Visa Interchange Fees

Historically, interchange fees have been imposed on businesses to reimburse issuing banks for lost interest resulting from a cardholder’s grace period for repaying their debt. This is why Visa still refers to interchange fees as “interchange reimbursement fees.” Visa considers it as a transfer fee between acquiring banks and issuing banks for each Visa card transaction. Visa uses these fees to balance and grow the payment system for the benefit of all participants. This fee, however, is a fee that is ultimately passed on to the merchant to pay.

Interchange fees account for the bulk of your business’s credit card processing expense, making it very important to ensure that the majority of transactions qualify to the lowest possible categories as often as possible. If a lot of your transactions are from commercial credit cards, Level 3 processing will lower your Visa interchange fee by passing through additional data to the processor.

Below are some of the most common Visa interchange fees as of April 2021 from CreditDonkey. There are dozens of interchange fees (many of which aren’t listed here). The rates vary based on card type, transaction method, and type of business. Go here to see a complete list of Visa interchange fees.

Visa Debit CardSwipe Rate (card present)
Visa Debit (small bank)0.8% + 15¢
Visa Debit (big bank/regulated)0.05% + 22¢
Visa Debit Prepaid1.15% + 15¢
Visa Debit CardKeyed Rate (card not present)
Visa Debit (small bank)1.65% + 15¢
Visa Debit (big bank/regulated)0.05% + 22¢
Visa Debit Prepaid1.75% + 20¢
Visa Credit CardSwipe Rate (card present)
Visa Credit Basic 1.51% + 10¢
Visa Rewards Traditional1.65% + 10¢
Visa Rewards Signature2.30% + 10¢
Visa Rewards Signature Preferred2.1% + 10¢
Visa Business2.20% + 10¢
Visa Corporate2.50% + 10¢
Visa Credit CardKeyed Rate (card not present)
Visa Credit Basic1.80% + 10¢
Visa Rewards Traditional1.95% + 10¢
Visa Rewards Signature2.70% + 10¢
Visa Rewards Signature Preferred2.40% + 10¢
Visa Business2.25% + 20¢
Visa Corporate2.70% + 10¢
Visa InternationalInterchange Rates
Visa International1.10%
Visa International Premium1.80%
Visa International Corporate2.00%
Visa International Keyed1.60%


*The credit card networks typically update their interchange fees two times a year, in April and in October.


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