I road trip in the US a lot. One thing that bugged me was having to go inside to pay for my gas with my Canadian VISA card because the pay at the pump machine wanted my US 5 digit zipcode – which I don’t have. Not only is it a hassle to walk inside to pay and then come back out to pump the gas you have to give them a fixed amount you want to pump. Not easy when your goal is to fill up your tank so inevitably you have to walk back in and stand in line a second time to get a refund.
Well there is a solution:
- my VISA card’s billing addy has the following Canadian postal code – V8Z3S3
- I swipe my card at a US pump and it asks for a 5 digit zip code
- I enter 83300 and it starts pumping
- Just use the 3 digits in your Canadian postal code and pad with 2 zeros at the end
- Works everytime