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Money etc What's Best ?

Hi All,

We are travelling to New York for first time in October will be over for Halloween and have seen there is a parade, does anyone have any tips on where to watch etc we are staying in Times Square also does anyone have any advice on what to take moneywise and how to pay for things etc, i.e. should we use Credit Card or use Cash etc any help always appreciated !


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Where abouts are you traveling from?

Check the rates on using credit cards it might not be too bad.

Personally we are using the fair fx card, it has great rates and can be used widely in NYC. There are fees for withdrawing if needed but if you plan it right you wouldn't have to use that option too many times in a 5 day trip.

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Cheers were travelling from uk !

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Have a look into fair fx the rates are great always highest I find

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Who is "we". If it includes young children you need to learn more about the Halloween parade and decide if you feel it is appropriate for them. I am not saying no--I am saying, be educated in your decision. If we is only adults, or older kids--go for it!

Read this ENTIRE article.


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Hi Nick,

We found that the majority of credit cards will charge you 3% on dollar transactions (eg. shops, restaurants etc) in the US. I've just applied for a Post Office credit card which does not charge non-sterling transaction fees, only charges if you withdraw from an ATM. So, we'll take dollars and this card and hopefully save ourselves a bit on money (which will be spent on clothes, bags, shoes and beer, no doubt!)

Hope that helps,


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Thanks Louise,

I like the sound of the beer bit !, am sure we will do the same !!!!

Will check out the Post Office Card etc

Thanks for reply again hope you have a great time.

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Hi Nick,

I use an "Ice travellers cash card" and have never had any problems with it. I used it in America on a road trip earlier this year and the exchange rates seemed decent in comparison to others on offer, plus if you run out at any point, you can transfer more money really easily via your account online.

I've used it to pay for hotel rooms as well, so i know you hotels can definitely put a "hold" on money on the card for a deposit/ whatever they call it.

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Good info here


with this link prepared by frequent UK visitor Mark.


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