This is HUGE news. One of my biggest gripes about the Delta AMEX cards has been each time I visit Sweden I have to start using cards like the Barclay’s Arrival card that does NOT charge a foreign transaction fee. That is changing as of 1MAY2014:
“As of May 1, 2014, the foreign transaction fee is waived for American Express Consumer and Business Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards (Gold, Platinum and Reserve) issued in the U.S. or PRVI. Card Members should start to receive notice of this change in their February statement.
Also happening May 1, EMV chip technology will be available on all American Express Delta Cards. After May 1, interested Card Members can call the number on the back of their Card to request a new Card with chip.”
So not only is the current 2.7% upcharge to use the card soon gone and we will soon have a chip on the card as well. My guess is for now we are talking chip & signature but it opens the way to chip & pin next. Keep in mind in many places in Europe without a chip you are just STUCK. This will now go away and AMEX is more widely accepted in my experience in Europe than the USA.
This really is a BIG enhancement and upgrade to our Delta AMEX cards and I am thrilled after the price increase coming to the Delta Platinum card that they are also including this improvement effective the same day!- René
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