Discover acquires Diners Club from Citi

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Discover acquires Diners Club from Citi

Postby CreditCardGuru » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:25 pm

The world’s oldest credit card, Diners Club, is joining forces with the world’s newest major credit card, Discover. Citigroup has sold Diners Club International to Discover Financial Services for a deal valued at $165 million. The Diners Club brand and payment network will be acquired. Discover will not be extending any credit to the cardholders. The revolving lines of credit on Diner Club cards will continue to be offered by the financial institutions which already issue them, including Citi. Discover will only be generating their revenue from the transaction fees themselves. The shakeup was made public on Monday, April 7th, 2008.

Discover credit cards currently have the lowest market share among the major players (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) and the Diners Club acquisition will certainly help level the playing field. Discover wants wider acceptance outside the United. Diners Club, which is geared towards travelers and international customers, should help do just that. Citi states their reason for the sale is to make their operations more lean by disposing of nonessential parts of their business, such as Diners Club.

Currently outside the United States, over $30 billion is put on Diner Club cards internationally. Their primary customers are corporate accounts and affluent individuals. Experts suspect the move is to help pit Discover card head to head with American Express over the next few years.

Right now, more than $30 billion is spent each year with Diners Club cards outside North America by more than 80,000 commercial and business clients. The deal is expected to be completed within 3 months and the total merging of the two entities may take as long as 2 to 3 years.


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Postby jewels » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:48 pm

AWeSOME!! :D I just got a discover card so if they add extra benefits from Diners Club to make it better I'm all for it!

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:18 pm

I think this was a real smart move for Discover and $165 mil isn't much to pay for a brand like Diners Club. I'm hoping they'll come out with a Discover Diners Club or something along those lines (an upscale Discover card) I think it would be a hot card if they marketed it like American Express.
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Postby AnthonyBarone » Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:59 pm

When do you think this will be all wrapped up? I haven't seen anything on Discover's homepage when I login to my account on that thing.

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Postby Multi-Purpose » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:39 am

diners club needed this because their whole brand and image is so old fashioned and out of date. yeah they were big back in the day but it's different times now. i'd like to see how discover ends up branding them to make them popular again.
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Postby JG7 » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:44 pm

Discover only purchased the Diners Club network so the cards will keep being issued by Diners Club.... Discover isn't expected to issue any Diners Club cards itself.... Citi and the other Diners Club licensees will keep issuing them...

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Postby aleo1203 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:22 pm

Just as an update to this thread. Discover completed its acquisition of Diners Club back on July 1st and expects to receive more than thirty billion in annual spend volume from this deal.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:47 pm

Has there been any further news on the Discover/Diners Club merger? New cards utilizing features from both?
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Postby fffresh » Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:11 pm

No, I have not heard news on any new cards from them.

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Postby Floppster » Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:38 pm

I presume the Admins here knew about that which is why they put Discover and Diners in one forum ;)
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