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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Credit Cards' started by flynhwn, Feb 25, 2015.
Why does a credit card for an International hotel chain charge a foreign transaction fee?
Is not your beef with the credit card companies? ie with Amex? The Hilton Amex also charges foreign transaction fee and so does the Citi Hilton card.
Come up north. All of the Canadian credit cards charges foreign transaction fees with the exception of our Amazon.ca Credit Card.
Citi Hilton card does not (at least, the one I have -- a VISA -- doesn't). Nor does the Chase Marriott VISA.
I agree, it's the major drawback with that AMEX card, which I use as my default card in the States. I've suggested that they waive the fee, at least for charges at the Starwood chain, but so far no deal.
Accordingly, I do carry it when I travel overseas, but don't use it except at Starwoods for the extra Starpoints. Everything else goes on cards that don't charge a foreign transaction (or currency conversion) fee. Meals, rental cars, and Marriott stays go on the Chase Marriott VISA; Hilton stays on the Citi Hilton VISA, and other charges go on either the Chase UA Master Card or the Barclay US Air Master Card.
The no-fee citI hilton card has a foreing transaction fee. The reserve doesn't.
Totally agree with the op.
SPG is the only hotel chain that does not offer a card without a foreign exchange fee.
As late as today I prepaid an SPG hotel in Euro today and didn't use my SPG card.
Obviously, there's some sort of contract with Amex that prevents SPG to do something about this.
Any insight when something might happen @SPG Champion ?
Nope. But, I would imagine if something does happen in this regard, SPG will probably let everyone know.
William R. Sanders
Social Media Specialist
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
The Club Carlson Visa also has a forex fee, so outside the USA & Caribbean charges in USD, I use it ONLY at Radissons!