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Old Jul 16, 10, 7:33 pm
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Has anyone experienced buying a Canadian travel card on Bestwestern.com and getting charged in US funds on their credit card? I recently purchased a $150 Canadian travel card which was then emailed to me. Then looking at my AMEX statement I was charged $142.15 in US funds which then converted to $155.22 Canadian. Does not seem right to me. Anyone have any thoughts?
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Old Aug 7, 10, 12:32 pm
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Hello

Has anyone experienced buying a Canadian travel card on Bestwestern.com and getting charged in US funds on their credit card? I recently purchased a $150 Canadian travel card which was then emailed to me. Then looking at my AMEX statement I was charged $142.15 in US funds which then converted to $155.22 Canadian. Does not seem right to me. Anyone have any thoughts?
See also here. It seems that this happens when you purchase using an Amex card.

I complained and they smoothed things over by giving me 1000 extra points. Still, it's annoying. Why can all sorts of US-based merchants (e.g. United Airlines) charge a CAD price in CAD on a Canadian credit card (even Amex) yet BW does not?
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Old Sep 17, 10, 7:27 pm
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Originally Posted by okazon69 View Post
See also here. It seems that this happens when you purchase using an Amex card.
I can confirm that this does not happen when using a Canadian Visa card for a C$ purchase.
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Old Sep 29, 10, 10:55 pm
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Just an update... after emailing back and forth with BW complaining about this discrepancy they mailed me a US$10 travelcard for my troubles.
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Old Oct 15, 10, 9:10 pm
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Just an update... after emailing back and forth with BW complaining about this discrepancy they mailed me a US$10 travelcard for my troubles.
Yes, I got 1000 points after I complained.... Oh well. Lesson learned; do not use AMEX.
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