Q: Union Pay card accepted in the States?
im heading back home for the holidays and i was wondering if my ABC union pay debit card is accepted back home. at least able tu use an ATM.
anybody had any experience with union pay cards?
I've never actually done so my self but according to the official site (and wikipedia), yes you can:
"CUP has established the acceptance of CUP cards in the US since December, 2005. The customer service hotline of CUP in the US is 866-567-5516. As code debit card merchants in the US are mostly national chain shops, merchants that accept CUP cards are located in all major cities in every American state. They are more widely spread in places frequently visited by Chinese tourists, like Los Angles, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Washington and Huston. At present, CUP cards whose number starts with 6 or 9 are accepted. For debit cards, both merchant shopping and ATM services are available. For credit cards, only ATM services are available. Consumptions using debit cards are not subject to the limitation of line of credit, so it is recommended that debit cards be used for large consumptions. In some areas of the US, if you draw cash through ATMs, the operator of ATM will charge a certain amount of terminal convenience fee, which varies from 1.5-3 US dollars. Many merchants in the US follow the policy of not putting bank card acceptance logo, so it is recommended that you inquire the shop cashier whether CUP cards are accepted when shopping."
"Now UnionPay cards can be used in 104 countries and regions around the world. Some UnionPay Credit Cards are also affiliated with either American Express,MasterCard or Visa, and they can be used abroad as an American Express, MasterCard or Visa. UnionPay Debit Cards, however, can only be used in the UnionPay network and other networks that have signed contracts with UnionPay. Since 2006, China UnionPay cards can be used in over 100 countries outside China, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy. Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland,Thailand, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. UnionPay cards are also making inroads into other countries' interbank networks, with some networks, such as BancNet in the Philippines, already accepting UnionPay cards at the ATM level and the point-of-sale of all SM Prime Holdings, Inc.'s Department Store, Supermarket, Hypermarket, Super Sale, Watson's, Sports Central, Appliance and Toy Kingdom."
I saw a CUP card with a VISA logo on it the other day. Your best bet may be to apply for one of those.
It depends. In Canada my ICBC union pay card only works at ONE kind of Canadian bank, even if they have the union pay logo. Best thing is to either call your bank and see who they have an agreement with. Bring some hard cash in case!