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Hello all!
Many of us live, study, or travel to Israel and prefer using US credit cards.
I haven't seen a "master list" anywhere that outlines which stores, sites, government agencies/utilities, or companies decline US cards, so I thought it might be nice to start one.

I've only transitioned my spend to a US card this past week, so there are still plenty of unknowns.
Please reply to the thread and I'll update accordingly!

Here are my experiences thus far:

Declined US card
-Cellcom for monthly bill (however, Discover cards reported working), US cards work for in-store purchases (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)
-BigDeal http://www.bigdeal.co.il (Groupon copycat) (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)
-Club Teva website (if you happen to be a Teva employee  :))) (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)
-Golan Telecom via their own processing (attempted with Chase CSR Visa on 11/19/16). Works with PayPal, just be sure to turn off PayPal's automatic currency conversion!
-Bituach Leumi online (works by phone and at the branch)
-"Kavim" RavKav machines - some machines don't accept Visa or MC (works for Discover and Amex)
-Israel Railways ticket machines (attempted with Chase IHG MasterCard)
-Pope Tobacco in Ashkelon (cheap liquor/tobacco/mens' gifts store) (attempted with Chase CSR Visa)
-חברת החשמל (Electric Company) has lately been rejecting foreign Visa. Amex still works. CSR worked online 12/17


Tentative
-AIG Insurance declined through call center (rep mentioned that they do not accept any foreign cards).  However, my card successfully registered through their online portal and will wait to see if it gets charged properly.

Other
-Cellarix (Israeli social payment app/site).  It let me send money, but Chase categorized it as a cash advance (attempted with Chase Visa)
-Mika gas stations (only lets you fill up 30 shekels worth when paying at the pump, apparently paying inside gets this raised to 200) (attempted with Chase Visa)
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Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« on: November 18, 2016, 06:33:42 AM »
Hello all!
Many of us live, study, or travel to Israel and prefer using US credit cards.
I haven't seen a "master list" anywhere that outlines which stores, sites, government agencies/utilities, or companies decline US cards, so I thought it might be nice to start one.

I've only transitioned my spend to a US card this past week, so there are still plenty of unknowns.
Please reply to the thread and I'll update accordingly!

Here are my experiences thus far:

Declined US card
-Cellcom (attempted with CSR)
-BigDeal http://www.bigdeal.co.il (Groupon copycat) (attempted with CSR)
-Club Teva website (if you happen to be a Teva employee  :))) (attempted with CSR)


Tentative
-Mika gas stations (tried using at the pump, it let me put in about 30 shekels worth of gas and stopped -- was in a rush, didn't try going inside to pay, which sometimes works)
-My son's afternoon daycare provider.  They said I'll only know for sure when they attempt to charge next month's payment, will update.

Other
-Cellarix (Israeli social payment app/site).  It let me send money, but Chase categorized it as a cash advance (attempted with CSR)
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Re: Israeli companies and sites that accept (or decline) US cards
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 06:35:27 AM »
I pay Golan with a US CC every month.
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Re: Israeli companies and sites that accept (or decline) US cards
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2016, 06:38:37 AM »
To keep things more simple I'd say it should be a list of places that don't accept and don't accept what (amex for example) . IME over the years, most places/merchants accept american cc's

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Re: Israeli companies and sites that accept (or decline) US cards
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2016, 06:43:34 AM »
To keep things more simple I'd say it should be a list of places that don't accept and don't accept what (amex for example) . IME over the years, most places/merchants accept american cc's

Ok, if you think so.  I figured it'd be nice to have "peace of mind" regarding what definitely works.  I think you're right regarding brick and mortar stores, but any online payments/Internet stores are more a roll of the dice.  Also, from what I've heard from a friend, he's never been declined using a US Amex at a place that takes an Israeli Amex (but please correct me if I'm wrong!).

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Re: Israeli companies and sites that accept (or decline) US cards
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2016, 06:48:58 AM »
I pay Golan with a US CC every month.

Are you paying via PayPal, or Golan's processing?  I just tried changing my card to the CSR through Golan's own processing and it wouldn't let me.

And if by PayPal, how do you make sure it doesn't use PayPal's currency conversion?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2016, 06:51:14 AM »
Are you paying via PayPal, or Golan's processing?  I just tried changing my card to the CSR through Golan's own processing and it wouldn't let me.

And if by PayPal, how do you make sure it doesn't use PayPal's currency conversion?
Don't talk to them . They won't take it. Change it online in your login .

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2016, 06:53:31 AM »
Golan doesn't code as 5x on Ink for me, btw.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2016, 06:59:29 AM »
Don't talk to them . They won't take it. Change it online in your login .

That's what I tried, wouldn't let me..

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Re: Israeli companies and sites that accept (or decline) US cards
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2016, 07:00:14 AM »
Are you paying via PayPal, or Golan's processing?  I just tried changing my card to the CSR through Golan's own processing and it wouldn't let me.

And if by PayPal, how do you make sure it doesn't use PayPal's currency conversion?
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2016, 07:09:13 AM »
I only use Us cc here. I never got declined.

And if I did I call the company on the phone, and it works all the time

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2016, 07:16:23 AM »
I only use Us cc here. I never got declined.

And if I did I call the company on the phone, and it works all the time

Gas station you have to go inside to get a 200₪ Limit

I tried calling Cellcom, no dice.  The rep tried then, after it failed, she asked me flat out if it was a foreign card.  When I said yes, she said that's why it didn't work and no way around it.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2016, 07:18:42 AM »
I tried calling Cellcom, no dice.  The rep tried then, after it failed, she asked me flat out if it was a foreign card.  When I said yes, she said that's why it didn't work and no way around it.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2016, 01:30:48 PM »
I tried calling Cellcom, no dice.  The rep tried then, after it failed, she asked me flat out if it was a foreign card.  When I said yes, she said that's why it didn't work and no way around it.
Cellcom accepts us cards in stores for purchases but not online or over the phone or for recurring charges I think they need to swipe it

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2016, 01:13:13 PM »
Bituach Leumi works for me only on the phone or in their office - not online.
Kavim Rav Kav machines - I tried Visa and MC a while ago but was not accepted, Discover and Amex work.
Arnona/water in my city (processed through http://pay24.co.il/) hadn't worked for several years but recently I've been using Amex without issue.
Cellcom bills my Discover monthly.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2016, 01:18:01 PM »


Kavim Rav Kav machines - I tried Visa an MC a while ago but was not accepted.

If u ever take the light rail (train), Use machines there to fill up . Iirc though , no  amex