Canadians Gassing Up in the USA

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TonisToo, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I forgot to post up about a little discovery I made at the end of my Adirondacks trip. If you are a Canadian gassing up at a pump in the USA then you know the pump often prompts you for your postal code to use your credit card. The pump only accepts 5 digit American postal codes. So you may end up having to go in to the station to leave your card with the attendant or prepay with cash. I can never do the mental gymnastics required to estimate the gallons I might need or the predicted cost in USD so it can a bit frustrating. I just want to gas up and go.

    Anyway the trick is to take the three numbers from your Canadian postal code and add two zeros to the end. This should work most times. A young dude at an Irving in Maine gave me a card explaining it in English and French.

    Example: A1A 5H2 becomes 15200 at the pump.

    Happy travels.
     
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  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    While it isn't universal, it generally works in most places. I have been using that trick for years.
     
  3. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Good to see that you finally figured that out! :cool:
     
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  4. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I used my debt card instead of my credit card. There was no need for a zip code.
     
  5. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I also figured it is better to go to the bank machine or gas up before Murph, if you know what I mean.
     
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  6. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Luck with Canadian debit cards is pretty spotty! Not bad in some of the border states but I usually just rely on the credit card for gas.
     
  7. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Me too, plus the points for more travel.
     
  8. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Oh I knew all about it... I was just happy for you to pay for my gas. If Putin is not sponsoring me, it may as well be you!
     
  9. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    It’s funny that some of the states would give trouble with interact. I have not had an issue in the NE US or Europe yet. No trouble in Texas or California either.
     
  10. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    HaHaHa!
    You obviously are not too concerned about the eventual “pay-back”... :eek:
     
  11. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Unfortunately, there are still plenty of remote places where cash is still king.
     
  12. Savage

    Savage Member

    Found out just how much "cash is king" while travelling in the Philippines recently ... with exception of metro Manila, still very much a cash-only society over there.
     
  13. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Does it care how many zeros? Mine would be 02000
     
  14. CoolHand

    CoolHand Administrator Staff Member

    ive never had much luck with my debit card in the states.....always use the c card with the post code trick. and I bring cash as a backup. im heading to the us in a day or two and ill have enough cash on me for gas and what not if needed.
     
  15. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I just got back from a weekend in New England. The postal code thing worked for two of three fillups where the pump asked for zip code. On the one where it didn't work, I had to go inside where they ran the card without issue. Not requested other times.
     
  16. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    U.S. base Zip codes are five digits long Mike
    Depending on the Region, three consecutive zeros are not unheard of.
     
  17. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I'm four for four so far this trip.
     
  18. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Coolios
     
  19. Mac

    Mac Member

    ...not fond of gassing up in the states at all...with an RV.....I never did get a fill up...the gas stations would only accept $100 dollars worth...cash or credit....
     
  20. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    The added zeros worked for me... some of the gas pumps in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont had the instructions for us Canadians posted on them.
     
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