DoingHomework wrote:My experience might be a little different because my travel in Europe has been both as a tourist and as a former resident. Some of the places I go you would never see a tourist at. Any place that caters to tourists will take your visa or mastercard no problem. Some will take Amex but it costs them more so they prefer not to. I have often been asked if I had another card when trying to use my amex in europe to the point that it generally is not my first choice. I love my platinum card but unless you are on a cruise or package tour, it's really more hassle than it is worth in europe in my opinion.
Sadly much is the same about Hawaii. Waikiki, national chains, and other high tourist spots take most cards but once you get to areas frequented by residents only, your options usually drop to V/MC or sometimes cash only. I understand but it's frustrating. I strive to be cashless but it's not realistic yet--in Hawaii at least.
All my travel and accommodations are arranged for in Italy so I will only be spending on food and local transportation. My dining experience will most likely be a cash one as I like to eat at smaller out of the way places. All my train/taxi/bus will probably go on my CSP to maximize points.