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Old 04.02.2011, 09:10
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No significant differences other than the higher cost of Visa Gold, and better bonus (0.75% instead of 0.5%). Gold calculated better at Comparis.ch, considering my annual spendings.

Still, I just checked their Forex rates and they are about 1% worse comparing to UBS. All in all not a good deal, unless you mainly use your card within Switzerland.

Like others, I imagine, I am generally using Maestro inside Switzerland but need a credit card for non-CHF internet purchases (a lot of my spending) and when abroad. I'm out of the country every week 2 or 3 days usually spending in Euros.


Don't want to get stung on the foreign currency "service charge" (what bull ) or rip-off fx rate. Since yesterday I have a ZKB Mastercard Classic that costs 100 a year, taxes at 1.5% for non-CHF products and the fx ....don't know. Tried comparis.ch Not so clear on this point. I wish their was a fool.co.uk here.
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Old 04.02.2011, 12:21
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Re: Swiss Credit Cards

I really need a local credit card as I've just cancelled my Australian ones. Basically I need a linked reward program (miles and more) and low OverSeas transaction costs. Also I don't have FTL yet... darn it.
  1. Initially looking at the Swiss's Miles & More and was tempted to go with the classic, especially if you bundle it together with the value pack (annual flight voucher to the value of the membership or in this case 180CHF). Rewards at 1.25mile/2CHF if you use the Amex, or 1mile/2CHF if you use the Mastercard.

    Bonus is that you get two card options.

    The downside is the OS transaction fee is 2.5% which is pretty high!
  2. So after trawling around this post I've come to the second option of the Cornercard Gold, annual fee 220CHF one-off entry fee of 150CHF which I assume means first year discount... I will probably have FTL by next year so the fee goes down to 140CHF. Roughly the same rewards 1mile/2CHF. Security option with photo integrated onto card.

    Only one card choice, MC or Visa.

    The deal clincher is OS transaction fee is 0.9%

I spend alot OS for hotels travel other expenses etc which I always charge on cards. If I say spend 20,000 CHF a year then with option (1) I'm paying an extra 500CHF in fees whilst with option (2) only 180CHF.

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annual flight voucher to the value of the membership or in this case 180CHF
Remember that (as also pointed out here), the flight voucher is only valid if the price of the ticket is at least 1000CHF.

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The downside is the OS transaction fee is 2.5% which is pretty high!
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The deal clincher is OS transaction fee is 0.9%
These fees are on top of the foreign exchange rate used, which varies from one card issuer to another. I remember seeing a newspaper article on this a year or two ago, does anyone remember? Is there a way to compare the exchange rates used by the different issuers? I also read somewhere that the credit card rate is often somewhere between the cash and bank transfer rates.
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Re: Swiss Credit Cards

Hi, I'm thinking to get the Swiss credit card, but I've read in the conditions that annual interest is 15%.

If I pay my bill in a monthly basis (full value of my monthly expenses) is that annual interest applied?

Can anyone explain me when is applicable the annual interest?
I'm a bit stupid for this things...

pd. I have the migros card, I'm just interested in the free miles they are giving
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No, the interest is only applied if you do not pay your invoice in full at the end of month.
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Re: Swiss Credit Cards

Most reward programs are a waste of time. After spending 10 of 1000s of CHF you have enough reward points to get a free Chinese manufactured inflatable beach ball with the logo of the credit card company on it and that will rupture on the first day you use it.

I don't consider rewards when comparing credit cards. They are only designed to muddy the waters and make comparisons more difficult.
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