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Discover drops foreign fee

By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Posted: 5 pm ET

Discover has dropped its 2 percent fee on foreign transactions.

As of Nov. 6, Discover will no longer charge foreign currency conversion fees to customers using their Discover cards outside the United States, according to Kathryn Henry, a spokeswoman for Discover.

This change in policy regarding card transactions made in foreign countries applies to all Discover credit cards, Henry says.

Most banks and credit card issuers charge foreign currency conversion fees when customers make purchases outside the United States. This fee is often 3 percent of every foreign purchase made with the card.

In the past year, Chase, Citibank and American Express have dropped fees for foreign purchases from some credit cards.

Capital One has a longtime policy of not charging foreign purchases on any of its credit cards.

For a roundup of foreign transaction fees charged by credit card issuers, check out this chart.

Thanks to the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, fees on card transactions made in foreign countries are easier to spot.

Card issuers are now required to show foreign transaction fees as separate line items on credit card statements. So you'll be able to see just how much you're being charged in fees for using your credit card overseas.

It's always a good idea to contact your credit card issuer before you travel to a foreign country. That way the card issuer will know it's you making those overseas purchases, and you can double-check with the issuer about fees for foreign transactions.

"We always advise card members to call first before they travel," Henry says.

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