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Altaflyer Sep 10, 18 5:01 pm

Anyone with a Bank of America account can use Scotiabank ATMs for free as they are part of the Global ATM Alliance. But as has been stated - almost everyone accepts Visa/MC.....Amex not so much.

Bohemian1 Sep 10, 18 5:14 pm


Originally Posted by Altaflyer (Post 30189896)
Anyone with a Bank of America account can use Scotiabank ATMs for free as they are part of the Global ATM Alliance. But as has been stated - almost everyone accepts Visa/MC.....Amex not so much.


Good point.

I forgot to mention that many/all small retailers here won't touch Amex - the transaction fees are really high.

jackal Sep 10, 18 7:38 pm


Originally Posted by Bohemian1 (Post 30189486)
We're pretty cashless up here.

And you can tap (if your Credit Card supports it) in and out on transit with your CC - no tickets required. Taxis take cards too. The exchange will be set by the bank issuing your card.

Oh, and if you want pretty, coloured, plastic cash use a) any bank's ATM or b) Vancouver Bullion & Currency Exchange (lowest rates in town)

Interesting! I do enjoy forward-thinking transit agencies.

If it's implemented anything like (or hopefully better than) Chicago's Ventra system, phone NFC (i.e. Apple Pay, etc.) should work, too. That'd be good, since I think the only tappable credit cards I have with me charge forex...

Bohemian1 Sep 10, 18 8:47 pm

Phone NFC (both Apple Pay and Google) works too for transit.

Altaflyer Sep 11, 18 2:51 am

The transit system is not quite as smart as Londonís or Portlandís so tap transactions will only cover single fares. If you want a day pass then you need to commit to that at the outset, it doesnít automatically adjust your fares to max out at a daypass.

NewbieRunner Sep 11, 18 10:13 am

After meandering around Europe during the last day and a half Iíve at last started travelling in the right direction!

Finkface Sep 11, 18 10:22 am


Originally Posted by Altaflyer (Post 30191126)
The transit system is not quite as smart as London’s or Portland’s so tap transactions will only cover single fares. If you want a day pass then you need to commit to that at the outset, it doesn’t automatically adjust your fares to max out at a daypass.

Not quite. Tap to pay allows transfers from bus or rail for 90 minutes. So you are not paying point to point fares, it is cumulative and the final charge will be calculated at the end of your trip as one fare. It will not, however, max out at a day pass rate.

With a single fare, you can transfer as many times as you need for up to 90 minutes.

There are three ways to purchase single fares:

Tap to Pay

You can tap a contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile wallet on card readers to pay an adult, cash fare. You don’t need to purchase additional fare when transferring from bus to rail.
Visit the Tap to Pay page for details.

Tap your contactless Visa or Mastercard credit card or mobile device (linked to a Visa or Mastercard credit card) on a card reader to start your journey. Tap your credit card or mobile device when transferring or exiting, with the exception of buses, which are tap in only.

Please note that only one card can be used per person and customers must carry their proof of payment (credit card) with them during their journey.

Paying with a credit card or mobile device allows you to transfer seamlessly across the system. You'll have 90 minutes to make your final transfer on bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus, and 180 minutes on West Coast Express.

Final Charges
After you've completed your journey, the exact fare will be sent to your credit card company. If paying with a mobile device, you may see various notifications and pre-authorizations in your mobile app after each tap. These notifications are not your charges. To see your final charges, please refer to your credit card statement..


https://www.translink.ca/Fares-and-P...e-Pricing.aspx

beckoa Sep 11, 18 1:20 pm


Originally Posted by jackal (Post 30190339)
Interesting! I do enjoy forward-thinking transit agencies.

If it's implemented anything like (or hopefully better than) Chicago's Ventra system, phone NFC (i.e. Apple Pay, etc.) should work, too. That'd be good, since I think the only tappable credit cards I have with me charge forex...

Your Costco Visa should work ^

angra Sep 11, 18 1:39 pm

anyone have a recommendation for a prepaid data sim for the weekend? don't need voice, just data.

pudgym29 Sep 11, 18 3:15 pm

Tempted and resisting.
 

Originally Posted by angra (Post 30189613)
Is there anything that you can think of relevant to this event that would require cash?


Originally Posted by nomadic.relief (Post 30075898)
{edited to save bandwidth[mine]} The walking tours have been booked for 9:30/10am on Saturday and Sunday (2-ish hours each). If there are over 25 people we will likely have to split in 2 groups so everyone can hear what's going on (no microphones used), but I'll figure that out once the Eventbrite is up.


Originally Posted by nomadic.relief (Post 30102159)
{edit} The walking tours will be between $15-25 each depending on how many people sign up. I will post firm numbers at the end of the registration period, so around Sept 11th or 12th. They will payable in cash (I will be collecting as I see people).


Originally Posted by Smiley90 (Post 30058509)
Richmond Night Market is far more legit than the others and very accessible. It's what every local refers to when they say Night Market. Decent food and..... Uh... Socks, iPhone covers and Korean circle lenses if you're into that. Really, everyone just goes for the food.


Originally Posted by BOB W (Post 30170244)
My concern is that with this crowd there will not be any beer 🍺 left by Sunday.

The temptation is to decorate this reply in Color and a different font, because a moderator here would be too busy with last-moment real-life events to change it back. :D
The resistance is to not reply in a snarky remark to angra's retort. I'll bite my lip and restrain myself to a quote {from me}, "If you ever attend a Japan Do, you will have to have some cash". I have pasted above what may require real, physical cash, and perhaps Canadian cash at that. The current US-CDN exchange rate is $1 = 1.306333 CAD. If anybody 'offers' to convert US to Canadian 1-for-1, that is a genuine gouge. :mad:
If Vancouver's beerworthy venues actually run out of beer (or ale), I can e-mail some Canadian homebrewers who will have something available. :cool:

jackal Sep 11, 18 8:25 pm


Originally Posted by beckoa (Post 30193108)
Your Costco Visa should work ^

I didn't realize until today that Citi removed the forex fee from the Costco Visa. ^

beckoa Sep 11, 18 9:51 pm

P.S.A. for those with AT&T:
You may qualify for free calls/texts and 1 GB of data with AT&T's Canada Roaming Bonus:

https://slickdeals.net/f/8854375-at-...ing-bonus-free

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...mexico-canada/

I'd call 611 and ask for Retention. I did this afternoon thanks to @jackal's prompting, and its now on my plan ^

Bohemian1 Sep 11, 18 10:36 pm

Anything deal you can get from your US mobile provider will likely be way better than anything you could get from a Canadian provider using a local SIM. We have the privilege of paying some of the most ridiculously high rates in the world.

Why? Because we're so polite of course!

If only there was a way to dynamically change plans or providers on demand without the need to swap SIM cards ...

NewbieRunner Sep 12, 18 8:53 am

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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner (Post 30192343)
After meandering around Europe during the last day and a half Iíve at last started travelling in the right direction!

I was actually very close to YVR yesterday afternoon but decided to fly on to SFO for a couple of days. ;)

f0zzyNUE Sep 12, 18 8:58 am

can the organizer please call the weather god and order some sunshine ;)

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...8f5e30f38c.png


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