Bank-issued gift card acceptance?Busch Gardens Williamsburg: I'm heading to Busch Gardens as a part of my band's spring trip to Williamsburg, and I was wondering if they accept these cards.
From Jorge ArnoldsonLast year, I visited Universal Orlando many times, once with my high school's band, and used a bank-issued gift card for expenses, even buying my friends Butterbeer! I'm going to Williamsburg, and I already know that the hotel we're staying at (Great Wolf Lodge) accepts bank-issued gift cards with either a MasterCard or Visa logo (which my local bank offers), but I'm wondering ig BGW will accept them. If so, do they ask for ID when I use it (Universal doesn't)?
Posted February 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Dan BabbittThey should check there website and then check your local bank too.
Posted February 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM
I know 2 years ago my debit card didnt work in Florida because my bank but a stop on all Floridian and Texas transactions because of fraud.
From Jorge ArnoldsonDom, you're just mocking me, aren't you?
Posted February 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM
From Betty Rohreryour bank can put a hold on for fraud. just let your bank know ahead of leaving to when you will be there. only problem i have ever had has been on bank side and easy to fix with a call or letting them know before i left.
Posted February 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM
From Carrie HoodThat's about the best advice, simply let you bank know that way they won't flag and freeze your account. I rarely run into trouble with mine since we travel threw 3 states very often but anytime we're going outside of our typical pattern I tend to let them know.
Posted February 20, 2012 at 5:30 AM
I've never really had a problem with gift cards, most of them now tend to have the Visa/Mastercard logo's so their accepted nearly everyplace. The one thing I do know is it's nearly impossible to spend the full balance on one unless it's re-loadable or you know the exact amount left. That way you can say "Please only charge $XX to this and the rest in cash" so you can fully use all the money in the card.
From Riccardo VasquezHi,
Posted May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Cardholders can use the card to purchase goods and services, make purchases online, pay bills, or get instant access to their funds 24 hours a day, seven days a week at more than 800,000 PLUS ATMs or anywhere MasterCard® cards are accepted. Also, companies can choose the program options that fit their needs – choose either a one–time load, similar to a gift card, or choose a reloadable card.
From Justin M
Posted May 11, 2012 at 5:15 AM
You should'nt have a problem with the bank issued gift card unless you rent a hotel room or a car because they place a hold on your account for a deposit. Typically a hotel will hold the price of one nights stay for a deposit and it can take up to a week for them to refund the money once you checkout.
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Theme Park Insider: Orlando 2014
Get all of Theme Park Insider's reader ratings, tips, and advice for planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld, in our new 2014 Orlando guidebook! It's more than 200 pages of well-tested, insider information that will help you get the most from your vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Connect with Theme Park Insider
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive