Foreign transaction fees are an unnecessary burden, whether you’re traveling or just shopping online from an international merchant. So it’s good to know there are several Citi credit cards with no foreign transaction fee. And many pack attractive rewards. Citi Premier, for instance, has a 0% foreign fee and offers 80,000 points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. And it earns 3 points per $1 spent at restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations, 3 points per $1 on air travel and hotels, and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. However, just because these cards have no foreign transaction fees doesn’t mean they’re free. Most charge annual fees – Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee.
If you want a Citi credit card with 0% foreign transaction fees and $0 annual fee, consider the Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi. It’s on the VISA network, so its worldwide acceptance also makes it a worthy travel companion. And it earns 4% cash back on eligible gas for the first $7,000 per year, 3% on restaurants and travel, 2% on Costco and Costco.com purchases, 1% on all other purchases.
Many Citibank cards charge 3% foreign transaction fees, but there are several Citi cards with no foreign fees. The best 0% foreign transaction fee Citibank card is the Citi Premier® Card. It gives an initial bonus of 80,000 points for spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. Those points are worth most when redeemed for airfare on any airline, with no blackout dates, when you book through the ThankYou Travel Center. Also, you earn 3 points per $1 spent at restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations, 3 points per $1 on air travel and hotels, and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases. The Citi Premier has a $95 annual fee.
The Costco Credit Card foreign transaction fee is 0%. This means that you will not be charged extra for using your Costco Credit Card anywhere in the world VISA is accepted. That would obviously come in handy at the more than 230 Costco stores abroad. Some locations include Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Taiwan. There’s also no fee when shopping online from foreign merchants.… read full answer
Their lack of foreign transaction fees isn’t the only thing that makes the Costco Credit Card a worthwhile global travel companion. This card also gives 4% cash back on eligible gas for the first $7,000 per year, 3% on restaurants and travel, 2% on Costco and Costco.com purchases, 1% on all other purchases.
A Visa foreign transaction fee of 0% to 3% could apply to purchases processed outside the U.S., depending on which Visa credit card or debit card you have. The Visa foreign transaction fee is usually 0% on travel rewards credit cards, which are built for spending all around the world. And some credit card companies, such as Capital One, don’t charge foreign fees on any of their cards, Visa or Mastercard. But many other Visa cards come with foreign transaction fees of 1%, 2% or even 3%.… read full answer
If your Visa card does have a foreign transaction fee, you’ll have to pay it any time you make a purchase from a merchant that’s based in a country other than the U.S. So that means it applies to online purchases, too.
While it’s difficult to list every Visa’s foreign transaction fee – the are a ton of Visa cards – we can go over a few popular examples.
As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities to get a Visa card with no foreign transaction fee. That’s definitely a good idea before traveling (or shopping) abroad, since Visa is accepted just about anywhere that takes credit cards worldwide.
The Mastercard foreign transaction fee is 0% to 3%, depending on which card you have and which bank or credit union issued it. There are plenty of Mastercards with no foreign transaction fee, and that goes for both credit cards and debit cards. But many Mastercards charge up to 3% of each international purchase you make.… read full answer
The Mastercard foreign transaction fee comes in two parts. Mastercard, as the credit card network, always charges a 1% fee. Then, the credit card issuer can choose to add their own fee on top of that, or cover Mastercard’s fee for you. If your card’s foreign fee is higher than 1%, it means the issuer added their own fees. If your Mastercard’s foreign transaction fee is 0%, it’s because the issuer pays the 1% network fee for you.
You certainly don’t want to pay 3% more than you have to when traveling abroad or shopping from foreign merchants while in the U.S. After all, the average foreign transaction fee on a credit card is about 1.5%. And some major credit card issuers have done away with foreign transaction fees altogether.
It’s also worth noting that Mastercard foreign transaction fees and Visa foreign transaction fees are pretty much the same. Some cards charge as much as 3%. Others don’t charge a dime. And like Mastercard, Visa is accepted in 200+ countries and territories.
The best approach is to compare no foreign transaction fee credit cards on both the Visa and Mastercard networks. Check your credit score to see which ones you have best chance of getting approved for. And then find the card with the best collection of rewards, rates and fees for your needs. If you’re approved, you’ll save up to 3% on each foreign transaction. It’s as easy as that.
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