The most up-to-date dollar exchange rate, as well as information on tipping, contactless payments, and credit cards in the United States.
As the United States reopens for business, here’s how to get the most dollars for your pounds, avoid high credit card fees, and avoid offending the locals by not tipping well.
Traveling in the United States can be a minefield of money questions, from determining how much to tip to paying for almost everything in cash.
If you want to avoid spending too much money on card fees and poor exchange rates, it’s a good idea to do your homework before you go.
In the 20 months since UK visitors last spent dollar bills in the United States, a lot has changed, so keep reading to find out what’s new.
Unfortunately for vacationers, news of the United States’ opening to tourists from the United Kingdom and Europe boosted the dollar’s value against the pound.
You’ll pay 2p more now than on October 28th for every dollar you spend.
On Monday, November 15th, the rate was 74 pence to the dollar.
In the 400 days or so that British tourists have been gone, the United States has gradually caught up to the rest of the developed world in terms of contactless payments.
Apple Pay and Google Pay, which were late to the wireless payments game at first, helped to accelerate the adoption of contactless payments in the United States.
The best development in the last 20 months is that you can now use Apple or Google Pay on the entire New York subway and bus system, just as you can on the London Underground and other local transportation networks back home.
There are numerous bank credit cards that can be used for travel, but Halifax’s Clarity Credit Card consistently ranks at the top of expert rankings.
Some of the world’s most frequent and frugal travelers, according to anecdotal evidence, prefer the Mastercard.
On a recent trip to New York, I took a quick poll of travel writers, and it was by far the most popular card.
While traveling abroad, there are no fees for transactions or withdrawing money from ATMs, and the currency rate is tied to Mastercard’s official rate.
Digital banks are more popular than ever, with many customers opting for online-only banks like Revolut, Starling, and Monzo over traditional banks.
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The latest dollar exchange rate, as well as how tipping, contactless payments, and credit cards work in the United States.
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US travel money guide: Latest dollar exchange rate and how tipping, contactless payments and credit cards work