Merchant Link Announces Integration with First Data for Dynamic Currency Conversion

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Dynamic currency conversion (DCC) allows foreign travelers to choose whether they transact in the cardholder’s native currency, or in U.S. dollarsDCC is available to any U.S. hotel meeting the minimum requirements

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Merchant Link, a leading payment gateway offering cloud-based cardholder data security solutions, announced today its integration with First Data for Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). Available at U.S. hotels within Merchant Link’s portfolio that meet the minimum requirements, DCC gives foreign travelers the choice to pay for their hotel stay in U.S. dollars or in their native currency (the cardholder’s card billing currency). At check-in, the traveler makes their currency choice after they are shown approximately what they will be charged in each currency. The currency conversion is then completed on the backend by a third-party, instead of the card issuer.

DCC applies to foreign Visa and MasterCard payment cards. There are no additional transaction fees for choosing to implement DCC. Each traveler’s receipt will continue to match the Property Management System (PMS), and each payment will display in the cardholder’s native/selected currency. U.S. hotel merchants will be paid in U.S. dollars.

“First Data is proud to have our Dynamic Currency Conversion solution integrated into Merchant Link’s payment gateway,” said Brian Frey, vice president, Global Currency Solutions at First Data. “Our DCC solution empowers merchants to provide choice of payment currency, full transparency and a frictionless commerce experience to cardholders travelling internationally.”

Other solution benefits include:

Convenience and Transparency
Cardholders know exactly what they are being charged in their native currency before a transaction – no currency conversion calculations are needed.

Customer Choice
Cardholders can choose to transact in their currency of choice during their hotel’s check-in process.

Business Travel
Travelers can easily budget, keep track of expenses, and simplify expense account reporting.

Familiarity
Many foreign travelers are already familiar with DCC due to widespread use in international regions across Europe and Asia.

Revenue Share
DCC helps offset a Hotel’s cross-border related fees improving their total cost of acceptance as the hotel receives a new revenue stream, all while offering a better customer payment experience.

About Merchant Link
Merchant Link is a leading provider of cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions, removing the risk and hassle of payments for more than 500,000 restaurant, hotel, and retail locations. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, Merchant Link currently enables more than 6 billion transactions annually for some of the world's best-known merchants, providing connectivity to the major U.S. payment card processors. TransactionVault®, our tokenization solution, TransactionShield®, our point-to-point encryption solution, and TransactionLink™, our EMV solution, mitigate the risk of a data compromise while lowering the cost and effort of PCI compliance. For more information, please visit http://www.merchantlink.com.

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