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6 Credit Cards to Get You Around the World With No Foreign Transaction Fees

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
August 03, 2016 · 3k Views

Anyone who has ever been out of the country, whether it was just for a few days or longer, would agree that it is something everyone should experience just once. You get to enjoy other cultures, try different foods all the while racking up foreign transaction fees on your credit card. 

When traveling abroad, using your credit or debit card to make purchases is safe and saves you money. The only problem is that depending on the card you are using to pay for your hotel, flight, meals and more, you are going to be charged a fee for every transaction you make while away. Not only can this be annoying, but it can take away from your experience abroad because you should be able to purchase what you want without having to be penalized for it or charged a ridiculous fee. Depending on what credit card you have, this is actually something you can avoid whenever you decide the leave the U.S. and enjoy some time away. 

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1. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Source: Business Wire

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card doesn't have any foreign transaction fees and a comes with a sign-up bonus for those who apply and are approved for a new line of credit. Of course, like many credit cards, there is an annual fee, but the $95 is waived the first year. 

2. Bank of America Travel Rewards Card 

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This particular card is perfect for those with good to excellent credit that love to travel. Unlike many credit cards, the Bank of America Travel Rewards Card has no annual fee.

3. Capital One Venture Card

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Capital One Venture card is a popular card for travel for a number of reasons, but it's lack of foreign transaction fees is at the top of the list for those who travel often. The annual fee for this card is $59, but it is waived for the first year. 

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4. Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card

Source: Business Wire

Obviously, when people go on vacation, they will book a hotel to stay in. This card is ideal for hotel stays, and those who apply and get approved, won't have to worry about being charged a foreign transaction fee. This card has an $85 annual fee. 

5. Discover it Miles

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This card is often used by those looking to be rewarded miles for traveling, but also avoid being charged extra fees. Similar to the Bank of America Travel Rewards Card, the Discover it Miles Card does not have an annual fee. 

6. Capital One Quicksilver Credit Card

Source: CreditCardMagz

This particular card comes with a number of perks including cash back, no foreign transaction fees and balance transfers. The Capital One Venture Credit Card may have an annual fee, but the Capital One Quicksilver Credit Card does not.  

People spend a lot of money on travel as it is, so having to worry about the extra fees that credit card companies tack onto your bill can be frustrating. When you have carefully planned your trip, the last thing you want is to have to deal with is being charged extra for trying to enjoy yourself while abroad. And luckily, you don't have to. 

Regardless of the credit card you decide to apply for, keep in mind that the card you choose should be one that benefits you in the United States and internationally. There are many credit cards to choose from, but people should be informed of their options. This will allow them to choose the perfect card they want to apply for should they be planning their dream vacation abroad. 


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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas