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Hello,

I just received my confirmation reservation for the Orrison refuge for 10 April 2020! I'm so thrilled to have the choice to walk the Napoleon route if it's open. Anyway, for my question, my credit card was charged half the amount for a deposit. Will the other half be paid with my credit card in April or do I pay cash? Thanks for your time.

Jeanne
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Hello,

I just received my confirmation reservation for the Orrison refuge for 10 April 2020! I'm so thrilled to have the choice to walk the Napoleon route if it's open. Anyway, for my question, my credit card was charged half the amount for a deposit. Will the other half be paid with my credit card in April or do I pay cash? Thanks for your time.

Jeanne
When I've stayed there they only accepted cash.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Did you have a reservation in advance charged to your credit card?
I did have a reservation paid for with my credit card via PayPal. Is Orisson now accepting credit cards? I thought that they only took PayPal.
You will find that most albergues, and bars/restaurants on the Camino only take cash.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2020
I did have a reservation paid for with my credit card via PayPal. Is Orisson now accepting credit cards? I thought that they only took PayPal.
Yes, because I don't have PayPal. So did you pay the full amount or half amount in cash? I'm asking because I am also paying for my daughter and I want to make sure I budget enough Euros.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Yes, because I don't have PayPal. So did you pay the full amount or half amount in cash? I'm asking because I am also paying for my daughter and I want to make sure I budget enough Euros.
When there is more than one person they charge half on advance and the balance when you arrive. Plan on cash.
 

Ian and Helen Miller

Donating Members
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 16/ 2016. Leon to Santiago . SJPDP to Santiago. (Sept/ Oct 2019 ).
When there is more than one person they charge half on advance and the balance when you arrive. Plan on cash.
Thanks for your text, We just booked for Sept 2020, paid half and could not figure out how we pay the balance. Thank you again for you explanation. Ian and Helen
 

Louis Lloyd

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018 French SJPP to Fisterra and Muxia completed
2020 Portuguese from Lisbon
2020 French
We stayed at Orisson in 2018 the balance was paid in cash. We found more than 50% of Albergues accepted our preloaded debit card rather than cash.
Now on 10 April 2020 we will be at Coimbra as part of our Portugués Lisbon to Santiago Camino. And it will be my 70th birthday!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2020
We stayed at Orisson in 2018 the balance was paid in cash. We found more than 50% of Albergues accepted our preloaded debit card rather than cash.
Now on 10 April 2020 we will be at Coimbra as part of our Portugués Lisbon to Santiago Camino. And it will be my 70th birthday!
What is a preloaded debit card?
 

Louis Lloyd

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018 French SJPP to Fisterra and Muxia completed
2020 Portuguese from Lisbon
2020 French
What is a preloaded debit card?
So it is a Visa currency card (we are from Australia) which we converted Australian dollars to euros before we left on our trip. Then we used this card for 90% of our transaction, food, accommodation meals and other costs. We also used it at ATMs to get euro cash. We generally carried around 400 euros in cash
 

SueNZ

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2021
What is a preloaded debit card?
Hey Jeanne, I've just received my Transferwise card I ordered a few weeks ago. It's a debit card you preload with whatever currencies you'll require on your trip. I've not yet used it, but it looks like it could be just the thing to have with you. (Plus a backup card as well).
 

Margaret Butterworth

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
Of course these pre-loaded cards mean that you are paying for your holiday in advance, as opposed to afterwards with a normal credit card.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF September (2019) SJPP to Logrono
CF May/June (2020) Logrono to ?
I use a Monzo debit card (Mastercard). You don’t need to ‘preload’ it in advance just make sure you have sufficient funds in your Monzo debit account in your own currency.

The benefit of this card (others are available) is you don’t need to pre buy currency. You only get charged the MasterCard basic fee, there are no bank or currency charges on top.

I used it in Cambodia and Vietnam in March and on the CF in September, it works a treat. You can also use it as a debit card at ATM when you need cash.
 

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