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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)
« Last edited by moish on December 04, 2017, 10:24:22 AM »

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2016, 02:09:37 PM »
I have paid chashmal, mayim and arnona all on US cards and they all accept it
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2016, 02:11:49 PM »

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

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2016, 03:55:28 PM »
Thanks for the data points.   I'm going to turn this into a wiki and update shortly.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2016, 04:47:59 PM »
Actually was trying checkout on Alibaba.com and was only able to checkout with my Israeli CC since my shipping address was in Israel
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Re: Israeli companies and sites that accept (or decline) US cards
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2016, 04:54:30 PM »
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?
They don't let you pay past due with US cards so if your cc doesn't go thru you'll have to pay up with an Israeli card.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2016, 04:59:07 PM »
Recently was told by a cell phone store that golan isn't taking foreign cc anymore. However I know ppl that have come now & opened acct & are paying with American cc…

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2016, 02:15:56 AM »
Actually was trying checkout on Alibaba.com and was only able to checkout with my Israeli CC since my shipping address was in Israel
Alibaba? Or AliExpress?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2016, 03:42:21 AM »
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2016, 03:56:49 AM »
Sorry ali express
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #24 on: November 20, 2016, 04:54:01 AM »
Actually was trying checkout on Alibaba.com and was only able to checkout with my Israeli CC since my shipping address was in Israel
I never had an issue with that.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2016, 06:11:51 AM »
I never had an issue with that.

Shipping to Israel ? Which cc worked ?
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #26 on: November 20, 2016, 06:19:06 AM »
Shipping to Israel ? Which cc worked ?
A bunch. Just used an amex last week.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #27 on: November 20, 2016, 06:26:03 AM »
Thanks, have made a Wiki and put in latest updates.  Also added Israel Railways ticket machines from personal experience a while back with Chase IHG Mastercard (didn't work).  Don't know about other cards.

Would appreciate it if a mod could edit the first post and direct people to the Wiki.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2016, 06:34:29 AM »
Thanks, have made a Wiki and put in latest updates.  Also added Israel Railways ticket machines from personal experience a while back with Chase IHG Mastercard (didn't work).  Don't know about other cards.

Would appreciate it if a mod could edit the first post and direct people to the Wiki.

I just used  my CSR at the Israeli railways
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2016, 06:38:23 AM »
I just my CSR at the Israeli railways

At the machines or ticket booth?