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All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

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All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

Wondering if the hotels here charge extra to take credit cards. We just had a rude awakening in Costa Rica when the final bill was $50 more if paid by credit card. So far we have reservations at Burton's Sunset Oasis and Merry's in Cheticamp. We'll be there later this month.

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1. Re: All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

I do not believe it is legal here to charge extra for credit cards. However some gas stations give discounts for cash and a very few accommodations may not accept credit cards. There are ATMs in every major town in case you need cash.

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2. Re: All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

Credit card merchant agreements here in Canada usually forbid the merchant to add a surcharge for using a credit card. This is not the case in other countries, as you have discovered.

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Thanks to both of you for answering, and thanks to Canada for that law!

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My only caution is that some smaller hotels take only VISA and MasterCard. So if you are planning to use AMEX or worse Discover, you may want to call/email the hotel to make sure they accept that card.

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5. Re: All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

no credit card fees but you will get

the HST or the combination PST-GST (depends on province)

then you could have a local room tax another 1 to 3%

and some will have Destination Marketing fees or resort fees.

so the first $ you see on a booking site is not what you will pay

then if you have a foreign credit card you could get a foreign currency transaction fee on top of the exchange rate unless you have to right CC.

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Oh my, cbaarch, thanks for this cautionary tale! I had been thinking that since there's a good exchange rate against the US dollar, I could look forward to a cheaper price for the hotel than what was quoted. But it sounds as if little by little these other charges will add up and I probably won't save any money at all. Well, that's good to know ahead of time! We are so looking forward to seeing the Maritime provinces, just want to make sure we have the money figured out before we go.

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7. Re: All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

Since you are going to Nova Scotia, you will pay HST of 15% (don't tell us it sucks, we know). There will be no city tax, nor destination/marketing fee at the properties you list.

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You WILL save money. The prices and taxes are in Canadian dollars, and everyone pay them. When your credit card company converts your charges, they will be about one-third less in USD.

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9. Re: All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

Current exchange rate is $1 CDN = $.82 USA

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10. Re: All hotels take credit cards without surcharges?

Find a credit card with NO transaction fee. Some Capitol One cards or Usaa visa.

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