'm considering taking a pre-paid Visa card with me on my European trip next month. Has anyone out there done this? Thoughts?
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Old Jun 17th, 2012, 03:27 PM
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Why are you considering this? For what benefits are you hoping that you wold not have by using your own credit card or ATM card?

It is my understanding that you will incur extra fees far beyond those for using your own cards. Therefore it will cost you more to use such a card.
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Old Jun 17th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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These cards are a terrible idea. There are numerous fees involved and the bank has the use of your money until you aactually pull it out. The only thing worse than this is travs checks - which no one will want to cash. This card is usable - but is probably the most expensive way to pay for anything.
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Old Jun 17th, 2012, 07:51 PM
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Schwab bank no fee atm. Chase chip and signature no fee credit card. Don't forget to call them to let them know when and where you'll be travelling.
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Old Jun 17th, 2012, 08:08 PM
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Besides the expense of fees, my grandson's prepaid card never did work in '09 and I had to spot him cash for snacks and souvenirs. His parents insisted on sending it with him even though I told them......
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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Why are you doing that, you don't say. Are you unable to get a credit card or what's the deal. Do you not have a bank account and thus you want to use it for the ATM? Those are my thoughts, wondering why you would do it.
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Old Jun 19th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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I have credit cards. I was wondering about it. Saw it as a way to have a specified amount of cash just for the trip and I wondered if others had done it. It had occurred to me as I posted that among other things if it were lost I'd be screwed. Really just wondering...I've had my credit card number stolen in Europe on a previous trip. Not the card, just the number, so I was looking at ways to minimize damage should that happen again.
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Old Jun 20th, 2012, 10:47 AM
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I don't think I understand what you intended to do, it almost sounds like you didn't intend to take credit cards, just the prepaid Visa. That is a very bad idea and I can only guess it is because you don't trust yourself to not buy a whole lot of things on your credit card as you have spending problems, so this will limit you.

Because your last sentence doesn't really make sense as you could bring more than one credit card, so if you lost one or one got stolen somehow, you would have another one. I always have two ATM cards and 3 CCs when I travel, just in case. I've never needed them (but twice I've had problems with one particular CC not being usable because that network was down), but it's just a backup.

And you don't have any damage when your CC number is stolen on any CC I've ever known. YOu report bogus charges when you see them on your account, and the card takes them off (and investigates). Besides, your CC number can be stolen anywhere and is probably more likely to be stolen over the internet than on a trip to Europe, and that doesn't stop you from having one.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 03:38 AM
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It always amazes how arrogant people can be. Not one person answered this question without being a jerk about it. It was a simple question. It is not up to you to question why they want to do what they are asking, they are looking for a helpful answer. Shame on every one of you. Please stop with the nasty remarks and "why would you want to" and "you'd be stupid to" comments. Like my momma always said, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anytning at all.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 03:40 AM
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If it concerns any of you at all, I had a similar question becaue my 15 year old daughter is going to Europe with her girl scout troop. Obviously she cannot obtain a credit card, and for those of us who are not frequent travelers overseas (as obviously all of you are) we are looking for reasonable alternatives.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 03:41 AM
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cola, you asked for thoughts.

My thoughts would be, don't touch one with a barge pole unless you were offered major benefits such as 20% off a major attraction. Since that is unlikely to be the case, don't.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 04:28 AM
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>>>Obviously she cannot obtain a credit card, and for those of us who are not frequent travelers overseas (as obviously all of you are) we are looking for reasonable alternatives.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 04:38 AM
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My German son is currently visiting in the US and was provided with prepaid credit card, bought in the US. We were told it was only for use in the US.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 05:32 AM
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Who provided this to him? Who told him this would be a good idea?

Is he a child - so that he can't have any cards of his own. Assuming not, he should be using his credit card for all larger purchases and his ATM card to pull cash from a checking account. There are ATMs at every bank, drugstore,market, deli and hotel.
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Another thread revived from 2 years ago.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 07:09 AM
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>>Another thread revived from 2 years ago.>Who provided this to him? Who told him this would be a good idea?
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This is very strange. Colauhu joins just so he/she/it can pull up a two year old posting to criticize prior postings as inappropriate. I suggest Colauhu is inappropriate.
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 09:44 AM
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Greenway (today) is talking about a "German son" - so a "he" not a "she". Apparently we have both - but everyone seems confused.

There is no reason a teen can't get an extra ATM card on a parent's account - a gazillion kids - who are going away to school (MANY college freshmen are under 18) or on some sort of school or group trip - have this. It's the simplest and cheapest - as long as one trusts the young man or woman not to either lose the card or become a big spender. And this can be remedied by keeping the amount in the account low until after the trip.
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Sorry if I confused matters. I only wanted to point out that this US-issued prepaid credit card could only be used in the US.
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