Yup, you can use an Amex as well as Costco international has a deal with amex to accept their cards.
They don’t advertise this in store.
I have a real amex from taiwan but as you noted, you can’t actually use it anywhere. I use it to fill my tank once a month to keep it active. I like their service but it seems no one wants to take it. Chinatrust has already swapped out my Costco one to the new super life card. I like Chinatrust for the cheap movie tickets at my local theater. Citibank is good for Vieshow but I find vieshows tickets to be quite overpriced, even for by one get one.[/quote]
OK… slowly trying to absorb this. 1. I can use my China Trust AMEX Card at Costco and I could have used it all along. 2. Guests from overseas can use whatever credit card their local Costco currently backs or any AMEX Card.
OK… I must change my survey. Apperently the card that I got in the mail was not the new Coscto Card from Cathy. It was a new China Trust Super LifeVISA Card. I was not expecting any other cards so I just assumed it was the new Costco card.
I applied though our insurance agent and apparently she messed something up. The application went into the deep dark void. Reapplied again today at Costco.[/quote]
People from abroad who want to purchase stuff in Costco would need Cistco card and Amex credit card or cash. Local cash, taibi. I do not think they can use their local Costco cobrand, unless it is Amex too.
That is how Chinatrust is keeping its foot in the Costco game. They hope people will just keep on using Chinatrust by default, and made a deal to issue a card that is actually an Amex card, but backed by Chinatrust bank. It is not same card, different clothes, but a whole new deal. You can use it in Costco because it reads kike Amex but not because it is the official new Costco card.
OTOH, we have the official card by Cathay, which is plain ol VISA -not Mastercard or Jwhatever, Dinners Ckub if it still exists, etc.