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Paying in cash...everywhere!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Michelle, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. Michelle

    Michelle Low-Roller

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    I really want to pay for this trip in cash, I don't want any unexpected credit card bills! Are my choices limited in how to take care of this? In other words, I don't bring a lot of cash but spend lots of $$ at the ATM (I'm staying at MGM) or bring it with me on the plane and get it into the room safe asap? Suggestions?
     
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    I take travellers cheques. Casino cages cash them for free and if they get stolen / lost you get them replaced by american express.

    A minute ago I thought you could just buy traveller's cheques in your own currency, but now I'm not so sure.
     
  3. Nevyn

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    Its really about your own comfort level, both with carrying lots of money, and with your own self discipline.

    If you dont like travelling with a lot of cash, I think you can wire money to the casino cage once at the start of the trip, and then either pick it up as you go, or pick it all up and keep in the safe (or in a safe deposit box near check-in). Some of our high rollers may have more details on that and associated costs.

    I pay for meals/entertainment either on CC or on the previous days' leftover gambling budget. Generally I fly with my whole gambling budget, but that's usually barely 4 figures.
     
  4. ronc

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    Paying In Cash...

    I use traveler's checks. They are a little harder to find these days but they offer some security that just carrying cash does not.

    I have also used a cashier's check to put money on deposit at the casino cage and either took out markers against it or just asked for some of it at the window. You need to arrange this with the casino in advance because they may want a copy of the check ahead of time, etc.

    I've also just carried cash...no problems encountered...but I am only comfortable with that to a certain point.
     
  5. MangoPort

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    Listen to Pit Bull's 'International Love" featuring Chris Brown about 5 or 6 times.

    Then read OP's title again

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    Sorry I don't have more to add.
     
  6. kel3420

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    Most people bring alot of cash to Vegas. And 'alot' is relative to each person. You will be fine. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, put your cash in checked luggage (I know you know, but you never know, lol) and when going thru security, I always keep my cash in my pocket. I have gone thru the round scanner with the money in my pocket and no one has said anything. Other people have posted they hold the money in their hands when going thru it. I guess you could bury it in your carry on, but I wouldn't do it. I've heard too many stories of carry on's being carried off before the owner of said carry on is thru the scanner. Some people buy the money belts you can either hang around your neck or around your waist under your clothes.

    I am sitting here thinking about it, and for the most part, unless we have charged a bunch of really expensive meals to our room, we usually have everything taken off at check out and don't have a credit card charge, and that's the only thing we would use our card for in Vegas, is the room. so I guess we go all cash too, lol.

    :beer::beer::beer:
     
  7. captainron62

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    You can always just write a check at the cage. Its a $4 fee, but they will waive if you are an upgraded players club member or whatever.
     
  8. kel3420

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    Even as a Diamond with CET, there is a limit though. A 'trip' limit, not a daily limit, and it was 600 if I remember correctly. Not good, lol. But no fee. And it was a major PIA to find a BoA ATM. So stick to your budget or bring more cash. :thumbsup:

    :beer::beer::beer:
     
  9. Sdebruyne

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    I also use traveler's checks. I have never had any problem cashing them at any casino cashier. It helps keep me on budget as I cash my daily limit each morning before breakfast. If I happen to have a winning day, then I have some checks to take back home. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Tubbs

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    Just get the cash, stick it in your bag and go to Vegas. Put it in the safe when you get to the hotel. It's no more complicated than that.

    If you are concerned about credit card bills, then you are probably not going to take a huge amount of cash to Vegas. If you are not comfortable with the money in a handbag, get a money belt/bag. Nothing to worry about.
     
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  11. LV_Bound

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    One idea is to open a line of credit.

    If traveling with a partner and have carry on baggage, place the money there.
    Have one person go through the scanner. Once through then let the baggage go through the xray machine to ensure there is someone on the other side to pick it up.

    Your last option is to take minimal cash and turn tricks to obtain the extra spending money. :thumbsup:
     
  12. shifter

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    as far as expenses go, that's what debit cards are for. keep your cash in the bank and pay with the card. as far as gambling, just stick the cash in your pocket and forget about it.
     
  13. jerseyguy

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    Definitly put the air and hotel on CC

    The insurance benefits alone are worth it,also car rental and any major expense that could go sour so you can always dispute the charge. CC'S are a double edge sword,you use them or they use you
     
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    Paying with cash

    I use a credit card to book hotel and air. The air is already pre-paid and the hotel has only one night pre-paid on my credit card. I am able to pay the final bill with cash if I want to do that.

    I carry cash in a deep pocket in my tote bag and I put lots of tissues on top of the money so the tissues would have to be taken out first before airport security can get to the money to look at it. They have never done that.

    At the Burbank airport... we flyers have to push our bags into the scanner and then pick up our bags right away. We are told to stay with our bags.

    At the Las Vegas airport one time last year I was being pushed in a wheel-chair through security. All my bags were put through the scanner by the man who was pushing me through security. I was far from my bags and when I went through..... security found a wine corkscrew hidden in the bottom of my tote bag wheels that were closed up. Somebody had hidden it there to pass it through security. Now I am very careful to make sure nobody gets near my bags. Someone could put drugs in my bags. Lucy
     
  16. dunebug81

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    It's a limit from the check cashing company called Certegy (or something like that). If you don't have much of a check writing history then it's pretty low. Mine was $400 the first time I used it.

    There is a BofA ATM in the forum shops at Caesars.

    If you have a car most mojor brand banks are pretty close to the strip.
     
  17. bluerider

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    Just my opinion, but in Vegas, Cash is King.

    Unless you are a true high roller, I wouldn't think twice about carrying $5k+ in cash. Many, many people are also doing the same.

    Don't put it in your checked bag EVER. I've had my checked bag show up a day late, and couldn;t imagine the stress of my roll being in the hands of others.

    Just simply put it in your pocket, or if you have to, in your carry-on. Once you check in, load up your room safe.
     
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    I just want to make sure I'm understanding you correctly. Your contention is the airport employee who was pushing your wheelchair, put your bags on the conveyor belt, pushed you through the scanner or metal detector and someone opened your luggage on the belt and planted a corkscrew in your bag before it went through the x-ray?:confused2:
    I have to admit to being skeptical.
     
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    Depending on where you live AAA still has no fee travelers checks as an option. You can do prepaid credit cards and they should be good for purchases but they aren't a good option for carrying cash. Too many fees to load and even more to withdraw. I have yet to see a Vegas casino with a fee for check cashing. The ones that set the limit through their check guarantee company will set a limit based on your check writing history. I am no big roller but my check limit was pretty high because I am that person who still writes an occasional check at the grocery store.
     
  20. Club81

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    I'm a cash only guy 365 days per year for pretty much everything that isn't auto deducted from my checking (mortgage, cell phone, etc...). I don't mail checks for bills or use a CC at stores.

    In Vegas, it's either cash or charged to the room and then settled up with cash. I do use a CC for airfare and rental cars, but I never hand my CC over to anybody to run it at restaurants, stores, etc.
     
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