Does Diners Club still exist?

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Does Diners Club still exist?

Postby latucia » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:49 pm

Does Diners club still exist? I remember growing up my late father always used his Diners Club charge card to pay for anything he could when we traveled. I don't see anyone use Diners Club anymore and I live and work in a tourist area. Did this company go out of business?


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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:18 am

Hi Dan, yes Diners Club is still in existance. Most of their operations were acquired by Discover in 2008, although US cards are still processed over the MasterCard network from what I recall. They're much more popular overseas, but it would be nice to see them revamp Diners Club here in the US.
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Postby Plastic & Chips » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:27 pm

Yeah, Hopefully they revamp Diners Club and bring it back. I think it would be an interesting case study on how this "resilient" brand could reinvent itself. I mean c'mon not that many companies can say they were the first right? I say stay tuned..

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Postby CC Deville » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:16 pm

Diners Club exists but not in the way you would expect....Citigroup owned Diners from 1981 through 2008 and in 2004 created an alliance with MasterCard to issue all North American Diners Club cards as MasterCards. Discover purchased the Diners Club "network" and in 2009 announced that the Bank of Montreal (BMO) had exclusive rights to issue Diners Club cards in Canada and the US. Again...all Diners Club cards issued in the US and Canada have a 16 digit MasterCard number.....this did not change when the cards were no longer issued by Citigroup.

So it is basically a Canadian bank-issued MasterCard that you pay an annual fee for and have to pay in full each month. It's only redeeming feature these days is that it is a true Chip + PIN technology which makes sense as a Canadian bank issues them.

Citigroup destroyed Diner's Club here in North America when they owned it...I am pessimistic that Diner's could ever really be brought back here. It is primarily a corporate card....

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Postby MaxPunishment » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:12 pm

Would love to have one of these for novelty's sake, can't imagine I'd ever really use it though given the number of rewards cards I have at my disposal. I always enjoy though in movies from decades past when the characters pull out a Diner's Club card, gives you a sense of how big widespread and popular this card actually was. Especially love the scene in Planes, Trains and Automobiles where John Candy ends up with Steve Martin's card and the hilarity that ensues

If anyone knows of how we in the states can get our hands on one of these cards, please let us know

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Postby Money card » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:53 pm

I think there now owned by the Bank of Montreal. not many places takes this card. It might be a shame and I agree with you people. but then again it just might be a change, there are some places that would take the card but not many, I guess that's why you don't see the card.

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