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    • MSE Rosie
    • By MSE Rosie 2nd Aug 16, 12:52 PM
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    Mastercard vs Visa vs Amex for using abroad - which wins?
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    Mastercard vs Visa vs Amex for using abroad - which wins? 2nd Aug 16 at 12:52 PM
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    • 1trainer1
    • By 1trainer1 11th Oct 16, 11:23 AM
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    I use Amex whenever i pay for my hotels abroad as they for me always offer competitive rates.

    I mainly use them for Asia and the middle east and have never had a problem and to me their conversion has always worked in my favour
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    • By paddyrg 11th Oct 16, 12:13 PM
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    I carry a selection pack - I've been to cashpoints that will only accept one or another, and frankly having choices reduces risk
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 11th Oct 16, 12:41 PM
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    I use Amex whenever i pay for my hotels abroad as they for me always offer competitive rates.

    I mainly use them for Asia and the middle east and have never had a problem and to me their conversion has always worked in my favour
    Originally posted by 1trainer1
    Surely a MasterCard that doesn't charge an FX fee would be better by over 3.5% compared to your AMEX.
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    • By Gloomendoom 11th Oct 16, 1:26 PM
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    I carry a selection pack - I've been to cashpoints that will only accept one or another, and frankly having choices reduces risk
    Originally posted by paddyrg
    Same here. I usually travel with my wife who also has a selection pack of her own. All separate accounts so that the loss or blocking of one doesn't affect the others.
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    • By Roger1 12th Oct 16, 8:58 AM
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    Surely a MasterCard that doesn't charge an FX fee would be better by over 3.5% compared to your AMEX.
    Originally posted by PeacefulWaters
    Of course it would, Visa too for that matter if very slightly less competitive.

    And of course Visa and MC are far more widely accepted than AmEx.

    AmEx conversions are a black art. Currencies seem to be converted into/out of USD for reasons that evade me.
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