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VISA vs Mastercard

Super Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard

Thanks for the feedback.

 

All my High CL cards are VISA

 

The only MC's I have is a Cap One rebuilder and a USAA Classic (also a rebuilder I believe) And both cards have a $1000 each. When I travel abroad, I have never had an issue with VISA; AMEX for sure in Europe but Visa no issues at all.

 

 




Senior Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard

Some CCs will allow you to PC from Visa to MC. I believe both Navy and Chase Freedom will do that. Others probably would as well. IMO, it's just a good idea to have the variety. Also, sometimes one or the other will have a promo/contest where each purchase gives you an entry. It does seem like Visa is a lot more prevalent here. I only have one MC (Barclay's) and all others are Visa.

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Valued Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard


Razeus wrote:

MC doesn't get much love here in the U.S.  The issuing banks seems to push Visa.  I've never had an MC in my life, always Visa.  It wasn't even an option when I signed up for my Freedom card.


Citi used to issue MC primarily. Now even Citi is switching over to Visa.

 

Established Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard

There's not a whole lot of advantages to one over the other in the US.  Sam's Club is the only place I know that takes one but not the other.  I think Visa Signature typically has a little bit stronger benefits over World MasterCard, but the individual card may enhance them anyway; also MasterCard has World Elite level, which has more perks.

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Valued Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard


Koop10010 wrote:

There's not a whole lot of advantages to one over the other in the US.  Sam's Club is the only place I know that takes one but not the other.  I think Visa Signature typically has a little bit stronger benefits over World MasterCard, but the individual card may enhance them anyway; also MasterCard has World Elite level, which has more perks.


World Elite is meant to compete against Visa Infinite. Visa Infinite beats World Elite MC, as does Visa Signature to World MC. MC overall has less perks than Visa.

Established Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard

For some reason most subprime cards are MC and most prime cards are Visa.

AMEX SPG $30K | Citi TY Premier $20k | PenFed PlatRewards $25k | Barclay Arrival+ 40k | Chase Freedom $20k | BofA AMEX $15k | Discover IT $20k | | NASA Platinum-Advantage $20k | CapOne Quicksilver $15k | Amazon Card $10k |

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Re: VISA vs Mastercard

So MC is more accepted outside US ? I thought I was the other way around !

By the way my Freedom card is MC.

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Re: VISA vs Mastercard


DeadSpider wrote:

So MC is more accepted outside US ? I thought I was the other way around !

By the way my Freedom card is MC.


Correct, MC has better international acceptance.

Established Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard

Your Freedom is pumped/marketed in the Visa flavor. Not all subprime are MC and not all Prime cards are Visa but it just seems most subprime is MCs and most prime is Visas.

AMEX SPG $30K | Citi TY Premier $20k | PenFed PlatRewards $25k | Barclay Arrival+ 40k | Chase Freedom $20k | BofA AMEX $15k | Discover IT $20k | | NASA Platinum-Advantage $20k | CapOne Quicksilver $15k | Amazon Card $10k |

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Frequent Contributor

Re: VISA vs Mastercard

So much for Visa commercials "It's everywhere you want to be" IT'S A LIE Smiley Frustrated

Lots of cards and counting !!
Las Vegas REALTOR
FICO 800ish Shooting for 800+
BCE 20K,ED 10K,Sky 2K, DCVR $6800, Slate 8K, Freedom 5k, Care Credit 10K, Lowes 10K, Cap1 QS $11500, Venture 15K, Paypal 5k Hidden, US Bank Edge Cash Business 20K and NFL $1500 soon to DIE.