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Updated June 12, 2013

Best Credit Card for Use in Canada


Thinking of visiting our neighbors to the north this summer? More than 35 million people visit Canada each year.

Before you head out the door, make sure you bring a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. Otherwise, you’ll get hit with a fee (usually 3%) every time you buy something in Canada.

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Visiting Canada
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Here’s our top picks for the best credit cards for use in Canada, all with no foreign transaction fees:

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard - Earn 1x on All Purchases Want 2x miles on travel and dining purchases? Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard earns 2 miles per $1 on travel and dining purchases. Plus, you earn 20,000 miles (worth $200 off your next trip), after you make $1,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. There is no annual fee.

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card Do you need a hotel in Canada? The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card offers 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels after you spend $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening. There is no foreign transaction fees on purchases and the card has a Citi chip so you can travel with ease. There is a $95 annual fee.

To be sure, a strong Canadian dollar, increased border security, and high gas prices can be discouraging, but Canada is still a great place to visit. Just remember to visit the State Department’s website on traveling to Canada for up-to-date travel advisories.

What are you planning to do in Canada this summer? Let us know!

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