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Old Jul 19, 11, 6:37 am   #1
 
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Expedia - Foreign Transaction Fees?

Sorry for the simple question, but I've been trying to search to no avail, my google skills are failing me today!

My wife and I are going to travel in May to Edinburgh, London, and then Paris. We wanted to use Expedia to book the hotels way in advance, then maybe cancel if we can get reward stays. Right now Chase Freedom has 5% cashback (or 5x points) for hotel, airfare, and gas, so we wanted to use that card, but it has a 3% foreign transaction fee.

When booking a foreign hotel on Expedia, do I get charged those fees or am I only dealing with Expedia and they deal with the foreign side of the transaction on their end?

Does this apply to other travel booking sites i.e. Priceline, Orbitz, Travelocity, etc.? Or is each one different?

Thank you for the help in advance!
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Old Jul 19, 11, 1:29 pm   #2
 
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Expedia will charge you in US dollars from a US location as long as you use their US website. There will be no foreign transaction fees. If you use a foreign Expedia website, there will be foreign transaction fees.
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Old Jul 19, 11, 1:40 pm   #3
 
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Expedia will charge you in US dollars from a US location as long as you use their US website. There will be no foreign transaction fees. If you use a foreign Expedia website, there will be foreign transaction fees.
Thank you! Exactly what I wanted to hear/read
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Old Jul 20, 11, 4:29 am   #4
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If you use a foreign Expedia website, there will be foreign transaction fees.
The international Expedia sites I'm familiar with (in Europe, the US and Canada) don't charge foreign transaction fees. Depending on your credit card, a currency conversion fee may be added but that would be applied by the credit card company. As it happens, I use fee-free credit cards, so no fee.
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Old Sep 1, 11, 1:15 am   #5
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(replying to this thread to save starting a new one...) does the no-foreign-transaction-fees practice apply to other online hotel booking sites too? e.g. hotels.com, priceline, orbits, etc. Thanks!
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Old Sep 1, 11, 1:17 pm   #6
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I booked hotels in Italy on Expedia and was charged by some hotels in Euros. The Expedia agent explained that in some cases you are buying from Expedia in your own currency and sometimes you are buying from the hotel in theirs. In general, if you pay in advance and your credit card is charged, it is in the currency of the Expedia agency you use (.com = US, .ca = Canada). If you pay on arrival, it will be to the hotel in theirs.
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