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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 #30 on: November 20, 2016, 06:39:47 AM »
I just my CSR at the Israeli railways
I just got approved for CSR. I hope it will work at Kavim machines because I need to somehow spend $300 on travel before the end of the year and that's the only idea I have right now for that. (Any additional ideas would be appreciated though.)

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2016, 06:42:24 AM »
You can always sell the CSR credit on DDF if you can't figure out any way to use it.
Who do you think you are fooling? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your Creator? Good luck with that.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2016, 07:05:01 AM »
I just got approved for CSR. I hope it will work at Kavim machines because I need to somehow spend $300 on travel before the end of the year and that's the only idea I have right now for that. (Any additional ideas would be appreciated though.)
if they don't work on the kavim machines you can go to tachana merkazit and fill up erech tzavur with a CC by the teller, bec erech tzavur works on all buses and trains besides the Jerusalem light rail
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #33 on: November 20, 2016, 04:17:33 PM »
if they don't work on the kavim machines you can go to tachana merkazit and fill up erech tzavur with a CC by the teller, bec erech tzavur works on all buses and trains besides the Jerusalem light rail
Do you know if they are categorized correctly as travel?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #34 on: November 20, 2016, 04:24:30 PM »
Do you know if they are categorized correctly as travel?
the light rain station is, don't know about tachana merkazit

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #35 on: November 24, 2016, 03:40:47 PM »
I've paid for Israel Railways (through a machine) using Citi Premier.
Used CSR credit towards Student חופשי שנתי through Egged. Worked like a charm  ;)

A lot of the new gas stations with new or "renewed" pumps (the slimlined ones) don't accept foreign CCs at all (SPG, Citi Permier, IHG). I've tried Paz, Delek and Dor/Alon.
I've managed (once) at a Delek to pay inside with an IHG card and the guy managed to make it go through, but most of the time I don't have the patience...

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2016, 05:01:33 PM »
Used CSR credit towards Student חופשי שנתי through Egged. Worked like a charm  ;)
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Re: Israeli companies and sites that accept (or decline) US cards
« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2016, 05:08:04 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.
Golan's processing
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #38 on: December 12, 2016, 03:34:16 PM »
just used my CSR by a kavim machine, BH posted as as travel

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #39 on: December 12, 2016, 04:35:21 PM »
just used my CSR by a kavim machine, BH posted as as travel
Where? Any tricks? I tried mine just today and it was not accepted. Thanks anyway for the boost of confidence regarding the travel classification.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #40 on: December 13, 2016, 03:09:32 AM »
just used my CSR by a kavim machine, BH posted as as travel

Thanks for the update -- I'll wait for another DP or two before changing the Wiki.
Also, my kid's daycare payment went through, so removed from the Tentative category.

AIG insurance doesn't allow me to update with a US card via call center; it seemed to work through their online portal.  Put in tentative until I see that the charge actually posts.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #41 on: December 13, 2016, 03:23:35 AM »
Where? Any tricks? I tried mine just today and it was not accepted. Thanks anyway for the boost of confidence regarding the travel classification.
Works for me (I've done Herzel and Shivtei Yisrael stops). Posts as reimbursable travel.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #42 on: December 13, 2016, 01:43:42 PM »
Where? Any tricks? I tried mine just today and it was not accepted. Thanks anyway for the boost of confidence regarding the travel classification.
did it on Tzefania next to Har tzvi
also used my arrival+

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #43 on: December 13, 2016, 03:20:11 PM »
did it on Tzefania next to Har tzvi
also used my arrival+
In Kiryat Sefer I have yet to find a machine that takes foreign Visa or MC. (Like I've said before they accept Discover and Amex.)

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #44 on: December 13, 2016, 03:39:34 PM »
In Kiryat Sefer I have yet to find a machine that takes foreign Visa or MC. (Like I've said before they accept Discover and Amex.)
guess you could come visit us in Yerushalayim