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Delta Credit Cards to Ditch Foreign Transaction Fees

Delta Credit Cards to Ditch Foreign Transaction Fees

Many travel-rewards cards have gotten the message: Savvy travelers don’t want to be dinged for foreign-transaction fees of up to 3 percent. It’s a gouge, and travelers know it. So there are now cards available from American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, and so on that boast no foreign-transaction fees whatever.

In many cases, the no-foreign-transaction-fee cards are the cards issued on behalf of the airline and hotel loyalty programs, including those of American, British Airways, United, Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott.

The co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit cards, issued by American Express, were not on that list. But they will be soon.

According to American Express:

As of May 1, 2014, the foreign transaction fee is waived for American Express Consumer and Business Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards (Gold, Platinum and Reserve) issued in the U.S. or PRVI. Card Members should start to receive notice of this change in their February statement.

Also happening May 1, EMV chip technology will be available on all American Express Delta Cards. After May 1, interested Card Members can call the number on the back of their Card to request a new Card with chip.

Eliminating the foreign-transaction fee (currently 2.7 percent) and adding the chip technology are definitely upgrades to the Delta cards. Better late than never.

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  • Phil

    The same benefits (0% FTF and EMV chip) should be included with the SPG American Express card.

  • Thomas

    Are you saying this as a fact or is that just your (and mine) hope/expectation?

  • rufus whynot

    Oh, now the THIRD swipe at Delta in one newsletter. Does FF.com get paid by competitor(s)?

  • Phil

    It’s my hope and expectation! As you know, similar Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton cards are FTF free.

  • Thomas

    Yeap, I have all of the above three mentioned cards. If The SPG Amex would wave the foreign exchange fee I would use it for more than just SPG Hotel stays.

  • Phil

    When I travel overseas (at least twice a year), I don’t use my SPG card even at Starwood properties because of the 2.7% FTF.

  • Phil

    I think this is really more a swipe at American Express than Delta. Amex seems not to be keeping up with other card issuers in going to 0% FTF. As stated, better late than never!

  • rufus whynot

    Hi Phil.
    I imagine you are correct; however, since I had already seen two other negative side comments re Delta (nothing to do with the real subjects of the articles) in this edition of FF.com, that combination elicited my response.

  • Shankar/Selina

    I am visiting Australia Singapore and Malaysia. I am using my Delta miles for this trip; But using British Airways card for all expenses earning 1.25miles in the process. Delta/AMEX did not want to play ball with me. So take my business elsewhere..

  • Shankar/Selina

    I know but truth hurts sometimes :)

  • rufus whynot

    Am Ex is not accepted at MANY establishments in Europe. In fact in Moldova one hotel clerk told me there is NO bank in Moldova that handles the account for Am EX, so they have to connect through a Russian bank to verify the cards.. of course I cannot verify that statement Must be some reason so many businesses do not use them.

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