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Yesterday, 4:01 am
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Posted By der_saeufer

Those look like an allergic reaction to bedbug...

Those look like an allergic reaction to bedbug bites, to be specific :p

Most humans have little to no reaction to bedbug bites, which is how they're so easily spread. As many welts as OP has, the...
Jun 20, 19, 3:48 pm
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Views: 372,728
Posted By der_saeufer

Depends on the country, I'm sure. For Belgium,...

Depends on the country, I'm sure. For Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, not common at all for train/metro ticket machines or for gas pumps. Metro ticket machines often take cash, but rail system...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jun 20, 19, 2:53 am
Replies: 707
Views: 18,176
Posted By der_saeufer

Super-sketchy grocery store brand Nespresso...

Super-sketchy grocery store brand Nespresso capsule coffee.

At least the capsules only cost like 9c each?
Jun 20, 19, 2:33 am
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Views: 372,728
Posted By der_saeufer

In some countries like the UK, acceptance is...

In some countries like the UK, acceptance is nearly 100%, but in others (B, F, NL) it's much closer to zero. Contactless solves the problem for amounts below the local floor but for terminals without...
Jun 19, 19, 1:33 am
Replies: 5,271
Views: 372,728
Posted By der_saeufer

Discover probably won't work at all. ...

Discover probably won't work at all.

Although the signature requirement has been waived, signature cards are so rare in Europe that the networks are in no hurry to reconfigure their terminals. I...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jun 18, 19, 6:01 am
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 18, 19, 5:49 am
Replies: 40
Views: 8,068
Posted By der_saeufer

My comment was more directed at the meals and...

My comment was more directed at the meals and incidentals part of per diem, since it's paid to the employee regardless. It eliminates a whole lot of paper-pushing and a lot of complaining that life...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jun 18, 19, 5:35 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,985
Posted By der_saeufer

^^ what s/he said The assumptions used by...

^^ what s/he said

The assumptions used by the two agencies are different--to oversimplify it a bit, GSA assumes you're a civil servant going to meetings in an office with other civil servants so...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 13, 19, 2:21 am
Replies: 40
Views: 8,068
Posted By der_saeufer

No it's not. Many travel policies pay a fixed per...

No it's not. Many travel policies pay a fixed per diem for meals based on the area where you're working. The money belongs to the traveler to use as s/he pleases. If a traveler on such an arrangement...
Jun 12, 19, 5:18 am
Replies: 44
Views: 1,777
Posted By der_saeufer

I realize it wasn't your word for the situation,...

I realize it wasn't your word for the situation, but I think embarassment is a seriously strong word for the inconvenience of having to find a pen. It's no more embarrassing than having an item whose...
Jun 12, 19, 1:58 am
Replies: 25
Views: 3,140
Posted By der_saeufer

Interchange fees from Visa US:...

Interchange fees from Visa US: https://usa.visa.com/support/small-business/regulations-fees.html

From Visa Europe: https://www.visa.co.uk/about-visa/visa-in-europe/fees-and-interchange.html

And...
Jun 12, 19, 1:35 am
Replies: 44
Views: 1,777
Posted By der_saeufer

I'll pile on and say that my experience mirrors...

I'll pile on and say that my experience mirrors that of most people in this thread--I've had Google Pay via NFC in one form or another since 2012 (Nexus 4 owners represent!) and have had 99% success...
Jun 11, 19, 4:04 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 3,140
Posted By der_saeufer

The EU's interchange fee cap (and corresponding...

The EU's interchange fee cap (and corresponding 2018 ban on card surcharges) applies only to EU-issued personal cards where there are three parties to the transaction (merchant, network, and issuing...
Jun 11, 19, 7:38 am
Replies: 25
Views: 3,140
Posted By der_saeufer

Nearly all my spend is outside the US and I pay...

Nearly all my spend is outside the US and I pay my bills online from a European IP address... but Chase clearly doesn't mind.

They just want their sweet, sweet interchange fees.
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jun 9, 19, 8:49 am
Replies: 5,420
Views: 439,452
Posted By der_saeufer

In Bosnia for a bit. Pre-made radler/shandy type...

In Bosnia for a bit. Pre-made radler/shandy type drinks seem quite popular here.. so far the red grapefruit and elderflower flavors have been pretty nice on a hot afternoon. 2% ABV means no falling...
Jun 8, 19, 3:43 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 3,140
Posted By der_saeufer

Chase lets you put an address outside the US on...

Chase lets you put an address outside the US on your account, but I have no idea how they decide who should get to keep cards and who shouldn't (nor do I know how it affects AVS for US-based...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 7, 19, 8:27 am
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By der_saeufer

Same. They're occasionally competitive when the...

Same. They're occasionally competitive when the 'real' agencies are expensive (particularly with the Audi owners' discount... mine is a Matchbox Audi) but usually the regular rental agencies are less...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 7, 19, 2:06 am
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By der_saeufer

At some of their locations, Silvercar is...

At some of their locations, Silvercar is off-airport somewhere other than the rental car garage so returns are often accomplished by picking up a Silvercar employee at their office, doing the return...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 6, 19, 3:40 am
Replies: 12
Views: 649
Posted By der_saeufer

You have two different questions here: (1) are...

You have two different questions here: (1) are you eligible/required to use the city pair contract, and (2) if not, can you fly a European airline.

If you are employed directly by Uncle Sam or...
Forum: Europe
Jun 5, 19, 9:00 am
Replies: 10
Views: 736
Posted By der_saeufer

There are several threads over in Travel Tech...

There are several threads over in Travel Tech depending on destination...

It's hard to beat Three (linked in the post above), especially when you can buy them on US Amazon for roughly what the SIM...
Jun 1, 19, 3:07 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Posted By der_saeufer

On-the-ground data point, mine works fine in gas...

On-the-ground data point, mine works fine in gas pumps and ticket kiosks in Belgium and the Netherlands.

It's online PIN only, which is rarely a problem--except at some French gas stations, where...
Replies: 66
Views: 17,092
Posted By der_saeufer

$13.50 per proof gallon (1 gallon at 50%...

$13.50 per proof gallon (1 gallon at 50% ABV/100), which is $2.14 per 750mL bottle at 80.

https://www.ttb.gov/tax_audit/taxrates.shtml (the lower rates for small quantities apply only to...
May 31, 19, 9:24 am
Replies: 6,525
Views: 411,776
Posted By der_saeufer

I mean cards that don't support PIN at all, e.g....

I mean cards that don't support PIN at all, e.g. Chase credit cards.

I suspect that if the card supports PIN on contactless, the terminal would prompt for a PIN--similarly to how unattended...
May 31, 19, 4:05 am
Replies: 273
Views: 26,046
Posted By der_saeufer

The reason most phones no longer have removable...

The reason most phones no longer have removable batteries is that a removable battery and its case take up a lot more space--the phone needs to have a 'box' and the battery needs to be in a...
May 30, 19, 10:01 am
Replies: 66
Views: 17,092
Posted By der_saeufer

Generally speaking, no duty or IRT is due on...

Generally speaking, no duty or IRT is due on anything that's not staying in the US. Even if CBP doesn't believe you, though, the tax on a 750mL bottle of wine under 16% ABV is 21 cents. Subtracting a...
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