Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Here is the problem.
When you use a "gift" card at a restaurant, Visa has to assume that you are going to leave a tip. Therefore the pre-authorization tries to take the tip in account. The reason is that you'll put a number in the place for a tip and just leave.
So here is the way to use the card. You know that the card is $20. Just tell the server to deduct a specific amount (i.e. $20) from the card. It will go through w/o a problem.
I had a similar problem with a $50 Visa gift card. It was the clerk at a truck stop in Weed, CA that explained the problem. She said, "Visa is all effed up. Just go out and pump $50, not a penny more. Then come back and we'll do the transaction. I have to do it as a PURCHASE and not as a pre-authorization. She also said that she couldn't mix a debit and credit in the same transaction." So I did $49.95, closed the transaction and then did another credit transaction to fill the tank." That was almost 10 years ago. So Visa is still carrying the nickel because gift cards never expire in California. In the clerks word, eff em.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.