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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 #120 on: December 03, 2017, 04:35:03 AM »
Worked fine for me. It was ether the CSR or CSP.

As of when?  The message was in red letters, very clearly stating non-Israeli cards are not accepted.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #121 on: December 03, 2017, 04:35:26 AM »
Works by phone. (See wiki.)

Thanks, next time...

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #122 on: December 03, 2017, 04:53:30 AM »
As of when?  The message was in red letters, very clearly stating non-Israeli cards are not accepted.

Worked for  חברת חשמל two months ago.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #123 on: December 03, 2017, 05:07:42 AM »
Worked for  חברת חשמל two months ago.
It was OK into October. The change is newer than that.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #124 on: December 03, 2017, 05:27:53 AM »
It was OK into October. The change is newer than that.

I guess I'll have to try again.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #125 on: December 04, 2017, 09:04:24 AM »
Just used my CSR for chashmal

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #126 on: December 04, 2017, 09:21:10 AM »
You should probably get the newcomers guide
Thanks, just read through the newcomers guide. Heavily slanted towards Yerushalayim. Either way, fortunately (unfortunately?) not eligible for the discount.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #127 on: December 04, 2017, 09:35:01 AM »
Just used my CSR for chashmal
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #129 on: December 04, 2017, 10:38:13 AM »
yes
Thanks for the update. Hopefully the problem has passed.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #131 on: December 07, 2017, 12:52:24 AM »
FWIW , an Israeli guy that told me he pays arnona in full every year on Jan 1st , applies for 80% dscount in Dec. and he DOES recieve money back + interest on the 80% returned
Halvai ;) but i don`t lat my money sit by the Israeli Gov
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #132 on: December 07, 2017, 12:54:41 AM »
Thanks, but Not sure I qualify...
I have the new oleh discount for now
you could be qualified for a lower discount to it always pays to try even 30% is quite a lot
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #133 on: December 07, 2017, 02:08:46 AM »
Halvai ;) but i don`t lat my money sit by the Israeli Gov

Dunno, I've had nothing but positive experiences with that.  I got a tax refund recently and it was processed extremely fast, including back interest/hatzmada.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #134 on: December 07, 2017, 06:09:06 AM »
In general I really think Israeli beauracracy has gotten much better. I think a lot of the stories people tell are outdated
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