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Cash Back Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fees

Oct. 12, 2015
Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards
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Travel-rewards enthusiasts aren’t the only ones who could benefit from a credit card without foreign transaction fees. If you travel or shop overseas, but want cold, hard cash rewards on every purchase, the Nerds have found a few good options for you.

Nerd note: If your card does have foreign transaction fees, you can expect to pay around 3% extra on your overseas purchases. Getting a card without these fees saves you around $30 per $1,000 you spend internationally.

Here are two cash back credit cards that boast no foreign transaction fees.

Discover it® Cash Back: 5% cash back on rotating categories

For high cash rewards, the Discover it® Cash Back is a solid choice. It offers 5% cash back on rotating bonus categories that you activate, up to $1,500 in spending per quarter. Here are the current bonus rewards categories:

Discover bonus rewards categories for 2019
Q1 (Jan. 1 – March 31)Grocery stores
Q2 (April 1 – June 30)Gas stations, Uber and Lyft
Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30)Restaurants
Q4 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31)Amazon.com

Bonus category purchases in excess of $1,500 a month, and all other purchases, will earn you 1% cash back.

The Discover it® Cash Back has an annual fee of $0 and an introductory APR of 0% on Purchases and Balance Transfers for 14 months, and then the ongoing APR of 14.24% - 25.24% Variable APR.

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card: Quick and easy rewards on every purchase

For straightforward cash rewards, the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card is a great option. It boasts rewards of 1.5% back on every purchase and a tidy cash sign-up bonus: One-time $150 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. Your rewards are redeemable for check or statement credit in any amount, at any time.

The Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card has an annual fee of $0 and an introductory APR of 0% on Purchases and Balance Transfers for 15 months, and then the ongoing APR of 16.24% - 26.24% Variable APR.

Erin El Issa is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @Erin_Lindsay17 and on Google+.


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