Several people have mentioned it in comments — but I want to make sure that everyone saw it. Credit card companies are ever vigilant about credit card fraud. That’s a good thing and we thank them for it.
I used to travel a lot for work, but I have had a credit card be hacked. It’s annoying. And if you’re only at the NFR for 3-4 days – you don’t want to have a situation where you’re either out to eat, or out shopping, and your credit card is declined. For that reason – I’d recommend you tell your bank, or your credit card that you will be traveling to an event in Las Vegas, and at that event there are vendors from all over the US. In one aisle at Cowboy Christmas, you could probably see vendors from 5-6 different states, and if you make purchases, it might reflect purchases in Nevada, Montana and Florida. Since it’s hard to be in those 3 states within 20 minutes. Let your bank or credit card know what days you’ll be there, and after the event, make sure to check your statement carefully.
Here’s an example. I grew up in Tama County, Iowa. Population of the entire county is 17,576. That includes 8 towns and all the farms. Last year when we were at Cowboy Christmas, we saw a vendor from Tama County Iowa. You just can’t predict where the vendors will be from during the NFR. They come from everywhere!!! That’s what makes the NFR unique and fun!
It’s not required, and it’s usually an easy fix if your credit card is declined. However, you can avoid the hassle, if you just let your bank or credit card company know where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing!