The Capital One credit card exchange rate is the Visa or Mastercard exchange rate on the date a purchase is made, depending on the Capital One credit card. While credit card currency exchange costs normally include foreign transaction fees, too, none of Capital One’s credit cards have these fees. As a result, Capital One credit cards will save cardholders around 1.54% on purchases with international merchants, compared to the average credit card offer.
The best way to avoid foreign transaction fees is to use a debit or credit card that waives foreign fees when you're traveling abroad or making online purchases from international retailers. About 25% of credit card offers don't have foreign transaction fees, so there’s no reason to pay the extra charge.
Your credit card will likely have a foreign transaction fee of around 3% if it is from Chase, PNC, Bank of America, Barclays or U.S. Bank, which charge foreign fees on most (but not all) of their cards. Your credit card will not have a foreign transaction fee if it is from Capital One, Discover, USAA, PenFed or HSBC.
Credit Card Issuers That Do Not Charge Foreign Transaction Fees
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