The Southwest credit card foreign transaction fee is $0 or 3%, depending on the card. The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus card’s foreign transaction fee is 3% of each international purchase. The other Southwest credit cards – Priority, Premier and Premier Business – have no foreign fee.
Southwest Rapid Rewards cards are issued by Chase Bank. All Chase credit cards with a foreign transaction fee charge 3%. All Southwest credit cards give 2 points per $1 spent on purchases made directly through Southwest Airlines and 1 point per $1 for all other purchases. If you earn points on a Southwest credit card with a foreign transaction fee of $0, they won’t be wiped out by a 3% charge.
Southwest credit card foreign transaction fees:
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card: 3% foreign transaction fee. $69 annual fee.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card: $0 foreign transaction fee. $149 annual fee.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card: $0 foreign transaction fee. $99 annual fee.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card: $0 foreign transaction fee. $99 annual fee.
A Southwest credit card with no foreign transaction fee is well-suited for international travel, but only to certain locations. While Southwest doesn’t exactly operate globally, they do offer flights to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. There are over 99 destinations total. Unfortunately, Southwest is one of the few major airlines that is not part of a big airline alliance. That means their points can’t be transferred to partner airlines that could service other international destinations.
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