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Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards 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)

November 18, 2016, 06:33:42 AM
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EgyptAir J: LCA (Cyprus) - NY 1378 euros r/t Not sure this is really a "killer deal," but this might be useful for those of us based in TLV.  A quick, cheap flight to LCA, another quick flight to CAI and then non-stop to NY.  I know it isn't the grandest of airlines (and no alcohol!!!), but it still beats coach and the trip would probably be a little more unconventional.  Also can do long connections in CAI for a whirlwind tour.  Various dates from February onward.
January 24, 2017, 03:48:20 PM
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Re: EgyptAir J: LCA (Cyprus) - NY 1378 euros r/t Also seeing this out of Amman, Jordan for $1309 (not euros) r/t.
Don't forget: You can get from TLV to AMM for only 4,500 Avios each way!  Same in-air time as LCA, maybe even less.

And with Qatar Airways for $1722 on certain dates from AMM.

January 26, 2017, 02:18:39 PM
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Re: Miles and More: Business class b/w NYC/Chicago and Europe for 55,000 miles R/T Wow, really?!  I thought around $300-350.  Wouldn't have bothered posting had I known that.  Ridiculous.
February 15, 2017, 01:53:25 AM
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Re: MS / Churning in Israel No funny business at all.  It was an MS dream, ironically in Israel of all places.  It still works for Israeli cards, but the only somewhat worthwhile card to do it with is the Israeli Fly Card Premium (190 shekels per El Al point).  If you put in the effort to charge 40k ILS a month to the card, you get El Al Platinum in addition to the boatload of points.  Since it still works for that, I'd rather not spill the beans... yet.

There is still another method that is anchored in Israeli laws and works for foreign cards, but it's A LOT more legwork and interaction with people.  No limit either, but I'm sure overdoing it would get you noticed.

March 06, 2017, 04:36:26 PM
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Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
What's currently best item to buy w/CSR for $300 annual that allows high % resale?
I assume it's Gift Card.  2016 I did SWA but that was hard to sell....what's working?
Thanks!

Why make life hard?  Book something refundable and cancel.  Credit stays.

March 08, 2017, 05:54:50 AM
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Re: ELAL Matmid - how to accumulate points?
I looked it up on elals webite, they say that its 50 amex usa for 1 matmid but only 6 amex (platinum) Israel per matmid, and way to change amex usa to amex Israel?

Believe me, you wouldn't want to do that.  I think it's 360 shekels (a little over $100) to earn those 6 points.

July 05, 2017, 01:14:02 AM
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Re: Report New Amex Offers Here. NO DISCUSSION Of Offers In This Thread! Just had get 5000 MR for signing up for Amazon Prime on Personal Platinum AND Blue Business Plus.

Wonderful deal, especially if stacked with a portal.

Expires 3/2/2018.

October 09, 2017, 05:56:14 AM
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3,000 AA Miles for $12 Noticed this offer today at the AAdvantage eShopping portal:

https://www.aadvantageeshopping.com/me____.htm?gmid=1926&&source=mn|AA|ALL|mn|NA|em|extra|Fall+Features|email|20171023&utm_source=mn&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=Fall+Features&utm_content=email&chan=mn&seg=NA&med=em&strm=extra&cam=Fall+Features&cont=email&end=1

$12 for 12 week subscription to Economist + get 3,000 AA miles (instead of the usual 1,500).

Comes to $0.004 per mile.

Enjoy  8)

October 23, 2017, 10:47:17 AM
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Re: Best travel card for travel from israel? Why not just go with CSR? You still get lounges, lower net annual fee, better bonus categories, more flexibility in point usage.

If you're into El Al, go with Amex Platinum (U.S. version of course).

November 14, 2017, 08:56:21 AM
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