The U.S. Bank Altitude Go Card exchange rate is Visa’s exchange rate on the date you make an international purchase. Visa exchange rates change on a daily basis, and they update these rates each day on their website.
While credit card exchange rates normally also include foreign transaction fees, the U.S. Bank Altitude Go Card does not charge foreign fees. This means the U.S. Bank Altitude Go 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.
The U.S. Bank foreign transaction fee is either 0% or 3% of the purchase amount or foreign ATM advance transaction, depending on the card. And if you want to withdraw cash abroad, be prepared to pay a $2.50 non-U.S. Bank ATM fee.
If you’re going abroad, be sure to take a credit card that won’t rack up foreign transaction fees. And if you have a bank account with U.S. Bank, stay away from international ATMs. Those foreign withdrawal fees hit hard.
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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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