In a May 2012 MasterCard survey, more than 200 business
travelers were questioned to find out where their business credit
cards were most accepted internationally -- and where they were
not. According to the study, the business travelers -- who made at
least four international trips over the 12 months prior to the
survey -- found that Canada seemed to be the most accepting of
credit cards outside of the United States, giving it a score of
4.82 out of 5. Travelers perceived Europe as also mostly accepting
of their credit cards, giving it a score of 4.46. Coming in last
was Africa, scoring only a 3.29.
According to the report that included the survey, most of the
respondents' companies (78 percent) required their traveling
employees to use a business credit card for expenses.
Problematically, these cards weren't always accepted. In fact, 73
percent of respondents said some vendors declined their corporate
credit cards, but accepted another card brand -- often their
personal credit cards. The study's respondents reported Europe,
Asia and Canada as the countries they traveled to the most for
business, so even the countries rated highest for card acceptance
still have vendors who are not so card-friendly.
Additionally, most of the respondents (95 percent) said they
came across vendors who did not accept any credit card of any kind
-- a fact that stresses the importance of having cash on hand
during international travel.
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