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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!
-"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)


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.
-Bituach Leumi online (works by phone and at the branch) (worked for me yesterday online)

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)

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #165 on: May 16, 2018, 10:32:11 AM »
Electric Company not accepting any of my foreign Visas. Tried online and phone.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #166 on: May 16, 2018, 01:48:22 PM »
Electric Company not accepting any of my foreign Visas. Tried online and phone.
Last time i paid (about a week or 2 ago) i used amex.
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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #167 on: May 16, 2018, 02:26:00 PM »
Last time i paid (about a week or 2 ago) i used amex.
I also recently paid using Amex but I don't want to do that right now because I may close my only Amex card this month. See http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1572.msg1932562#msg1932562.
Discover Card (which BTW has 5% cashback on groceries this quarter) didn't work either.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #168 on: May 16, 2018, 04:33:16 PM »
Message I received from Chaim V'Chessed

Cashless Buses
Beginning this upcoming Thursday, March 8th, bus drivers in Jerusalem will no longer be filling up Rav Kavs or selling single-ride tickets. Passengers will be required to load their Rav Kavs before boarding buses. This is to ensure safer, smoother rides without distraction for bus drivers.

Payments are to be made:

    on the Rav Kav smartphone app
    on the Rav Kav website
    via payment kiosks that are to be set up around the city

Most of the payment kiosks do not accept foreign credit cards. This will create difficulty for both tourists and foreign residents who do not carry Israeli credit cards. Chaim V'Chessed has begun tackling the issue by reaching out to various contacts and officials.


The machines at the light rail stations take US cards.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #169 on: May 21, 2018, 08:40:50 AM »
Electric Company not accepting any of my foreign Visas. Tried online and phone.
I have been paying my electic company bills for 5 years with US cards.. last one last week..

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #170 on: May 21, 2018, 09:16:38 AM »
I have been paying my electric company bills for 5 years with US cards.. last one last week..
Many of us have been doing the same thing. Which type of US card have you been using?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #171 on: May 22, 2018, 07:58:26 AM »
Many of us have been doing the same thing. Which type of US card have you been using?
Visa, Amex, MasterCard. Never had a problem with any..

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #172 on: May 22, 2018, 09:02:34 AM »
Visa, Amex, MasterCard. Never had a problem with any..
And which one did you use most recently?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #173 on: May 30, 2018, 06:55:21 AM »
Is this something new? I can't pay my Rishayon Rechev with any foreign card, both online and on the phone.

Was anyone successful recently?

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #174 on: June 10, 2018, 11:30:30 AM »
Is this something new? I can't pay my Rishayon Rechev with any foreign card, both online and on the phone.

Was anyone successful recently?

I recently paid for it over the phone (a few months ago) with Amex SPG.  Online failed.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #175 on: June 10, 2018, 12:47:56 PM »
I recently paid for it over the phone (a few months ago) with Amex SPG.  Online failed.
Seems like that no longer works

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #176 on: June 14, 2018, 08:10:15 PM »
Is this something new? I can't pay my Rishayon Rechev with any foreign card, both online and on the phone.

Was anyone successful recently?
Just to follow up: I couldnt get anywhere with either online, on the phone or with the kiosk so I bit the bullet and withdrew from an ATM to pay it. Anyways, at the doar, I asked if they can try with my SPG Amex, and no go, but then I tried with my CSR, and lo and behold it worked.

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Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
« Reply #177 on: June 17, 2018, 04:39:12 AM »
Can bimonthly income tax estimate/pre-payments for the self-employed (what on earth is the real English terminology for these payments???) be paid with a U.S. card?