With 0% foreign fees, United MileagePlus Credit Card members do not have to pay extra for international purchases, either when traveling outside the U.S. or buying online from international merchants. Foreign transaction fees from other credit cards range from 1% to 3% of the purchase amount.
No foreign transaction fee means that a credit card or debit card does not include a surcharge for international purchases. In other words, a consumer won’t be charged extra for using the card outside of the U.S. Foreign transaction fees are usually charged as a percentage of every transaction made abroad. Most issuers charge around 0%-3%, but many offer at least one card that does not come with a foreign transaction fee. Some issuers, such as … read full answerCapital One and Discover, do not include the fee on any of their cards. Refer to the card’s terms and conditions to know for sure if it comes with a fee for foreign transactions.
It’s important to note that you don’t have to physically use a card outside of the U.S. to get hit with a foreign transaction fee. The fee can also apply when you buy something online from a company based in another country. So, getting a no foreign transaction fee card can be very helpful if you buy a lot of things from abroad. It also offers consumers the best value for currency exchanges. On average, a no foreign transaction fee credit card saves international travelers 7.14% over the average bank or credit union. When compared to foreign exchange company Travelex, the savings jump to 9.31%.
However, not all credit cards with no foreign transaction fee are equal when it comes to worldwide acceptance. The card’s network dictates where you can use it outside the U.S. Cards on the Mastercard networks are accepted by merchants in more than 210 countries and territories, while Visa credit cards are accepted in more than 200. Discover cards work in about 185 countries and territories, and merchants in 160+ countries and territories take American Express cards.
To calculate a foreign transaction fee, simply multiply the percentage your credit card charges for the fee by the total of your international purchase. Foreign transaction fees are typically around 3% of each transaction, and that amount is added to your purchase. While 3% may not seem like a huge price to pay, these fees can add up over many transactions, whether you’re shopping on foreign soil or through a website based outside of the U.S.… read full answer
When you’re charged a foreign transaction fee, you’re essentially paying a combination of surcharges assessed by both the credit card network and the issuer. The credit card issuer, however, ultimately decides whether to levy the fee. If a credit card does not charge a foreign transaction fee, it’s because the issuer is absorbing the credit card network’s percentage of the fee rather than passing the cost on to their customers.
If a credit card charges a foreign transaction fee, it will be listed under the fees section in the card’s terms and conditions.
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