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Best Credit Cards for Foreign Purchases

The United States have quite a few credit cards that offer no foreign transaction fees. Comparatively speaking, Canadians have the short end of the stick. Especially with the discontinuation of the two Chase Canada credit cards (Amazon and Marriott) that offer no foreign transaction fees.

That being said, there are some new options for Canadians, along with existing ones. Personally, I still have the Chase Marriott and Chase Amazon.ca Visa cards, as they are still grandfathered to existing cardholders. Furthermore, I have the Rogers Platinum MasterCard, since I am a Rogers client, which continually waives my annual fee.

I listed the options based on their annual fees and highlighted the significant bullet point relating to foreign purchases.

Home Trust Preferred Visa

  • No annual fee
  • Earn 1% cash back on all purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • *Currently unavailable to Quebec residents

Rogers Bank Fido MasterCard

  • No annual fee
  • Earn $50 cash back sign up bonus (earn $25 after your first purchase and earn $25 when you register your Fido bill for pre-authorized payments both within the first 3 months)
  • Earn 4% cash back on foreign exchange purchases
  • Earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases

Rogers Bank Platinum MasterCard

  • $29 annual fee (waived the first year or waived so long as you have pre-authorized Rogers payments set up)
  • Earn $25 cash back sign up bonus
  • Earn 4% cash back on foreign exchange purchases
  • Earn 1.75% cash back on all purchases

Meridian Visa Infinite Travel Rewards Card

  • $99 (first year free) annual fee
  • $30 annual fee for a supplementary cardholder
  • Earn 3 points for every $1 of net purchases in foreign currencies
  • Earn 1.5 points for every $1 of net purchases

HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard

  • $149 annual fee
  • No annual fee for supplementary cardholders
  • Receive $100 annual travel credit
  • Earn 6 HSBC points for every $1 spent on travel purchases
  • Earn 3 HSBC points for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Receive a Boingo membership
  • No foreign transaction fees

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