Although American Express cards are accepted in a lot of places, you will find a lot of merchants that do not accept Amex outside of the United States. You’ll be able to use your American Express cards almost anywhere in the world at large hotel chains and other international travel providers, but don’t expect to use an Amex at a local restaurant or store.
Or you could just open an account with Fidelity and keep a minimum balance of $1000 in one of their debit cards. I don’t believe there’s any reason for a credit check (after all, it’s just a savings acccount). Been using this for years and never a charge either domestic or abroad. Since I’m in Thailand right now, all the banks charge 150 baht, so I save $5 with every transaction.
Axos Bank (formerly Bank of Internet USA) has a rewards checking account with no monthly fees, minimum balances or overdraft fees. You can earn up to 1.25% interest by meeting certain goals and can be reimbursed for an unlimited number of domestic ATM withdrawals. Foreign transaction fees apply. Free online bill pay, mobile deposit, and mobile banking are available.
West.com: Be an “at-home-agent,” with an assortment of duties including working remotely as an IT specialist or obtaining, entering and verifying customer information, answering questions, resolving issues, explaining sales features or offering additional products or services. (Some users have reported being asked for their Social Security number when filling out the Work Opportunity Tax Credit [WOTC] info. However, filling out the WOTC is strictly voluntary — not required.)
If you travel abroad for a week or two per year, 3–5% in various fees and bad exchange rates for international card use is not really a big problem. But as a frequent traveler or digital nomad spending most of your time abroad, these fees add up quickly. In fact, you might be donating hundreds or even thousands of dollars yearly to your bank. I’m sure you could think of a better way to spend that money.
If you do have to use a bank card, it pays to call when you get home and register your complaint about these fees. Wells Fargo always credits me the entire amount when I call them to gripe about it. Same goes for Amex if they are charging overseas transaction fees; they know what the competition is doing so they rebate the fees with a simple phone call.
It takes an inordinately long time to collect enough points to get even a 5$ gift card, let alone 5$ in paypal… there are other sites that pay out way better. You’d honestly be better off collecting cans and recycling them for change rather than using swagbucks. I’ve tried using it for months now and I’ve had nothing but problems— not receiving points after watching tons of really bad videos/clips, not receiving points after completing a survey (or being told i was “screened out” of a survey AFTER i had a message saying it was complete!) Their customer service is terrible. It might work well for people who shop online a lot, but if you already don’t have any money in the first place, it is not very useful (half the things on there just redirect you to places where you have to sign up, give personal information, a lot of them ask for CREDIT CARD NUMBERS…beware!)
Home-based independent contractors do data entry and call center work online for this BPO. Pay ranges from $7.50 to $30 an hour. The company hires in all U.S. states and from across the world. However, the number of jobs, particularly at a call center, for those outside the U.S. is more limited. Hires agents bilingual in more than 30 different languages. More BPO Jobs