General Information

 

Tipping

Tipping is customary in the United States
• Hotel & Airport Porters $2.00 per piece of luggage handled
• Taxis 15-18% of fare based on service/luggage
• Restaurants/Bars 15-20% based on service
• East Coast of USA Restaurants & Bars will expect 20%
 

Tipping in Canada

• Hotel & Airport Porters CAD$2.00 per piece of luggage handled
• Taxis 10-15% of fare based on service/luggage
• Restaurants/Bars 15-20% based on service
 

Travel / Medical Insurance

We recommend that you purchase a comprehensive medical and travel insurance policy prior to departure.
 

Money Issues

Credit Cards, Cash, Or Travelers Cheques:
Credit Cards American Express, Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards. Diners Club holders may experience difficulties. It is advisable to be prepared with more than one Credit Card when traveling. Contact your credit card prior to travel to alert you will be traveling internationally.
Cash / ATM Hotels will not exchange foreign cash currency. Do not to bring AUD$. It is advisable to have a small amount of USD$ cash on arrival (particularly $1 notes for tipping). There are Foreign Exchange Bureaus at most international airports on arrival. Cash can be accessed directly from your bank account in Australia, if the following symbols PLUS, INTERLINK, STAR, GLOBAL ACCESS, CIRRUS appear on the back of your ATM card. Note: A bank fee will be charged by the US withdrawing bank as well as your own bank for this service (approx $3 per transaction). If your VISA credit card is linked with your bank account, you can withdraw a cash advance from ATM machines. Check with your Bank regarding access and associated fees prior to travel as well to alert you will be traveling internationally.
Travelers
Cheques
USD$ are an option —however only some hotels, restaurants, or stores will accept travelers Cheques with your passport as proof of ID. Note: Many merchants do not accept Travelers Cheques.

 

Banks

Banks are closed on Holidays – see public holidays section.
General Hours – Most Banks are open M-F 9-6pm – Sat 9-noon.
 

Currency Exchange

Airport locations and banks.  Common bank names: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, TD Bank Canada, HSBC Canada, Royal Bank of Canada