Diners Club Relaunches in U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 29 September 2014
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DSC_0294Diners Club, which has been absent from the U.S. market for the past few years except for servicing existing accounts, announced it will resume accepting applications for new accounts effective immediately.

In the United States, Diners uses a MasterCard credit card number.  This means that it’s accepted everywhere that a traditional MasterCard is.  It also is one of the few credit or charge cards in the United States that uses Chip and PIN technology, versus the prevailing chip-and-signature system that most credit card issuers in the United States are offering as they roll out cards with EMV chips.

Diners is offering two versions of the card, the Premier for $95, which earns one Club Rewards point per dollar spent, and the Elite, which has a $300 annual fee and offers three points for every dollar spent at gas stations, grocery stores, and drug stores.

Transfer partners include Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Amtrak, Best Western, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, El Al, EVA Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Hilton, Hyatt, Icelandair, IHG, Korean Air, Marriott, Southwest Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.

Both cards have multiple benefits including airport lounge access at numerous airports, and primary collision damage.

Diners Club International was founded as Diners Club in 1950 by Frank X. MacNamara, Ralph Schneider, and Matty Simons as the world’s first independent charge card.

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