DavidNY wrote:Good point, if of course, thay take Discover (or JCB, UnionPay or DCI)
The latter three are a bit iffy. I've had my Discover card rejected in Japan at Starbucks, of all places. They took my "proper" JCB card just fine.
And the second: Not until Discover fully ties into the UnionPay online system. Their online payment system is a glorified wire transfer- you type in your card number, it detects your bank, takes you to your bank's online banking where you have to log in and approve the charge (my Chinese credit card requires me to type in my online banking login, a PIN from a provided code card, and a dynamic PIN sent to my cellphone). Discover doesn't have to go that far]In Japan it is accepted everywhere JCB card is accepted.
Nope, as I've said, I've been declined at Starbucks, of all places.
luisdaa wrote:In China it is accepted everywhere China UnionPay is accepted.
Only offline, and you're at the merchant's whims. Most will try when given the accompanying card-thing that Discover has on its website. Some merchants are like brick walls when they adamantly insist that the card you hold is a "foreign card" and thus they won't take them. They really need to print a UnionPay logo on the card or at least offer a design with one for travelers to China, because I've had this problem even in big cities like Shanghai.