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FAQ: How much will it cost me (dollars) to go to Dragon*Con 20XX?

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Re: FAQ: How much will it cost me (dollars) to go to Dragon*Con 20XX?
« Reply #60 on: January 14, 2015, 10:10:19 AM »
A side note that I found out the hard way as well when it comes to the budget.  If you put the majority of your budget that you bring with you on a card, be sure that, if you have a spending lock on your card for fraud protection, that you contact your bank prior to leaving.  It is their job to use that spending lock to monitor spending patterns, and if it goes over the limit you set or if they see charges outside of your city/state and charges that don't match your normal patterns, they WILL lock down the card for your protection (After all, they don't know that it is you.) 

We found this out the hard way our first year of having spending lock when we forgot about having it and had to call the bank on Saturday morning to solve the problem.  So call the bank at least two or three days prior, and simply let them know, "I will be leaving for Atlanta, Georgia on (enter date) and returning home on (enter date.)"  List your travel route so they know the areas you're traveling through; that way your charges en route will show up as well and not come off as mysterious to them as well.  They can then lift the lock until you return, so you can spend spend spend to your hearts' content.  :)
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Re: FAQ: How much will it cost me (dollars) to go to Dragon*Con 20XX?
« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2015, 10:49:16 AM »
A side note that I found out the hard way as well when it comes to the budget.  If you put the majority of your budget that you bring with you on a card, be sure that, if you have a spending lock on your card for fraud protection, that you contact your bank prior to leaving.  It is their job to use that spending lock to monitor spending patterns, and if it goes over the limit you set or if they see charges outside of your city/state and charges that don't match your normal patterns, they WILL lock down the card for your protection (After all, they don't know that it is you.) 

We found this out the hard way our first year of having spending lock when we forgot about having it and had to call the bank on Saturday morning to solve the problem.  So call the bank at least two or three days prior, and simply let them know, "I will be leaving for Atlanta, Georgia on (enter date) and returning home on (enter date.)"  List your travel route so they know the areas you're traveling through; that way your charges en route will show up as well and not come off as mysterious to them as well.  They can then lift the lock until you return, so you can spend spend spend to your hearts' content.  :)

I hear that.  How about this happened to me when I was in Taiwan with no cash, no cell phone reception, and a credit card that was locked.  To say I was a bit miffed is an understatement. 
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Re: FAQ: How much will it cost me (dollars) to go to Dragon*Con 20XX?
« Reply #62 on: January 03, 2016, 04:57:28 PM »
For me the main costs were:

Flight from Ireland via London with virgin atlantic

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Re: FAQ: How much will it cost me (dollars) to go to Dragon*Con 20XX?
« Reply #63 on: January 03, 2016, 09:09:05 PM »
For me the main costs were:

Flight from Ireland via London with virgin atlantic

I knew I was forgetting something in the list...
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