Evelyn Boros, Credit Cards Moderator
The Bank of America credit card exchange rate is the exchange rate quoted by Visa or Mastercard plus a foreign transaction fee between 0% and 3%. The network’s exchange rate will vary based on the date of the purchase, and the card network that’s used will depend on which Bank of America credit card you have. The foreign transaction fee will also vary by card.
Visa and Mastercard publish their exchange rates daily, while Discover and American Express don’t publish them at all. Some reports say that Mastercard tends to offer marginally better exchange rates than the others, but with so much volatility in the rates, this isn’t always the case. All in all, the differences in these exchange rates are negligible, and shouldn’t determine which Bank of America card you carry.
Ideally, though, you should always use a credit card with no foreign transaction fee when purchasing from international merchants. As long as you get a card with no foreign transaction fee and avoid dynamic currency conversion, the exchange rates you’ll pay on international spending with a credit card will be much lower than those you’d get converting cash with banks, credit unions, or airport currency exchange services.
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