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What is an ATM Fee?

14 November 2011 by CreditCardsCo™

There are a number of fees, like the ATM fee, that your credit card company can charge you for maintenance, processing, and various other services, especially within the first year. They are generally understandable and necessary, but they can vary between credit card issuers as well as consumers, based on many factors.

The ATM fee is one of many possible fees that you could see in the fine print of your credit card. Each credit card company chooses which fees they want to include with each card, which is generally dependent on the particular benefits, features, and services offered by that card.

Several of the fees that are associated with a credit card are service charges. These are generally intended to provide you with extra benefits to you as a consumer while ensuring that the standard services are always available to all customers.

Credit cards are domestic financial products that are designed to provide convenient benefits at a reasonable price to customers. While many features are included with the basic terms and conditions of the card, there are also additional features that are commonly available at an extra charge. One such feature is ATM or cash advance access, which usually carries an ATM fee. These features are generally auxiliary and sometimes optional.

Common Service Charges

When it comes to credit cards, their basic function is to work in place of cash at a point of sale. However, many companies offer additional features in order to attract new customers and maintain present ones. These extra features will come with service charges like:

The ATM fee is a common convenience charge that allows you to access cash from your credit card at various ATMs around the world. Of course, if you try to get a cash advance from a country other than your native one, you will probably also have to pay an exchange fee (which can be as much as an additional 1% with possibly another 2% surcharge on top of that). Again, these fees are largely optional and dependent on how the credit card company designs the services provided by the credit card.

3rd Party Charges

If you have a checking account, then you are probably aware that you can only withdraw money from your bank with your debit or ATM card without a fee. When you try to access your cash from another bank you will have to pay a service charge. When you try to use your credit card to get a cash advance from a bank ATM, the service charge still exists. For the most part, then, your credit card company basically passes that fee onto you.

Avoiding Fees

Again, if you have a credit card with one of these fees, the only way to avoid paying them is to avoid using ATMs. However, it is important to remember that credit card companies have several fee structures from which to choose, which means that there are many cards on the market that could be available to you without this fee. Credit card companies can only charge so much (especially in the first year) through fees, so they design their credit cards according to how they believe consumers will use them.


An ATM fee is one of the most common fees that you could experience when you use your credit card. It is something that may or may not be charged by your credit card issuer and it is something that you can avoid by simply not using your card to access cash from ATMs.

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