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Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« on: September 24, 2008, 02:54:58 PM »
Hi,

I want to apply for a Capital One card because I heard that it is the only one that doesn't charge an international exchange rate and the Starwood card (in Israel) is eating my bank account.

but I searched the site and I came up with : DON'T EVEN BOTHER WITH THE CAPITAL ONE CARD IT'S A SCAM....

so what's the deal?  what is the best American card to get while living in Israel?

thanks

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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008, 03:09:14 PM »
OK, I read the other forum - Dan, is it really worth the Starwood points to just pay the extra 2%? Why?  I don't use my card for more than $300 a month (food, etc) ever.

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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008, 05:50:42 PM »
Unless you stay in a hotel with those points or use them to fly first or business class, its not worth paying 2% if you could really get a card that doesnt charge for overseas usage.

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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2008, 02:03:35 PM »
I disagree, getting 2% is not hard at all, you could prob find people quite easuly willing to pay 2% for Starpoints.

At any rate Capital One just has some of the most deceptive advertising in the industry with their no hassle miles ads for miles that are essentially worthless.
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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 11:10:19 AM »
i have capitalone in israel and purchase about 20 grand a year on the card
i receive 1 and a half % back CASH on the visa signature card,
if i were to use my *wood the difference would be $700 a year

i never had any problem,of course they are not as easy to dispute as amex
and it took a while to waive the fees to have cards expedited to Israel,
and if you really need the *points you can always buy them at equal value to the money
you save, $35=1000, =3.5%. (I never needed any having over 200k)

of course i recommend using the starwood card for buying airline tickets, rental cars and any american charges i.e.
vonage, or shopping online.


if anyone disagrees or has had a different experience i would be happy to hear about it.

enjoy the chulent! ::)

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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2008, 03:21:41 PM »
Link to card that gives 1.5% cash back on all purchases?
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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2008, 08:43:37 PM »
its the business visa signature card that gives 1.25% on every purchase and then a 25% bonus at the end of the year, I dont have the link however I created it in card labs 
 (plus i got 0% apr on purchaces and balance transfers for 1 year and they gave me a rebate bonus on my BT!!!)

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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2008, 03:35:32 PM »
do you have the link to card labs cause I can't find it, or can you give an exact link, or describe it, is it chase, just any details u can give

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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2008, 04:30:12 PM »
do you have the link to card labs cause I can't find it, or can you give an exact link, or describe it, is it chase, just any details u can give
http://www.capitalone.com/cardlab/

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Re: Best American Card to Get While Living in Israel
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2008, 05:20:13 PM »
bottom line - does this mean everyone agrees that the best card for everyday purchases in israel is a capital one card?