Precisely the reason why i got a Halifax Clarity card just for fuel, Caxton FX card for everything else, purchases, ATM, etc. etc.
Hi all, I've been slowly tootling down through France the past month and about to head into Spain.
In France, fuel pumps seem to be overwhelmingly of the automated, unmanned type which require card pre-payment. This presents a bit of a problem as I'm using a Revolut account for my day to day banking. Great for managing multiple currencies but unfortunately since starting this trip I have found that they don't support automated fuel payments. Therefore I have to keep a lookout for fuel stations with a manned booth and these are few and far between.
Am I going to encounter the same problems in Spain and Portugal? Any suggestions as to how to deal with this mid-trip? I'm not due back in blighty until the end of March so opening a new account and having a card posted to the UK isn't an option. I have an Irish bank account but the card has expired. Don't suppose there are any banks who will allow non residents to open a Euro account over the counter?
Grateful for any advice
Loads of Repsol Stations and they all seem to be manned. They even come out and fill your tank for you sometimes. Only ones you wonít be able to use are some of the cheap fuel ones where they donít have staff or out of hours supermarket filling stations so you should be ok.
You could book onto a campsite, using that address to open a bank account.
Then transfer money across from the UK, either by bank transfer or using an online FX platform, then paying them via a debit card.
That worked Ok for us, in Portugal.
It's not where you live... It's HOW you live..
Thanks all, sounds like manned stations are likely to be more plentiful and thanks for the other options and suggestions. The situation became so dire at one point where I'd pulled into five fuel stations into succession only to find them card-only and unmanned, the fuel light came on and I was relieved to find I could pay at the counter at the sixth. Note that the Revolut card is a Mastercard debit card and has been fine for purchases in every other scenario, including paying for fuel at the booth, they simply don't support automated fuel pumps. Quite a serious setback with a multi-currency account which will obviously appeal to people travelling to different countries.
Pre-payment at the pump requires the use of a credit card not a debit card.
Clearly there is a significantly greater chance of payment being authorised with a credit account than a debit card which may not have a credit balance in the associated account ...
Though I suspect it's the card issuers who determine what cards are acceptable.
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