Category Archives: Foreign Transaction Fees

Easily Find Credit Card Currency Conversion Rates With Mercez App

I recently wrote about which card issuers give the best exchange rate for foreign transactions.  And ran an experiment which showed MasterCard had the most favorable rates.

But that might not be the case in every situation.  Deciding which credit card to use when traveling abroad can be tricky, because the major banks use a different conversion tool for rates.

The Mercez app can check which card gives you the best exchange rate from the local currency into US dollars when making your purchase.

Easily Find Credit Card Currency Conversion Rates With Mercez App

The Mercez App Helps You Determine the Best Card to Use Abroad by Checking Currency Conversion Rates by Credit Card Issuer

I’ve been playing with the app and the concept is great, but it’s not perfect.  Here’s my full review.

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Which Cards Give the Best Exchange Rate on Foreign Transactions?

When you travel abroad, you’ll save money by using cards that don’t add foreign transaction fees.  Otherwise you’ll be charged an extra ~1% to ~3% on each purchase!

But did you know you’ll usually pay a different exchange rate depending on the card issuer?  Milevalue, One Mile at a Time, and View From the Wing suggest MasterCard offers the best rates.

So I decided to run an experiment with the help of a Million Mile Secrets team member who recently traveled to Canada.

Which Cards Give The Best Exchange Rate On Foreign Transactions

Traveling Outside the US? You’ll Get a Better Exchange Rate With Certain Cards!

I’ll let you know what we found out!

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Best of Million Mile Secrets – May 2016

1.   I shared that the better 70,000 point in-branch Chase Ink Plus offer has been extended through August 20, 2016.   But if you can’t get to a branch, our link is for 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - May 2016

70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Can Get You a LOT of Big Travel! But You’ll Have to Apply In-Branch to Get the Higher Offer

2.   I let you know the best-ever AMEX Hilton HHonors Surpass 100,000 point and AMEX Hilton HHonors 75,000 point offers have returned!  Emily and I don’t earn commission from these offers, but we’ll always share the best deals with you!

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus or Capital One Venture – Which Is the Better Card for You?

Want more flexibility to cover your travel costs?  Credit cards that earn miles & points are often the best way to get Big Travel with Small Money because they can get you award flights and hotel award stays.

But the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® and Venture® Rewards From Capital One let you redeem miles for other travel costs, like Airbnb stays, taxi rides, meals in hotels, and flights with NO blackout dates.  That can save you more money when you travel!

Barclaycard Arrival Plus Or Capital One Venture Which Is The Better Card For You

Can’t Find an Award Seat? Use Your Barclaycard Arrival Plus or Capital One Venture Card to Cover the Cost of Your Flight. I’ll Help You Decide Which Card Is Better for You!

Let’s look at both cards to see how they compare!

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The Best Way to Withdraw Cash While Overseas

Have you ever come home from a trip abroad and been shocked to see fees on your bank statement?  It’s not a fun way to end your vacation!

Most US banks add currency conversion fees of 1% to 3% for using ATMs abroad.  And sometimes, there’s an ATM fee of ~$3 to $5 in addition to the foreign exchange fee.  These fees can put a dent in your plans for Big Travel with Small Money!

The good news is some checking accounts do NOT charge currency conversion fees.  And they’ll even give you a rebate for any ATM charges anywhere in the world!

The Best Way To Withdraw Cash While Overseas

Foreign Transaction Fees and ATM Fees Are Frustrating! But Some Checking Accounts Don’t Add Them

I’ve made a list of the best checking accounts to use overseas.  And I’ll compare these accounts to help you decide which option is best for you!

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