Can I use Maestro card in USA?

Discussion in 'Banking, credit cards, etc' started by breezerforce, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. breezerforce

    breezerforce Guest

    Hi, I am going to the states for the first time and wondered which of my AIB cards I could use there? And is it the same all over the states? I am going to California, Arizona, Nevada. Specifically the Visa card and the Laser Maestro Link card for access to current account interest me. TXS!!!
     
  2. ClubMan

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    You should be able to and your bank should be able to clarify where you can use it. See other threads about accessing cash abroad. It's possible that preloading your credit card and withdrawing cash (not cash advances) could be cheaper than Mastro but there may be other issues to consider.
     
  3. 1308dorina

    1308dorina Registered User

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    The last time I was getting a new laser card the bank told me that once it has Maestro on the card it is usable all over the world. That's according to AIB.
     
  4. Rebelette

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    Just back from the states, and my Laser card worked in most shops.
     
  5. KalEl

    KalEl Guest

    Also be very careful if any retailer offers to bill you in Euro...on the surface it's easy to think "happy days, much easier to know what I'm spending." In reality the retailer gives you an exchange rate of their choosing which is generally very uncompetitive!
     
  6. ClubMan

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    Definitely not your Laser card since Laser is specific to Ireland - must have something else on the card like Maestro/Plus+/Cirrus...
     
  7. Ms X

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    I used my AIB laser card in a (shoe) shop in Sweden last month. :D No problem at all.
     
  8. KalEl

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    Probably because it's a Maestro or Cirrus card as well. Laser on its own will certainly not work.
     
  9. ClubMan

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    Yeah - as I said above...