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Visa fees for US "overseas" travel to Kauai?

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Visa fees for US "overseas" travel to Kauai?

I was calling my credit card companies to let them know that I would be traveling to Kauai this week with my credit and debit cards. I do this every time I travel because my cards have been shut down before due to fraud alert. The "fraud alert" is that I'm actually spending a ton of money on my vacation causing unusual activity. I understand this premise. Today, however, I was totally shocked when the Visa rep told me that I may be charged an additional 3% "international" transaction fee for travel overseas. I assured the rep that Kauai truly WAS in the United States and that I have an American Visa card. She sounded flustered at this point, and told me that I still may be charged an extra 3% fee since I was traveling "overseas."

I'm pretty sure that this Visa rep was just geographically challenged, but has anyone ever heard of being charged "international" fees for traveling from the US mainland to the US State of Hawaii?

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1. Re: Visa fees for US "overseas" travel to Kauai?

No, of course not. She was obviously mistaken.

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Someone needs to find a new job...at McDonalds.

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3. Re: Visa fees for US "overseas" travel to Kauai?

We have a USD credit card with a Canadian address and are not subject to any fees, surcharges, annual fees or exchange rates whatsoever.

Safe Travels.

pzp
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4. Re: Visa fees for US "overseas" travel to Kauai?

I hope she finds her way home after dark.

Too much rain
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This reminds me of one trip when I had orchid leis shipped home for gifts from Blue Orchid in Koloa. When I said we wanted them shipped to vancouver, Canada, the woman there said "where is that exactly, Alaska?"

Had to laugh....

Venice, Florida
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Jeesh -- foreign transaction fee??? now I have heard it all.

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Pretty amazing..............

chicago
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Thanks for reconfirming my belief that the Visa Rep needs another career.

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9. Re: Visa fees for US "overseas" travel to Kauai?

During my years here, I have heard this kind of question "live" more than you may think.. People often ask whether they can use "American money", how much extra postage is "to the States", and the like. I thought it would go away in time........but obviously it hasn't. A sad comment on our education systems!!

Edited: 15 September 2013, 20:51
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hehehehe...we must have talked to the same VISA rep! After I told her we would be on O‘ahu & Kauai, she asked me "if there would be any other international travel?"

Me "Hum, no...Hawai‘i is a State, we're not traveling internationally"

Rep - "Oh, OK...I'll note that"

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