You will find that, in general, the car rental fees are lower in Rockford, IL than in many other cities. After Chicago (where you won't actually need a car in order to get around), if you intend to drive around the Midwest, you can take the O'Hare or Union Station shuttle to Rockford and rent a car at any of the big car rental companies like Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National or even any of the small local car rental companies.
International Phone Cards
Overseas visitors should note that international phone cards can be had at several of the discount stores in the city. These include Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart and other convenience stores, such as gas stations.
Tips and Gratuities
World travelers should note that in America, the tipping customs are different from those in other countries and are very subjective. It's a good idea to use these guidelines where tipping is concerned:
Restaurant waiters/waitresses: 15% for good service and 20% for outstanding service; hotel porters $2/bag; hotel maids $2/night and more for extra requests. Hotel room service:: most hotels automatically include a gratuity and a delivery fee - if not, then give 15%, or, for very short rides, round it up to the next dollar or so.
As you might imagine, the most commonly-accepted credit cards in the American Midwest and in Rockford,IL, are MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. These are the ones to use.
To Exchange Currency
Here are some good ways to go about doing this on any trip to Rockford, IL:
1. Exchange currency at your arrival airport, such as Chicago O'Hare or Minneapolise/St. Paul.
2. Use your bankcard, cash card or automated teller card (ATM) to withdraw US dollars from machines in the USA. You may be charged a fee of around $US1.50-$2.50g for each transaction, but your bank will automatically give you the most current exchange rate.
3. Use your credit card to pay for rooms, meals and other purchases. Your credit card company will automatically give you the most current exchange rate.
4. Outside major airports, places with "Currency Exchange"signs seldom exchange international currency. Instead, they cash checks, issue money orders and collect utility bills, etc). It's worth bearing this in mind.
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