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Answered Airbnb payment currency

VPS

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Just had a transaction on my Citibank signature for Airbnb - quote in $A and paid in $A (checked settings in Airbnb) and it said they were $A but still been slugged an international exchange fee.

Has anyone else had any experience with this recently?

I had the same with Book Depository recently (can't remember which card though) and I've never had an issue with them before.
 

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it's quite common for bank visa and mastercard to add a foreign merchant card fee even if the transaction was in AUD.

AMEX don't seem to do this.

Personally i think it needs legislation to stop this as it's a juicy 3% scam for the banks.
 

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Between that and the poor points earn is why I stopped using my Citi Signature card. I only use my AMEX and Coles MasterCard now.
 

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I did query Citibank and they refunded it as a gesture of goodwill. I did follow up with AirBNB and they have given me the invoice that clearly states the charge was in Australian $ so I will see.

I keep my Citibank because it's 1 point per $ and no annual fee for life
 

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I did query Citibank and they refunded it as a gesture of goodwill. I did follow up with AirBNB and they have given me the invoice that clearly states the charge was in Australian $ so I will see.

I keep my Citibank because it's 1 point per $ and no annual fee for life
If the merchant processes the payment outside Australia Citi will charge the Forex fee. I earn 1 Citi point per dollar but I'm pretty sure the conversion is 2 Citi points for 1 VFF or 2.5 Citi points for 1 KF point.
 

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It's not just one merchant, it's not just one bank.

This really needs legislation to stop it.

A charge will be shown in AUD. The website might even have a .au address, but if the charge is processed overseas by the merchant, a foreign transaction fee can be charged.

The consumer often has no way of knowing!

That has to be wrong.
 

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If the merchant processes the payment outside Australia Citi will charge the Forex fee. I earn 1 Citi point per dollar but I'm pretty sure the conversion is 2 Citi points for 1 VFF or 2.5 Citi points for 1 KF point.
Sorry may not have been clear - I get Qantas 1:1 which is as good as you can get for VISA
 

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