Internationally which is better?

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Internationally which is better?

Postby Cucumber » Sat May 17, 2008 9:02 pm

I know in the US it doesn't matter but when you're overseas on vacation, which credit card has the best international acceptance by merchants? Is it Visa or Mastercard. My guess is Visa but I may be wrong on that.

And on that note is American Express accepted a lot of places other than North America and Europe?
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Postby oBAMa » Sun May 25, 2008 10:08 pm

I think Visa is number one globally but it also depends on what part of the world you're in. I know some places in Asia, Discover/JCB is actually more widely accepted than Visa or Mastercard. If you travel a bunch overseas your best bet is to have one of each card - a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. That way you have someone that works no matter where you go. Hell, I even find in the US you need one of each. There's always one place that doesn't take Discover, of another that doesn't take American Express, yadda yadda so I have one of each I keep in my car so I'm always ready.

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Postby Glasgow » Wed May 28, 2008 6:24 pm

Visa hands down from my experience. But yeah like the other dude mentioned Discover is pretty hot in Asia right now because they signed some partnership agreement to be used there. I read Discover is now the most widely accepted card in China and Japan.

Whatever card you use be sure to look into what conversion rates they charge. Some will charge a lot for using them in a foreign country with different currency than a dollar.


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Discover has 0% int'l transaction fee

Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:09 pm

Discover is good internationally because their transaction is 0%. Most cards charge 1 to 3% for international transactions because or currency variances. Like Citibank, Chase, and Bank of America are 3%. American Express is 2%. Washington Mutual is 1%, and so forth. So it can vary a lot depending on the issuer.
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Postby Cucumber » Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:42 pm

I forgot about the transaction fees. I heard Capital One doesn't even charge transaction fees on international credit card payments. Am I right or wrong on that?
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Postby magyar1045 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:38 pm

On my recent trip to Germany, Austria and Hungary didn't have any trouble using both.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:49 am

magyar1045 wrote:On my recent trip to Germany, Austria and Hungary didn't have any trouble using both.


Do you notice if most places accepted Discover or American Express too? I wonder what their acceptance is like.
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Postby magyar1045 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:16 am

Mogul of Pineapples wrote:Do you notice if most places accepted Discover or American Express too? I wonder what their acceptance is like.


Never really paid too much attention to that, since I don't have a Discover or Amex card.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:55 pm

magyar1045 wrote:Never really paid too much attention to that, since I don't have a Discover or Amex card.


I don't travel much unfortunately so I don't know but it would be interesting to know how they're doing outside of America. I think Discover has the most room to grow probably because American Express I'm pretty sure already has wide acceptance globally.
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Postby sreeja » Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:04 am

In my opinion also visa card is the best. It offers reliability and convenience. It held 44% of the credit card market share and 48% of the debit card market share in the United States.
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