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How do foreign transaction fees show up on credit card statements?

Are they usually itemized out? Is the purchase price on your statement just 3% higher if you have a 3% foreign transaction fee?

Is it typically done only one way on the statement or does it vary wildly based on credit card company?

I am in the US and my credit card is in US dollars.

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You are right about the 3%. It is itemized out. They charge you a foreign currency conversion fee which is about 3%.So for example, you are in Europe and purchase something for 100 Euros which is $128.32 in today's rate, your statement should show:-

1.) Whatever you purchased - $128.32

2.) Foreign Currency conversion fee - $3.85 ( 3% of $128.32)

Please note:- I have credit cards with 4 different banks in the United States, and they all do the same thing( I am not sure if each and every bank does it this way).

Cheers

  • Did you really mean "is not itemized out?" Because in this case, itemized means that the fees are listed separately, which they are. – mkennedy Sep 22 '14 at 22:54
  • Yes it is itemized out then. Sorry. Will edit – user19894 Sep 23 '14 at 13:10
  • Note that the fees embedded in the exchange rate (e.g. departure from mid-market rates) are not itemized out. – WBT Sep 9 '15 at 23:59
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There was an uproar about this several years ago in the US--that banks were not adequately disclosing foreign transaction fees. They are now listed separately on the credit card statements. I have personally seen it on 4 different credit cards resulting from foreign travel and purchases from foreign merchants (ABEbooks, AmazonUK, etc.). I was also included in the class action suits that were filed against some of the banks about these fees.

Brief mention in article here.

Also see footnote number 3 on this Bank of America page which says in part, "Bank of America will assess an international transaction fee of 3% of the converted U.S. dollar amount.3

3 This fee is assessed as a separate transaction fee on the posting date of the withdrawal...."

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