The U.S. Bank Business Triple Cash Card exchange rate is Mastercard’s exchange rate on the date you make a purchase, plus any foreign transaction fees. While Mastercard exchange rates change daily, the U.S. Bank Business Triple Cash foreign fee is always 3% of the transaction.
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.
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.
Call your credit card company. Most credit card companies require you to notify them of international travel plans. If...
Yes, using a credit card internationally is the best way to go about paying for things when you’re abroad. It’s safer because you don’t have to carry as much cash, and all major credit card companies offer $0 fraud liability guarantees. Using a credit card internationally also gets you the best currency exchange rates, and it’s a great opportunity to earn rewards.
Using a credit card internationally isn’t the same as using a credit card domestically, though. There are a...
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