Originally Posted by mon the biffy
I went to pay for the fuel. I was then told the by the charming cashier lady. Credit card declined!
My bank had blocked my cards.
Oh, yeah. A bit late but - when you're planning to travel, contact all your credit card companies before you leave, let them know where you're going and when. They will add a note on your account that you are travelling.
Otherwise, they notice unusual activity on your account, and block your cards..... (as you know).