The U.S. Bank Business Platinum Card exchange rate is Visa’s exchange rate on the date you make a purchase, plus any foreign transaction fees. While Visa exchange rates change daily, the U.S. Bank Business Platinum Card foreign fee is always 3% of the transaction in U.S. dollars.
It’s best to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fee when making purchases from international merchants. As long as you have such a card and avoid dynamic currency conversion, the exchange rates you’ll pay on international spending with a credit card will be much lower than those you’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 cash advance transaction, depending on the card. Plus, if you want to withdraw cash abroad, be prepared to pay a $2.50 non-U.S. Bank ATM fee as well.
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. The foreign withdrawal fees are pretty high.
The U.S. Bank credit card exchange rate is the exchange rate quoted by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express plus a foreign transaction fee between 0% and 3%. The network’s exchange rate will vary based on the date of the purchase, and the card network that’s used will depend on which U.S. Bank credit card you have. The foreign transaction fee will also vary by card.... read full answer
Visa and Mastercard publish their exchange rates daily, while Discover and American Express don’t publish them at all. Some reports say that Mastercard tends to offer marginally better exchange rates than the others, but with so much volatility in the rates, this isn’t always the case. All in all, the differences in these exchange rates are negligible, and shouldn’t determine which U.S. Bank card you carry.
Ideally, though, you should always use a credit card with no foreign transaction fee when purchasing from international merchants. As long as you get a card with no foreign transaction fee and avoid dynamic currency conversion, the exchange rates you’ll pay on international spending with a credit card will be much lower than those you’d get converting cash with banks, credit unions, or airport currency exchange services.
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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