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Are there credit cards that do not charge a fee for foreign transactions?

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Question: Capital One Venture Rewards Card does not charge a fee for foreign transactions. Does this mean that the exchange rate is different for the holder of this card than is the case with other credit cards? Or is it exactly the same? Are there credit cards that do not charge a fee for foreign transactions?

Answer: I believe the question is whether or not exchange rates for foreign transactions on all credit cards are the same, and if not, whether those cards with no or low fees for foreign transactions would use a different exchange rate. Perhaps you are wondering whether the exchange rate would be less favorable for cards with lower (or no) foreign transaction fees.

Some cards have foreign transaction fees and some do not: this does not affect the exchange rate, nor does it add to or detract from one card's value over another. Unless travel and foreign transactions are the primary uses for the card, there is little reason to consider the foreign transaction fees. Other attributes such as interest rate, rewards programs, and penalty APRs, to name a few, could be far more important for you. Given these considerations, perhaps before making a decision, you can assess whether other credit cards may more closely match your requirements.  However, if you are looking for a card to travel with, then check out our article on credit card foreign transaction fees.

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