The Macy's Credit Card exchange rate is American Express's exchange rate on the date you make an international purchase. American Express exchange rates change on a daily basis, but they do not make their exchange rates public. The rates do tend to be quite low, however.
While credit card exchange rates normally also include foreign transaction fees, the Macy's Credit Card does not charge foreign fees. This means the Macy's Credit Card will save cardholders 1.44% on purchases with international merchants, compared to the average credit card offer. As long as cardholders avoid dynamic currency conversion, the exchange rates they'll pay on international spending with this card will be much lower than those they'd get from converting cash with banks, credit unions, or airport currency exchange services.
Most cardholders report Macy's card credit limits ranging from $500 to $2,500. In general, credit card limits vary, based on three main factors: your credit score, your income and your current credit utilization ratio. So even if the limit doesn't seem too appealing, you will be able to ask for an increase after 6 months. If you do, it's best if you used your card on a regular basis and did not miss any payments.… read full answer
Macy's doesn't specify a minimum credit score to qualify for either of its credit cards. In general, if you have a score higher than 700 for the credit card and 640 for the store card, your odds of approval are high. Keep in mind that in addition to your credit score, the bank will also look at your income, debt and payment history on other credit accounts.… read full answer
Taking the following credit-card precautions will help you save money and avoid unnecessary hassle while using your credit card abroad.
Get a no foreign transaction fee credit card. Do this before booking flights, hotels, etc. Foreign transaction fees will be assessed on any purchase made through a foreign merchant, even before you leave the U.S.… read full answer
Call your credit card company. Most credit card companies require you to notify them of international travel plans. If you don’t, your account may be suspended due to suspicions of fraud. Capital One and American Express are the only major issuers that automatically detect when you’re traveling.
Know your info. Write down your account number as well as your credit card company’s phone number, and keep this information somewhere safe (not in your wallet). If your card gets lost or stolen, you’ll need both to get a replacement.
Don’t forget your ID. Some countries may require identification to authorize a U.S. credit card transaction. So don’t forget your passport when you go shopping abroad.
Pay in the local currency. Decline any merchant’s offer to convert prices into U.S. dollars. This could be a trick known as dynamic currency conversion, which merchants often use to assess high exchange rates and line their pockets.
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