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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 #60 on: November 17, 2017, 05:01:01 AM »
I've done it probably hundreds of times with US cards including CSR. If there is something new I'll find out next week when I pay my bill.

So have I, this was the first time it was a no-go.  I also used the card today somewhere else, so I know it isn't a problem with the card.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #61 on: November 17, 2017, 07:55:51 AM »
There's only one  ;D
When?
In October. Signed up for autopay, hopefully it continues to work
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #62 on: November 17, 2017, 11:28:13 AM »
Update regarding the Electric Company: I tried paying with my CSR and it would not accept the card (both via mobile app and regular website).
I was only able to pay with my U.S. Amex Plat.  Did not try other Visa/MC besides CSR.

what did you put in as your ID ?
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #63 on: November 18, 2017, 12:19:19 PM »
what did you put in as your ID ?

My TZ, as I've always done.  What do you use?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #64 on: November 18, 2017, 06:37:24 PM »
My TZ, as I've always done.  What do you use?

I used to use my passport number and it never worked
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #65 on: November 18, 2017, 09:13:03 PM »
I used to use my passport number and it never worked
ANY real TZ should work. Doesn't matter whether it's yours or not. (There's no link between a TZ and US credit card.)

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #66 on: November 18, 2017, 09:47:42 PM »
ANY real TZ should work. Doesn't matter whether it's yours or not. (There's no link between a TZ and US credit card.)
correct, same as with every company that asks for a TZ#

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #67 on: November 19, 2017, 10:33:30 AM »
I just paid my mortgage with my US AMEX CC (there was a problem with my horadat keva). Try that in the US.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #68 on: November 19, 2017, 10:51:33 AM »
I just paid my mortgage with my US AMEX CC (there was a problem with my horadat keva). Try that in the US.
Sure it's not a CA?  Which bank?

I'd like to arrainge a permanet problem with my horaat keva  :)

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #69 on: November 19, 2017, 11:40:43 AM »
I just paid my mortgage with my US AMEX CC (there was a problem with my horadat keva). Try that in the US.

Please do spill the beans on this!  Which bank and what problem?  Will they allow you to do it again?  I actually did a great deal of due diligence in trying to find a bank that would work with me on allowing that -- no dice.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #70 on: November 19, 2017, 11:42:58 AM »
Sure it's not a CA?  Which bank?

I'd like to arrainge a permanet problem with my horaat keva  :)
Heck, I think a whole bunch of us would just buy any Israeli real estate and arrange a problem with the horaat keva just to be able to pay by AMEX (hope it doesn't show up as cash advance).

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #71 on: November 19, 2017, 11:45:38 AM »
Heck, I think a whole bunch of us would just buy any Israeli real estate and arrange a problem with the horaat keva just to be able to pay by AMEX (hope it doesn't show up as cash advance).

I'm sure this arrangement could be kept up for 3-4 months with various excuses ("I was abroad" "busy at work" etc. etc.) but at some point the bank would lose its patience.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #72 on: November 19, 2017, 11:55:44 AM »
And back on topic: I was able to pay my water bill today with U.S. Amex Plat.  Arnona is coming up; last time none of my U.S. cards would go through, so I had to put it on the Fly Card Premium (only 33-50% accrual for gov't. bills, depending on card issuer).  We'll see how it goes this time...

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #73 on: November 19, 2017, 12:56:07 PM »
And back on topic: I was able to pay my water bill today with U.S. Amex Plat.  Arnona is coming up; last time none of my U.S. cards would go through, so I had to put it on the Fly Card Premium (only 33-50% accrual for gov't. bills, depending on card issuer).  We'll see how it goes this time...
Strange. I usually pay arnona with a US card

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #74 on: November 19, 2017, 01:05:34 PM »
Strange. I usually pay arnona with a US card

Same, although last month none worked.