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Old 05-24-2011, 04:20 PM   #1351
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if i may ask...why is going one way more expensive than the other way around? or maybe i'm just not reading it correctly?
There's a special fee for departing the airport if you don't have a day pass purchased from an outside vendor (there are a couple in the airport.)
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:33 PM   #1352
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There's a special fee for departing the airport if you don't have a day pass purchased from an outside vendor (there are a couple in the airport.)
ok...i recall something like that. and i think you answered questions for me as well. so remind me, to bypass the fee, i needed to purchase that booklet from a vendor (cvs type pharmacy?) in the airport, right?
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:54 PM   #1353
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When I was growing up I used to go to Canada all the time and they used to take US$ all the time with no problem. But with the US$ being weaker now you might have some blow back.

I didn't want to risk it, so just took out about $60 out of the ATM, so that I had Canadian money to spend during my time there.

Otherwise I used my debit card for gifts, resturants, and Skytrain fare.
Thanks! Didn't think about the dying dollar.

Sounds good $60....gotta make note of that.

I am definitely using credit card for the rest just hadn't thought about the tips. Appreciate it!
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:15 PM   #1354
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Thanks! Didn't think about the dying dollar.

Sounds good $60....gotta make note of that.

I am definitely using credit card for the rest just hadn't thought about the tips. Appreciate it!
Don't forget to notify your bank you will be travelling out of the country. Also, many credit cards charge a 1-3% conversion fee for all foreign charges. You'll want to check with your issuing back to see what their fees are.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:39 PM   #1355
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Anyone ever been to Playland? Or know anything about it? Is it worth going?
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:50 PM   #1356
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ok...i recall something like that. and i think you answered questions for me as well. so remind me, to bypass the fee, i needed to purchase that booklet from a vendor (cvs type pharmacy?) in the airport, right?
PharmaSave #22 in Terminal Bldg Level 1. Someone else also mentioned a 7-11.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:55 PM   #1357
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Don't forget to notify your bank you will be travelling out of the country. Also, many credit cards charge a 1-3% conversion fee for all foreign charges. You'll want to check with your issuing back to see what their fees are.
Very true. My MasterCard charges 3% on all transactions, but my AMEX charges nothing. It can make a big difference, depending on how much you spend.
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Anyone ever been to Playland? Or know anything about it? Is it worth going?
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Its 'ok' - fair type rides - its all we have for a theme park here. If you are looking for top notch attractions, this is not the place - but if you want a wooden roller coaster and 'fair' rides, it can be fun. We live here and never go, if that says anything.
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Don't forget to notify your bank you will be travelling out of the country. Also, many credit cards charge a 1-3% conversion fee for all foreign charges. You'll want to check with your issuing back to see what their fees are.
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Very true. My MasterCard charges 3% on all transactions, but my AMEX charges nothing. It can make a big difference, depending on how much you spend.
Thank you both...was gonna take my Disney card but will check to see which one has the lessor %...thanks for the heads up
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:47 AM   #1360
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if i may ask...why is going one way more expensive than the other way around? or maybe i'm just not reading it correctly?
You're reading it correctly. From SkyTrains originating from the airport, there's a $5 surcharge. The reverse isn't true. If you're planning on getting some kind of multi-ride pass, you can get around the surcharge by buying the pass at an airport vendor (I think I remember reading there's a 7-11 and a drug store in YVR that sells them)

And a question a few posts back, I understand that the time it takes to get from YVR to Canada Place by SkyTrain is about 25 minutes.
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Don't forget to notify your bank you will be travelling out of the country. Also, many credit cards charge a 1-3% conversion fee for all foreign charges. You'll want to check with your issuing back to see what their fees are.
Good point! I found that out when I prepaid a night at Whistler and a $5 foreign transaction charge showed up on my Amex. I think I'll have to take a look at the terms on my credit cards to see if I have any that don't have that.
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About 4 years ago the Disney Visa had a 3% charge and Discover had no fee for Canadian transactions. Not sure now though. Will call in July again.
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About 4 years ago the Disney Visa had a 3% charge and Discover had no fee for Canadian transactions. Not sure now though. Will call in July again.
Disney Visa is still 3% for foreign transactions.
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Are credit card charges on the ship considered foreign transactions?
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Its 'ok' - fair type rides - its all we have for a theme park here. If you are looking for top notch attractions, this is not the place - but if you want a wooden roller coaster and 'fair' rides, it can be fun. We live here and never go, if that says anything.
Thanks! We'll be in Vancouver for a day and 1/2 before the cruise and 3 days after. Since we're staying in Richmond (at The Fairmont Airport) before the cruise I thought we might pop over there for a bit and check it out. It does say a lot that you never go there though

Any suggestions for things to do by the airport? We'll be staying at Club Intrawest post cruise and plan to do all the downtown/ Stanley Park stuff then... Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions!
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